Oxford Endovascular, a pioneering British MedTech company and spin-out from Oxford University, has raised $10m in a series A funding
The company, which is developing a treatment for brain aneurysms, that will overcome challenges with existing medical devices, said the funding includes a £3 million investment from new investors Vulpes Investment Management, which joined to lead the round and funds from the Additio Investment Group. Existing investors Oxford Sciences Innovation PLC, Parkwalk Advisors, Perivoli Innovations, Oxford Investment Consultants, the University of Oxford and private individuals also followed on.
Brain aneurysms are surprisingly common, affecting 1 in 50 people. If a patent has a rupture, they have a high chance of dying or suffering permanent brain damage. The company has developed a micro stent called OxiFlo, using ‘Origami’ engineering, which can be inserted into the brain blood vessels via minimally invasive groin access. It lies across the base of the aneurysm and causes it to shrink and heal. Spun out of the University of Oxford and developed by world leading professors of neuroradiology and engineering, this novel, next generation ‘flow-diverter’ can be placed more accurately and safely than existing treatments, reducing the risk of complications and having to use multiple devices.
The raise will enable the company to complete development work and gain first in-human data through an early feasibility clinical study. This will set the scene for a further fundraise for larger FDA and CE Mark clinical trials paving the way for entry into various international markets valued at more than $1billion.
The China market for the company’s innovative technology is developing strongly and also presents strong opportunities, the company said.