Miracor Medical Systems announced today that it has closed an extension to its Series B financing. The new investors BioMedInvest and aws Gründerfonds (“aws Founders Fund”) and the existing investors – Earlybird Venture Capital, Delta Partners and SHS – provided the additional investment of EUR 4.5 million for Miracor to expand clinical trials and commercialization with the PICSO® (Pressure-controlled Intermittent Coronary Sinus Occlusion) Impulse System.
“This additional cash infusion bears testimony that not only our existing investors continue to embrace the clinical benefits of PICSO,” said Ludwig Gold, CEO of Miracor, “but we also see the increasing interest and excitement from new investors.” he continued. “Our technology is addressing cardiovascular diseases, one of the largest medical device markets – this additional funding will help us in further proving its full potential.”
Miracor is currently conducting several single- and multi-center clinical trials with up to 180 patients across Europe, to further demonstrate effectiveness of the PICSO Impulse System in improving myocardial perfusion in complement with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in acute myocardial infarction patients.
“We are excited to support Miracor in its further clinical and commercial activities;” commented Patrick Burgermeister, Partner at BioMedPartners AG, “PICSO is a unique therapy, addressing the huge unmet clinical need of patients suffering from the consequences of coronary heart diseases including reduced cardiac function and subsequent heart failure,” he continued.
Results from the prospective, multicenter safety and feasibility study ‘Prepare RAMSES’, recently presented at the ‘TCT 2014’ conference in Washington, D.C. showed that PICSO may significantly reduce infarct size as an adjuvant treatment in patients with acute ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) who were initially treated by primary PCI. Infarct size has shown to be strongly predictive of subsequent all-cause mortality and rehospitalization for heart failure after STEMI.
Ralf Kunzmann, CEO of aws Founders Fund: “As the most active venture capital fund in Austria we are looking forward to working with Miracor to drive clinical validation and commercialization of the PICSO technology. Miracor is an exceptional Austrian medical device company with an innovative technology to help patients suffering from severe heart disease and we are proud to being part of this exciting development.”
Miracor was advised by Mummert & Company for the Series B extension financing.