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Oxford Endovascular Ltd raises $10 million to develop its origami engineered medical device

9 April 2021
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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.

Mike Karim, CEO of Oxford Endovascular, said: “The current device market for brain aneurysms is valued at well over $1bn and is growing rapidly year-on-year. One of the biggest challenges when it comes to treating neurovascular disease is having devices with high efficacy whilst minimising adverse events. Studies show that often multiple attempts are made to place treatment devices, as they often have challenges of landing accurately, opening and maintaining position. This can lead to adverse events and multiple devices being used. Procedures typically cost over $50,000 to treat a brain aneurysm and a next generation flow diverter overcoming unmet needs, offers the chance for more effective, safer and costeffective treatments as well as allowing many more patients to benefit. We plan to use this funding to bring Oxford Endovascular’s ground-breaking technology to the next stage and gain clinical data from human studies.”
Martin Diggle, Portfolio Manager, Life Sciences at Vulpes Investment Management, who led the round, said: “The life sciences team at Vulpes are excited to be participating in the next stage ofthe development of Oxford Endovascular's innovative technology . We believe this platform has the potential to become a world leader in its field.”

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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