AEGEA Medical Secures $17 Million in Financing
Funds to Support Development and Commercial Launch of Next Generation Adaptive Vapor Ablation System, Study of Post-Ablation Cavity Access
MENLO PARK, Calif. November 12, 2018 — (BUSINESS WIRE)–AEGEA Medical, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on the development of its patented Adaptive Vapor Ablation technology, announced that it has raised $17 million in financing led by Solas BioVentures and its affiliates. The proceeds will be used to fund AEGEA’s prospective, multi center Post-Ablation Cavity Access (PACE II) study to evaluate uterine cavity access and the possibility of minimally invasive interventions three to four years following ablation treatment. Proceeds will also support the commercial launch in 2019 of the company’s next-generation Adaptive Vapor Ablation system for the minimally invasive treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding.
“AEGEA’s Adaptive Vapor Ablation technology offers physicians and patients a simple, elegant and safe treatment for treating a complex, underserved condition,” said David Adair, MD, co-founder and managing partner of Solas BioVentures. “The importance of being able to re-access the uterine cavity after endometrial ablation cannot be overstated. AEGEA’s unique ablative medium has the potential to preserve less invasive options for patients. We believe we are just beginning to see the technology’s full potential, and we have confidence in its ability to become the new standard of care for treating menorrhagia.”
The AEGEA Vapor System is the first FDA-approved endometrial ablation system specifically designed for use in the doctor’s office. Unlike other ablation technologies, it utilizes the naturally expansive power of water vapor to deliver a safe, effective and quick endometrial ablation procedure.
“We are fortunate to have found a partner in Solas BioVentures that truly appreciates our mission to provide patients with a natural treatment option that relieves their symptoms and restores their lives,” said Maria Sainz, president and CEO of AEGEA Medical. “This funding is an important milestone towards the commercialization of our next-generation Adaptive Vapor Ablation system, as well as research into the feasibility of preserving uterine cavity access following treatment.”
About Excessive Menstrual Bleeding (Menorrhagia)
Many women experience heavy menstrual bleeding at some point in their lives. Nearly one in five women between the ages of 30 and 50 experience abnormally heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding. Healthcare professionals call this condition “abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB)” or “menorrhagia.” The increase in quantity and duration can negatively impact every day routine activities such as work and family care. It can also make it difficult to exercise and to be socially or sexually active.
Important Safety Information
The AEGEA Vapor System is indicated for premenopausal women with menorrhagia due to benign causes for whom childbearing is complete. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks and considerations associated with the use of the AEGEA Vapor System. Please refer to the device labeling for a detailed discussion of the device’s intended use, relevant warnings, precautions, side effects, and contraindications.
Solas BioVentures is a privately held venture capital fund that invests exclusively in the life science industry, focusing primarily on early and development stage BioPharma and Medtech companies with innovative, disruptive and breakthrough technologies to improve patient care. Solas is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with offices in Nashville and Minneapolis.
AEGEA Medical is pioneering the application of its Adaptive Vapor Ablation technology to deliver therapies that provide high quality patient outcomes to a wider range of patients. AEGEA’s FDA approved water vapor technology enables the delivery of a safe and effective endometrial ablation for the treatment of menorrhagia in a simple, office-based procedure that takes only minutes. With a vision to expand safe and effective treatment options to more patients, and provide physicians with the confidence and convenience necessary to perform office-based procedures, AEGEA is inspiring new approaches to women’s healthcare. Founded in 2008, AEGEA Medical is located in Menlo Park, Calif. For more information, visit AEGEAmedical.com.
AEGEA Medical, AEGEA Vapor System, SmartSeal, and IntegrityPro, and associated logos, are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of AEGEA Medical.
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Important Safety Information:
The Mara Water Vapor Ablation System is indicated to ablate the endometrial lining of the uterus in premenopausal women with menorrhagia due to benign causes for whom childbearing is complete. Pregnancy following the Mara procedure can be dangerous. The Mara procedure is not for those who have or suspect uterine cancer; have an active genital, urinary or pelvic infection; or an IUD. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks and considerations associated with the use of the Mara Water Vapor Ablation System. Please refer to the device labeling for a detailed discussion of the device’s intended use, relevant warnings, precautions, side effects, and contraindications.