Medical Microinstruments Inc. last week announced it has raised $75 million in Series B financing, which it said it will use to expand its presence in the U.S. as it moves its headquarters there.
“This financing round, coupled with our commitment to access the U.S. market and the addition of visionary leaders to our board, is an exciting moment for the surgical robotics space,” said Mark Toland, CEO of MMI. “We’re pleased to have bridged the Atlantic with premier U.S. life science investors, and existing European investors, who share our same vision of bringing microsurgical robotics to the world.”
The Italian company said the recently opened Center of Excellence facility in Pisa, Italy will continue to be where the company does research and development, as well manufacturing, and other business activities. 96 employees work in the center.
Medical Microinstruments, Inc. was founded in 2015 near Pisa, Italy.
The company said it seeks to expand indications and support ongoing commercialization efforts for the Symani Surgical System in Europe where it received CE mark in 2019. MMI also intends to accelerate plans to commercialize in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific, as well as advance clinical research including securing an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a pivotal study.
Understanding the the Symani System
The company said the Symani System was developed specifically to address the challenges of microsurgery and is the only system that offers NanoWrist Instruments designed to improve a surgeon’s ability to access and suture small, delicate anatomy.
The company said the Symani Surgical System is designed to improve a surgeon’s ability to repair anatomical structures such as veins, arteries, nerves, and lymphatic vessels as small as 0.3 mm in diameter.
New board members
The company also announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors.
The company’s new board members are Andrew ElBardissi, MD, Tess Cameron and Arturo Baroncelli. Dr. ElBardissi is a partner at Deerfield Management, with extensive experience serving as a board member for innovative healthcare companies. Cameron serves as principal for RA Capital Management and currently sits on the boards of Avilar Therapeutics and Nodexus Inc. Baroncelli previously worked as a robotics business development manager for Comau and will represent MMI’s founders on the board.
“We are thrilled to add further depth and experience to the MMI Board and look forward to working with our new board members to build the robotic microsurgical space,” said Andrew Cleeland, chairman of the board for MMI.
“The MMI technology is one of the most significant transformational advancements in surgical robotics that we have seen,” said ElBardissi. “Having the world’s smallest wristed instruments opens up the field of ‘micro’ robotics to a completely new level of treatment spanning microsurgery for cancer, trauma, orthopedic, pediatric, and one day, neurosurgery patients. Symani will be the future of how microsurgery is performed worldwide.”
“Robotic microsurgery has enormous potential to both improve the standard of care for patients and help surgeons manage procedures that require delicate precision,” said Cameron. “I look forward to supporting MMI and its world-class team as it begins this exciting chapter.”
Deerfield Management led the round with participation from new investors, RA Capital Management and Biostar Capital, as well as existing investors, Andera Partners, Fountain Healthcare Partners, Panakès Partners and Sambatech.
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