German Medtech Startup Protembis Secures €30M in Series B Funding for Innovative Heart Surgery Device

Wednesday 27, 2024 | By Startup Rise EU

  • Aachen-based Protembis GmbH secures €30million in series B round funding.
  • Series B Round is use to support the enrollment of the PROTEMBO Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Pivotal Trial (NCT05873816). 
  • The ProtEmbo® Cerebral Protection System is an intra-aortic filter device that protects the entire brain from embolic material liberated during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Protembis GmbH (Protembis), a privately-held emerging cardiovascular medical device company secures €30million in series B round funding.

Protembis GmbH (Protembis), a privately-held emerging cardiovascular medical device company secures €30million in series B round funding.

The funding round was structured in two separate capital increases which have both been completed. It was co-led by a European consortium of VC investors including Sweden-based Segulah Medical Acceleration, Italy-based XGEN Venture, and Germany-based TechVision Fund.

Other investors include Coparion, several large family offices, angel investors and a multinational medical device strategic.

Karl von Mangoldt and Conrad Rasmus Co-CEOs of Protembis said, “We are delighted to announce the completion of the round and would like to thank our existing investors as well as the new investors for their trust and confidence.”, “It reflects the fact that the field of cerebral embolic protection is buoyant, and that future growth will be driven by younger and lower risk patients who have zero tolerance for brain injury risk when selecting to undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement.”

Additionally, Protembis medtech startup is proud to announce the addition of Keith D. Dawkins, MD, to the Board of Directors. Dr Dawkins has more than 35 years’ experience in the cardiovascular environment.

With over 20 years as a practicing interventional cardiologist in the UK he has held research roles as a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, served as President of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society, and authored more than 750 academic publications and presentations.

Dr Dawkins has been the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Shockwave (NASDAQ:SWAV) since 2019, and this was preceded by his role as Global CMO at Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) where he held senior positions since 2008.

He also serves as a member of the boards of Ventric Health LLC and JenaValve Technology Inc., as well as Chairman of InnovHeart s.r.l. Dr Dawkins will contribute his significant expertise to the clinical strategies of Protembis and the pre-commercial programs as the IDE study reaches its conclusion.

Azin Parhizgar, PhD, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors said, “To have such a visionary leader as Dr Dawkins join our Board of Directors is an exciting indication of the opportunities that cerebral embolic protection holds for future transcatheter therapies. We look forward to close collaboration as the field develops and our superiority trial gains momentum.”

Dr Dawkins said, “As a long-term believer in the need to protect the brain from all new lesions during transcatheter aortic valve replacement, I am very pleased to join Protembis. The ProtEmbo System and the clinical trial design are both novel and I am confident that they will be highly disruptive to the field of cerebral embolic protection, removing or mitigating many of the current issues that concern the physician community”.

About Protembis

Protembis stands out as a notable player within the dynamic German startup ecosystem. This innovative heart surgery device (the ProtEmbo® Cerebral Protection System) is an intra-aortic filter device that protects the entire brain from embolic material liberated during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). 

It is a low-profile non thrombogenic system that shields all cerebral vessels, delivered through the left radial artery for optimal placement and stability. This is an ideal access site enabling physicians to avoid interference with TAVR equipment typically delivered through the femoral artery.

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