Medical device company lands £5.2m in latest funding round

IQ Endoscopes has secured £5.2m to help to support the development and roll-out of of its medical device which has the potential to transform the early diagnosis of a range of cancers and other gastro-intestinal conditions.

Based in Chepstow, South Wales, IQ Endoscopes has created a single-use endoscopy device which is not only cost effective and scalable but also sustainable.

IQ Endoscopes’ technology leverages the complementary experience of its founders. Dr Patrick Ward-Booth brings more than 40 years of clinical experience in the endoscopy field, while CTO Andrew Miller has a background in automotive engineering that has been applied to the design and manufacturing of the company’s products.

The most recent investment round was led by BGF alongside existing investor the Development Bank of Wales and a consortium of investors.

The company was recently supported with grant from Cardiff and Vale Health Board, and received backing from the Cardiff Capital Region Challenge Fund to create a new recycling strategy for the product.

The business, which was launched in 2017 has raised £5.9m to date, with seed funding and subsequent investment raised from investors including the Development Bank of Wales.

IQ Endoscopes has undergone rapid acceleration over the last five years and funds from this latest round will be focused on market access strategy ahead of product launch.

Matt Ginn, CEO at IQ Endoscopes, said: “Regulatory bodies such as the FDA are increasingly encouraging single use endoscopes as a means of improving patient safety and ensuring the early detection of GI diseases. Single use endoscopes not only eliminate all threat of cross contamination between procedures, but also increase throughput of patients and allow greater access to treatment on a global scale.”

“This latest financial backing will allow us to bring our disruptive technology to market, making it available to patients undergoing vital treatments and procedures as soon as possible. Furthermore, we can continue our organisational expansion in South Wales and ensure we scale the organisation in line with commercialisation plans.”

Tim Rea, investor at BGF, said: “This was an exciting opportunity to back an early-stage medical device business with a truly innovative technology that has the potential to make a significant positive impact on a strained area of the healthcare system.

“The team at IQ Endoscopes are extremely committed to improving outcomes for patients and healthcare providers the world over. This investment will enable IQ Endoscopes to complete its remaining developmental milestones against a clear roadmap towards its next stage of growth.”

Dr Richard Thompson, senior investment executive at the Development Bank of Wales, said: “Matt Ginn and the team at IQ Endoscopes have made impressive progress. As a PhD materials scientist, I’ve been particularly impressed at the quality of the products the team has developed.

“As an initial investor into IQ Endoscopes, we’re delighted to see the progress they’ve made, and to have made a second med-tech equity co-investment with the ventures team at BGF, increasing our stake in this exciting company.”

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