Munich / Paris / Frankfurt am Main
ADVITOS GmbH (“ADVITOS”), a Munich-based medical technology company, today announced the completion of a EUR 20 million financing round. The financing round was led by Crédit Mutuel Equity via its two subsidiaries Crédit Mutuel Equity Germany and Crédit Mutuel Innovation. In addition, ADVITOS received funding from the European Union’s European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund as part of the EIC Accelerator Pilot blended finance program.
ADVITOS developed and markets the ADVOS multi-device (ADVanced Organ Support) to provide an integrated 4-in-1 multi-organ support therapy that enables simultaneous support of all three main detoxification organs – liver, lungs and kidney – and corrects blood acid-base imbalances. Pilot trials in critically ill patients have shown that this therapy increased survival in severe organ failure from 20% up to 50%.
Multi-organ failure causes the deaths of approximately half a million intensive care patients in Western Europe and the USA every year. This is about 60 percent of all deaths in intensive care units. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this number has increased to around 750,000 patients in the past year. On the other hand, conventional extracorporeal procedures such as mechanical ventilation, ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), dialysis and liver-assist therapy only support the function of one or two organs. By treating all three organs simultaneously, and not consecutively like with existing solutions, it is a holistic approach giving the patients a much better chance to recover. The ADVOS therapy is CE marked, recognized by international experts, and is already in use in the intensive care units of over 20 hospitals throughout Germany, including a number of leading university hospitals.
ADVITOS developed key proprietary components of the ADVOS therapy and the ADVOS multi-device on its own and holds several patents related to technology and process features. With the current financing round, the company intends to further increase medical evidence through clinical trials, expand its commercialization internationally and to add additional therapy features to increase ease of use of the ADVOS multi.
ADVITOS was founded in 2005 by nephrologist Bernhard Kreymann, M.D., who is also the inventor of the ADVOS therapy. ADVITOS began as a start-up in a research laboratory in Garching near Munich. Catherine Schreiber complemented Bernhard Kreymann with her business and engineering background. Together they developed ADVITOS over the years with the help of several financing rounds with the participation of private investors, the KfW banking group and employees. The company presently employs 55 people. It has received numerous awards, including the 2020 Innovation Award Bavaria, and is listed in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards 2019.
Bernhard Kreymann, founder and CEO of ADVITOS, said: “This financing round is a major step in the further development of ADVITOS. It will enable us to grow much faster in the future and to embark on several major development projects in both research & development and sales & marketing. Together with our new financing partners, we are also gaining an incredibly diverse set of competencies and expertise to support these projects and open new doors for ADVITOS.”
Delphine Cardi, PhD, Investment Director at Crédit Mutuel Innovation in Paris, added: “With this round of financing, we are extremely pleased to support not only an economically promising company but above all to improve the medical care of critically ill patients.”
Sébastien Neiss, Managing Director of Crédit Mutuel Equity in Germany, further comments: “It was important to us to make a sustainable contribution to the future of the company and its mission. To this end, ADVITOS not only receives venture capital from our colleagues at Crédit Mutuel Innovation in France, the EIC Fund and other co-investors. Through the participation of Crédit Mutuel Equity, we will also support the international development of ADVITOS by making available long-term growth capital that is not dependent on predefined time horizons. This will enable us to adapt to the growth dynamics of the company and, if required, enables us to reinvest in case of changes in the shareholder structure or future growth projects.”
Laura González-Estéfani, EIC Fund Investment Committee member, said: “We are delighted to announce that the EIC Fund is supporting ADVITOS in this successful financial round. This allows this highly innovative company to further develop their product and bring it closer to the market”.
Mathias Klingler, chairman of the supervisory board of ADVITOS and authorized representative of the main private investor, sees the financing round as a great opportunity to use the unique therapy from ADVITOS internationally for the further benefit of patients and thus save lives.
About Crédit Mutuel Equity
Crédit Mutuel Equity (formerly CIC Capital) is the private equity subsidiary of Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale and carries out venture capital, growth capital and buyout activities.
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About Crédit Mutuel Innovation
Crédit Mutuel Innovation is the venture capital subsidiary of Crédit Mutuel Equity. Its objective is to invest in companies developing promising technologies. Crédit Mutuel Innovation selects companies with strong growth potential in dynamic sectors such as information technology, telecommunications, electronics, life sciences, new materials and environment. For more than 15 years, Crédit Mutuel Innovation has invested – and often reinvested – its own capital to support innovative companies all along their development. Crédit Mutuel Innovation’s policy is to provide long-term equity support to innovative startups to streamline their chances of success.
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About Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale
One of France’s leading bank insurers, operating through nearly 4,300 branches serving 26.7 million customers, Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale offers a diversified range of services to a wide range of customers, from private individuals and local professionals to businesses of all sizes.
One of Europe’s strongest banking groups, its shareholders’ equity amounted to €49.6 billion and its CET1 ratio was 17.8% at 30 December 2020.
Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale is made up of the following Crédit Mutuel federations: Centre Est Europe (Strasbourg), Sud-Est (Lyon), Ile-de-France (Paris), Savoie-Mont Blanc (Annecy), Midi-Atlantique (Toulouse), Loire-Atlantique et Centre-Ouest (Nantes), Centre (Orléans), Normandie (Caen), Dauphiné-Vivarais (Valence), Méditerranéen (Marseille), Anjou (Angers), Massif Central (Clermont-Ferrand) and Antilles-Guyane (Fort-de-France).
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About the European Innovation Council Fund
Established in June 2020, the European Innovation Council Fund (EIC Fund) is a breakthrough initiative of the European Commission to make direct equity and quasi-equity investments (between €500.000 and €15 million) in European high impact and deep tech start-ups and scale ups. The EIC Fund provides patient capital and invests in companies from any sector, across all EU countries and countries associated to Horizon 2020.
The Fund pays particular attention to empower and support female founders as well as contributing to reduce the innovation divide among EU countries.
The EIC Fund aims to fill a critical financing gap and its main purpose is not to maximize financial investment returns, but to have a high impact by accompanying companies with and disruptive technologies in their growth. Its objective is to crowd in market players, further sharing risks by building a large network of capital providers and strategic partners suitable for co-investments and follow on funding.
About EIT Digital Accelerator
EIT Digital Accelerator supports international growth of European digital tech scaleups by helping them raise venture capital and access new markets. Since 2012, EIT Digital Accelerator’s team of venture financing and business experts has been working with 300+ companies across Europe who collectively raised over €1 billion in investment.
ADVITOS developed the CE-marked and globally patented ADVOS technology (ADVanced Organ Support) – the only therapy worldwide offering multi-organ support integrated in one single device. The ADVOS therapy improves survival of ICU patients by simultaneously supporting all three main detoxification organs: the liver, the lung, and the kidney. The solution allows fluid-based elimination of: water-soluble toxins (kidney), protein-bound toxins (liver and kidney), and CO2 (lungs). In addition, the ADVOS therapy enables treatment of acid-base disbalances through patient-individual correction of the blood pH value. The ADVOS therapy is used in intensive care units at 20 leading hospitals throughout Germany and is on its way to entering the international market. ADVITOS receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Participants in the transaction
Finance & Tax-Advisory: Eight Advisory (Marc Niclas, Jan-Ole Burchert, Manuel Wahl)
EIT Digital Accelerator (Daniel Michel)
Legal: Goodwin Procter LLP (Gregor Klenk, Joana Pamukova), Implid Legal (Benoît Lespinasse)
Heussen Rechtsanwaltgesellschaft mnH (Cornelia Weber; Gerhard Pischel), Field Fischer (Andreas Driver),
CMS (Henrik Drinkuth; Arian Nazari-Khanachayi, Frederike Volkmann), Oppenhoff (Johannes Janning)
IP: Franck Tetaz Intellectual Property, Graf von Stosch Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
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