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QV Bioelectronics raises £2m to develop revolutionary electric field therapy implant for brain tumour treatment

Investors in this round: Led by the Science Angel Syndicate and Fink Family Office with participation from Northern Gritstone, Elbow Beach Capital, and existing investors SOSV and Catapult Ventures

QV Bioelectronics, creators of an innovative surgically implanted Electric Field Therapy (EFT) device for the treatment of brain tumours – announces it has secured £2m in Pre-Series A funding from new and existing leading deep tech investors. The round was led by the Science Angel Syndicate and Fink Family Office with participation from Northern Gritstone, Elbow Beach Capital, and existing investors SOSV and Catapult Ventures.

QV Bioelectronics’ revolutionary EFT implant, GRACE, is currently in pre-clinical development. Their first-of-its-kind technology aims to target dividing cancer cells within the brain, without affecting healthy cells. Implantable bioelectronics is at the forefront of emerging healthcare technology, combining the use of cutting-edge materials and interdisciplinary science. QV Bioelectronics are pioneering its use in cancer care. Their first clinical indication for GRACE will be the most aggressive and deadly primary brain tumour, Glioblastoma (GBM), which has some of the worst outcomes of any cancer. Their technology strives to provide longer, better quality lives for these patients. QV Bioelectronics is led and co-founded by biomedical engineer Dr Christopher Bullock (CEO), and Dr Richard Fu, a specialty registrar in neurosurgery and brain cancer researcher in the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS).

QV Bioelectronics will use the funding to support expanded pre-clinical studies to assess the safety and efficacy of the GRACE implant, alongside the completion of device design prior to entering the clinical phase of development. The funds will also support a range of other activities to ensure future commercial and regulatory success. Its cutting-edge technology combines the use of the nascent area of advanced materials, precision oncology and surgical innovation. GRACE is set to be implanted in patients already undergoing surgery to maximise patient safety and cost-effectiveness. QV have been working with some of the U.K.’s leading neurosurgeons to ensure GRACE meets the needs of clinicians and fits seamlessly into existing patient treatment pathways. QV’s goal is that its device will one day help to enhance the standard of care that patients receive.

Commenting, Dr Johnathan Matlock said: “We are delighted to have led this investment round alongside the Fink Family Office. The GRACE device that Chris and Richard are developing is the definition of deep science, requiring expertise across multiple disciplines, that when brought together could dramatically improve outcomes for patients with brain tumours. With this funding round we are helping Chris and Richard move one step closer to the clinic and have set them up to achieve important pre-clinical milestones ahead of a Series A round. We are excited to support Chris, Richard and the wider QV team during the next phase of their development.”

Commenting, Lord Stanley Fink said: “I am thrilled to be investing in QV bio’s latest round. Having suffered from a brain tumour over a decade ago, this is a cause extremely close to my heart. There has been limited progress in brain cancer survival rates over the past decade when compared to the advances in other cancers and I hope QV bio will help bridge this gap.”

Commenting, Duncan Johnson, CEO, Northern Gritstone, said: “QV Bioelectronics is an example of the pioneering start-ups from the north of England that NorthernGritstone is dedicated to supporting. Its medical devices are at the vanguard of innovation with the potential to improve the lives of millions of people with brain tumours. This investment takes the company one step closer to clinical trials and making its research a reality.”

Commenting, Vijay Curthan, Investment Director, Catapult Ventures, said: “This is the third time we are investing in QV Bioelectronics and is testimony to the advances in deep tech that Chris and his team are delivering. With the support of some of the UK’s most pre-eminent neurosurgeons, the company continues to plough a leading furrow in the use of electric field therapy to treat GBM, in a way that will, hopefully, turn the tide on this devastating disease.”

Commenting, Bill Liao, General Partner, SOSV said: “SOSV is proud to continue our support of this revolutionary technology to treat the scourge of glioblastoma.”

Commenting, Dr Richard Fu (Clinical Director and Co-founder) and Dr Chris Bullock (Co-founder & CEO) said: “Ultimately, we at QV are driven by the challenge to make a meaningful difference to the lives of brain cancer patients around the world. It is our aspiration that GRACE will optimise the treatment effects of electric field therapy, whilst working synergistically alongside other existing and emerging cancer treatments. We are grateful for the belief and support from our new and existing investors and look forward to working with them and our other partners as we take the next significant steps toward fulfilling this goal.”

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QV Bioelectronics raises £2m to develop revolutionary electric field therapy implant for brain tumour treatment

QV Bioelectronics raises £2m to develop revolutionary electric field therapy implant for brain tumour treatment

By ScienceAngelSyndicate Science Angel Syndicate Profile 16 Jan 2023