Galway start-up looking to treat joint pain raises €2.75m
Seed funding aimed at commercialising implant to treat arthritis of thumb joint
Gerry Clarke and Dr Brendan Boland, co-founders of Loci Orthopaedics.
Loci Orthopaedics, a Galway-based medical devices start-up that has developed a new joint implant to treat arthritis, has raised €2.75 million in a seed round.
Arthritis of the thumb base joint, which affects at least 5 per cent of the global population, causes significant functional impairment of the hand. Many of those with the condition lose the ability to perform everyday tasks such as using a mobile phone or writing due to severe pain.
With more than 200,000 surgical procedures carried out each year in the European Union and the US combined for severe thumb base arthritis, there is believed to be substantial growth potential for new solutions.
InDx is believed to be the only implant that successfully mimics the complex motions of a healthy thumb joint, as it provides two points of rotation that can move concurrently and independently while enabling the joint to move in all six degrees of freedom. The implant is also easier to insert and less invasive than any currently available surgical option for this condition.
The total current total addressable surgical market for thumb base arthritis procedures in the US and EU is estimated at more than $600 million per annum. This market is expected to increase in the coming years due to changing demographics.
“Securing this seed round funding will put Loci Orthopaedics firmly on track to achieve the short- and medium-term goals required towards getting this product to market to relieve the daily suffering of many patients,” said Dr Brendan Boland, chief executive of Loci, which he co-founded with Gerry Clarke.