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Gecko Biomedical Raises €8 Million in Series A Financing to Advance Next-generation Tissue Adhesives

Gecko Biomedical Raises €8 Million in Series A Financing to Advance Next-generation Tissue Adhesives for Wound Closure during Open and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Gecko Biomedical, a privately owned medical device company based in Paris that is developing novel biodegradable surgical wound closure solutions, announced the closing of a €8 million ($11m) Series A financing round. The financing was co-led by Omnes Capital and CM-CIC Capital Finance, and joined by CapDecisif Management.

Gecko Biomedical develops paradigm-shifting surgical wound closure products that harness revolutionary ‘bio-inspired’ biodegradable and biocompatible adhesive substances to deliver ‘on- demand’ wound closure during surgical procedures in the presence of body fluids, such as blood. The Company’s products include light-activated adhesive liquid films and patches, both of which improve the safety and efficiency of wound closure inside the body, and are ideally suited for use during minimally invasive (or “keyhole”) surgery. The technologies have been successfully assessed in multiple surgical settings in preclinical models, thereby validating the benefits for a wide range of medical applications.

Created in 2013, Gecko’s rapid development is based on the close relationships between the founders: Bernard Gilly and his iBionext Network; world-leading scientists Robert Langer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA) and Jeff Karp from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA, USA), both leading experts in the field of bioengineering and regenerative approaches; as well as with Christophe Bancel, member of the iBionext Network and founding CEO of Gecko Biomedical. Jacques Marescaux from the Institute of Research Against Digestive Cancer (Strasbourg, France), an expert in the use of laparoscopy (keyhole surgery), complements this high-profile team. '