BTG Enters IVC Market With $150M Novate Bolt-On
The diversified UK firm is betting $20m upfront and up to $150m total on a novel inferior vena cava filter technology.
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Complications with inferior vena cava (IVC) filters and subsequent patient-injury lawsuits have made this a tricky space for medical technology innovators, but BTG has not been deterred. The UK company has entered the fray with a technology developed by Novate Medical, and as a bioconvertible product BTG believes it has key advantages compared with other offerings.
Serial medtech entrepreneurs Chas Taylor and Paul Gilson founded Novate Medical Ltd. to develop a bioconvertible inferior vena cava filter – it protects patients from pulmonary embolisms during a critical interval, then integrates into the vessel wall. There is no need to retrieve it, a benefit that goes far beyond the economics of avoiding a second procedure.
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