HighLife SAS, an early-stage medtech company focused on the development of a unique trans-catheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) system to treat patients suffering from mitral regurgitation, announced the closing of a €12.3 million investment round led by Sofinnova Partners which becomes the main investor in the company. HighLife had previously secured financing from a corporate player, LivaNova PLC, which also participated in this financing round along with Georg Börtlein, the CEO and founder of the HighLife.
Based in Paris (France), HighLife was started in 2010 by Georg Börtlein, who was previously a co-founder with Professor Jacques Séguin and Chief Operating Officer at CoreValve Inc., a pioneer in the development of trans-catheter aortic valve implantation supported early on by Sofinnova Partners until the sale to Medtronic in 2009 for more than $700 million.
“We are excited to invest in HighLife and believe that their unique trans-septal approach is the next innovative disruption in trans-catheter valve technologies,” said Antoine Papiernik, Managing Partner of Sofinnova Partners, “We are also happy to partner with Georg Börtlein for the second time and confident that HighLife’s technology represents the next generation TMVR product needed to reach meaningful clinical adoption.”
“This investment enables us to implement our aggressive development plan and move forward with both our ongoing clinical programs and our R&D pipeline. We are currently recruiting patients in several European countries including France and Germany and are now planning to accelerate the enrollment in this initial clinical phase.” said Georg Börtlein.
The HighLife technology relies on the initial placement of a ring component around the native mitral leaflets in a reversible manner. Once this first component’s position is confirmed, the bioprosthesis is delivered within minutes through the ring and finds its natural position inside the native annulus regardless of the access site. This approach allows for trans-septal access and delivery of the bioprosthesis after navigating up the femoral vein and reaching the native mitral valve via a puncture through the inter-atrial septum. Such route alleviates the need for a trans-apical puncture in the weakened heart muscle and is favored by physicians because further trauma to the patients is avoided.
HighLife SAS, headquartered in Paris, France, with offices in Irvine (California), is an early-stage company established in 2010. It is focused on the development of a novel transcatheter replacement system for treating mitral regurgitation. The technology aims at a beating heart procedure reducing trauma to the patients.
Caution: The HighLife Transcatheter Mitral Valve is an investigational device and not available for sale.
For more information: www.highlifemedical.com
About Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners is an independent venture capital firm based in Paris, France. For more than 40 years, the firm has backed nearly 500 companies at different stages of their development – pure creations, spin-offs, as well as turnaround situations – and worked alongside key entrepreneurs in the Life Sciences industry around the globe. With over €1.6 billion of funds under management, Sofinnova Partners has created market leaders with its experienced team and hands-on approach in building portfolio companies through to exit. For more information, please visit: www.sofinnova.fr