Tractivus is looking for $2.8 million (€2.3 million) to carry out the clinical validation of its technology. The company, which specializes in developing antibacterial coatings, will use the funds to carry out both the preclinical and clinical phases. The company will open a funding round, the company’s third, in the coming weeks.
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Tractivus is finalizing the industrial validation phase
The co-founder and CEO of Tractivus, Joan Gilabert, explained that “we are negotiating with an industrial partner to launch the round with part of the amount committed.” The startup, based in Barcelona, is finalizing the industrial validation stage to have its product ready. The company is developing a technology to avoid infections after the implantation of medical devices. Gilabert points out that the company will use the funds to carry out preclinical and clinical validation and to design the industrialization process.
Tractivus is negotiating with an industrial partner to start the financing round. The Tractivus operation has generated interest among its current investors, mostly business angels. In addition, the company’s CEO assures that “we have contact with European and Asian companies and also American investors”. This is the third round of financing for the start up after capturing 200,000 euros and 430,000 euros of private capital in two previous rounds. Another of the company’s objectives is for a device manufacturer interested in buying the Tractivus license to participate in this operation.
Tractivus technology will be sold after it will be licensed
The company will license its technology and sell it so that manufacturers with a broad product portfolio can implement it in a greater number of devices. Currently, 85 million people a year are infected by prosthetic implants in the United States and Europe. This pathology is the fourth cause of death in the United States and the only element that eliminates the symptoms, but not the infection, is the antibiotic.
Tractivus technology might be commercialized as soon as the end of 2022
The company plans to begin commercializing its technology at the end of 2022 and make the leap to the United States two years later. It is predicted that up to ten million people worldwide will die from these infections in 2050.
The company expects to close the funding round in the first half of 2021 and hopes to start commercializing its technology between late 2022 and early 2023 in Europe and two years later make the leap to the United States. Tractivus is a spin-off from the Gemat research group (IQS – Ramón Llull University) and Idibell. Since its foundation in 2015, the company has raised $516,000 (€425,000) of public funding through competitive projects. The company currently has five employees. In addition to Gilabert, the other co-founders are Robert Teixidó, director of technology, and Salvador Borrós, head of security.
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