Galway based Palliare Completes $8M Series A Funding Round

28th June 2021

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Palliare, an emerging company with the vision to create a safer operating room, today announced the closing of an oversubscribed $8 million Series A funding round. The round was led by leading European Life Sciences Venture Capital firm Seroba Life Sciences, with participation from Luxembourg-based SCM AD Ventures, The Western Development Commission, and several private investors. The funds will be used to support US commercial launch activities related to Palliare’s EVA15 insufflator and smoke evacuation system, as well as new Research & Development activities.

Palliare was founded three years ago as a spinout from Irish gastro-diagnostic company Crospon, which was acquired by Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) in 2017. Based in Galway, Ireland, and with US headquarters in California, Palliare is dedicated to advancing the state of the art in smoke evacuation and insufflation technologies for laparoscopic, endoluminal, endoscopic and robotic surgery.  Caroline O’Dea is Executive Director and Managing Director of Palliare’s Irish facility.

There has been growing awareness of the hazardous nature of surgical smoke to the operating room staff, and various medical organisations in USA have been lobbying for the safe evacuation of all surgical smoke. The COVID-19 pandemic further heightened awareness across the clinical community of the exposure of medical staff to aerosolised viruses in the operating room. In 2021 alone, nine (9) US states have introduced smoke evacuation bills, and more are anticipated in the coming months.

With the close of the Series A round, Jennifer McMahon, Principal at Seroba, will join the company’s board. On the investment, Jennifer commented: “We are delighted to back the experienced Palliare team who have identified the clinical need for a user-friendly continuous pressure insufflator. We recognise the growing trend towards minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and the demand to create a cleaner and safer operating room for patients and clinical staff alike.”

Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO of the Western Development Commission said “We are delighted to continue our investment journey with Palliare, building on the world renowned MedTech sector that exists in the West of Ireland, drawing on the skilled workforce this is an example of the leading edge indigenous innovation in the western region. Innovation such as this improves the lives of patients, drives economic activity and supports and sustains vibrant communities.

In further news, the company is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Tupen as US Vice President of Sales. Julie brings extensive commercial experience to the management team from having previously worked with such companies as Covidien, Invuity, and most recently Hologic.

Commenting on the new appointment, Scott Flora, Chairman of Palliare said “We are delighted to welcome Julie Tupen to head up our US commercial launch of EVA15, a product that offers a compelling value proposition in providing both continuous pressure insufflation and laparoscopic smoke evacuation in a highly compact form at a very competitive price point.” 

Pictured: John O’Dea, Group CEO of Palliare, Caroline O’Dea, Managing Director, Palliare and Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO of the Western Development Commission.