Mercia EIS Funds

Spinal implants firm targets £7bn US market

Axis Spine – the Mercia-backed company which is developing the next generation of spinal implants – has raised a further £830,000 to launch trials of its product in the US.

The company, whose technology improve the success of spinal surgery and help patients in chronic pain, expects to secure clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) next month.

The latest investment comes from Mercia’s EIS funds and two private investors and has been completed in the midst of the lockdown. It will allow Axis Spine to start early commercialisation and gain entry into the £7bn US spinal implant market. More than 300,000 procedures involving anterior spinal implants take place each year in the US.

Peter Dines, COO of Mercia, said: “We are proud to have co-founded Axis Spine with Jon Arcos and delighted to have served on the board and support the business with capital since inception.  2020 is an important year for the company with FDA approval in the US market and first implantations expected later this year when elective surgery for back pain resumes.”

Jonathan Arcos, CEO of Axis Spine, said: “The current trading environment is of course very challenging but this investment will take us to the next level. We are delighted to have the funds in place to bring our first product onto the market. In the long-run we’d like to bring the product to the NHS as we believe it can help transform the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer from debilitating back pain.”

Stephen Evans, from Harper James Solicitors, who helped secure the funding added: “This proves that investors are still out there and looking to sign off on deals.”