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WIMAT spinout Asalus attracts new investment

Cardiff Medicentre's WIMAT has been boosted by the news that medtech startup Asalus Medical Instruments has successfully completed a £510,000 funding round.

This investment will enable the company to further develop its first three products: Clearvision, Snugport and Surehold.

Asalus, a Fusion IP portfolio company, is developing three innovative medical devices that will improve the safety and efficiency of laparoscopic surgery.

Asalus raises £510k to continue development of its medical devices portfolio.


Dr Mark Bowman, Director of Innovation at Cardiff Medicentre said “Asalus is an excellent example of how research and teaching expertise developed in a clinicial setting can be translated into commercial products."

He added "The company's lead product Clearvision represents a significant advance in enabling high definition imaging technology to be used routinely in laparoscopic surgery."

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Carina Phillips
T: 07815 058283

Notes to editors

About Cardiff Medicentre

Cardiff Medicentre is a dedicated incubator for biotech and medtech startups. The facility is set in the grounds of the University of Wales Hospital and is a neighbour to Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.

Established in 1992, Cardiff Medicentre is a joint venture between Cardiff Council, Cardiff University, the Welsh Government and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. It was the first incubator of its kind in the UK and now provides 32 units of high quality office and lab space accommodation ranging from 284 sq ft to 1,045 sq ft. Low-cost desk leasing facilities are also available to encourage entrepreneurs to enter the Cardiff Medicentre community while writing business plans and raising finance.

Tenants at Cardiff Medicentre benefit from specialist support in establishing and growing their businesses. Their aim, and the aim of the Cardiff Medicentre management team, is graduation – the process of tenant businesses outgrowing the incubation facilities and moving into their own follow-on space, or being acquired.

Examples of successful graduate companies

  • Q Chip Ltd (completed $6 million venture capital investment round in 2011)
  • Cardiff Bioanalytical Services Ltd (acquired by LGC Ltd in 2010)
  • Cardiff Research Consortium (acquired by Capita Group plc for £11.6 million in 2009)
  • BioDynamics Research Ltd (acquired by Quotient BioResearch Ltd in 2008)
  • TrichoTech Ltd (acquired by Concateno plc for £11.25 million in 2007)
  • OnExamination Ltd (acquired by BMJ Group in 2007)

Published on Tue, 14th Dec 2010

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