£34m fundraising for Bath medical device firm on a mission to revolutionise surgery

March 17, 2023

A pioneering medical device company with a base in Bath that focuses on the emerging field of surgical endoscopy has raised nearly £34m to fill a funding gap and speed up its expansion.

Creo Medical Group develops and commercialises minimally invasive electrosurgical devices from its bases in Chepstow and Bath. 

The firm, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market, has a vision to improve patient outcomes through technology that optimises surgical capability. Its products are being adapted for use with robotic-assisted surgical platforms.

Its £33.7m fundraising, in which it was supported by the Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke, included a placing, subscription and open offer.

It exceeded expectations, with the open offer being oversubscribed by about 32%. 

The funds will provide working capital to accelerate the commercial roll-out of its core technology products in the US, Europe and the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

They will also enable it to continue to develop its pipeline of commercial licensing and partnering opportunities, its intellectual property portfolio and its research and development into new devices for use in conjunction with its CROMA advanced energy platform, which is used in miniature endoscopic devices.

Creo bosses recently said the businesses needed between £15m and £10m to fill a funding gap this year and move towards positive cashflow by 2025 as investment in doctor training kicked in.

Launching the fundraising, Creo chief executive Craig Gulliford said: “Over the last year we have demonstrated rapid growth in the core technology and product revenues coming out of the pandemic.

“These funds will allow us to continue to support the commercial scaling up of our core technologies, expand our Kamaptive programme, which is focussed on large markets with significant growth potential, and develop our endoscopic suite of products for roll out on a global basis.”

Cenkos Securities acted as Creo’s nominated adviser and Cenkos and Numis Securities acted as joint brokers in connection with the placing and open offer.


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