Daily News: May 15, 2014

SVB, Oxford Finance Provide Ceterix Orthopaedics Debt Financing

Ceterix Orthopaedics, a developer of novel surgical tools for arthroscopic procedures, announced that the company closed $18 million in new financing. Previous investors Novo A/S, Versant Ventures and 5AM Ventures participated in the round, which also included debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank and Oxford Finance. Armentum Partners acted as financial advisor to Ceterix in the transaction.

Funds will be used to support commercial expansion of the company’s novel surgical tools for arthroscopic procedures, currently in use by more than 100 U.S. physicians. The technology enables surgeons to place stitches in very tight joint compartments, while protecting sensitive surrounding structures such as nerves, arteries and cartilage. This technology has applications in numerous procedures in knees, hips and shoulders.

In addition, the company announced the issuance of two key U.S. patents. The patents relate to methods of meniscal and soft tissue repair with the company’s proprietary technology.

“These company milestones will allow us to accelerate our efforts to meet the significant need for better surgical outcomes for millions of patients undergoing knee, hip and shoulder procedures each year,” said John McCutcheon, Ceterix president and CEO. “We have been extremely pleased with physician response to our technology, which has exceeded expectations on every front, and look forward to expanding our reach to additional U.S. physicians and patients in the coming months.”