BlueWind Medical Raises $64 Million in Series B Funding for Overactive Bladder Treatment

BlueWind Medical, Ltd. announced the closing of a $64 million Series B funding round led by ConvaTec, a global medical products and technologies company focused on therapies for the management of chronic conditions including continence care.

“Proceeds from the financing will be used to support the ramp in our commercial footprint in anticipation of potential FDA marketing clearance for BlueWind Medical’s RENOVA iStim implantable neuromodulation device,” said Dan Lemaitre, Chairman & CEO of BlueWind Medical.

According to the American Urological Association, overactive bladder (OAB) is a chronic, debilitating condition affecting over 34 million Americans and can lead to urgency urinary incontinence (UUI), the involuntary leakage of urine associated with a sudden compelling desire to void. People diagnosed with UUI have an irreversible condition that substantially impacts their physical and mental health, and is significantly associated with depression, social isolation, obesity, and death.1 2 3

BlueWind Medical completed patient enrollment of the OASIS pivotal clinical study in November 2021 at 23 centers in the United States, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Belgium. Interim safety data was recently announced at the SUFU (Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction) Winter Meeting showing no device or procedure related serious adverse events. BlueWind Medical will submit an application for U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) marketing clearance in the United States later in 2022 based on the OASIS pivotal study.

The RENOVA iStim device utilizes neuromodulation to target the nerves that control the bladder. RENOVA iStim is implanted near the ankle in a single short outpatient procedure of approximately 30 minutes utilizing local anesthesia.

“At ConvaTec, we focus on solutions that improve the lives of those enduring chronic conditions like incontinence. We believe BlueWind Medical’s vision for less invasive care with greater customer control will resonate with end-users and providers alike,” said Seth Segel, President & COO, Global Continence Care and Home Services Group of ConvaTec Group Plc.

“The BlueWind team appreciates that ConvaTec and others share our vision in the potential for RENOVA iStim to transform the care of OAB,” concluded Lemaitre.

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