- January 1, 2019
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- Category: venture capital funding
iota is using the funding to accelerate commercialization of its breakthrough millimeter-sized ultrasonic devices, which offer potentially revolutionary therapeutic applications for numerous chronic conditions from inflammation to motor disorders and eventually to cognitive impairment. The company has also named James Hattersley, a seasoned business development executive with over 25 years of business development and scientific leadership experience in the life sciences industry, as Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development. Before iota Biosciences, Hattersley held senior business development roles at Santen Pharmaceutical Co. LTD, Adherium LTD., Nektar Therapeutics, and Sun Pharma Industries.
"We are excited to embark on the next stage of our mission to transform medicine with our implantable technology," said Maharbiz. "This funding round will advance the technology through pre-clinical and initial clinical trials, bringing Iota's groundbreaking technology to patients in the very near future intended to improve health outcomes and overall quality of life," added Carmena.
"iota's neural dust platform is a major breakthrough that opens up many doors for bioelectronic medicine and brain-machine interfaces," said Ehud Isacoff, director of UC Berkeley's Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. "Like many other startups that have originated at UC Berkeley, iota emerged from exploratory research. The company's success and promise of life-changing effects for millions who suffer from debilitating disease points to the importance of funding fundamental experimental research."
The platform is powered by ultrasound, enabling the company to produce devices the size of a grain of sand that avoid the dangers associated with wire- and battery-powered implantables. Because they are smaller and can be implanted deeper into the human body than traditional technologies, neural dust can interface directly with specific nerve clusters, enabling more precise diagnostics and treatments. iota's devices can simultaneously record information and stimulate nerves, offering near instantaneous closed-loop therapies that could better treat complex disease from the inside out.
Founded in 2017 with the vision of transforming medicine through vanishingly-small implantable devices, iota (iota.bio) holds exclusive rights to the award-winning neural dust technology developed by researchers at UC Berkeley. In 2018, the company completed a $15 million series A round of funding. iota is based in Berkeley, California and is privately held.
|31/12/2018||$15,000,000||Series A||Astellas Venture Management, Bold Capital, Horizons Ventures, Ironfire Capital, Shanda Group|