EvoEndo Announces Investment from AGA’s GI Opportunity Fund
DENVER, CO, April 13, 2023 — EvoEndo®, Inc. (“EvoEndo”), a medical device company developing platforms for Unsedated Transnasal Endoscopy (TNE), announced that the company received an investment from the American Gastroenterological Association's (AGA) new venture capital fund, GI Opportunity Fund 1.
“AGA is proud to support EvoEndo® and its innovative technology that has the potential to improve care, save time, resources, and cost for hospitals and the GI community at large,” said Michael L. Kochman, MD, AGAF, MASGE, Wilmott Family Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Center for Endoscopic Innovation, Research and Training, Gastroenterology Division, University of Pennsylvania Health System; Fund Manager and Advisor, AGA GI Opportunity Fund.
The EvoEndo® Single-Use Endoscopy System received FDA 510(k) clearance in February 2022. The EvoEndo System includes a sterile, single-use, flexible gastroscope designed for unsedated transnasal upper endoscopy and a small portable video controller. The EvoEndo Comfort Kit (not part of the cleared EvoEndo System) includes virtual reality (VR) goggles for patient distraction during the unsedated transnasal endoscopy procedure. Unsedated TNE can be used to evaluate and diagnose a wide range of upper GI conditions that may require frequent monitoring, including eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), dysphagia, celiac disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, malabsorption, and abdominal pain.
“We are grateful for the support of the AGA, which is a testament to our ongoing commitment to improving GI outcomes with our technology,” said Jonathan T. Hartmann, Chief Executive Officer at EvoEndo. “The AGA has always been at the forefront of improving GI care – our team could not be more excited that they have recognized EvoEndo, and we look forward to continuing to expand adoption of our technology to the GI community, its physicians, and their patients.”
TNE enabled by EvoEndo’s Single-Use Endoscopy System allows hospitals to move endoscopy procedures from an ambulatory procedural suite to an office-based environment and allows the “traditional” sedation procedure rooms to be used for more complex, therapeutic cases.
“Expanding our fund’s portfolio to include technologies that can transform the pediatric GI landscape is particularly exciting for Varia Ventures,” said Andrea Vossler, co-founder and managing director at Varia Ventures. “EvoEndo® has made significant progress in the TNE category, and we are excited for what’s to come in the future.”
The EvoEndo® Model LE Gastroscope is intended for the visualization of the upper digestive tract in adults and pediatric patients, specifically for the observation, diagnosis, and endoscopic treatment of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenal bulb in patients over the age of five. The gastroscope is a sterile, single-use device and can be inserted orally or transnasally. The EvoEndo® Controller is intended for use with an EvoEndo® Endoscope for endoscopic diagnosis, treatment, and video observation. The EvoEndo System is only intended for use by medical professionals. Physicians and other medical providers interested in learning more about EvoEndo’s TNE system or scheduling demonstrations and training can contact the company here.
EvoEndo®, Inc. is a medical device company developing sterile single-use, flexible endoscopes that enable unsedated endoscopic procedures. EvoEndo’s technology allows pediatric patients and adults alike to consider an unsedated option for routine endoscopies in a clinic setting without the use of general anesthesia or sedation. To learn more, please visit: https://evoendo.com/.
The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice, and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization. For more information, visit www.gastro.org.
The AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology supports innovation and the development of new technology in gastroenterology, hepatology, nutrition and obesity by guiding medical device and therapeutics innovators through the technology development and adoption process.
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