Synoste raises €5.1m funding from Lifeline Venture and AO Invest

– FINLAND, Helsinki –  SYNOSTE Ltd, a Finnish medical device company creating smart solutions for patient-friendly bone-lengthening and bone-deformation correction, has raised €5.1m to start clinical investigations and to develop new clinical applications.

SYNOSTE’s patented technology platform provides the basis for further disruptive changes in the treatment of congenital, trauma- and tumour-related limb discrepancies, adult and paediatric deformities, and craniomaxillofacial deformations.

The new funding was provided by Lifeline Ventures, a specialist early investor in game-changing technologies and AO Invest, an investment fund backed by the AO Foundation, the world’s largest community and network of musculoskeletal surgeons and scientists.

“We are excited to gain funding from two complimentary groups – Lifeline’s forward-thinking mindset and strong entrepreneurial experience combined with AO’s expertise and access to a global network of our target surgeons will empower our development of an expanded portfolio of cutting-edge solutions and enable us to transition them into clinical practice faster”, says SYNOSTE’s Managing Director and co-founder Harri Hallila.

 “SYNOSTE is exactly the type of company that interests AO Invest; they have created not just a product but a platform that will enable various intelligent solutions from traditional intramedullary nails to flat plates that can be used in the treatment of extremely painful and psychologically debilitating conditions” comments Michel Orsinger, Chairman of AO Invest.

The €5.1M Lifeline and AO investment raises the total equity invested in SYNOSTE to ten million euros. SYNOSTE’s other investors include strategic and financial investors: Evonik Venture Capital, a German materials company; High-Tech Gründerfonds, Germany’s largest seed investor; Innovestor Ventures, with the largest portfolio of venture backed companies in Finland; and Mectalent, a partner company that provides SYNOSTE component manufacturing and precision mechanics.

About AO Invest

AO Invest is a newly established investment fund focused on start-ups active in the field of musculoskeletal disorders. The fund is backed by the AO Foundation, a 60-year old non-profit organization, which boasts the world’s largest network of more than 19’000 surgeons and scientists in orthopedics and trauma. The goal of AO Invest is to invest in start-ups related to the AO Foundation’s core expertise, and use the Foundation’s unique reach and expertise to help their companies achieve their full potential.

About Lifeline Ventures

Lifeline Ventures is a team of serial entrepreneurs who invest in the sectors where they have explicit and comprehensive knowledge, know how, and experiences. As start-up specialists the team at Lifeline start working with a fledgling companies before they have launched their first products. The company credo is to be “FIRST” in the heart and mind of the partnering entrepreneur to support them in both times of trouble and joy. Lifeline’s notable investments include e.g. Supercell (acquired by Softbank), Moves (acquired by Facebook), Oncos Therapeutics, ZenRobotics and Applifier (acquired by Unity).

For more, visit www.lifelineventures.com

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