Rotation Medical snags $27.2 mln Series B

Rotation Medical, a medical device firm focused on rotator cuff disease, has closed $27.2 million in Series B funding. Life Sciences Partners and New Enterprise Associates led the round with participation from investors that included Pappas Ventures. In conjunction with the funding, Dr. Azzam of LSP and Scott Weiner of Pappas Ventures have been added to Rotation Medical’s board of directors.


Plymouth, MN –July 1, 2014 –Rotation Medical, a medical device company focused on developing new technologies to treat rotator cuff disease, today announced that it has secured $27.2 million in an oversubscribed Series B financing. Life Sciences Partners (LSP), a new investor, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA) co-led the financing, which also included new investor Pappas Ventures and others.

Fouad Azzam, Ph.D., from LSP and Scott Weiner from Pappas Ventures will join the Rotation Medical Board of Directors. The funding will support the commercial launch and post-market clinical studies of the Rotation Medical rotator cuff system.
“Rotation Medical’s technology has the potential to significantly advance current approaches to the treatment of rotator cuff disease – an area for which there is clearly an unmet clinical need,” noted Dr. Fouad Azzam, General Partner at LSP. “In an environment that increasingly puts a premium on health care efficiency and effectiveness, we think Rotation Medical’s technology and team are particularly well positioned to succeed.”
Rotator cuff damage is the most common source of shoulder pain, affecting more than four million people annually in the U.S. Current approaches to repair procedures often do not address poor quality of the underlying tendon tissue, and a large number of repaired tendons deteriorate over time and become prone to re-tears. The Rotation Medical bioinductive implant is designed to address this limitation by inducing new tissue growth at the site of implantation, resulting in increased tendon thickness and healing of tendon defects with new tissue growth. The Rotation Medical rotator cuff system is comprised of a proprietary bioinductive implant and disposable instruments that allow for both mini-open and arthroscopic procedures. The company expects to launch the technology in the U.S. later this month.
“The support of this highly experienced investor base validates the significant opportunity to advance care of patients suffering from rotator cuff disease with the Rotation Medical technology,” said Martha Shadan, CEO and President of Rotation Medical. “We are thrilled to be working with financial partners with such deep domain experience in the life sciences and healthcare and look forward to introducing our technology to clinicians in the next few weeks.”
About Rotation Medical
Rotator cuff tears are the most common source of shoulder pain and diminished shoulder function in adults. Rotator cuff disease is a progressive condition with prevalence increasing with age. Rotation Medical was founded in 2009 and is committed to improving the treatment of rotator cuff disease with the Rotation Medical rotator cuff system, a breakthrough technology that has the potential to prevent rotator cuff disease progression and reduce re-tears by inducing the growth of new tendinous tissue.
The Rotation Medical rotator cuff system combines a unique, proprietary bioinductive implant designed to rapidly induce tendinous tissue growth with a set of novel, arthroscopic disposable instruments that allow the procedure to be performed quickly and reproducibly. For more information visit
Rotation Medical received 510(k) clearance from the Food and implantable bioinductive implant technology in March 2014.

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