Aspire Bariatrics grabs $12 mln from Hercules

Hercules Technology Growth Capital has agreed to provide up to $12 million in venture debt funding to Aspire Bariatrics. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Aspire Bariatrics is a developer of a weight loss device for obesity.


KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Aspire Bariatrics, a medical device company developing and commercializing a reversible minimally-invasive weight loss device for obesity, announced today that it has closed on up to $12 million in venture debt financing with Hercules Technology Growth Capital (NYSE: HTGC). The financing will support the continuation of the company’s PATHWAY pivotal trial in the US and Pre-Market Application (PMA) filing, expected in mid-2015. The financing will also support ongoing post-market studies for the device, which is currently approved for commercial sale in Europe.

“We are very pleased to enter into this financing agreement with Hercules, a leading specialty finance company in the health care sector,” said Kathy Crothall, Chief Executive Officer and President of Aspire Bariatrics. “With access to this capital, Aspire is well-poised to file for FDA approval of the AspireAssist® in the United States in mid-2015, with anticipated US market entry in early 2016.”

The AspireAssist has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of obesity with its novel approach to portion control and focus on gradual lifestyle changes. The device is implanted in a 15-minute outpatient procedure, is fully reversible, and does not alter the patient’s internal anatomy. This device is currently completing its multicenter, randomized, controlled pivotal trial at ten leading hospital institutions across the USA, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cornell University, the Mayo Clinic, University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University. This financing will support the ongoing efforts to enable obese patients worldwide to access this therapy.

About Aspire Bariatrics, Inc.

Aspire is a commercial-stage medical device company committed to providing safe and effective treatments for obesity to patients worldwide, excellent customer service and education, and continued innovation.

About Hercules Technology Growth Capital

Hercules Technology Growth Capital (NYSE: HTGC) is the leading specialty finance company focused on providing loans to venture capital-backed companies in technology-related markets, including medical device, biotechnology, energy, and renewable technology.