Impulse Dynamics Completes $101M Financing Round

Financing To Support Commercial Acceleration of the Optimizer Smart Mini, Enrollment in the Landmark AIM HIGHer Clinical Trial, and Continued Development of a CCM-D Combination

MARLTON, N.J., May 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Impulse Dynamics, a global medical device company dedicated to improving the lives of people with heart failure (HF), is proud to announce today the completion of a $101 million financing round comprised of both equity and debt. Participants include new investors, Alger and Squarepoint Capital LLC; existing investors, Abiomed, Inc. and Kennedy Lewis Investment Management LLC; and private investors from the company’s Board of Directors, including the company’s CEO, Simos Kedikoglou, MD.

“The support of existing and new investors in the current, challenging environment underscores the disruptive potential for CCM therapy, the strength of the global commercial rollout, and the promise of our clinical and product pipeline,” said Dr. Kedikoglou. “We expect this financing will enable us to further accelerate the commercial efforts to drive adoption of our technology, expedite enrollment in the landmark AIM HIGHer clinical trial, and accelerate efforts to realize our next-generation combination device. With the completion of this financing round, we believe we are positioned to provide a proven treatment option that offers hope for quality of life for HF patients around the world.”

The Optimizer® device is commercially available in 44 countries, including the U.S., EU, China, Brazil, and India. The AIM HIGHer trial is a 1,500-patient quadruple-blind, sham-controlled trial that the company has initiated to evaluate the potential of CCM therapy to improve performance and reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in HF patients with left ventricular ejection fraction of 40 to 60 percent. The study is expected to engage up to 150 sites in the U.S. and internationally. The Optimizer Integra, the company’s 7th generation device, is a breakthrough technology that combines traditional CCM with defibrillator functionality, similar to a traditional implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), for appropriate patients. The advanced device is expected to enter clinical trials in the U.S. and elsewhere in the near future.

“We are excited to lead this funding round to support Impulse Dynamics in accelerating the development and commercialization of its breakthrough CCM technology,” said Sanjiv Talwar, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager, and Head of Healthcare at Alger, a New York-based asset manager with a 60-year track record of investing in growth and innovation.

“We have been investors in Impulse Dynamics for some time now, and we are pleased to continue to support the advancement of CCM therapy for the care of heart failure patients globally,” said Rich Gumer, partner with Kennedy Lewis Investment Management LLC, a leading credit manager with a track record of supporting innovative life sciences companies.

About Impulse Dynamics

Impulse Dynamics, based in Marlton, N.J., is dedicated to helping healthcare providers enhance the lives of people with heart failure by transforming how the condition is treated. The company pioneered CCM® therapy, which is delivered by the company’s Optimizer® Smart system, an FDA-approved treatment verified to improve the quality of life for heart failure patients. CCM therapy is a safe and effective minimally invasive treatment option for many heart failure patients who otherwise have few effective alternatives available to them. To learn more, visit, or follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

About the Optimizer Device

The Optimizer device delivers CCM therapy to the heart. CCM therapy delivers precisely timed electrical pulses to the heart that are intended to improve the heart’s ability to contract, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to be pushed out through the body.[1] CCM therapy is indicated to improve 6-minute hall walk, quality of life, and functional status of NYHA (New York Heart Association) Class III heart failure patients who remain symptomatic despite guideline-directed medical therapy, are not indicated for CRT (cardiac resynchronization therapy) and have a left ventricular ejection fraction ranging from 25 to 45 percent

Forward-looking Statements

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[1] European Journal of Heart Failure (2021) doi:10.1002/ejhf.2202