Medtech innovator ‘TestCard’ secures £4.5m funding
The multi award-winning medical technology innovator ‘TestCard’, which allows people to diagnose common conditions and diseases using the camera on their mobile phone, has secured £4.5m in its latest funding round.
Secured via corporate finance and venture capital firm ‘West Hill’, TestCard will use the new wave of funding for new product development, advancing regulatory applications, international expansion and further product launches. It will also help bridge the business through to its Series ‘A’ round, currently anticipated for the second quarter of 2021.
With the aim of giving people control over their health and taking further strain off the NHS, Testcard’s ground-breaking at-home UTI testing kit, which launches in November, turns a smartphone camera into a clinical grade scanner, providing immediate results which can then be shared with a GP or other healthcare professional. The latest investment will help Testcard continue to disrupt the emerging health-at-home sector, which aims to improve healthcare outcomes by enabling more people to access medical diagnostic testing at home through mobile application-based technology.
Testcard was founded after business partners Dr Andrew Botham and Luke Heron saw a problem with the way people traditionally accessed health tests. Often an extremely difficult and time-consuming process, Testcard was launched to plug part of this gap.
This latest milestone caps off a phenomenal period of growth at the Scarborough based company. In January 2019, TestCard shocked the tech world when it won the ‘Top Emerging Technology’ award at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The award typically celebrates new product releases from established tech giants such as Google, Apple and Samsung. The win showered TestCard with an uncommon credibility usually reserved for companies many times its size; propelling the medtech innovator in ways it could never have imagined. The pandemic has further enhanced the relevance and timeliness of the TestCard product proposition, especially as the speed that healthcare is migrating from clinics and hospitals back to the home accelerates.
Robert Caie, Managing Partner of West Hill Capital, said:
“West Hill was most impressed with TestCard’s management team and technology and believed that the company would make a significant addition to our portfolio. TestCard is now perfectly positioned to benefit from a new world where home testing for a multitude of medical conditions or illnesses has become necessary in order to alleviate the strain on our healthcare services.”
Chris Craig-Wood, Chief Commercial Officer at TestCard, said: “We are delighted to secure this level of funding while still in our early stages as a business. It’s clear that diagnostic testing is an attractive opportunity in the current climate. This level of investor confidence speaks volumes about our ambitious growth plans in delivering disruptive, at-home healthcare solutions to the market across multiple territories.”
TestCard has a longproduct pipeline. Alongside UTI tests, it is working to develop diabetic screening, pregnancy and ovulation tests, kidney function and a drugs misuse test.
At present, the Testcard team is made up of 25 staff based predominantly between Edinburgh and Scarborough; however, it plans to expand to 50 staff by the end of 2021.
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TestCard was founded by Dr. Andrew Botham (a leading expert in laboratory testing) and technologist Luke Heron, who created the innovation following a conversation about how bad people are engaging with healthcare. They saw the potential for significant improvement in the way healthcare could be accessed, by removing the delay in treatment by facilitating an earlier diagnosis in the privacy, comfort and convenience of home. For many people across the world, it can be extremely difficult to access any form of healthcare and a quick and simple test could improve health outcomes for millions.
About the founders:
Chief Scientific Officer Dr Andrew Botham was formerly Head of Research & Development for ACM Global Laboratory, later moving to become the Head of Laboratory testing at the department of blood sciences within the NHS (Biochemistry, Haematology, Immunology, Pre-analytical, Point of Care testing and Phlebotomy) in East Yorkshire, where he oversaw the control and maintenance of blood science analytical services across all hospital sites.
CEO Luke Heron began his career at the British stockbroker Smith New Court, later acquired by Merrill Lynch. Previously the founder of multiple chart-topping iOS games and apps, Luke co-founded TestCard with long-time friend Dr Andrew Botham
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