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Gecko Biomedical receives 1.4 million euros in interest-free loan from Bpifrance to advance its bio-inspired surgical adhesive solutions

Gecko Biomedical raises €22.5 million

Gecko Biomedical’s innovative adhesive platform featured as the cover of the impactful journal of Science Translational Medicine

Gecko Biomedical Selected to Participate in TEDMED’s “Hive” in November 2015

Gecko Biomedical Achieves Significant Milestone with ISO 13485:2003 Certification

Gecko Biomedical received 1.3 million euros from Bpifrance to advance its bio-inspired Surgical Bpifrance to advance its bio-inspired Surgical

Gecko Biomedical’s Maria Pereira recognized by Forbes Magazine in its “30 under 30” selection in Healthcare

Gecko Biomedical announces that Maria Pereira, Head of Adhesive Technologies was named on the 2014’s “35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT Technology Review

Gecko Biomedical receives RadTech’s Emerging Technology Award for itsBio-inspired Surgical Adhesive Solutions

Gecko Biomedical’s Co-Founders demonstrate a ‘bio-inspired’ tissue adhesive that shows promise for minimally invasive heart surgery and vessel repair

Gecko Biomedical Raises €8 Million in Series A Financing to Advance Next-generation Tissue Adhesives for Wound Closure during Open and Minimally Invasive Surgery


Inspired by nature: the thrilling new science that could transform medicine

Mardi 25 October

Jeffrey Karp is at the forefront of a new generation of scientists using nature’s blueprints to create breakthrough medical technologies. Can bioinspiration help to solve some of humanity’s most urgent problems?

by Laura Parker

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Capital Finance: Sofinnova mène le 2e tour de 22,5 M euros de Gecko Biomedical

Lundi 21 mars

“A l’occasion tour, la medtech de son parisienne deuxième Gecko Biomedical empoche 22,5 M euros. Un montant injecté en grande partie par deux  nouveaux entrants, Sofinnova Partners (pour plus de la moitié) et bpifrance, ainsi que par les VCs historiques que sont Omnes Capital, CM-CIC Innovation..”


Usine Nouvelle: Gecko Biomédical lève 22,5 millions d’euros pour lancer ses adhésifs

samedi 19 mars 2016

Sa technologie, issue du MIT, est désormais industrialisée. Gecko a procédé à une deuxième augmentation de capital pour lancer les tests cliniques et pour décliner sa plate-forme de polymères synthétiques sur d’autres applications.


Challenges: Gecko, la start-up qui a inventé une super glue révolutionnaire

17/03/2016 – “Co-fondée par deux chercheurs du MIT et deux entrepreneurs français, Gecko a mis au point un adhésif qui pourrait remplacer les agrafes dans de nombreux domaines de la chirurgie. Sofinnova entre à son capital…”


Fierce Medical Devices: Langer biopolymer, drug delivery startup nabs $25M+ to get approvals starting in cardio surgery

17/03/2016 – Gecko Biomedical has raised €22.5 million ($25.5 million) to get it through the clinic and gain regulatory approval for its biopolymer platform in several indications for tissue reconstruction.

It’s aiming for a first approval within a year–with the first focus on its cardiovascular reconstruction candidate, dubbed GB-02. The goal is to create an entire product portfolio based on its novel polymer that enables guided tissue repair and localized drug delivery…

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Les Echos: Gecko Biomedical invente les adhésifs chirurgicaux

17/03/2016 – La start-up parisienne, qui valorise une technologie inventée au célèbre MIT, lève 22,5 millions d’euros avec Sofinnova Partners en chef de file.(…)

Il est rarissime qu’une start-up française ait l’opportunité de valoriser une technologie de rupture issue du prestigieux institut MIT, aux Etats-Unis. C’est le cas de Gecko Biomedical qui…”

(visit Les Echos)

TIME: She May Solve One of the Oldest Problems in Surgery

Sep 24th, 2015 – “Maria Pereira’s surgical glue could completely revolutionize modern medicine.

Wherever Maria Pereira goes these days—her office in Paris, a conference in Boston, or back home to Portugal—she carries around a thumb-size vial of …”

(visit TIME)

Fortune: Bringing the Fire: A Q&A with Bioinspirationalist Jeff Karp

August 28th, 2015 – “Jeff Karp, a leading biomedical engineer, discusses where, why, and how academic-business ventures can be most successful … (visit Fortune)

Bloomberg: The Glue That Could Literally Fix a Broken Heart

March 30th, 2015 – “In episode 6 of The Spark, a new adhesive could make open-heart surgery simple. “Hurricane of blood” sounds like a missing album from thrash-metal band Slayer, but it’s actually how medical researcher Maria Pereira describes  … (visit Bloomberg)

Forbes: 2015' 30 Under 30 in Healthcare Maria Pereira recognized by Forbes Magazine

Jan 14th, 2015 – “Maria Pereira, 29, Head of adhesive technologies, Gecko Biomedical. Pereira invented a glue to patch holes inside a beating heart. The adhesive can be activated when hit by light and is able to adhere under highly challenging surgical environments, such as in minimally invasive procedures. The technology has been licensed to Gecko Biomedical, a French medtech that raised $11 million in venture capital in 2013.”(visit Forbes)

MIT Technology Review: EmTech 2014 - Meet the Innovators Under 35 - Maria Nunes Pereira, Head of Adhesive Technologies, Gecko Biomedical

Sep 23rd, 2014 – MIT Technology Review: “Patching holes in the hearts of sick infants – Maria Pereira is currently head of adhesive technologies at Gecko Biomedical, where she is responsible for the adhesive products pipeline and for the translation(visit MIT Technology Review)

TEDMED: Insight Outside: Harnessing Nature’s Secrets

Sep 12th, 2014 – Jeff Karp, bioengineer and Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, illuminates the art and science of developing medical tools, treatments, and technologies from solutions found in nature … (visit TEDMED)

NEJM: Gecko’s Technology features in Clinical Implications of Basic Research - "Sticking with Synthetic Tissue Sealants"

Apr 17th, 2014 – New England Journal of Medicine: “A recent report describes a new agent for buy viagra This flowable, blood-resistant tissue “glue” is intended for use in surgical therapeutics.”  (visit NEJM)

N Engl J Med 2014; 370:1556-1559 – April 17, 2014

NBC News:Co-founder Jeff Karp explains his lab's approach on Biomimicry, leading to innovation for patients

Apr 2nd, 2014 (visit NBC News)

Le Monde: Quand un ver marin inspire les chirurgiens

Mar 3rd, 2014 – “Réparer une plaie ou une perte de substance au niveau de la peau ou d’un organe profond comme le cœur ou le tube digestif sans la moindre suture ? Chirurgiens et chercheurs rêvent  …” (visit Co-founder Jeff Karp explains a new adhesive that could help heal heart wound (video)

Jan 11th, 2014 (visit

The Boston Globe: For heart surgery, a glue replaces needle and thread

Jan 9th, 2014 – “When Dr. Pedro del Nido operates on an infant’s or small child’s heart, he …”  (visit The Boston Globe)

National Geographic: New Blood-Resistant Glue Mends Broken Hearts Without Sutures

Jan 8th, 2014 – “How do you mend a broken heart? You’re operating on a heart and it’s got a tear in it. How do you seal it? …”  (visit National Geographic)

HUFFPOST: Doctors Invent Glue That Could Literally Mend Broken Hearts

Jan 8th, 2014 – “In one episode of the TV show “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard is stabbed …” (visit HUFFPOST)

Popular Science: A Glue That Seals Heart Defects

Jan 8th, 2014 – “The glue—which researchers showed is able to hold fast on live beating hearts—could be a gentler alternative to stitches …” (visit Popular Science)

BBC News: Medical glue 'can fix broken heart’

Jan 8th, 2014 – “A medical superglue has been developed that has the potential to patch heart defects on the operating table …” (visit BBC News)

MedCity News: French startup Gecko Biomedical creating surgical glue strong enough to seal a beating heart

Jan 8th, 2014 – “A new surgical adhesive is strong enough, and elastic enough, to seal a beating heart …” (visit MedCity News)

MIT Technology Review: Surgical Glue to Mend Broken Hearts

Jan 8th, 2014 – “A new surgical adhesive is strong enough, and elastic enough, to seal a beating heart …”(visit MIT Technology Review)

The Boston Globe: MIT’s Robert Langer has another startup

Dec 10th, 2013 – “Gecko Biomedical raises $11m for work on a new surgical adhesive technology …” visit The Boston Globe)

FierceMedical Devices: French wound-closure startup with a $10.8M Series A is latest project by Robert Langer

Dec 9th, 2013 – “MIT scientist and entrepreneur Robert Langer is co-founding yet another new med tech company, this time in France …” (visit FierceMedical Devices)

Les Echos: Gecko Biomedical peaufine de nouveaux adhésifs chirurgicaux

Dec 9th, 2013 – “Il est rare qu’une start-up française valorise une invention issue du prestigieux institut américain MIT. C’est le cas … Read more