Since
2021
France
Devices for treatment
TRL 3

Challenge

While most patients recover well from non-metastatic breast cancer, its metastatic pendant is the leading cause of cancer death in women. The treatment of non-metastatic breast cancer involves surgical removal of the tumor. This intervention can itself promote the formation of metastases, therefore paradoxically induce the apparition of the incurable deadly expression of the disease.

Opportunity

The global market in breast cancer treatment is estimated at 20+ Billions with a 2-digit CAGR. This product has the potential to reduce the need for radiotherapy, and/or improve the global long term outcomes, thus alleviating heavy costs and increasing life expectancy for patients. The total addressable market of such a device has been estimated over 1B€ with conservative assumptions. 

Solution

OncoTrap is an active implantable medical device (AIMD) which is implanted close to the resection site of a solid tumor mass in order to trap residual migrating cancer cells and to kill them. Implanted right after tumor resection, it captures the neo-metastatic cells on the spot before they spread anywhere, thus reducing the risk of metastatic relapse.  The first preclinical results obtained on mice show a capture of systemic  cancerous cells within the device.

Status

Currently at an early stage, the project has secured funding to perform further validation experiments on murine model with already promising results, and is looking forward to raise the relevant funds for product development  and clinical trials. 

Meet the team

Nicolas

Nicolas Geûens

CEO

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Kathrin Ballesteros

Venture Partner

Kathrin has more than 15 years of experience in supporting Startups – mainly in the Life Science business – in different positions as consultant and coach. She is a biochemist and holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience. Besides her scientific background she is also trained as a Business Coach, Team Coach & Team Developer and holds a Micro Master in Business Model Innovation. Prior to joining NLC she was in Seed Management with grow platform GmbH, A Bosch Company. Kathrin brings expertise in supporting early stage scientific entrepreneurial projects turning into valuable businesses.