SAN JOSE, California , December 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Significant Investment From GE healthymagination Fund
C8 MediSensors, Inc. (http://www.c8medisensors.com), the leading company for noninvasive continuous glucose monitoring for diabetics, announced today that it has raised a total of [ $24 ] million through the sale of Preferred C stock. Recognising the revolutionary potential of C8 MediSensor's noninvasive technology to improve the lives of diabetics, existing investors as well as new investors including GE's healthymagination Fund made a significant investment that will accelerate C8 MediSensors' planned product introduction in 2012.
"Glucose monitoring is the most common method of monitoring diabetic care in the world. GE Healthcare has a solid monitoring business, one in which we focus on new and innovative ways to monitor patients in the most non-invasive way. C8 is a good strategic fit with GE Healthcare, given our common focus on clinical issues for the patient," said Thierry Leclercq , General Manager of GE Healthcare's Life Care Solutions business. "GE Healthcare's growing monitoring business must invest in areas that are most important to patients. A non-invasive way to monitor glucose can change the paradigm of diabetes care and improve the life of diabetics everywhere. We look forward to exploring ways to collaborate with the C8 team."
C8 MediSensors has successfully harnessed the potential of Raman spectroscopy to commercialise a non-invasive glucose monitor that improves the lives of diabetics by giving them a continuous view of their glucose levels without the pain, inconvenience and high cost of invasive glucose monitoring.
"We are diabetics helping diabetics. C8 MediSensors was co-founded by Jan Lipson , a PhD in physics who wanted to help his son, a Type 1 diabetic, by sparing him the pain of constant finger sticks. Another co-founder, Paul Zygielbaum , is a Type 2 diabetic," said Fred Toney , CFO of C8 MediSensors. "Furthermore, we are pleased to welcome GE, through its healthymagination Fund, as new investors in C8 MediSensors. GE's knowledge and breadth of reach throughout the healthcare vertical is a significant advantage to C8 MediSensors as we execute our business plan."
C8 MediSensors will introduce the new noninvasive continuous glucose monitor in the European Community in 2012, pending CE Mark regulatory approval.
C8 MediSensors is the leader in noninvasive continuous glucose monitoring. Headquartered in San Jose CA , C8 MediSensors' breakthrough patent-protected technology gives people with diabetes a continuous view of their glucose levels, without the pain, inconvenience and high cost of invasive continuous glucose monitoring. Visit http://www.c8medisensors.com.
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