The firm secured series C financing under the round led by Philips and UPMC through commercialization arm UPMC Enterprises.

The funding will be used for a planned US-based pivotal trial of Hemolung respiratory assist system (RAS), which is a minimally invasive artificial lung device that removes carbon dioxide independently from the lungs through respiratory dialysis.

In 2015, the company secured expedited access pathway (EAP) status from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Hemolung RAS.

The company has designed Hemolung RAS as a dialysis-like alternative or supplement to mechanical ventilation.

Philips patient care and monitoring systems Dr Adam Seiver will join ALung’s board as a representative from Philips, while UPMC Enterprises executive vice president Jeanne Cunicelli will join as a representative from UPMC.

ALung chairman and CEO Peter DeComo said: “With this new financing, we will be able to conduct our US-based clinical trial, an important step towards obtaining FDA approval and making our device available to patients in the US.

“We are grateful to Philips, UPMC, and our many other investors for their commitment to ALung and the numerous patients who stand to benefit from our technology.”

UPMC chief medical and scientific officer Dr Steven Shapiro said: “We are excited to partner with ALung, whose mission reflects our own: to dramatically improve patient outcomes and the cost-effectiveness of care by applying cutting-edge science and technology.”

Other members of the series C round include Abiomed, The Accelerator Fund, Allos Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, Blue Tree Ventures, and Riverfront Ventures.

Image: ALung will use the funding for a planned US-based pivotal trial of Hemolung respiratory assist system. Photo: courtesy of ALung Technologies, Inc.