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Sapien Health raises £2m and rebrands to Surgery Hero as it eyes US expansion

This latest round of funding welcomes new investors LifeArc Ventures, Crista Galli Ventures, Clarendon Fund Managers, and NorthInvest, with pre-seed investors SFC Capital following on. Damien Lane (founding partner of Episode 1 Ventures) and Imran Hamid (former surgeon and Senior Investment Principal at LifeArc Ventures) both join the board.

Founded in May 2020, Surgery Hero has seen a spike in demand for its services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 1 in 8 people in England now on surgery waiting lists. They are currently commissioned by multiple Integrated Care Systems in the UK and committed to provide over 8,000 programmes for people currently awaiting surgery.

Asked about the announcement, Dr Matthew Beatty, Surgery Hero CEO and co-founder, said the following: “We’ve been thinking about a name change for some time, as we wanted something that more accurately reflects our values and identity as a company. With the closure of this funding round, it felt like the right time to announce the change publicly.