Carduso Capital invests in “Gum Irrigator”

“Due to the social impact on patients and cost savings, the Gum Irrigator fits perfectly with Carduso’s regional and technical objectives,” said Frits Kok on behalf of the fund. Sophie van Dijk, Co-Founder and CEO of the Gum Irrigator, adds: “After an extensive testing phase we are excited to be able to roll out our technology in the market with Carduso’s participation. Our first target markets are the Netherlands and its surrounding countries, however, Europe and North-America will be our eventual focus.”

Co-founder and CSO, dr.Johan van Dijk, periodontist and implantologist emphasizes the importance of the Gum Irrigator and the impact of healthy gums on the body. “Gum diseases could not only cause loss of teeth but could also lead to other serious diseases; heart diseases, long infections, premature births and could lead to the worsening of existing diabetes. Furthermore, the infection enzymes (CRP) caused by periodontitis, could strengthen other infections in our bodies and weaken the overall immune system of the body.

The Gum Irrigator has an unique method of subgingival cleaning of the biofilm with its interplay between vacuum and fluid applied to the pockets around the natural teeth or implants. This is a non-invasive, pain free method which enhances the recovery of inflamed gums.

The Carduso Capital finance will accelerate the company’s market entrance. The technique is finalized and well-functioning prototypes have been extensively used in a clinical study over a number of years. The Gum Irrigator is now ready to enter the production phase and by mid 2018, the first devices will be available to the professional dental market. Although the Gum Irrigator is firstly aimed at the professional dental market, there is a large opportunity for the consumer market. Due to its easiness of use and the fact that it is non-invasive and pain-free, the apparatus is perfect for home usage.

Groningen based Dr. Johan van Dijk invented the Gum Irrigator. He taught for many years at the Dental School of the University in Groningen, set up the first independent periodontal clinic in the Netherlands and is the author of many scientific national and international articles and of 2 books in the field of periodontology. Due to his unique knowledge of both theory and practice, the company does not only have a groundbreaking technology but also an advanced method of application. He acts as a medical-technical adviser. Co-founder, CEO Sophie van Dijk will continue to lead the commercialization of the Gum Irrigator with her successful and extensive international experience and knowledge in regards to new business development. For more info on Gum Irrigator:

Carduso Capital is an investment fund based in Groningen that participates in innovative technology companies with strong technological connections with the University of Groningen (RUG) and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and knowledge institutions within its network. Carduso Capital finds it important to invest in innovative companies that are in the early stage or at some point find funding to continue growing. Carduso Capital supports initiatives within the themes Life Sciences energy and sustainability on the basis of long term cooperation. In addition to financing offers also Carduso Capital management support and the possibility to use a wide international network. Investors in Carduso are: EIF, Investeringsfonds Groningen, NOM, De Friesland Participaties and RUG/UMCG.

Placement of the Gum Irrigator on the gums; pain-free and non-invasive

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Further information:

Gum Irrigator: 
Mevr. Sophie van Dijk
Tel: +31 (0) 6-22896796

Carduso Capital: 
Dhr. Frits Kok
Tel: +31 (0) 6-53751211