SOURCE: SmoothShapes Inc.

March 13, 2007 09:15 ET

SmoothShapes Inc. Announces $15 Million "Series B" Financing From Three Arch Partners

MERRIMACK, NH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 13, 2007 -- SmoothShapes Inc., an emerging aesthetics company, announced today that it has raised $15 million in a "Series B" financing led by Portola Valley, Calif.-based Three Arch Partners, a venture capital firm with over $1 billion under management. The funds will be used to support the worldwide launch of the Company's first product, the SmoothShapes® 100 System, an FDA-cleared combination therapy that uses lasers at predetermined wavelengths in the visible and infrared spectrums with vacuum massage to effect the treatment of cellulite. Mark Wan, founding partner of Three Arch Partners, and Michael Ellwein, former Executive Vice President of Medtronic who has joined Three Arch as a venture partner, will join the board of directors of SmoothShapes.

The SmoothShapes 100 System is indicated for the temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite, as well as for the relief of minor muscle aches and pain, relief of muscle spasms, and temporary improvement of local blood circulation. A multicenter clinical study of the SmoothShapes 100 System concluded that 81% of patients experienced "significant volumetric reduction in subcutaneous fat." Targeted markets for the SmoothShapes 100 System will include not only traditional practitioners of aesthetic procedures -- plastic surgeons and dermatologists -- but also non-traditional practitioners, such as OB/GYN and primary care specialists, as well as medi-spas, aesthetic clinics and health clubs.

"We are extremely fortunate to have one of the premier venture capital firms as our lead investor," said Nancy M. Briefs, President and CEO. "We take great pride in the fact that our claims about SmoothShapes 100 are based exclusively on the results obtained in a rigorous, independent clinical study of the System. Certainly, the due diligence conducted by Three Arch Partners and its subsequent investment in SmoothShapes Inc. underscores our technology's strong scientific underpinning."

"Several factors are driving the rapid growth of non-invasive aesthetic procedures, which is why we are so interested in this space in general, and in SmoothShapes in particular," explained Mark Wan of Three Arch Partners. "The SmoothShapes management team is very experienced and has a strong track record of delivering success. In addition, the emergence of non-traditional practitioners, along with the growth of medical spas and specialty skin care centers, fortified by a market shift toward less-invasive procedures, have created a very attractive market -- total expenditures for cosmetic procedures exceeded $12 billion in 2005. The SmoothShapes System is a combination laser plus mechanical vacuum massage that can smooth out bumps and decrease the circumference of women's thighs, making them feel firmer and smoother. With tens of millions of American women being bothered by the problems of cellulite, we firmly believe that the market opportunity for the SmoothShapes 100 System is significant."

SmoothShapes Inc., headquartered in Merrimack, N.H., is an emerging aesthetics company that is focused on commercializing its FDA-cleared SmoothShapes™ 100 System for reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ronald Trahan, APR
    Ronald Trahan Associates Inc.
    508-359-4005, x108