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20th October 2022

Ikigai Ventures to explore opportunities in medical technology

Ikigai Ventures, the €20 million seed-stage venture fund spearheaded by Maltese entrepreneur Eman Pulis, has set its eyes on the fast-growing med-tech sector. 

The global pandemic has fuelled a range of new opportunities and expanded needs in the segment, with major themes for investors including improving supply chain resilience and technology for alternative care.

Med-tech attracts investment

According to figures from consultancy firm Bain & Co., investors completed 96 med-tech deals in 2021, up sharply from 55 the prior year and surpassing the previous high of 60 set in 2018. Deal value surged to $40.8 billion from just $3 billion the prior year. Although the 2021 figure was bloated by the Medline deal, which was valued at $34 billion. 

Ikigai was initially formed to focus on igaming, frontier tech and psychedelics. It will now explore opportunities at the leading edge of healthcare technology.

For the last ten years, Eman Pulis has been busy building industry networks and leading industry event franchises. The flagship SiGMA group is now the global authority when it comes to iGaming Conferences and Events. The group has since expanded to other verticals, with its AIBC conference focused on the fintech and crypto world.

Dr Dylan Attard joins Ikigai as venture partner

Med-Tech World Summit is SiGMA’s newest conference vertical having already organised over five events across the world with Malta being their annual flagship conference. Led by Dr. Dylan Attard, a dynamic surgical trainee by background, SiGMA hopes to leverage its years of valuable experience in organising successful shows in emerging technology to take on the Med-Tech & Digital Health Industry, connecting the global healthcare system through its events and opportunities. 

The next logical step is to have Dr. Attard join Ikigai as a Venture Partner to leverage his contacts among start-ups and companies working within med-tech and digital health to connect them with Ikigai Ventures or any other interested investor within SiGMA’s network. 

Dylan AttardDr Attard will be attending The Med-Tech Conference by AdvaMed next week in Boston! From October 24-26, 2022, the world’s top medtech executives will gather for one of the world’s leading events within the Med-Tech industry and Dr Attard will be seeking Ikigai’s next investment in Med-Tech.

About Med-Tech World Summit:

Med-Tech World takes place at the same time as Malta Week, SiGMA Group’s flagship event of the year. Combining all of the company’s brands into one massive event, this is the perfect opportunity for delegates to get the best bang for their buck.

Visitors of both Med-Tech and AIBC Summits will benefit from cross-pollination, experiencing the massive overlap between digital health and emerging technology, such as in the use of robotics in surgery, or the benefits of the Metaverse for the life sciences.

The event takes place in November, over two days of panels, workshops and networking opportunities at The Hilton Hotel Conference Centre in Malta.

More information below.