For DC founder Al Mashal, an electrical engineer who worked in oncology, and cofounder and CTO Chris Wagner (who came from surgical robotics), creating a startup to improve cancer treatment seemed like something they were meant to do.
“When we started the company, in some ways, it was inevitable to us because we just saw this huge gap in a lot of diseases — particularly cancer,” Mashal told Technical.ly.
In 2020, that inevitable idea turned into Current Surgical, a medtech startup designing a tech-guided needle to remove cancerous tumors. The company, which works out of the JLabs space in DC, just raised $3.2 million in a seed round led by True Ventures. The 1517 Fund and SciFoundes also participated. In total, the company has raised $4 million to date, including a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation.
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