- 2019 revenue of $435k represents over 69% YoY growth and the product is currently deployed in the US, China, and the UK
- Clients include major biopharmaceutical and device clients such as AstraZeneca, Becton Dickinson, and CSL Behring
- Founders and management have over 40 years of combined experience, including executive roles in the life science industry at AstraZeneca, McKinsey, and others
- Notable investors include Warren Thaler, former President of Gund Investments and current investor and board member of Align Technologies, and James Lovett, CEO of Myoderm and former SVP of Covance
- Notable advisors include Bill Mezzanotte, Executive Vice President, Head Research & Development at CSL Behring
- Total Amount Raised: US $863,482
- Total Round Size: US $2,500,000
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- Minimum Investment: US $1,000 per investor
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- Side by Side Offering
ARdVRk's mission is to increase patient and Health Care Professional engagement to help them better understand (education and training) and retain information related to drug therapies and medical devices.
Biopharmaceutical and device companies today face a number of key challenges:
- Inability of physicians and nurses to stay current on new therapies and treatment protocols
- Insufficient healthcare literacy for patients and caregivers to make informed decisions
- Low enrollment by screened patients in clinical trials
- Declining physician access
- Limited patient engagement
To address these challenges, ARdVRk has developed a scalable and configurable avatar platform, Vital Recall®, that has demonstrated better engagement of patient and Health Care Professionals than the currently available engagement models. This provides our clients with an ability to drive:
- Faster and cheaper clinical trials through higher clinical trial enrollment and lower attrition rates as well as improved adherence to clinical trial protocols
- Improved peer-to-peer conversations through better training of Medical Affairs staff
- Increased drug/device sales through increased physician access and treatment adherence and loyalty
Our Vital Recall® SaaS (Software as a Service) platform is currently in the field, generating revenue, with some of the largest biopharmaceutical and device companies like Becton Dickinson and CSLBehring. Revenue increased by more than 65% in 2019 to $435K and are projecting 2020 revenue of $1M and 2023 revenue of $5M.
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. If you plan on investing less than US $20,000.00, you will automatically invest under the Regulation CF offering type. If you invest more than US $20,000.00, you must be an accredited investor and invest under the Regulation D offering type.
US $343,482 (under Reg CF only)
Investors who invest $50,000 or less will have their securities held in trust with a Custodian that will serve as a single shareholder of record. These investors will be subject to the Custodian’s Account Agreement, including the electronic delivery of all required information.
The graph below illustrates theor the of ARdVRk Technologies's prior rounds by year.
For clinical trials, biopharmaceutical companies spend approximately $7.5B annually on patient recruitment with $5B spent on patients who decline at the Informed Consent stage. Additionally, companies spend in excess of $10B to ensure that patients and clinical trial sites adhere to the protocol, avoiding costly time and money delays associated with protocol deviations and violations. With the ARDVRK Informed Consent/Protocol Adherence avatar app we expect to significantly reduce that spend due to achieving higher patient consent rates and lowering the number of protocol deviations due to improved education of patients and training of trial sites. More importantly, accelerating patient recruitment accelerates the overall trial time line bringing a drug to market faster. It is estimated that every day a drug comes to market early is worth $8M to the biopharmaceutical company.
On the Sales & Marketing (commercial) side, biopharmaceutical companies spend in excess of $10B per year to reach patients to teach them about their drugs. In spite of this level of expenditure, patient adherence is below 50% in the developed world and even lower in the developing world. With the demonstrated improved engagement delivered by the ARDVRK avatar, we believe we can significantly increase patient adherence through better education and training.
The development and commercialization of the Company’s products and services are highly competitive. It faces competition with respect to any products and services that it may seek to develop or commercialize in the future. Its competitors include major companies worldwide. The AR & VR Medical Device market is an emerging industry where new competitors are entering the market frequently. Many of the Company’s competitors have significantly greater financial, technical and human resources and may have superior expertise in research and development and marketing approved services and thus may be better equipped than the Company to develop and commercialize services. These competitors also compete with the Company in recruiting and retaining qualified personnel and acquiring technologies. Smaller or early stage companies may also prove to be significant competitors, particularly through collaborative arrangements with large and established companies. Accordingly, the Company’s competitors may commercialize products more rapidly or effectively than the Company is able to, which would adversely affect its competitive position, the likelihood that its services will achieve initial market acceptance and its ability to generate meaningful additional revenues from its products and services.
The Company’s expenses will significantly increase as they seek to execute their current business model. Although the Company estimates that it has enough runway until end of year, they will be ramping up cash burn to promote revenue growth, further develop R&D, and fund other Company operations after the raise. Doing so could require significant effort and expense or may not be feasible.
The Company projects aggressive growth in 2021. If these assumptions are wrong and the projections regarding market penetration are too aggressive, then the financial forecast may overstate the Company's overall viability. In addition, the forward-looking statements are only predictions. The Company has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its business, financial condition and results of operations. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
The Company has not prepared any audited financial statements. Therefore, investors have no audited financial information regarding the Company’s capitalization or assets or liabilities on which to make investment decisions. If investors feel the information provided is insufficient, then they should not invest in the Company.
The Company’s success is dependent on consumer adoption of virtual and augmented reality medical devices, a relatively unproven market. The Company may incur substantial operating costs, particularly in sales and marketing and research and development, in attempting to develop these markets. If the market for the Company’s products develops more slowly than it expects, its growth may slow or stall, and its operating results could be harmed. The market for virtual reality and associated systems is still evolving, and the Company depends on continued growth of this market. It is uncertain whether the trend of adoption of virtual reality systems that the Company has experienced in the past will continue in the future.
The Company conducts business in a heavily regulated industry and if it fails to comply with these laws and government regulations, it could incur penalties or be required to make significant changes to its operations or experience adverse publicity, which could have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition, and results of operations. The healthcare and medical tech industries are heavily regulated and closely scrutinized by federal, state, and local governments. Comprehensive statutes and regulations govern the manner in which the Company provides and bills for services and collects reimbursement from governmental programs and private payors, contractual relationships with Providers, vendors and Clients, marketing activities, and other aspects of its operations. Because of the breadth of these laws and the narrowness of the statutory exceptions and safe harbors available, it is possible that some of the Company’s business activities could be subject to challenge under one or more of such laws. Achieving and sustaining compliance with these laws may prove costly. Failure to comply with these laws and other laws can result in civil and criminal penalties such as fines, damages, and overpayment recoupment. The risk of the Company being found in violation of these laws and regulations is increased by the fact that many of them have not been fully interpreted by the regulatory authorities or the courts, and their provisions are sometimes open to a variety of interpretations. The Company’s failure to accurately anticipate the application of these laws and regulations to the business or any other failure to comply with regulatory requirements could create liability and negatively affect the business. Any action against the Company for violation of these laws or regulations, even if they successfully defend against it, could cause them to incur significant legal expenses, divert management's attention from the operation of the business, and result in adverse publicity.
The Company is still testing an early version of its product. Sophisticated technology products often contain errors or defects, such as errors in hardware, computer code, or other systems, particularly when first introduced or when new versions or enhancements are released. The development of new or enhanced products is a complex and uncertain process requiring the accurate anticipation of technological and market trends, as well as precise technological execution. Despite quality assurance measures, internal testing, and beta testing by customers, the Company cannot guarantee that its current and future products, including upgrades to those products, will be free of serious defects, which could result in lost revenue, refunds without a commensurate decrease in costs, delays in market acceptance, increase in costs, reputational harm, and costs associated with defending or settling claims. If upgrades are not properly implemented, the availability and functioning of its products could be impaired.
The Company does not have an employment contract in place with all employees. Employment agreements typically provide protections to the Company in the event of the employee’s departure, specifically addressing who is entitled to any intellectual property created or developed by those employees in the course of their employment and covering topics such as non-competition and non-solicitation. As a result, if employees, the Company might not have any ability to prevent their direct competition, or have any legal right to intellectual property created during their employment. There is no guarantee that an employment agreement will be entered into.
The company has engaged in Related Party Transactions. From 2016 through 2018, to fund operations, the Company entered into a series of contingently convertible note agreements with third parties and related parties. As of December 31, 2019 and 2018, aggregate balances on these convertible debts totaled $1,985,000 and $1,985,000, respectively, of which $500,000 was due to related parties at each respective year-end. The notes bear interest at 5% per annum, and mature three years from issuance. The convertible debts and accrued interest may be prepaid with prior written notice to the holder, provided that any prepayment may only be made in connection with the prepayment of all such convertible notes on a pro rata basis. As of December 31, 2019, $860,000 in note principal was in default. Subsequent to December 31, 2019, the maturity dates of these notes were extended to June 30, 2021, curing this default.
The Total Amount Raised, as reflected on the SeedInvest platform, may be partially comprised of investments from the Company’s management or affiliates. Such investments are not being counted towards the escrow minimum. If the sum of the investment commitments does not equal or exceed the escrow minimum at the offering end date, no securities will be sold in the offering, investment commitments will be cancelled, and committed funds will be returned. As a result, the Total Amount Raised may not be reflective of the Company's ability to conduct a closing.
Start-up investing is risky. Investing in startups is very risky, highly speculative, and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to lose their entire investment. Unlike an investment in a mature business where there is a track record of revenue and income, the success of a startup or early-stage venture often relies on the development of a new product or service that may or may not find a market. Before investing, you should carefully consider the specific risks and disclosures related to both this offering type and the company which can be found in this company profile and the documents in the data room below.
Your shares are not easily transferable. You should not plan on being able to readily transfer and/or resell your security. Currently there is no market or liquidity for these shares and the company does not have any plans to list these shares on an exchange or other secondary market. At some point the company may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a "liquidation event" occurs. A "liquidation event" is when the company either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
The Company may not pay dividends for the foreseeable future. Unless otherwise specified in the offering documents and subject to state law, you are not entitled to receive any dividends on your interest in the Company. Accordingly, any potential investor who anticipates the need for current dividends or income from an investment should not purchase any of the securities offered on the Site.
Valuation and capitalization. Unlike listed companies that are valued publicly through market-driven stock prices, the valuation of private companies, especially startups, is difficult to assess and you may risk overpaying for your investment. In addition, there may be additional classes of equity with rights that are superior to the class of equity being sold.
You may only receive limited disclosure. While the company must disclose certain information, since the company is at an early-stage they may only be able to provide limited information about its business plan and operations because it does not have fully developed operations or a long history. The company may also only obligated to file information periodically regarding its business, including financial statements. A publicly listed company, in contrast, is required to file annual and quarterly reports and promptly disclose certain events — through continuing disclosure that you can use to evaluate the status of your investment.
Investment in personnel. An early-stage investment is also an investment in the entrepreneur or management of the company. Being able to execute on the business plan is often an important factor in whether the business is viable and successful. You should be aware that a portion of your investment may fund the compensation of the company's employees, including its management. You should carefully review any disclosure regarding the company's use of proceeds.
Possibility of fraud. In light of the relative ease with which early-stage companies can raise funds, it may be the case that certain opportunities turn out to be money-losing fraudulent schemes. As with other investments, there is no guarantee that investments will be immune from fraud.
Lack of professional guidance. Many successful companies partially attribute their early success to the guidance of professional early-stage investors (e.g., angel investors and venture capital firms). These investors often negotiate for seats on the company's board of directors and play an important role through their resources, contacts and experience in assisting early-stage companies in executing on their business plans. An early-stage company may not have the benefit of such professional investors.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. This Side by Side offering is raising under Regulation CF and Rule 506(c) of Regulation D.
The Form C is a document the company must file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) which includes basic information about the company and its offering and is a condition to making a Reg CF offering available to investors. It is important to note that the SEC does not review the Form C, and therefore is not recommending and/or approving any of the securities being offered.
Before making any investment decision, it is highly recommended that prospective investors review the Form C filed with the SEC (included in the company's profile) before making any investment decision.
Rule 506(c) under Regulation D is a type of offering with no limits on how much a company may raise. The company may generally solicit their offering, but the company must verify each investor’s status as an accredited investor prior to closing and accepting funds. To learn more about Rule 506(c) under Regulation D and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
Title III of the JOBS Act outlines Reg CF, a type of offering allowing private companies to raise up to $1 million from all Americans. Prior capital raising options limited private companies to raising money only from accredited investors, historically the wealthiest ~2% of Americans. Like a Kickstarter campaign, Reg CF allows companies to raise funds online from their early adopters and the crowd. However, instead of providing investors a reward such as a t-shirt or a card, investors receive securities, typically equity, in the startups they back. To learn more about Reg CF and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by ARdVRk Technologies. Once ARdVRk Technologies accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to ARdVRk Technologies in exchange for your securities. At that point, you will be a proud owner in ARdVRk Technologies.
To make an investment, you will need the following information readily available:
- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
- Employment and employer information
- Net worth and income information
- Social Security Number or passport
- ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)
If you are investing under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D, your status as an Accredited Investor will also need to be verified and you will be asked to provide documentation supporting your income, net worth, revenue, or net assets or a letter from a qualified advisor such as a Registered Investment Advisor, Registered Broker Dealer, Lawyer, or CPA.
An investor is limited in the amount that he or she may invest in a Reg CF offering during any 12-month period:
- If either the annual income or the net worth of the investor is less than $100,000, the investor is limited to the greater of $2,000 or 5% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth.
- If the annual income and net worth of the investor are both greater than $100,000, the investor is limited to 10% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth, to a maximum of $100,000.
Separately, ARdVRk Technologies has set a minimum investment amount of US $1,000.
Accredited investors investing $20,000 or over do not have investment limits.
You are a partial owner of the company, you do own securities after all! But more importantly, companies which have raised money via Regulation CF must file information with the SEC and post it on their websites on an annual basis. Receiving regular company updates is important to keep shareholders educated and informed about the progress of the company and their investment. This annual report includes information similar to a company’s initial Reg CF filing and key information that a company will want to share with its investors to foster a dynamic and healthy relationship.
In certain circumstances a company may terminate its ongoing reporting requirement if:
- The company becomes a fully-reporting registrant with the SEC
- The company has filed at least one annual report, but has no more than 300 shareholders of record
- The company has filed at least three annual reports, and has no more than $10 million in assets
- The company or another party purchases or repurchases all the securities sold in reliance on Section 4(a)(6)
- The company ceases to do business
However, regardless of whether a company has terminated its ongoing reporting requirement per SEC rules, SeedInvest works with all companies on its platform to ensure that investors are provided quarterly updates. These quarterly reports will include information such as: (i) quarterly net sales, (ii) quarterly change in cash and cash on hand, (iii) material updates on the business, (iv) fundraising updates (any plans for next round, current round status, etc.), and (v) any notable press and news.
Currently there is no market or liquidity for these securities. Right now ARdVRk Technologies does not plan to list these securities on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point ARdVRk Technologies may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when ARdVRk Technologies either lists their securities on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
You can return to SeedInvest at any time to view your portfolio of investments and obtain a summary statement. If invested under Regulation CF you may also receive periodic updates from the company about their business, in addition to monthly account statements.
This is ARdVRk Technologies's fundraising profile page, where you can find information that may be helpful for you to make an investment decision in their company. The information on this page includes the company overview, team bios, and the risks and disclosures related to this investment opportunity. If the company runs a side by side offering that includes an offering under Regulation CF, you may also find a copy of the ARdVRk Technologies's Form C. The Form C includes important details about ARdVRk Technologies's fundraise that you should review before investing.
For offerings made under Regulation CF, you may cancel your investment at any time up to 48 hours before a closing occurs or an earlier date set by the company. You will be sent a reminder notification approximately five days before the closing or set date giving you an opportunity to cancel your investment if you had not already done so. Once a closing occurs, and if you have not canceled your investment, you will receive an email notifying you that your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, you may go to your account's portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.
If you invest under any other offering type, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason until a closing occurs. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your account's portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.