The history of MYoroface (the company behind IQoro)

MYoroface was founded in 2012 to commercialize the product IQoro in order to make the treatment available to many more. These are important milestones in the company’s history.

2011

Mary Hägg is a world-renowned specialist in orofacial medicine; first as a dentist, and then as a Doctor of Medicine. She has worked with treatment of eating and swallowing disorders for more than 20 years. Ylvali Gerling and Linn Hägg, crystallize her research and the device that she invents into a business model that immediately comes in the top 12 of the prestigious Venture Cup.

2012

The company MYoroface AB is formed and the founders work in parallel with their full-time jobs elsewhere to seek financial backing to commercialise the product. Patent and design protection is applied for, an industrial designer is engaged and the company explores potential buyers for the product in the healthcare sector.

Award:
MYoroface is awarded a SKAPA grant for its innovation.

2014

The application for CE marking and patents is approved. Almi Invest become a shareholder and the IQoro product is launched in June. Work begins on demonstrating and selling to Swedish regional health authorities; the first web shop orders from private individuals are received. The company has three employees and opens offices in Hudiksvall in northern Sweden, and in the Sahlgrenska Science Park in Gothenburg.

2015

MYoroface is chosen to take part in ‘Go-Global MedTech’: an incubator programme where an international expansion plan is created. The initial focus is the UK – an important market for MedTech devices.

Awards:MYoroface wins the ALMI ‘pitch competition’ at the Åre Capital Markets Day.

  • MYoroface wins first prize for the best expansion plan in the ‘Go-Global MedTech’ programme.

2016

A new round of financing through Almi Invest and two new angel investors come in as shareholders. The company starts to address the healthcare sector in Great Britain.

Award:
MYoroface one of Sweden’s ten most innovative entrepreneurs.

 

2017

The company sponsors health-related exhibitions in the UK and builds important healthcare contacts.

The web shop is upgraded and now launched in the UK too, the site is transformed to be a digital knowledge hub with information about dysphagia, hiatal hernia, snoring and sleep apnoea. Demand increases – more and more people are choosing to address their problems without waiting for protracted healthcare procurement processes. Revenues increase by 102% over the previous year.

Awards:

2018

The company continues to develop the knowledge hub and invests more in e-commerce marketing in Sweden and the UK. During the year, four new employees are recruited to enable faster expansion.

Awards:

2019

The team grows further, we prepare for a change of e-commerce platform and help 400% more private customers in the UK with problems including reflux and heartburn caused by hiatal hernia. More and more hospitals in both Denmark and the UK begin to deploy IQoro in their daily healthcare routines.

Awards:

In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) publish two Medtech Innovation Briefings (MIBs) to brief the National Health Service (NHS) about IQoro:

  • IQoro for Hiatal hernia.
    ”IQoro is a Medtech treatment that can reduce the risks of surgical intervention or the long term use of PPI drugs.”
  • IQoro for dysphagia after stroke
    “The intended place in therapy would be as well as standard speech and language therapy in people with stroke-related dysphagia.”
Medtech Innovation Briefings: Hiatus Hernia and Dysphagia