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Abell Foundation invests in Baltimore medical device maker

BALTIMORE, MD -- Carolyn Yarina, CEO and co-founder of Sisu Global Health holds the medical device called Hemafuse. The Hemafuse is a manual autotransfusion device that can be used to retransfuse a patient’s own blood during an internal hemorrhage, specifically ruptured ectopic pregnancies or road traffic accidents.
BALTIMORE, MD -- Carolyn Yarina, CEO and co-founder of Sisu Global Health holds the medical device called Hemafuse. The Hemafuse is a manual autotransfusion device that can be used to retransfuse a patient’s own blood during an internal hemorrhage, specifically ruptured ectopic pregnancies or road traffic accidents. (CHIAKI KAWAJIRI / BALTIMORE SUN)

The Abell Foundation has invested $200,000 in Sisu Global Health, a Baltimore-based company that's developing medical devices for doctors in the developing world.

"Sisu's business of providing cost-effective medical devices for developing countries and its network of support within its target markets and with international NGOs is compelling," said Eileen O'Rourke, the Abell Foundation's chief financial officer, in a statement.

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The company's first device, the Hemafuse, allows doctors to recycle blood from patients with internal bleeding, reducing the need for donor blood.

Sisu is working to raise $1 million as it scales up to production. The company garnered a $100,000 investment from former AOL CEO Steve Case in September after winning the live pitch competition in Baltimore during his "Rise of the Rest Road Trip."

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The company moved to Baltimore from Michigan in 2015 after securing an investment from DreamIt Health, a joint venture of Johns Hopkins University and the Abell Foundation.

"The energy and support around entrepreneurship has made Baltimore a great place for us to build our company," Sisu CEO Carolyn Yarina said in a statement.

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