EMH Partners acquires a stake in Brainlab
Munich — The investment company EMH Partners has acquired a double-digit minority stake in Brainlab AG, a leading global provider of software-based medical technology. With its products, Brainlab enables the precise, minimally invasive treatment of a wide range of clinical conditions. The company’s core competencies are in the areas of information-guided surgery, radiosurgery and precision radiotherapy, as well as digital networking for information exchange in the operating room.
Brainlab, based in Munich, was founded in 1989 by Stefan Vilsmeier. With its innovative software and hardware solutions, the company has quickly become one of the global leaders in the industry. More than 4,500 hospitals worldwide, including 750 of the top 1,000 cancer centers, already trust Brainlab’s software and hardware solutions. In Germany, all 36 university hospitals rely on the company’s products.
“We have found the ideal partner in EMH Partners,” says Stefan Vilsmeier, founder and CEO of Brainlab AG. “The entrepreneurial approach and the strong focus on digitalization and internationalization convinced me. EMH Partners shares our vision to provide more accessible and effective treatments for patients around the world with innovative technologies.”
“Brainlab shows what German SMEs are capable of. The company is revolutionizing medical technology worldwide,” says Sebastian Kuss (photo), Managing Partner of EMH Partners. “We are very pleased to support this idealistic and highly innovative company in its future development and thus indirectly contribute to better medical care.” Brainlab generated sales of around €275 million in fiscal year 2017 and operates profitably on a sustainable basis. The company employs a total of 1,370 people at 18 locations, including more than 450 research and development engineers.
Last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the opening ceremony of the new headquarters at the former Munich-Riem Airport. In doing so, she praised Brainlab as an example of an innovative Germany. Technologies developed by Brainlab include image-guided maxillofacial, ENT and orthopedic surgery, spine, trauma and neurosurgery, intraoperative imaging and integrated surgical solutions. Complicated surgical procedures become more efficient and easier with Brainlab’s technologies. In addition, the company’s software solutions simplify treatment planning and the exchange and optimization of medical image data. They thus ensure faster diagnosis and coordination between the treating physicians. The parties have agreed not to disclose the amount of EMH’s investment in Brainlab.
Brainlab is already the fifth investment of the EMH Digital Growth Fund. EMH Partners invests in medium-sized European companies with high growth and digitization potential. In doing so, the private equity firm relies on a long-term “build and scale” approach, in which the portfolio companies benefit not only from the capital, but also and above all from the digitization expertise and entrepreneurial background of the EMH team. In addition to Brainlab, the portfolio includes Occhio, a leading company in Germany for high-quality design lighting; the Kiveda Group, the leading multichannel provider of fitted kitchens; Native Instruments, the world’s leading technology company for music production and DJing ; and Design Offices, the German market leader in corporate coworking.
About EMH Partners
EMH Partners is a European investment company by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs based in Munich. The next-generation private equity firm bridges the gap between venture capital and buyout funds by supporting the growth of medium-sized companies with capital and digitization expertise. — Founded in 2010 by entrepreneurs Maximilian and Sebastian Kuss, EMH Partners launched the EMH Digital Growth Fund in 2017 with a fund volume of €350 million. Including a co-investment program by the investors, the investment volume is 700 million euros. EMH Partners follows a “build and scale” strategy and provides partnership support to its portfolio companies. www.emh.com
Brainlab develops, manufactures and markets software-based medical technology for precise, minimally invasive procedures. The core competence lies in the areas of information-guided surgery, radiosurgery, precision radiotherapy and digital networking for the exchange of information and knowledge among medical professionals in the operating room. Brainlab technology enables more efficient treatments in the field of radiosurgery as well as in other numerous surgical disciplines such as neurosurgery, orthopedics, trauma surgery, ENT, maxillofacial and spine surgery. Founded in 1989, the medium-sized company employs 1,370 people at 18 locations worldwide and is among the market leaders with more than 11,800 systems installed in over 100 countries. www.brainlab.com