Global market leader FAGRON acquires HiperScan from HTGF
Bonn, Germany — Fagron, a global leader in pharmaceutical manufacturing, announced on April 14 that it has acquired HiperScan, the German market leader in the secure identification of starting materials in pharmacies. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is selling its shares after having closely supported the team around Dr. Alexander Wolter and Michael Thoma since 2008.
The Dresden-based technology company HiperScan is a specialist in near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy and emerged in 2006 as a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) to develop innovative analysis systems for pharmacies and other industries. With the Apo-Ident analysis system, which is specially designed for the identification of starting materials and is used in over 5,500 pharmacies, HiperScan has achieved market leadership in this segment in Germany and today employs over 50 people.
Fagron is a global leader in the pharmaceutical manufacturing of personalized medicines, focused on providing personalized medicine to hospitals, pharmacies, clinics and patients in 35 countries around the world. Founded in 1990, the company has over 3,000 employees worldwide. As part of the Fagron family, new markets may open up for HiperScan’s technology to further enhance safety and drive the future of personalized medicine.
“HTGF joined us shortly after we were founded, which enabled us to develop Fraunhofer IPMS Dresden’s scanning grating technology into a market-ready product. Then we gradually evolved from a technology provider to an established provider of industry solutions that is now considered the gold standard in German pharmacies. As part of Fagron, we can help drive the future of personalized medicine,” Dr. Alexander Wolter, CEO at HiperScan.
“I have a special connection with HiperScan: On the one hand, the company was my first investment in 2008 as a young investment manager at that time! On the other hand, HiperScan is a prime example for seed financing of technologically very deep companies. This is all the more true since HiperScan was founded with MEMS technology out of the Fraunhofer IPMS. With Fagron, HiperScan has now found a perfect new owner.” Explains Dr. Andreas Olmes, Principal at High-Tech Gründerfonds.
“We at Fraunhofer Venture first came into contact with the HiperScan spin-off idea in 2004. Managing Director Alexander Wolter was among the first participants in a now established educational measure for prospective founders. At the same time, the HiperScan spin-off idea was supported by the predecessor program of the current AHEAD program and received further internal funding after its foundation with the goal of management expansion.” Manfred Stöger, Investment Manager at Fraunhofer Venture.