17. September 2018

EMH Partners invests in Brainlab

  • Acquisition of a minority shareholding in a global leader of software-driven medical technology
  • Sebastian Kuss: “Brainlab is a role model for the German Mittelstand”
  • Fifth investment by the EMH Digital Growth Fund


Munich, Germany, 09/17/2018. The investment company EMH Partners has purchased a double-digit minority shareholding in Brainlab AG, a global leader of software-driven medical technology. Brainlab’s products allow the precise, minimally invasive treatment of various illnesses, with the company’s core competencies being information-guided surgery, radiosurgery and precision radiotherapy, as well as cloud-based data management enabling information sharing in the operating room.

Founded by Stefan Vilsmeier in 1989 and headquartered in Munich, Germany, Brainlab has rapidly become one of the top global suppliers of innovative medical software and hardware solutions. More than 4,500 hospitals around the world, including 750 of the 1,000 leading cancer centers, already rely on software and hardware solutions from Brainlab, along with all 36 university hospitals in Germany that use the company’s products.

“EMH Partners shares our vision.”

“In EMH Partners, we have found the ideal partner,” says Stefan Vilsmeier, founder and CEO of Brainlab AG. “The entrepreneurial approach and strong focus on digitalization and internationalization convinced me. Moreover, EMH Partners shares our vision of using innovative technology to offer patients around the world more accessible and effective treatments.”

“Brainlab shows what the German Mittelstand is capable of. In fact, the company is revolutionizing medical technology around the globe,” says Sebastian Kuss, Managing Partner at EMH Partners. “We are very pleased to support this idealistic and highly innovative company in its future development, and thereby make a direct contribution to improved medical care.”

Surgical procedures become more efficient and easier with Brainlab.

With revenues of approximately EUR 275 million in the 2017 financial year, Brainlab operates sustainably profitable. The company has around 1,370 employees across 18 locations globally, including more than 450 engineers in research and development. Last year, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the opening ceremony of its new headquarters on the site of the former Munich-Riem Airport, where Ms. Merkel praised Brainlab as a role model for German innovation.

The technologies developed by Brainlab include image-guided CMF, ENT and orthopedic surgery, spinal, trauma and neurosurgery, intraoperative imaging and integrated OR solutions. Brainlab’s technology makes complex surgical procedures simpler and more efficient. Further, the company’s software solutions simplify treatment planning as well as d the exchange and optimization of medical images, thereby ensuring rapid diagnosis and coordination between the doctors involved.

EMH and Brainlab have agreed to keep the size of the investment confidential. Brainlab is already the fifth investment of the EMH Digital Growth Fund, investing in European SMEs with high potential for growth and digitalization. By taking a long-term “build and scale” approach, the private equity company allows its portfolio companies to profit from the EMH team’s digitalization and entrepreneurial competencies, as well as its capital. Along with Brainlab, the portfolio includes Occhio, a leading German manufacturer of high-quality designer lighting; Kiveda Group, the premier multi-channel provider of fitted kitchens; Native Instruments, the world’s leading producer of music production and DJing technology; and Design Offices, the German industry leader in the corporate coworking sector.


About Brainlab

Brainlab develops, produces and sells software-supported medical technology for precise, minimally invasive surgical procedures. Its core competencies are information-guided surgery, radiosurgery, precision radiotherapy and digital networking for the exchange of information and knowledge between doctors in the OR. Brainlab’s technology allows more efficient treatment in the field of radiosurgery, along with numerous other specialist surgical disciplines including neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, trauma surgery, ENT, CMF and spinal surgery. The SME was established in 1989 and employs 1,370 people at 18 locations worldwide. It is among the leaders in its field, with over 11,800 systems installed in more than 100 countries.

For more information, please visit www.brainlab.com


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