High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in SP Solution Pool GmbH
Seed investment of 500.000 € for the specialists for simple, innovative navigation for medicine
Clinical studies show that the use of navigation systems reduces the incidence of complications during operations as well as the average operation time. According to an analysis by the Millennium Research Group (2007), the market for medical navigation in ENT and in oral and maxillofacial surgery will grow by 12% per annum over the next few years. SP Solution Pool GmbH's pioneering innovations make clinical navigation simple, quick and safe to use. For this reason, this young company has a promising future in this growth market.
"The basis for the implementation of our ideas lies in the knowledge and experience gained during our scientific work at the Charité University Clinic in Berlin and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology. The founding of SP Solution Pool GmbH is a prime example of successful technology transfer between scientific institutes and new, innovative companies," explains Dr. Dirk Mucha, one of the founders of the company.
Prof. Henning Bier, Chief Physician of the ENT Clinic at the university hospital associated with the Technical University of Munich, focuses on the clinical benefits: "By using SP navigation systems, we will be able to carry out operations on patients more quickly and more safely, even under difficult anatomical conditions."
Anke Bellmann, Managing Director of SP Solution Pool GmbH, emphasizes the marketing and sales opportunities that are now opening up: "The involvement of High-Tech Gründerfonds in our company will enable us to promote our market-ready technology using a professional sales team. I am very pleased that we will already be present in November at the Medica trade fair in Düsseldorf together with our first sales partner, MGB Berlin."
"I am delighted to be able to add an innovative technology to our portfolio by combining our endoscopic systems with SP's navigation system," adds Dr. Johannes Tschepe, Managing Director of MGB Endoskopische Geräte GmbH, Berlin.
"What we particularly like about Solution Pool GmbH is the company's belief that technology should adapt to the application and not the other way around," adds Dr. Bernd Goergen, Senior Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds. "For this reason, we are optimistic that the highly skilled management team will, with the aid of our investment, quickly produce a range of innovative and extremely user-friendly navigation solutions that will significantly improve the productivity and safety of surgical procedures."
About High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
The High-Tech Gründerfonds invests venture capital in young, up-and-coming technology companies, which implement promising research results in the industry. The start-up companies are planned to lead their R&D projects to the production of a prototype or a "proof of concepts" or market launch by means of the seed financing of up to 500k EUR. The High-Tech Gründerfonds has a fund volume of around 272m EUR. Investors of the public-private partnership are the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, the KfW bank group as well as the six industrial groups BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Robert Bosch, Daimler and Carl Zeiss.