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Smile Invest invests in Hospidex as strategic partner for future growth

Smile Invest invests in Hospidex as strategic partner for future growth
22 March 2021

Smile Invest takes a stake in leading healthcare solutions provider Hospidex alongside Managing Directors Hendrik Seghers and Francis Gielen who keep a key stake in the company.

For over 30 years, Hospidex has been specialised in distribution and commercialisation of medical equipment in Western Europe. It offers complete solutions, both for end users at home and for healthcare professionals in hospitals, retirement and care homes, specialty medical stores and pharmacies. It focuses on specific domains such as health and wellness at home, measurement of vital parameters (such as blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation and temperature), prevention and care of bedsores, and safe disposal of medical waste, such as used needles (or medical waste packaging).

Thanks to close cooperation with leading manufacturers, Hospidex actively introduces innovative solutions to the market. For example, it recently launched a comprehensive solution for infection prevention in healthcare facilities. The revolutionary system consists of disposable medical pulp containers and wipes for washing patients and disinfecting surfaces. These are safely and hygienically disposed of through a specially designed macerator, reducing the risk of infection and increasing the dignity of both care provider and patient.

Hospidex has offices in Belgium, France and the Netherlands and follows the developments in the local markets closely. In addition, Hospidex has a strong presence in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The company realised about 30 million euros revenues in 2020 with 45 employees.

Hendrik Seghers, CEO and active at Hospidex for more than 30 years, is excited about the partnership with Smile Invest and the company’s further growth prospects. “Hospidex introduces innovative healthcare solutions that solve everyday problems for patients and healthcare staff, and improve the quality of care. Smile Invest fully supports that philosophy.”

Francis Gielen, CFO of Hospidex, adds: “Together with Smile Invest, we would like to further deepen and expand the offering for our customers. We are convinced that Smile Invest is the ideal partner, thanks to their expertise in healthcare and their focus on innovative solutions.”

Bart Cauberghe and Thomas Dewever, Managing Partners at Smile Invest, add: “Hospidex is an expert partner for the healthcare industry and has built an impressive portfolio of products from premium suppliers. We are thrilled to partner with Hendrik Seghers and Francis Gielen to continue this successful growth story. We will also actively look for acquisition opportunities to complement the existing product portfolio.”


About Smile Invest

Smile Invest (Smart Money for Innovation Leaders) is a European evergreen investment firm with €350 million assets under management, financed by 40 entrepreneurial families and with a long term focus on innovative growth companies. Smile Invest focuses on companies active in Digitalisation, Healthcare & Wellbeing and Environment. From its offices in Leuven and The Hague the team supports ambitious entrepreneurs and management teams in realising their growth plans.

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