Announcing the launch of Heran HealthTech Fund I

Jul 11, 2020 | Katleen Vandersmissen

Heran HealthTech Fund I raises 45 million euros from various investors in a first round

Providing proof that MedTech and DigitalHealth are more than ever the future of the healthcare sector.

Antwerp, 27 May 2020 - The new venture fund HERAN HealthTech Fund I with focus on MedTech and Digital Health, launched in January, completes a first investment round of 45 million euros in less than 6 months. A mix of institutional investors, family offices and private investors are convinced that the future of our healthcare sector will be determined by MedTech and Digital Health. The Covid-19 crisis has accelerated the need for revolutionary solutions in this segment.

Investment focus at the crossroads of technology, data and health more relevant than ever

Through their many years of experience in the sector, the founders of HERAN Partners were convinced that the combination of data, technology and the right analyses would significantly determine the future of our healthcare sector. The expansion of Covid-19 only accelerated this trend. Several participations of HERAN HeathTech Fund I deliver significant added value to hospitals and healthcare providers in the rapid detection and treatment of Covid-19 patients. Icometrix in Leuven, for example, is working closely with numerous hospitals to bring the "icolung" AI-tool on the market. This AI-tool can quickly indicate what percentage of lung tissue is affected by Covid-19. This can help hospitals in the correct triage of Covid-19 patients faster. Ugentec, in turn, uses the Fastfinder software to provide solutions for analysing diagnostic tests up to thirty times faster. "The recent health crisis has made the high need for MedTech and Digital Health innovations even clearer. Many opportunities and accelerations are not only possible but also necessary. Several investors we contacted are convinced of the future prospects and added value. We are therefore very pleased to raise 45 million euros in this unprecedented time for home-grown start-ups and scaleups. This will enable them to make the difference in healthcare worldwide," says Katleen Vandersmissen, Managing Partner of HERAN Partners.

Strong team, successful portfolio and promising pipeline creates great interest in the investor market

The investment strategy is very much appreciated by many investors. Institutional investors such as PMV, but also family offices and private investors share the conviction that there are great opportunities on the cutting edge between medical applications and data. The experience and scientific knowledge of the hands-on team convinced many entrepreneurs to participate in this growth story. "I am immensely honored that a lot of investors have put their trust in us. This allows us to give our various homegrown MedTech and Digital Health pearls more oxygen to reform our healthcare. In this way, we can also further open up the unique Belgian ecosystem. The great interest of our investors proves once again that the combination of data and technology will further determine the future of our healthcare. In the meantime, the dealflow list has also grown well and we have already made a first selection of promising companies", says Annie Vereecken, Founding Partner of HERAN Partners.

Venture fund continues to build on 7 strong participations

Today the portfolio already consists of 7 participations - Ugentec, Icometrix, Bluebee, Ontoforce, Lynxcare, Pharmafluidics and Fox Biosystems. These participations, at the intersection of technology and data, have been brought into HERAN Health Tech Fund I, allowing them to be managed within the same professional structure.

In total, HERAN HealthTech Fund I aims to raise between 50 million euros and 65 million euros from various private and institutional players, of which the first 45 million have already been completed. The fundraising will continue for some time and HERAN Health Tech Fund I hopes to complete it before the end of 2020. Within this timeline, HERAN is already planning a first addition in the form of a startup or scale-up to the portfolio within the MedTech and Digital Health sector.

About HERAN Partners:

HERAN Partners is a Belgian investment fund founded by Annie Vereecken together with Katleen Vandersmissen, Joris Mortelmans and Herman Verrelst. With the broad network and unrivalled expertise of its partners, HERAN Partners supports European start-ups and scale-ups from the MedTech and Digital Health sectors. The first fund, HERAN HealthTech I, builds on the founders' existing investment strategy: a strong and balanced portfolio within the fund's focus. 

About Annie Vereecken: 

Annie Vereecken, co-founder of HERAN Partners, has a broad experience as an entrepreneur and investor in Life Sciences. After the successful sale of her laboratory group, she invested in various companies in the life sciences sector, e.g. ArgenX, Biocartis, MyCartis, Cartagenia,Custodix, Ugentec etc. She is a member of the Board of Directors of several biotech companies, including some of HERAN's current portfolio companies.

About Katleen Vandersmissen:

Katleen Vandersmissen is Managing Partner of HERAN Partners. As a former head of the Health & Care department at LRM, she has extensive experience as an investor and director in the sector. Before that she was active at McKinsey and Umicore. Katleen Vandersmissen holds a PhD inChemistry and is a member of the investment committee of the Qbic II investmentfund.

About Joris Mortelmans:

Joris Mortelmans is Partner and CFO of HERAN Partners. As CFO of Opdorp Finance, the family holding company of Annie Vereecken, Joris has extensive experience with investments in the focus of the fund. He was previously active as Financial Director of Euphony Belgium and started his financial career at EY.

About Herman Verrelst:

Herman Verrelst is co-founder of HERAN Partners. As CEO of Biocartis and former General Manager at Agilent Technologies, he has extensive international experience as director and CEO. As an entrepreneur he founded Cartagenia, Data4S and Medicim and has a strong track record of successful transactions. Herman Verrelst sits on the board of directors of several biotech companies.

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