Utrecht-based Ramphastos Investments, a venture capital and private equity firm, announced on October 5 that it has become a significant shareholder in Dutch medical equipment manufacturer R-Solution Medical.
The financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. The investment will enable R-Solution Medical to accelerate its national and international growth ambitions.
What does R-Solution Medical solve?
Traditional methods of checking, packaging, and sending reusable medical instruments to the right department in hospitals is a time-consuming process. As founders who have worked in the medical sector, Mariska van der Vliet and Niels Welling saw how this process could be made more efficient.
Mariska van der Vliet says, “Repackaging cleaned medical instruments is monotonous and hard work that must be executed with high precision and according to strict protocols. Hospitals increasingly struggle to find and retain suitably qualified staff for this purpose.”
Niels Welling says, “Our ambition was to develop a total automated solution that could pack medical instrument sets and improve the logistics process. This led to the development of the R-APPIT medical packaging robot.”
R-Solution Medical: What you need to know
Based out of Barneveld, the Netherlands, R-Solution Medical has developed a packaging robot to automate the manual packaging process of reusable medical instrument sets for hospitals and healthcare institutions.
The Dutch company’s patented packaging robots are already in use in two hospitals and the company is also in talks with several medical institutions and international distributors.
Ramphastos Investments: What you need to know
Ramphastos Investments is a venture capital and private equity investment firm owned, funded, and led by Dutch entrepreneur-investor Marcel Boekhoorn.
The VC firm currently holds primarily majority interests in over 30 companies in various sectors. It has a cumulative revenue above €5B and employs more than 25,000 people across multiple industries, from financial services, retail, gaming, new materials, advanced manufacturing, and energy across all continents.
Ramphastos Investments focuses primarily on acquiring majority stakes in companies that meet three criteria: a unique competitive position (through a patent, brand, or operational efficiency), intrinsic solid growth potential, and favourable underlying trends in the industry or marketplace.
Bram Kingma of Ramphastos Investments says, “R-Solution Medical is responding with its packaging robot to developments in the medical sector, such as the shortage of personnel, the demand for sustainability, and the ever-higher quality requirements in the field of packaged medical instruments. The R-APPIT medical packaging robot is more hygienic, works faster, more accurately, and reliably than the current hand packaging method packaging.”
“The packaging robot, which is now running in two hospitals, is compact enough to be placed in existing and new sterilisation departments. Moreover, it quickly saves 25% of packaging material. This significantly contributes to sustainability and efficiency within hospitals without compromising the quality of the final product. We, therefore, believe that the R-APPIT medical packaging robot has the potential to become a permanent part of every modern medical institution, both in the Netherlands and abroad,” adds.