Dutch investor acquires majority stake in telehealth, aging in place company Verklizan

By Jonah Comstock
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Dutch investment company Main Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in Verklizan, a Dutch telehealth infrastructure company. Currently Verklizan operates in the Netherlands, Germany, England, France, and Spain, but one of the goals of the acquisition is to support continued international expansion.

Verklizan offers a "innovative, cloud-based, Connected Healthcare platform for social alarms and remote care", according to the company. The company currently offers its UMO platform to 300 provider customers, serving more than a million patients altogether. 

"Verklizan has shown strong international growth in recent years," ​CEO Riny van Zandwijk said in a statement. "Our strategy is to continue on this path, so that vulnerable people can live in a safe and well managed environment by applying our technology. We have known Main for several years and there is a lot of mutual trust and appreciation. We look forward to working with Main Capital in the next phase of growth of Verklizan."

The UMO Platform includes a variety of offerings for the aging in place market, including personal emergency response device (mobile and home-based), a call center, activity and wellness monitoring, and a telehealth platform that can monitor weight, temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, respiration, pulse, and ECG, as well as medication adherence. Not all of these technologies are made by Verklizan; the company has an open platform philosophy, connecting to more than 250 products from more than 100 companies.

Main Capital is an investment group with a particular focus on software in the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) and Germany. 

“Verklizan offers an efficient, innovative solution that will become more and more important for healthcare providers to meet the increased demand for healthcare while controlling their budgets," ​Pieter van Bodegraven, a partner at Main Capital, said in a statement. "In addition to the autonomous internationalization strategy in the coming years, we see good opportunities to further expand the platform through smart acquisitions.”

As the population around the world ages and technology advances, financiers seem to be more and more interested in the aging-in-place market. This deal comes just two weeks after private equity firm GTCR acquired GreatCall, a company that plays in a similar space with PERS, mPERS, and call centers.