Healthcare Activos raises new fund worth €650m

Pan-European Spanish healthcare real estate investor Healthcare Activos has launched a new investment fund worth €650 million. This is the REIT’s second fund, and will, in contrast to the first fund, be primarily focused on making investments outside of Spain and Portugal. Jorge Guarner, Activos’ President and Founder, tells us more.

Interview: Dr. Volker Wendel, Sanoptis

Dr. Volker Wendel founded Sanoptis in 2018 in Switzerland with Carsten Horn. Six years later, the group has grown to more than 400 locations across six European countries. The group was initially backed by PE firm Telemos Capital, who then sold it to Belgian holding company Group Bruxelles Lambert (in 2022). Wendel explains to us how the group is able to add value to ophthalmologists who join the network and shares which areas the group will be focusing on in the coming years.

Top 5 European ophthalmology players

This infographic showcases Europe's top 5 ophthalmology players by revenue in the reporting period 2018–2022: Veonet Group, Sanoptis, Artemis Augenkliniken, Clinica Baviera, and Optegra.

Italy’s pharmacies to offer expanded range of services

A new draft bill has been proposed by the Italian government which will allow pharmacies to offer an expanded range of services including vaccinations, diagnostic tests and the ability to book outpatient visits to the hospital. 

Meet the new generation of doctorpreneurs

Doctors are becoming increasingly interested in setting up clinics and running them as proper businesses. We spoke to Romesh Angunawela, who has recently completed an MBA especially for physicians in the US, and is the co-founder of OCL Vision, a three-clinic ophtha group in the UK. He shared his view on this trend and the factors driving it.

San Donato may be preparing to IPO

Rumours are circulating that San Donato, Italy’s largest for-profit hospital group, is about to IPO. HBI speaks to an Italian market expert to see how likely this is.

Affidea buys dental clinic in Spain and expands in Italy

Pan-European imaging and diagnostics firm Affidea has bought an advanced dental services clinic in Spain - the first such acquisition by the group - as well as two polyclinics in Italy. HBI understands the dental acquisition is part of the group's long-term strategy to move away from only providing diagnostic imaging to being more of an integrated care platform offering a range of outpatient services.

Orpea raids ramp up

While inspections at facilities belonging to French multinational elderly care operator Orpea have been commonplace within France, news of Europe-wide police raids sweeping Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland is now making headlines.

EU’s AI Act gets the greenlight from the European Commission

Despite opposition, the AI Act seems to be ploughing ahead right on schedule. This week, two key groups of lawmakers - the European Commission's civil liberties (LIBE) and internal market (IMCO) committees - gave their overwhelming support for the new law, which should come into force this summer.

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