Lübeck and Stralsund, Germany, 31st of January 2022 – International leader in medical and safety technology, Dräger AG (Lübeck, Germany) and digital health startup GWA Hygiene (Stralsund, Germany) announced today that Dräger will become GWA Hygiene’s newest investor. GWA Hygiene has developed an electronic monitoring system for hand hygiene in hospitals. Before the current financing round, it attracted investments from other well-known funders in Germany, including venture capital firm MIG Fonds, which, since 2018, has invested several million Euros in the company.
GWA Hygiene’s technology serves an acute need: reducing hospital infections and alleviating the burdens on staff due to shortages – two factors presenting an increasing threat to patient care and safety. GWA Hygiene offers a simple and technologically sophisticated solution to help healthcare facilities reduce the risk for the spread of infections. The company’s NosoEx® digital assistant for infection control provides detailed data reports on the disinfection of hospital equipment and the general environment.
Tobias Gebhardt, CEO of GWA Hygiene, said, ”No time for hygiene measures – we hear this statement from hospital staff more and more frequently. We believe the goal must be to optimize hygiene processes to allow more time for patient care. After an initial exchange with Dräger, we quickly realized that it shares the same ambition. Together, with help from NosoEx® and additional digital solutions, we will partner to improve working conditions for hospital staff and improve patient safety.”
Dräger is an established leader in medical technology with a focus on hygiene. Patient care and infection prevention are inseparably linked for Dräger.
Jens Altmann, President, Business Unit IT & Systems at Dräger, said: “Dräger has experience developing and distributing successful digital solutions for hospitals including the Integrated Care Manager (ICM) for digital care and treatment documentation and Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) for tracking medical equipment. With the investment in GWA Hygiene technology and the support of GWA colleagues, we will expand our RTLS system Dräger Discover to support hygiene routines. By doing so, we hope to strengthen and improve workflows in acute care.”
The synergies between Dräger and GWA Hygiene are evident in their common activities. For example, the two companies started a pilot project in a neonatal intensive care unit in 2021. In this setting, risks of infection could be identified with digital solutions.
The fresh capital from Dräger will be invested in further development of digital hygiene solutions as well as sales and internationalization. NosoEx® projects are already running with partners in several European countries. This funding will allow an intensified roll-out across Europe.
“Digitization is a key element of efficient and reliable hygiene management in hospitals and NosoEx® has the potential to set a new standard. We are happy to welcome Dräger as a new investor and strategic partner. Companies, hospitals and above all, patients, will benefit from this cooperation,” said Matthias Guth, Venture Partner, MIG Capital.
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Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. Our products protect, support, and save lives. Founded in 1889, Dräger generated revenues of around EUR 3.4 billion in 2020. The Dräger Group is currently present in over 190 countries and has more than 15,000 employees worldwide. Please visit www.draeger.com for more information.
Established in 2015 the digital health company employs more than 30 people. Our IoT system NosoEx® is a proven solution for infection prevention. The sensor technology can be seamlessly integrated into the existing infrastructure of hospitals and nursing homes. NosoEx® is the digital assistant for hospital hygiene teams. Please visit https://nosoex.com/ for more information.
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