Danish startup Practio has completed an equity funding round, which, together with loan conversion and debt financing, totals €8.2 million. Practio has developed and deployed a digital healthcare platform, which enables pharmacies to become central points-of-care. Initial Practio services include vaccinations and COVID-19 antibody testing, but the company is planning to roll out broader platform services over time.
Practio has deployed its platform across Denmark since 2015 and started its rollout in the UK in 2019. The latest funding will be used to speed up the deployment in the UK and to enter the German market later this year with other countries to follow from 2021 onwards.
Since 2018, Practio has been supported by PHOENIX group, a leading healthcare provider in Europe, which has now become a shareholder of Practio. Both companies share the ambition to strengthen the role of local pharmacies as direct, close-to-home healthcare providers. Spintop and PHOENIX were also joined in the investment round by Carl Westin, the international investment company with a focus on digital health.
Practio’s co-founder and CEO Mads Mikkelsen said: “Recent events have clearly demonstrated the global need to fundamentally rethink primary healthcare delivery. We’re super excited about the strong support from Spintop, PHOENIX group and Carl Westin in accelerating our continued expansion, enabling better access to quality healthcare services for more people”.
Erik Wenngren, co-founder and partner of Spintop Ventures commented: “Spintop is pleased to be able to support Practio in its international rollout by leading this funding round. The company’s service platform off-loads the strained healthcare sector by enabling pharmacies to become proper points-of-care and it also brings true value to pharmacies by giving them possibilities to service their customer better and bring new revenue streams”
Dr. Tobias Bucher, Head of Digital Transformation & Enablement at PHOENIX group, alsoc commented on the investment: “We believe that Practio’s services can transform local pharmacies into central points-of-care for their community. This benefits patients, who can trust to receive important health care services as well as products at one central place close to their home. At the same time, it benefits pharmacies, which can offer more relevant services, thus strengthening their close connections to customers.”