September 01, 2020 Press

SMP advises healthtech start-up
Aignostics on financing round

Berlin - SMP advised Aignostics, a spin-off of the Charité Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health, on its seed financing round. The volume of the round, led by the Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund, amounts to EUR 5 million. Other investors include High-Tech Gründerfonds, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft and Future Capital. The company says that it is planning to use the fresh funds to expand its portfolio in pharmaceutical research as well as to finance longer-term projects aimed at developing companion/complementary diagnostics (CDx) applications for clinical routine. Aignostics received comprehensive legal advice from a team led by SMP partner Martin Schaper.

"Aignostics demonstrates the impressive potential of the emerging AI technology. In addition to the increasing automation of business processes or the almost daily routine of controlling smart homes, solutions based on artificial intelligence are now increasingly also taking over important functions in the healthcare sector," says Martin Schaper.

Aignostics is a healthtech company located in Berlin. Based on artificial intelligence, Aignostics has developed a technology that detects and analyzes pathological changes in tissue and uses the data to support proper diagnosis. Back in 2011, a team of physicians led by Prof. Dr. Frederick Klauschen, together with researchers from the Fraunhofer Gesellschafts and the TU Berlin, led by Prof. Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller, laid the foundation for the pathology software with a first patent. At the beginning of 2018, researchers from the Charité and TU Berlin were then accepted into the Digital Health Accelerator (DHA) program of the Berlin Institute of Health, where Aignostics has been further developed as a spin-off.

About SMP
SMP is a boutique law firm for tax and business law which is active in the core fields of Tax, Funds, Corporate, Litigation and Transactions. The attorneys and tax specialists at SMP represent a broad client base, which ranges from emerging technology companies and family-run SMEs to large corporations as well as private equity and venture capital funds. Founded in 2017, SMP has become one of the leading players for venture capital, private equity and fund structuring in Germany. The firm and its partners have been recognized nationally and internationally by JUVE, Best Lawyers, Legal 500, Focus and Chambers and Partners. Today, SMP has more than 50 experienced lawyers and tax specialists in three Offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.

Advisors Aignostics: SMP
Dr. Martin Schaper (Lead), Partner
Dr. Ansgar Frank, Associated Partner
Pia Dürre, Associate


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