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Oldelft Ultrasound

In the 1980s Oldelft started its medical Ultrasound activities with the development of various Ultrasound transducers in the very early days of medical ultrasound.
Oldelft introduced the first TEE (TransEsophageal Echocardiography) transducers in 1988. Since then the company delivered many TEE transducers to all the major Ultrasound companies.

In 1998 Oldelft Ultrasound was split off as a separate Business Unit within Delft Instruments.

In 2008 Oldelft has become an independent company, where Alpinvest was the major shareholder. In 2012 Gimv acquired a majority interest in Oldelft and supported the company’s innovation and further international growth.

In 2019 Smile Invest acquired the majority interest from Gimv. The management team and employees reinvested alongside Smile Invest. The investment from Smile Invest will facilitate the next phase of growth of the company with a continued focus on product development and commercial excellence. To realize Oldelft’s growth plans, Oldelft will continue its strong investments in next generation miniaturized 2D and 3D products, which further improve the capabilities of healthcare professionals across the world.

Smile Invest is a European evergreen investment company with €350 million of assets under management, financed by 40 entrepreneurial families and with a long term focus on innovative growth companies. Smile Invest is unique by investing in high potential companies in the software and technology industries, as well as in the health care and consumer digitalisation sectors. From its offices in Leuven and The Hague the Smile Invest team supports entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial management teams in realising their growth plans by leveraging its extended network and deep business experience with successfully managing international market leaders.

About Ultrasound

Medical sonography (ultrasonography) is an ultrasound-based diagnostic medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, to capture their size, structure and any pathological lesions with real time tomographic images. Ultrasound has been used by radiologists and sonographers to image the human body for at least 50 years and has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine. The technology is relatively inexpensive and portable, especially when compared with other techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). Ultrasound is also used to visualize fetuses during routine and emergency prenatal care. Such diagnostic applications used during pregnancy are referred to as obstetric sonography.

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