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Pharos Capital Sells TechLab, Inc. to SSI Diagnostica

Pharos Capital Group, LLC (“Pharos”), a private equity firm based in Dallas and Nashville, announced it has sold its stake in portfolio company TechLab, Inc. (“TechLab”), a leading developer and manufacturer of rapid, non-invasive diagnostic tests for infectious disease, intestinal inflammation, and parasitology, to SSI Diagnostica, a portfolio company of the private investment firm Adelis Equity (“Adelis”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

SSI Diagnostica is a developer and manufacturer of diagnostics products based in Copenhagen, Denmark. SSI Diagnostica’s global distribution network and production capability will complement TechLab’s U.S. and global operations to grow the scale of the combined company’s diagnostics business. TechLab will continue to operate out of its Virginia R&D and manufacturing facilities, and will retain its workforce subsequent to the transaction. TechLab’s existing management team will remain with the company.

“Pharos is a committed investor in the diagnostics sector, and we are pleased to have worked with TechLab to expand the company’s distribution network and the reach of its enteric diagnostic tools,” said Joel Goldberg, Partner at Pharos Capital Group. “Our hope is that TechLab will continue to thrive with SSI Diagnostica as it continues to grow its product offering to help reduce the annual economic and medical burden of healthcare-associated infections by giving practitioners the means to quickly assess patient needs, improve outcomes, and decrease readmissions.”

Pharos initially invested in TechLab in September 2016 out of its Pharos Capital Partners III/III-A funds. In addition to its diagnostic testing for infectious disease, intestinal inflammation, and parasitology, TechLab also offers testing products for gastrointestinal conditions, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and E. coli. The Company’s low-cost tests improve clinical decision-making, reduce time to treatment, and lower unnecessary hospital spend. The company’s flagship product, QUIK CHEK®, is now the market-leading test for C. difficile, the third most common Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) in the US.

“Our partnership with Pharos has been extremely rewarding, and we are delighted with the growth of our suite of diagnostic tools and our operational capabilities,” said Daniel Delaney, TechLab CEO. “We look forward to working with our new partners, SSI Diagnostica and Adelis Equity, to continue to expand the global scope of our products and develop new life sciences technologies.”

Lincoln International served as the exclusive financial advisor and Gibson Dunn served as legal counsel to TechLab and Pharos on the transaction.

 

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