November 2017, MRM T investment
Ghent & Brussels, November 15th, 2017 - Microbial Resource Management (MRM) Technologies, a company specialized in the field of gastrointestinal research and Korys jointly announced the closing of a financing round to fuel the company’s growth and future development.
This transaction will allow MRM Technologies to accelerate the expansion of its commercial offering and international business growth as well as its in-house development efforts by being backed by a culturally compatible, long-term equity partner.
“Korys is very excited to become part of a promising player in the upcoming field of microbiome research. The capacity to provide high-quality research services to its customers combined with innovative product development resonates strongly with Korys’ vision and values” said Dries Colpaert, Korys' Managing Partner.
"We are delighted to partner up with Korys to further manage and accelerate our strategic growth plans. The microbiome field is rapidly evolving and with its combination of different business activities, MRM Technologies has the potential to become a leading actor in the field. In our quest to identify the perfect strategic partner for MRM Technologies and its management, we were specifically attracted by the multidisciplinary approach and long-term investment horizon of Korys and their capacity to create sustainable value" said Sam Possemiers, MRM Technologies’ CEO.
MRM Technologies is the holding company of ProDigest BVBA. Founded in 2008 by Dr. Sam Possemiers, Dr. Massimo Marzorati and Prof. Willy Verstraete, the company develops unique laboratory models of the complete gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals. It markets the Simulator of the Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem (SHIME®), a unique enabling technology used to provide pre-clinical services to functional food/feed and pharma companies in order to assess the fate of actives and ingredients during digestive processes and their mechanism of action in relation to human and animal health.
Korys is the investment holding of the Colruyt family. The family has been active in the retail sector for over 50 years and grew the Colruyt Group to become one of the most successful food retail and food services companies in Europe. Korys aims to create sustainable value through a diversified portfolio of investments and focuses on investment themes in which it has built substantial expertise, such as Conscious Consumer, Medical Revolution, Energy Transition, Leadership in Retail, Resource Revolution and Future-proof real estate.