August 7, 2008
Investment is the Firm’s First From Newly Launched LLR Equity Partners III
LLR Partners has provided equity capital to healthcare analytics company Surveillance Data LLC (SDI) of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., for its acquisition of healthcare information and services company Verispan, LLC, of Yardley, Pa. The acquisition creates one of the industry’s most innovative and comprehensive healthcare analytics companies.
“LLR was the right partner for SDI in our pursuit of Verispan,” says Andrew Kress, CEO of SDI. “LLR’s expertise and experience in working with growth businesses in the healthcare services industry will be invaluable as we integrate the Verispan acquisition and grow the combined company.”
SDI is the leader in data integration, custom analyses, and reporting of patient-level data with de-identified, longitudinal data from over 50 sources. The company provides a wide range of near real-time healthcare informatics and market research to its clients in the pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, medical device, biotechnology, and healthcare-related industries. Verispan is a strategic addition to SDI’s healthcare data and analytics business. Its acquisition will expand both companies’ current customer base and market penetration.
“The combination of SDI and Verispan will clearly separate the combined company from other players in the market in terms of the breadth of offerings and clients served,” says David Reuter, Partner at LLR. “The SDI management team has an unparalleled reputation in the industry for its dedication to solving customer needs and for the quality and depth of its data.”
This is the first investment made by LLR Equity Partners III, the firm’s recently launched $800 million fund. LLR was represented by Pepper Hamilton in the transaction, and SDI was represented by Houlihan Lokey as financial advisor and Blank Rome as legal advisor.