Infoplex acquisition strengthens Real Software's position in the health care market

Aartselaar 06 January 1999 Real Software, a Belgian software services provider, has taken a 60% majority holding in the Frankfurt based company Infoplex Durdaut and Jassmann GmbH. As a major designer of high-tech database and analytical software for the pharmaceutical and health care industry, Infoplex forms an excellent opportunity for Real Software to proceed with its further integration into the health care sector. After two former acquisitions in this field, which are Oriam and Eider, Real Software will consolidate its position via the data mining activities of Infoplex and for the very first time obtain a local support facility in Germany.

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Real Software, a Belgian software services provider, has taken a 60% majority holding in the Frankfurt based company Infoplex Durdaut and Jassmann GmbH. As a major designer of high-tech database and analytical software for the pharmaceutical and health care industry, Infoplex forms an excellent opportunity for Real Software to proceed with its further integration into the health care sector. After two former acquisitions in this field, which are Oriam and Eider, Real Software will consolidate its position via the data mining activities of Infoplex and for the very first time obtain a local support facility in Germany.

Infoplex has been founded in October 1990 by computer scientist Rainer Durdaut and software engineer Herbert Jassmann. At present, the company employs six people and produces software for the transformation at incredible speeds of mass volumes of complex medical and patient data into useful information. The 1998 turnover amounted to 1,3 million euro with an operating profit of 0,7 million euro. The estimated growth rate for 1999 will be over 50%. The current proprietors still own 40% of the shares but Real Software probably will purchase the remaining lot in a few years.

Until 1995, Durdaut and Jassmann were involved in the development of the MediPlus system, an analytical workstation for Patient Level Data on behalf of IMS International. From 1996, investments and research were entirely devoted to the design of Infoplex's two core systems software components. FairServe constitutes a high-speed Windows/NT-based retrieval server for the monitoring of large data volumes whereas Merlin/NT has been conceived as a Visual C++ class library and design framework for Patient Level Data applications, with a view to restrict development cycles. This led up to the production of the Micro Marketer Plus system for Source Informatics in Germany, for the analysis of huge amounts of pharmaceutical data items on just one single workstation.

Last year, Infoplex launched its most prestigious project to date, consisting of the world's first Patient Level Data Warehouse for Janssen Pharmaceutica, in Beerse, Belgium. The first stage of this initiative will be completed by the end of February 1999. The project includes the generation of an analytical environment which provides uniform access to and visualization of patient data, originating from different sources and representing a complete history of observations. This type of information will be of great use to all company departments having to deal with pharmacovigilance, outcomes and health economics, and marketing and market research.

Next to this, Infoplex equally is working on a series of applications for the analysis of patient level data to be used on top of FairServe and Merlin/NT. They include Patient Profiles and Dynamics, Matrix Tables, Ranking Lists, a New Drug Monitor and a Factorial Design prototype. More programmes are about to follow in the near future. Since the Infoplex technology is database independent, the software can also pay large services to health authorities, government agencies and health insurance systems. The new partnership with Real Software will provide Infoplex with promising chances for growth in both Europe and the United States.

In turn, Real Software is able to continue its one-stop-shopping concept for the pharmaceutical and health care sector since the company at present covers the entire drug development cycle with software and service offerings from Oriam, Eider, Infoplex and its very own production site. As common customer of the four business units, Janssen Pharmaceutica benefits to the full from the synergetic impact of these partnerships. In the first six months of 1998, the Real Software figures equalled the complete turnover of 1997, a result of 40 million euro. The operating profit in this period climbed by 99% up to 5,7 million euro.


Leslie Versweyveld

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