GERMANY, Pullach. After the failure of another financing round in February 2019, the startup FreshDetect GmbH from Pullach near Munich had to file for insolvency.
At the request of the management, the responsible local court in Munich ordered the provisional insolvency administration on 18.02.2019 and appointed the restructuring expert Dr. Matthias Hofmann as provisional insolvency administrator.
Hofmann was able to initiate an investor process immediately after his appointment. The aim is to find a sustainable solution for the company, its employees, business partners and customers as quickly as possible.
FreshDetect GmbH, founded at the beginning of 2013, has developed the freshdetect BFD-100, the first hand-held device for microbiological quality testing of food. It can determine the bacterial contamination of raw meat. The measurement is carried out within seconds by fluorescence spectroscopy, without sampling.
At the end of 2018, additional development work was required to further develop the technology into a product that can be used worldwide in the food industry and is therefore scalable from the company’s point of view. Nevertheless, the advisory board and the previous shareholders of FreshDetect GmbH decided against financing the further development costs. After the management was unable to conclude ongoing talks with other investors in the short term, the managing directors filed an insolvency petition for the company in February 2019.
The provisional insolvency administrator appointed by the insolvency court, Dr. Matthias Hofmann, specialist lawyer for insolvency law at Pohlmann Hofmann, a law firm active in southern Germany, and his team were able to secure the salaries of the 15 highly qualified team members for the coming months by pre-financing the insolvency money. This also ensures the technical development of the BFD-100 for the time being.
To ensure the long-term success of the company, the restructuring expert Dr. Hofmann, in coordination with the management, has initiated an investor process to address other potential investors in addition to those already in discussions. “Our main focus is currently on finding a suitable investor for FreshDetect as quickly as possible.” said Hofmann. “The M&A process currently permits the involvement of further interested parties, whereby we aim to conclude the process as quickly as possible in order to be able to quickly present a sustainable solution to the team and the customers.” said the provisional insolvency administrator.
The highly qualified team around the managing directors Oliver Dietrich and Dr. Christoph Wienken continues to work on the future of the patented solution and supports the talks of the provisional insolvency administrator. “We and our team are at FreshDetect’s and an investor’s disposal with full motivation. With an investor at our side, we can help to shape the future of the food industry and make an important contribution to food quality and safety.” said FreshDetect co-founder and CEO Oliver Dietrich.