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Sterience pickaxe at German Vanguard for his first  add-on

By WS ¦ 28/09/2017 ¦ 10:38

A little more than two years after having “spinned-off” Sterience of the perimeter of Dalkia, Ekkio Capital accompanies this leader of outsourced sterilization of medical equipment in his first one build-up. The acquisition concerns an expert of the complex medical devices, Vanguard Medical Services France, the subsidiary of the german Vanguard. He appears …

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Amatsigroup taken over by Eurofins

23 août 2017

Actu Labo

The Eurofins Scientific group has just announced the signature of an exclusive agreement with Ekkio Capital for the acquisition of the French CDMO Amatsigroup, for 130 million euros and the takeover of residual debts at the finalization of the deal. Amatsigroup, born of the merger in 2013 of Avogadro, Avepharm, Crid Pharma and DBI, has a turnover of approximately € 60 million and has some 450 employees. Led by Alain Sainsot, Amatsigroup expanded its scope in January 2016 with the acquisition of Belgian Q Biologicals and later the acquisition of Disposable-Lab in Martillac (33) at the beginning of the year. Last May (see AL n∞302), Amatsigroup entered into exclusive discussions with Bertin Pharma with a view to acquiring its pharmaceutical development activities; the transaction should be completed within the next few months

Flight over the lions : we tested the zip-line of the zoo de Thoiry

Hugo Cailloux

Robin Prudent – France Télévisions

Mis à jour le 22/07/2017 | 11:14 – publié le 22/07/2017 | 07:11

Fawns as you have never seen them. The zoo of Thoiry (Yvelines) proposes, starting Tuesday, July 25th, a new attraction: the flying  over the lions on a zip-line. The zoo, which allows to approach as closely as possible these animals thanks to a glass tunnel, suggests observing them fromthe sky, suspended from a cable a few meters away from the ground. Franceinfo tested this novelty.

By dashing down from a tower which overhangs the park in 16 meters in height, the visitors can overfly, on 230 meters, the space where live the lions. The zoo shelters 18 of them, present alternately in this portion of the park. Indeed, these wild animals can sometimes show themselves aggressive between them and have therefore been separated in several groups.

The lions not really impressed

The Wildcats” react well ” asserts Thierry Duguet, managing director of the zoo of Thoiry, to Franceinfo. During our test, the zip-line, noisy, did not seem to frighten the animals  below. Only a female made some steps during our passage.

A second zip-line of 250 meters allows to join de ground, this overflying the safari space of the zoo, where zebras, gnus and antelopes live in semi-liberty.

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Ekkio Capital has signed an exclusive agreement with Eurofins for the sale of Amatsigroup

Paris, July 10th, 2017 – Ekkio Capital, a sector-based investor dedicated to high-potential European SMEs, announces that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Eurofins (EUFI.PA), a global leader in bio-pharmaceutical products testing, and one of the world leaders in genomic services, for the sale of Amatsigroup. The company is a leading international contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) providing preclinical and clinical services for the development of human and veterinary drugs.

Founded in 2010 by Ekkio Capital, Amatsigroup was formed through the merger of four companies (Avogadro, Amatsi, DBI and Avepharm) and has grown though several strategic acquisitions: SEPS Pharma (Belgium), Amatsigroup Inc. (USA) in 2014, Pierre Fabre’s pharmaceutical analysis laboratory in 2015, QBiologicals (Belgium) in 2016, Disposable Lab early 2017 and more recently two sites of Bertin Pharma.

Over the past 6 years, Amatsigroup became one of the largest independent multispecialist platform in Europe with a unique proposal for specialty and biopharma clients, including pharmaceutical analysis, formulation development and manufacturing, biological research & development, among other services. The company has about 450 employees over 8 sites in France, 2 sites in Belgium and 1 site in the USA.

Given its unique positioning as a high value added multi-specialist drug development services provider, the company is well-positioned to leverage and strengthen its footprint in the CDMO industry.

The contemplated transaction is expected to be completed over the next few months, subject to customary closing conditions including employees’ representatives’ information and consultation.

Councels of the operation :

  • Operation : Rothschild – F. de BRETEUIL / R. ROZEMULDER / E. GIORNI
  • Legal : Willkie Farr Gallagher – C. GARAUD / V. SAYAG
  • Finance : Deloitte – T. FISCHER
  • Tax and Social : Bureau Francis Lefebvre – P. GOSSET / V. DELAGE

About Ekkio Capital

Ekkio Capital is an independent private equity firm funded by institutional investors, regulated by the French AMF (Autorité des marchés financiers) and investing for more than 15 years in high potential growth French and European SMEs. Specialising in Tourism & Leisure, Health care and TIC (Testing, Inspection & Certification), Ekkio Capital has today more than €230m under management and has successfully achieved 30 buy-out and development transactions.

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And one, and two, and three lion cubs at the Safari Zoo Domaine de Thoiry !


It was on March 24th of this year they :  three adorable baby lions  of Africa were born in the Safari Zoo Domain of Thoiry and have just just made their first exit!

First steps

Sheltered in an special room with their mother until  June 9th, three small “big cats” grew up serenely and are now  old enough to discover the outside world! Both females and their brother are the descendants of Akele, 5,5-year-old male, and of Nyassa, 3 years old. Although it is its first litter, Nyassa takes care of it perfectly well

petit lion

At the age of one and a half month, while lion cubs began to be less dependent on their mother and before they do not become too powerful, the team of the park was able to proceed to their sexing and to their puçage. This last manipulation consists in inserting under the skin a chip containing all the medical and genetic information of each of them. It is an important stage because, unless a health problem, it is the unique moment when they will have been in direct contact with the Man.

In their natural environment, the lions of Africa undergo more and more the anthropological pressure.

This weekend, the three scions of Nyassa made their first exit in front of the visitors. They took up a new space, where they can be from now on observed throughout the season. From now on, two groups of lions can be observed by the public.

Give your vote!

From this week, the team makes an appointment with the Internet users on the Facebook of the park (@zoothoiry) to choose the first names of youngs!

A new date in a few weeks, the lions of the Safari Zoo Domain of Thoiry will not stop surprising you … And one, and two, and three lion cubs at the Safari Zoo Domain of Thoiry!