The Riverside Company, a global private investor focused on the smaller end of the middle market, has signed a definitive agreement to sell Greenphire, a specialist in financial lifecycle management software for clinical trials, to Thoma Bravo, a software focused private equity firm.
The pending transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of this year, subject to the satisfaction of regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed.
Founded in 2008, Greenphire enables pharmaceutical industry leaders worldwide to run more efficient and successful clinical trials. The company’s end-to-end solutions optimise clinical trial performance by streamlining financial management, payment and logistical workflows from sponsors and contract research organisations (CROs) to sites and patients in more than 70 countries.
“Our partnership with Greenphire has been incredibly fruitful,” says Riverside Managing Partner Loren Schlachet. “During our seven-year partnership, we broadened the company’s product set, enhanced the sales and marketing organisations and expanded its international footprint.”
Riverside also supported Greenphire’s heavy investment in new product development and successfully launched EnvisiX, Greenphire’s new clinical trial budget negotiation and management tool.
“Through our partnership with Riverside, we have been able to expand the organisation and focus on strategic innovation, setting us up for success in our next chapter of growth,” says Jim Murphy, CEO of Greenphire. “We have continued to set the standard for financial workflow automation and patient convenience in clinical trials on a global scale and look forward to building on our growth and success during this new chapter with the strategic growth investment of Thoma Bravo.”
Greenphire has earned the position of trusted partner for a broad array of clients including the majority of the top 30 pharmaceutical companies and top 10 CROs as well as leading investigative research sites. Using the company’s flexible SaaS solution suite, sponsors, CROs and research sites are able to support trials of any design and complexity while accommodating regional workflow preferences and nuanced regulatory requirements.
This is one more example of Riverside’s dedication to its Software & IT Specialisation. Riverside has invested in more than 180 platform and add-ons in this industry and possesses a team of industry experts who understand how to grow these companies around the globe.
“We are very proud of the organic growth accomplished during our ownership period, including an 8x increase in revenue and 4x increase in employee count,” says Riverside Senior Partner Joe Manning. “We’re thrilled with the team and product set that has been built and are confident that Greenphire is well-positioned for continued success.”
Working with Schlachet and Manning on the deal for Riverside were Operating Partner & Senior Advisor Keith Kerman, Senior Associate Sara Mostatabi and Finance Director Gary Schlegel. Founding Partner, Origination, Robert Landis and Principal, Origination, Grant Marcks sourced the initial Greenphire investment opportunity for Riverside. Jefferies and AGC Partners served as financial advisors on the deal.