Oldelft was founded in 1939 as a company specialized in optics. In the 1980s, Oldelft started with the development of ultrasound transducers. These were the very early days of medical ultrasound probes. Oldelft introduced the first TEE (transesophageal echocardiography) transducers in 1988. Since then, the company has delivered many TEE transducers to all major ultrasound companies.
In 1998 Oldelft Ultrasound split off from the Oldelft mother company and started operating as a separate business unit within Delft Instruments.
In 2019, Smile Invest acquired the majority interest from Gimv. The management team and employees reinvested alongside Smile Invest. The investment from Smile Invest will facilitate the next phase of the company’s growth, with a continued focus on product development and commercial excellence.
Smile Invest is a European evergreen investment company with €350 million in assets under management. It is financed by forty entrepreneurial families and has a long-term focus on innovative growth companies. Smile Invest is unique in investing in high potential companies in the software and technology industries, as well as in the health care and consumer digitalization sectors.
From its offices in Leuven and The Hague, the Smile Invest team supports entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial management teams in achieving their growth plans. It does this by leveraging its extended network and deep business experience in successfully managing international market leaders.
Oldelft Ultrasound aims to achieve its growth plans by continuing its strong investments in next-generation miniaturized 2D and 4D products. These will further boost the capabilities of healthcare professionals across the world.