Flusso acquired by company and global PE fund

Flow sensing company Flusso Limited (Flusso) has been jointly acquired for £28 million by a company and a global private equity (PE) fund focused on investing in semiconductor companies and other high-tech industries.

The transaction will enable the acquirers to expand their current product portfolio into flow and environmental sensing, and to establish a European footprint in Cambridge, UK to add to their existing facilities in the US and China. It will also give Flusso immediate access to significant additional expertise and capacity in the design, development and manufacture of new semiconductor devices.

Everyone at Flusso is excited by what this acquisition means for our business as we power into a new phase of development. It will help to accelerate the commercialisation of our flow sensing product lines; to fast-track the development and launch of our gas sensor products for environmental applications; and allow us to increase the investments and engineering resources allocated to developing new sensor innovations. We will also get improved access to markets and customers, particularly in Asia.

Dr Andrea De Luca, CEO and cofounder of Flusso

Flusso will continue to operate under its own brand name and with its existing management team under the direction of CEO and company co-founder Dr Andrea De Luca.

Flusso was founded in 2016 as a spin-out from University of Cambridge with support from Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s commercialisation arm. The company completed a significantly over-subscribed series A round in June 2020, led by Parkwalk Advisors, to raise US $5.7 million (£4.65 million); and launched its first product, the FLS110, as the world’s smallest flow sensor targeting high-volume consumer, industry and medical applications later that year.

Goodwin Procter provided legal counsel to Flusso on the sale, with the two firms Baker McKenzie and Katten representing the company and private equity fund.

The image above shows:
Flusso cofounders Dr Andrea De Luca, CEO at Flusso (on the left) and Professor Florin Udrea, the company’s CTO.

When the company was spun out of The University of Cambridge in 2016 the wider founding team, who are also all sensor experts with extensive experience in fluid dynamics and the semiconductor industry, included Professor Julian Gardner, Dr John Coull, Dr Syed Zeeshan Ali and Dr Ethan Gardner.