History

HC21 Established
HC21 was established by Owen Curtin from a small home office in Cork, Ireland. 

Primarily focused upon the provision of sales, marketing and logistics operations to the acute care sector, the company grew into a specialist supplier of leading-edge healthcare solutions, premium consumables, medical devices, equipment and services to all healthcare providers. 

The same family ethos upon which HC21 was founded still exists today; something it takes immense pride in. Partners are welcomed into the Healthcare 21 family, enabling the sharing of expertise and knowledge as one organisation. 

HC21 Established
2003
365 Healthcare established in UK
365 Healthcare develops and distributes medical products to more than 90% of UK hospitals and private GPs. Acquiring 365 Healthcare also opens opportunities in specialist disciplines, such as Gynaecology, Orthopaedic and Cosmetic procedures.
365 Healthcare established in UK
2004
Premier Healthcare
Acquisition of Premier Healthcare & entry into Primary Care sector

Acquiring Premier Healthcare enables HC21 to expand its portfolio into the primary care market. The move also results in significant revenue growth projections by utilising Premier Healthcare’s expertise within this field.

Premier Healthcare
2006
EuroMed
Acquired EuroMed and awarded Wholesale Pharmaceutical License

The acquisition of EuroMed, opens new opportunities in the wholesale pharmaceutical sector.

Both companies share a vision of collaboration and quality, making EuroMed a natural fit into HC21’s network of healthcare partners. In addition, EuroMed’s expertise within medical devices and diagnostics enables expansion into previously untapped markets.

2007
Tools for Living
Acquisition of TFL to expand primary care offering.

HC21 expands primary care portfolio further through the acquisition of specialist Tools for Living. The move also develops new leads and connections within the primary care sector.

Tools for Living
2008
Established HC21 in the UK
Established HC21 in the UK and launch of the Irish Decontamination business.

This presented HC21 with an opportunity to mirror what it was doing in Ireland for the UK market and established the UK arm in Leeds as part of its ambition to be one of the largest medical suppliers in Europe.

After spending €1.2 million on a new decontamination and recycling facility in Annacotty, Co Limerick, the Irish Decontamination business represented a diversification of service offering.

2012
Medtronic
Signed significant new contracts with Medtronic and sold 365 Healthcare to Bunzl Healthcare.

HC21 has been working with the Surgical Stapling and Critical Care portfolio of the world’s largest medical device company, Medtronic, since 2003. More than fifteen years on, and the partnership has grown significantly, encompassing 5,350 individual product codes and delivering in-market annual revenues of more than €25M, across both Ireland and the United Kingdom.

2014
New German & Austrian business
Opening of Wiesbaden CS centre supporting new German & Austrian business

The Healthcare 21 partnership with Allergan extends across four European countries and five brands. In 2015, HC21 took over the LifeCell portfolio across the UK and Ireland before extending this partnership to Germany and Austria, setting up a dedicated customer service and logistics centre, in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2017, Allergan transferred its substantive Natrelle® breast implant business to Healthcare 21 in Germany, and then to its operations in the UK and Ireland the following year.

New German & Austrian business
2016
Medscope
Following its core value of Innovation, Healthcare 21 Group acquires Medscope, an eCommerce website in order to open up a new sales and marketing channel to a new customer base. Medscope is a supplier of quality medical equipment to medical and healthcare practitioners such as hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics, nursing homes, care homes as well as prisons, schools, emergency services and local authorities.

2017
Aquilant
HC21 Group acquires Aquilant from UDG Healthcare, doubling the size of the company.

The move that saw the acquisition of Aquilant, a distributor of specialist medical, pharmaceutical and scientific products and services was hailed as the most significant step forward in HC21’s history. It helped to accelerate HC21’s drive to become a pan European, best in class provider of specialist sales, marketing and service solutions for world leading supplier partners.

2018
HC21 Group acquires UK leading healthcare imaging company Xograph Healthcare
The acquisition of Xograph Healthcare truly underlined HC21’s intentions. As the largest independent medical imaging equipment supplier throughout the UK and Ireland, Xograph had an unenviable reputation as the key supplier to the NHS, HSE hospitals, private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres.

It not only confirmed HC21’s strategy for growth and expansion, but also a commitment to the highly innovative MedTech and Diagnostic Technical services industry.

2019
Cardio Solutions
HC21 Group acquires Cardio Solutions

Early 2020 saw the acquisition of Cardio Solutions, one of the UK’s foremost independent distributors of cardiothoracic, vascular, electrophysiology and interventional cardiology products through the UK and Ireland.

The Yorkshire business had developed strong partnerships with the world’s leading suppliers of cardiac implantable devices, consumables and surgical instrumentation to provide a complete solution package for open, minimally invasive and port access surgery.

It marked the third acquisition of leading, mainland UK businesses in less than three years, and saw HC21 virtually triple in size.

2020