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Announcing our £10M Series A raise for digital transformation in pharmacy

Adam Hunter

Chief Commercial Officer

February 10, 2023
7 minute read

We are delighted to announce that Phlo has closed a £10M Series A funding round. The investment will support the scaling of our operations and partnerships with healthcare providers, ultimately enabling more clinicians and patients to access the benefits of our digital pharmacy services.  

Increased momentum

Momentum behind digital transformation in the pharmacy sector continues to mount – powered by providers seeking solutions that will equip them to deliver connected healthcare experiences, cope with supply chain fluctuations, spiralling operating costs, record workforce shortages, and the predicted closure of up to 3,000 high street pharmacy branches by 2024.

As the need for digital pharmacy solutions becomes ever more evident to healthcare providers and their patients, this fresh investment will help expand the reach of Phlo Digital Pharmacy, the first UK digital pharmacy to offer patients same-day medication delivery, and help scale Phlo Connect. Our plug-and-play solution – which delivers the benefits of digital pharmacy to both NHS and private providers, and their patients – is well positioned to lead this charge.

Scaling for success

Phlo’s Series A round – a combination of equity investment and the conversion of existing loan notes – follows the £2m raised by Phlo in 2020 in the third largest recorded healthtech Crowdfunding campaign in Europe.  

The round is led by Thairm Bio alongside support from Scottish Enterprise and a number of other high-profile angel investors. The new investment will support the scaling of Phlo’s operations and its partnerships with healthcare providers. Current partners include Babylon, Leva Clinic, SkinDoc, Syrona Health, and The Dermatology Partnership.

Founded by entrepreneur Nadeem Sarwar and headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, Phlo is at the forefront of innovation and product development in the UK pharmacy sector. During 2022, Phlo have scaled their operations across the UK, growing to a 70+ person team.

Image: Phlo Senior Leadership Team (From left to right, James Maciver, CTO, Nadeem Sarwar, Founder and CEO, Dr Jonathan Forbes, Chief Data Officer, Adam Hunter, CCO, Lauren Nicholson, CFO)

​​Transforming the way patients access medication: Phlo Digital Pharmacy  

Phlo’s flagship product is their Digital Pharmacy, currently offering a same-day NHS and private prescription delivery service to patients in Birmingham and London, and launching in Manchester in 2023. Patients also benefit from 24 and 48 hour delivery options, making at-home delivery flexible to suit their lifestyle. Over 110,000 orders have been delivered since the platform’s launch in 2020, with user numbers more than doubling year-on-year.

Accelerating the digitisation of pharmacy: Phlo Connect

Phlo Connect provides market-leading digital pharmacy infrastructure that enables healthtech companies and private healthcare providers to offer a seamless, complete digital pharmacy service. Their existing partners include Babylon, Leva Clinic, SkinDoc, Syrona Health, and The Dermatology Partnership.  

Mark Bamforth, Founder of Thairm Bio, comments:  

“Thairm Bio is delighted to lead this investment round, in partnership with a dedicated group of investors, and to support Phlo in their continued expansion across the UK.  

“Phlo’s drive and determination to improve patient access and healthcare outcomes at this pivotal moment for the pharmacy sector is impressive.  

“Phlo’s dedication to building innovative digital solutions that put patients and clinicians at the heart of what they do is key to driving positive change in the sector, empowering patients and healthcare providers. On behalf of Thairm Bio, I am proud to support Phlo and personally excited to see what the team achieves in the next stage of their journey.”  

Kerry Sharp, Director of Entrepreneurship and Investment at Scottish Enterprise, said: 

“Phlo is a fantastic example of a growing innovative company that is helping patients and healthcare providers through its technology. With Scottish Enterprise investment, the company can scale up operations and expand its services into new markets.”

Nadeem Sarwar, Founder and CEO of Phlo, comments:  

“I would like to thank our existing and new investors for supporting Phlo’s mission as we enter into our next stage of growth. The investment raised will help support our expansion across the UK and allow us to continue developing our Phlo Digital Pharmacy and Phlo Connect offering to improve healthcare outcomes.  

“This round of investment is particularly crucial in helping us scale our offering and realising our vision of establishing Phlo as the market leader in the delivery of next-generation digital pharmacy services right across the UK.  

“We have a very busy roadmap ahead and some incredibly exciting opportunities to take advantage of in 2023 and beyond”.  

Explore the benefits of partnering with Phlo Connect and how we can help you deliver enhanced patient experiences. Start the conversation.

Please direct any PR or press enquires to Jess Farmery: jess.farmery@somx.co.uk

Written by

Adam Hunter

Chief Commercial Officer

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