TOMORROW FOCUS acquires jameda

Following a capital increase, TOMORROW FOCUS AG acquires 51 percent of the Munich-based jameda GmbH, operator of the health and medical rating portal - FOCUS Magazin Verlag GmbH acquires a further 19 percent.

jameda will work closely with FOCUS Online and the news magazine FOCUS in the future to develop content. The website will be extensively revised and lots of new content and services will appear online at the end of August. TOMORROW FOCUS AG will be responsible for marketing the portal.

jameda is a rating website serving doctors, healthcare professionals and patients alike. Patients are able to search for the right doctor or healthcare professional in their area from more than 300,000 addresses across Germany and can then rate and recommend them. jameda also allows doctors, alternative medical practitioners and many other health sector specialists to present a detailed description of their services on jameda

As part of the majority takeover, jameda will become part of the FOCUS Online network in the future and will be fully integrated into FOCUS Online's "health" section. jameda will also work closely with the news magazine FOCUS. Among other things there are plans to integrate the well-regarded FOCUS doctors' lists into the range of services offered by jameda and for further editorial collaboration with the magazine. To this end, the portal will be massively expanded by the end of August.

TOMORROW FOCUS will pay the mid six-figure purchase price in cash and fully invest in the company. TOMORROW FOCUS AG will expand the FOCUS Online network with this involvement in a new revenue stream with strong growth potential and which has already begun to generate positive profit contributions in 2010. Furthermore, as a result of the aforementioned capital increase, the Munich-based FOCUS Magazin GmbH has a 19 percent stake in jameda.

FOCUS editor Helmut Markwort:

"jameda is an excellent service for our readers that perfectly complements our successful doctors' lists. In 1993 FOCUS published the first doctors' ranking containing the names of 500 specialists, meeting resistance from the regional Medical Chambers. Over the years, FOCUS has further developed its ratings.

The lists are now legally recognised by the Federal Court - and are standard reading for medical professionals and patients. Our 5.7 million readers in Germany can use to find and rate their doctors themselves. That is valuable, first-hand news to use."

Jochen Wegner, chief editor of FOCUS Online:

"FOCUS Online is one of the most frequently used Internet news portals and also has a leading position in service-related subjects - our health section is one of the most extensive editorial services.
Together with FOCUS we want to expand jameda into the leading ratings platform for healthcare services."

jameda founders Markus Reif and Michael Nowak, along with Barbara Bonleitner and Jan Richter, who now own a 30 percent stake, will also drive the future expansion of the online portal.
"We are delighted to have gained two strong partners in FOCUS Online and the news magazine FOCUS. This partnership will enable us to present very detailed information in the future about doctors, healthcare professionals and institutions in the health sector. A service that will be of great value to many patients," said managing director Markus Reif.