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NextPharma Set to Acquire Two Lonza Sites Specialized in Lipid Oral Dosage Forms

Basel, Switzerland and London, United Kingdom, 19 January 2021 – Lonza and NextPharma announced an agreement for the potential sale of Lonza's Ploermel (FR) and Edinburgh (UK) sites. The agreement is subject to relevant conditions and regulatory approvals. Where applicable, both parties will consult with local Works Councils.

The Ploermel (FR) and Edinburgh (UK) sites employ around 260 and 130 permanent staff respectively. They produce liquid-filled hard capsules (including Licaps®) and softgels (including for high potent and hormonal products) for the pharmaceutical and consumer health and nutrition markets.

NextPharma offers specialized CDMO (Contract Development and Manufacturing) services in oral and topical (including sterile ophthalmic) finished dosage forms. With this intended acquisition, NextPharma plans to develop and broaden its technology offering into lipid based finished dosage forms (softgels and liquid-filled hard capsules), in addition to offering high potency capabilities and New Chemical Entity development services to both its existing and new customers.

With this intended divestment, Lonza plans to exit both softgels and liquid-filled hard capsules for the pharma market, aside from retaining capability for feasibility studies as part of a technology selection offering. In the consumer health and nutrition space, Lonza plans to exit softgels but continue to offer Licaps®-based products (lipid capsules) out of Colmar (FR), Greenwood (US) & Sagamihara (JP). Capsules (including Licaps® for nutrition) remain core to Lonza’s offering and the company has recently announced an investment of CHF85m to expand capsule manufacturing capacity by 30 billion capsules annually across eight sites.

Should the agreement receive all necessary approvals, a seamless customer experience will remain a focus through the carve-out and ownership transfer process. NextPharma has indicated that maintaining high standards of service delivery and quality for customers will remain a priority through the transition period.

About Lonza 

At Lonza, we combine technological innovation with world class manufacturing and process excellence. Together, these enable our customers to deliver their discoveries in the healthcare, preservation, and protection sectors.

We are a preferred global partner to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets. We work to prevent illness and promote a healthier world by enabling our customers to deliver innovative medicines that help treat or even cure a wide range of diseases. We also offer a broad range of microbial control solutions, which help to create and maintain a healthy environment.

Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, Lonza today operates in 120 sites and offices in more than 35 countries. With approximately 15,500 full-time employees, we are built from high-performing teams and of individual employees who make a meaningful difference to our own business, as well as the communities in which we operate. The company generated sales of CHF 5.9 billion in 2019 with a CORE EBITDA of CHF 1.6 billion. Find out more at www.lonza.com and follow us on Twitter @LonzaGroup or Facebook @LonzaGroupAG.

About NextPharma 

NextPharma is a leading European pharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CDMO) with a current footprint spanning five sites in Germany, one in France and one in Finland, and with healthcare logistics services in the DACH region. NextPharma supplies products globally, with six of its seven sites FDA-approved. With expertise in solids, semi solids and non-sterile and sterile liquids, the company provides services from pharmaceutical development, clinical supplies, scale-up and process validation through to commercial manufacturing for a large range of dosage forms including tablets, capsules, granules, powders, pellets, gels, creams, sprays and syrups. Additionally, it provides a wide range of packaging solutions including blow-fill-seal, blisters, bottles, sachets, stick packs and tubes. NextPharma’s expertise and centres of excellence enable it to provide a unique service offering in certain very specific specialised areas such as hormonal solids and semi-solids, cephalosporins, penicillins, narcotics, modified release products, ophthalmics as well as paediatric medicinal products. For more information, please visit www.nextpharma.com.

Lonza Contact Details

Dr. Sanna Fowler
Head of External Communications
Lonza Group Ltd
Tel 41 61 316 8929
[email protected] 

Dirk Oehlers 
Investor Relations
Lonza Group Ltd
Tel 41 79 421 1609
[email protected] 

NextPharma Contact Details

Peter Burema 
Chief Executive Officer 
NextPharma 
Tel 44 203 585 4120 
[email protected]

Additional Information and Disclaimer 

Lonza Group Ltd has its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. It has a secondary listing on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX-ST”). Lonza Group Ltd is not subject to the SGX-ST’s continuing listing requirements but remains subject to Rules 217 and 751 of the SGX-ST Listing Manual. 

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