BioDuro-Sundia Acquires US-based Phase III/Commercial Drug Product Manufacturing Facility

—Deal equips CRDMO with fully audited commercial facility to support client base with large scale production of oral solid dosage forms—

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioDuro-Sundia, a leading drug discovery and development services organization backed by Advent International, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 40,000 ft2 commercial oral solid dose manufacturing facility located at 72 Fairbanks, Irvine, CA, USA. Subject to customary closing conditions, BioDuro-Sundia expects to begin commercial service operations at the site on January 1, 2022.

“This fully-audited and operational facility allows us to immediately support our clients who require larger scale commercial production,” said Kent Payne, who led the acquisition in his role as President, Development and Manufacturing US/EU at BioDuro-Sundia. “BioDuro-Sundia is a pioneer in enhancing bioavailability, with 25 years of experience applying stabilized amorphous solid dispersion technology to poorly soluble drug product candidates. Our clients have requested our support to provide commercial scale manufacturing to save time and maximize success, and it is a pleasure to take this next step with them.”

Capabilities of the new site include > 1-billion-unit annual capacity in tableting and encapsulation, as well as aqueous and organic solvent process for fluid bed and coating capabilities.

BioDuro-Sundia is immediately making new equipment investments in support of the commercial operation, including commercial Spray Drying capacity up to 100Kg/hr and Hot Melt Extrusion capacity up to 30Kg/hr. These capabilities provide a commercial extension to the company’s existing oral solid development and manufacturing capabilities.

“We are dedicated to our clients through all phases of drug discovery, development and manufacturing,” said Payne. “This means continued investment in our capabilities as we have done at our new 150,000 ft2 R&D site in Wuxi City last year, and now our US-based commercial drug product manufacturing site. In partnership with our investors, Advent International, we are committed to accelerating growth to support clients from discovery through to commercialization. The results are good for all stakeholders, and especially critical for our pharma partners who benefit from integrated services with time savings and quality drug product.”

About BioDuro-Sundia

BioDuro-Sundia, an Advent International portfolio company, is a leading contract research, development and manufacturing organization (CRDMO) that provides biopharmaceutical partners with fully integrated services to support drug discovery, development and manufacturing for both drug substance and drug product. The company is the industry’s third largest, with major operations in China and the US—featuring more than 2,000 employees and 10 global sites.

Core expertise includes small and large molecule discovery, development and scale up, support for IND submission, and unique technology platforms such as bioavailability enhancement of insoluble compounds. The company has research sites, as well as GMP manufacturing facilities in both China and the US. The one-stop-shop operation helps biopharma partners across the globe to significantly accelerate discovery and de-risk development to create higher value outcomes.

BioDuro-Sundia investment is led by Advent International, with backing from Bridgewest Business Group.

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About Advent International

Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors. The firm has invested in over 350 private equity transactions in 41 countries, and as of June 30, 2020, had $58.4 billion in assets under management. With 15 offices in 12 countries, Advent has established a globally integrated team of over 200 investment professionals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on investments in five core sectors, including business and financial services; health care; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology. After 35 years dedicated to international investing, Advent remains committed to partnering with management teams to deliver sustained revenue and earnings growth for its portfolio companies.

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About Bridgewest Business Group

Founded in 1999, The Bridgewest Business Group is a closely held investment company that seeks to create long term value through application of superior industry knowledge, operational expertise and significant financial resources to attractive investment opportunities. The Group structures its global investments across four functional areas including private equity, real estate, capital markets and financial services. The Group’s private equity investments are primarily in biotech, wireless communications, infrastructure for IoT, and semiconductor. Bridgewest is based in San Diego, CA and has investments across the USA, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

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