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Catalent Completes Cook Pharmica Acquisition


Establishes two new business units for Biologics and Oral Drug Delivery

Catalent has completed the acquisition of Cook Pharmica LLC, an IN-based provider of drug substance and drug product manufacturing and related services, paying approximately $1.7 billion. The acquisition expands Catalent’s biologics development and analytical services, manufacturing and finished product supply.  
Catalent has reorganized its operations to create two new dedicated business units. With substantially increased biopharmaceutical and fill-finish capabilities and the rapidly growing area of biologics, Catalent has created a business unit focused on Biologics & Specialty Drug Delivery, to be led by Barry Littlejohns as president. He will oversee eight Catalent facilities focused on biologics development, manufacturing, analytical, and sterile fill-finish and Catalent’s respiratory and ophthalmic business platforms. Tedd Green, formerly president of Cook Pharmica, will serve as senior vice president, Catalent Bloomington.
Mr. Littlejohns has been with Catalent for 26 years, initially with its predecessor RP Scherer, and most recently served as president of the company’s former Drug Delivery Solutions business unit.
Additionally, Catalent has reorganized the remainder of its former Drug Delivery Solutions business into a newly formed Oral Drug Delivery business unit, to be led by Jonathan Arnold as president. Oral Drug Delivery will bring together Catalent’s capabilities in advanced delivery technologies and development solutions, including formulation and analytical development, bioavailability enhancement including micronization, hot melt extrusion and spray dry technologies, controlled release, Zydis orally disintegrating tablet technology, and commercial supply across nine facilities.
Mr. Arnold brings more than 23 years of experience from leading life science organizations, including RP Scherer, Patheon, and Catalent, where he has held senior business leadership roles in Europe and the U.S. Most recently he served as vice president and general manager for Catalent’s Drug Delivery Solutions business unit.
“The establishment of these focused business units reflects the rapid growth we are seeing across key markets, particularly for biologics and differentiated dosage forms,” said John Chiminski, chair and chief executive officer of Catalent. “We have an exciting strategic plan to accelerate our portfolio of capabilities, as evidenced by the recent growth investments we have made, including multi-million-dollar site expansions and the newly completed acquisition of Cook Pharmica. We are confident that the experience and expertise of Barry, Jonathan, and Tedd will provide valuable leadership as we move forward in this exciting phase of our development.”