NextPharma Set to Acquire the Lonza Livingston facility, Specialized in Lipid Oral Dosage Forms

Released: Tuesday 19th January 2021

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

▪ Agreement initiates process for future acquisition of Lonza sites in Ploermel (FR) and
Edinburgh (UK) allowing NextPharma to broaden technology offering into lipid
finished dosage forms

▪ Centers of excellence employing a total of 390 staff offer expertise in Lipid Oral
Dosage Forms including softgels and liquid-filled hard capsules for the pharma and
nutrition markets

▪ Sustainable growth and people development a priority for both companies

Quote from Gordon Bates, President and Head of Small Molecules, Lonza:
“NextPharma is an established and well-respected company, with extensive experience in oral
and topical finished dosage forms. As such, it is the ideal buyer given the technologies
available at the Ploermel and Edinburgh sites. We are confident that the capabilities and
experience at the two sites are a complementary fit with NextPharma’s portfolio and that it is
ideally placed to develop both to their full potential. Both our companies have a focus on
people development and customers and we will be working closely in the coming months to
ensure a smooth transition for all if the project is concluded.”

Peter Burema, CEO of NextPharma commented:
“At NextPharma, we are very excited at the prospect of adding two new centers of excellence,
at Ploermel and Edinburgh, to our manufacturing network, allowing us to further broaden our
technology offering for both our existing and new customers. These technologies, combined
with the know-how and expertise of the employees at both sites, would provide additional
solutions for drug formulations which will benefit patients across the world. On behalf of
NextPharma, I look forward to welcoming our future colleagues, and I am confident that
together we will continue to further develop and grow NextPharma as a leading and wellrespected European CDMO.”

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 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
Lonza Contact Details

Dr. Sanna Fowler
Head of External Communications
Lonza Group Ltd
Tel +41 61 316 8929

Dirk Oehlers
Investor Relations
Lonza Group Ltd
Tel +41 79 421 1609
NextPharma Contact Details

Peter Burema
Chief Executive Officer
Tel +44 203 585 4120

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