Ardian announces the sale of its stake in Unither Pharmaceuticals

During its partnership with Ardian’s Buyout team, and under the leadership of Eric Goupil, the company has significantly strengthened its leading position in Blow-Fill-Seal (“BFS”) technology in Europe.

Ardian announces the sale of its majority stake in Unither Pharmaceuticals (“Unither”), a global player in the development and manufacture of sterile single-doses, to a consortium led by its CEO Eric Goupil, and composed of GIC, IK Partners, as well as existing shareholders Keensight and Parquest.

Founded in 1993, Unither is today a global player in the development and manufacture of sterile single-doses (Blow-Fill-Seal technology) for the pharmaceutical industry, addressing the ophthalmology, respiratory and rhinology markets. . The company manages 7 production sites as well as a Research and Development center and is established in France, the United States, China and Brazil.

During its partnership with Ardian’s Buyout team, and under the leadership of Eric Goupil, the company has significantly strengthened its leading position in Blow-Fill-Seal (“BFS”) technology in Europe thanks to new important industrial investments. At the same time, Unither consolidated its world leadership through capacity development in the United States, as well as acquisitions in China and Brazil. During the COVID crisis, Unither demonstrated its strong capacity for innovation by developing a device based on BFS technology that allows single-dose injection of therapeutic products, including vaccines (Euroject).

Alongside IK Partners, GIC, Keensight, Parquest and its management, Unither is ideally positioned to address the growth of its end markets and continue to innovate to make life easier for patients.

“We are delighted to have been able to work alongside all of the Unither teams over the past few years. Our relationship of trust with Eric Goupil has enabled us to accompany them in the development of the group and to support their objectives to consolidate their position as world leader. We would like to thank all the teams and are happy to pass the baton to the consortium made up of GIC, IK Partners, Keensight and Parquest”, commented Philippe Poletti, President of the Director of Ardian France.

“With the support of Ardian, we have been able to strengthen our business in the United States, expand into China and continue to invest significantly to meet the strong demand from our customers and fuel our future organic growth. In collaboration with our new partners, GIC and IK, and with the support of our historical partners Keensight and Parquest, we will continue to build on these solid foundations, to continue to satisfy our customers thanks to our global presence”, concludes Eric Goupil, CEO from Unither.

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