Sartorius buys Cellca for process dev knowhow

By Gareth Macdonald

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Sartorius buys Cellca for process dev knowhow

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Sartorius Stedim Biotech SA (SSB) has acquired cell line and process development contractor Cellca GmbH.

The acquisition – terms of which were not made public – saw long time Cellca investors Kreissparkasse Biberach and KfW​ sell their stakes to SSB.

SSB said the purchase was motivated by Cellca’s process development business adding that it would further strengthen its offering following the acquisitions of BioOutsource​ and TAP Biosystems​.

Laupheim, Germany-based Cellca targets biopharmaceutical firms that lack capacity for in-house process development. The firm also provides cell line development services that are focused around the popular Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line.

Cellca describes both GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences and Rentschler Biotechnology as important industry partners.

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SSB – which is due to hold its half-year update conference later this month – markets itself as ‘total solutions provider’ to the biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector.

Commenting on the Cellca acquisition, Reinhard Vogt, a member of the SSB Executive Committee for Marketing and Sales, said: “Together with our single-use products, media and testing services, we are creating an attractive package, above all for young biopharmaceutical companies that need robust processes for the manufacture of their biologics.​"

The TAP takeover in 2013 added two small-volume, single-use bioreactor systems​ to SSB’s portfolio enabling it to offer biopharmaceutical industry customers the ability to conduct a large number of cell culture experiments in parallel.

BioOutsource, which was acquired by SSB in April​, is a contract research organisation (CRO) that provides process development and analytical services.

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