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3i invests in ten23 health

3i Group has partnered with Professor Dr Hanns-Christian Mahler to create ten23 health, a pure-play, patient-centric and sustainable biologics drug product contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) focused on helping innovative biotech and pharma customers develop and commercialise injectable biopharmaceutical drugs.

Mahler, CEO of ten23 health, previously built a highly successful business within Lonza focused on drug product formulation development services and fill and finish manufacturing for biologics. He led Lonza’s Drug Product Services business from inception, scaling the business during his leadership tenure. Prior to Lonza, Mahler served as Head of Pharmaceutical Development & Supplies at Roche, where he built its Biologics Product Development organisation.

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, ten23 health’s core service offering includes formulation development, drug product development and manufacturing, as well as testing services for sterile pharmaceutical products. These high-value services are critical to helping pharma and biotech customers turn a scientific concept and therapeutic modality into a viable sterile medicine that is optimised for manufacturability, patient access and ease of administration, and logistical favourability. ten23 health will further differentiate itself by making a positive impact for People and Planet. The company aims for a net zero emissions target from inception, exhibiting its patient-centricity not only in the quality of service that it delivers, but also in its sustainability focus.

As drug development activities across biologics modalities continue to accelerate, small biotechs and large pharma companies will increase outsourcing of key services which require unique and market tested expertise as offered by ten23 health. Such molecules are increasingly complex and inherently unstable, increasing the need for expertise in drug product development services to optimise products holistically for patient safety, product stability, and manufacturability. 

Richard Relyea, Partner, 3i, says: “We are delighted to be backing Hanns-Christian and the whole ten23 health team to build a leading biologics-focused CDMO. Hanns-Christian is one of the foremost leaders in a high-growth field who brings a proven track record in the biologics market. He has built a highly experienced team of experts and senior leaders with excellent credentials in the field of pharmaceutical product design and development and with an extensive global pharma network. We look forward to supporting ten23 health’s outstanding leadership team in growing the company and expanding its capabilities globally.”
Prof. Dr. Hanns-Christian Mahler, CEO, ten23 health, adds: “There is significant unmet need in the biotech market as the number and complexity of molecules and therapeutic modalities increase which brings growing challenges with respect to stability, usability, and the successful commercialisation of medicines.
Our comprehensive offering will allow our clients to focus on the medicine and the patient, whilst leveraging our pharmaceutical expertise and knowledge to plan and de-risk product development. As a result, our strategic partners will profit from shorter product timelines and higher probability of technical success, ultimately leading to improved paths to commercialisation and maximised return on R&D efforts.
I’m delighted to be partnering with Richard and the team at 3i to create a leading biologics CDMO that can meet the evolving needs of our customers with expert service, a true partnership model with our clients, and a patient-centric focus. 3i’s demonstrated knowledge and deep understanding of the biotech landscape, including through investments in companies like SaniSure, made them a clear partner in building ten23 health into a leader in the development, manufacturing and testing of injectable medicines.” 

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