Capsugel

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Capsugel, Inc.
Type Private
Industry Health Care
Founded Detroit, Michigan 1931 (1931)
Headquarters Morristown, New Jersey
Products Drug capsules
Parent Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Website capsugel.com

Capsugel is a company that manufactures and sells drug capsules. Capsugel also sells equipment for filling empty and liquid capsules, as well as equipment for sealing liquid capsules.

History[edit]

Capugel was founded in 1931 in Detroit, Michigan as a division of Parke-Davis, after Arthur Colton designed a machine which simultaneously manufactured the body and caps of a hard gelatin capsule, and fit them together. In 1970, Parke-Davis, including Capsugel, was acquired by Warner Lambert, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2000. On 1 August 2011, Pfizer sold Capsugel to global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for $2.38 billion.[1]

Products[edit]

Coni-Snap[edit]

Coni-Snap capsules are Capsugel's most widely recognized product, a standard two-part hard gelatin capsule that are usually filled with either powder or granules (though they can also be filled with pellets, tablets, pastes, or liquids). Coni-Snap capsules are distributed in multiple sizes and colors.[2]

The body section of the Coni-Snap design has a tapered rim to facilitate encapsulation on high-speed capsule-filling machines. It has a dual snap-ring locking system that provides an initial attachment prior to capsule filling and a final closure of the filled capsule. The Coni-Snap design also includes air vents to avoid unwanted air compression within the capsule during high speed filling.

DBcaps[edit]

DBcaps capsules are a line of capsules designed specifically for use in double-blind studies. These opaque capsules are large enough to encapsulate a range of tablet sizes, so splitting or grinding is not required, reducing variability in the study. The DBcap capsule design also incorporates a locking design to prevent the participants from opening the capsules and breaking the blind.[3]

Vcaps[edit]

Vcaps capsules are a two-piece capsule made of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, a cellulose-based raw material. They were designed to meet restrictive dietary needs, and are thus gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and halaal.[4]

Licaps[edit]

Licaps capsules are two-piece gelatin or hydroxypropyl methylcellulose capsules designed specifically for containing liquids or semi-solids. Licaps can be used when drugs' ingredients are more stable as a liquid, such as in dietary supplements.[5]

Facilities[edit]

Capsugel, while headquartered in the United States, has bases in 12 countries. Capsugel's corporate headquarters are in Morristown, New Jersey.[contradiction]

Capsugel has research and development labs in:

It has major production facilities in:

The Americas

Europe

Asia

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bonds, Shannon; Jack, Andrew (4 April 2011). "KKR to buy Pfizer's capsule unit for $2.4bn". The Financial Times. 
  2. ^ "Coni-Snap Hard Gelatin Capsules". Capsugel. 
  3. ^ "DBcaps Over-encapsulation Capsules". Capsugel. 
  4. ^ "Vcaps & Vcaps Plus Plant-based Capsules". Capsugel. 
  5. ^ "Licaps Liquid-filled Capsules". Capsugel.