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Generational Equity Announces Sale of SL Pharma Labs to Exova Group

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Generational Equity, a leading mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately held businesses, is pleased to announce the sale of its client, SL Pharma Labs Inc., to Exova Group PLC. The acquisition closed April 10, 2017. Details were not disclosed.

SL Pharma Labs, based in Wilmington, Delaware, provides customized high-quality CMC Product Development laboratory and clinical manufacture services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. Services include formulation development, process development, analytical development, microbiological development, clinical manufacture and stability testing. The company specializes in the development and clinical manufacture of parenteral, ophthalmic, intranasal and topical drug products.

"Becoming part of a global testing and advisory business with its commitment and plans to continue to expand in the Pharmaceutical sector is a great move for SL Pharma, our team and our customers as it gives us access to additional testing capabilities and expertise to significantly expand our CMC product development capabilities," SL Pharma President Waheed Sheikh said. "I look forward to working with Exova to continue to grow the business and take the SL Pharma name and reputation to exceptional new levels."

Exova Group, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, is one of the world's leading providers of testing, calibration and advisory services. The company has approximately 4,200 employees in 33 countries worldwide and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange. With over 90 years' experience, Exova specializes in testing across a number of key sectors ranging from Aerospace to Fire & Building Products; Oil & Gas and Industrials; Infrastructure & Environment; Transportation; and Health Sciences.

"This acquisition significantly enhances our technical expertise and service offering within the pharmaceutical market and complements our existing testing facilities in North America," said Dr. James R. Scull, Exova Vice President, Health Sciences Americas. "The addition of SL Pharma to our portfolio is a clear demonstration of our commitment to developing our pharmaceutical business by expanding our testing capabilities to meet CMC product development and the rapidly growing need for Phase I and II clinical supplies manufacture."

Generational Equity Executive Managing Director Ed Weber established the relationship with SL Pharma, and Generational Equity Managing Director Douglas Smith's team, headed by trusted affiliate Peter Pryor and supported by Generational Equity Vice President Musa Jagne, led the deal to a successful close.

"SL Pharma was seeking a partner that would provide a foundation to grow the business to new heights while maintaining the Company's high quality standards," said Jagne. "We found in Exova, a partner that not only recognized the value of SL Pharma and its people, but also demonstrated a commitment to excellence worldwide."

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