3i has established a scaled, global, pure-play platform in the bioprocessing market by bringing together SaniSure, Cellon, TBL, and Silicone Altimex (together, “SaniSure”). SaniSure is a vertically-integrated player in the single-use bioprocessing technology (“SUT“) space capable of providing highly customised and innovative solutions to leading biopharma and biotech customers. The SUT bioprocessing market is anticipated to grow at 13-20%+ across its various subsegments over the coming years, as the industry transitions to more flexible, clean, and operating cost-advantaged technology relative to traditional multi-use counterparts.
Recognising an attractive market opportunity characterised by high growth and a need for a leading independent platform of scale, 3i began a journey to create a single-use bioprocessing platform in December 2019 with the acquisition of founder-owned Cellon and subsequent combination of the business with Silicone Altimex and TBL Performance Plastics.
In July 2020, the platform completed the transformative acquisition of founder-owned Sani-Tech West Inc., a leading US-based manufacturer, distributor, and integrator of SUT systems and components, helping the platform accelerate its US market strategy.
The acquisition significantly expanded the combined group’s global footprint and brought a complementary portfolio of innovative products and single-use solutions capabilities. The combined platform has robust manufacturing and cleanroom assembly operations in both North America and Europe, offering enhanced supply chain assurance to its customers with a global footprint and vertically-integrated capabilities.
This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Corporation.