Complementary technologies accelerate and help assure success in the drug development process
PRINCETON, NJ – October 4, 2021– Certara, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERT), a global leader in biosimulation, today announced the completion of the previously announced transaction to acquire Pinnacle 21, a leading provider of SaaS solutions for clinical data fitness, regulatory compliance and submission readiness. At closing, equity holders of Pinnacle 21 received approximately $250 million in cash consideration and 2,239,717 shares of Certara restricted common stock, subject to certain customary closing adjustments.
The transaction is expected to be accretive to Certara’s revenue, revenue growth, and adjusted EBITDA. Certara will update financial guidance when the Company releases third quarter 2021 earnings in November.
“We are pleased to welcome Pinnacle 21’s talented team to Certara,” said William F. Feehery, Ph.D., CEO of Certara. “With Pinnacle 21’s software for high-quality clinical data standardization, we can together provide a broader portfolio of industry-leading software and technology-driven services to our customers worldwide. This transaction amplifies our capabilities to inform critical decisions that further de-risk and expedite the drug development process.”
Pinnacle 21’s software is used to validate compliance to the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) standards, which are required by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) for evaluating regulatory submissions. Pinnacle 21’s Enterprise software is adopted by the FDA and PMDA as well as 22 of the top 25 biopharmaceutical companies by R&D spend. Pinnacle 21’s current software applications will continue to be supported, updated and developed.
“This is an exciting day for all of us at Pinnacle 21,” said Max Kanevsky, Founder and CEO of Pinnacle 21. “Certara’s global footprint and focus on growth fast-forward Pinnacle 21’s journey for continued success. I look forward to expanding our technology capabilities together to advance life-saving therapies to patients.”
Fairmount Partners, a leading middle-market investment bank in the technology industry, served as the exclusive financial advisor to Pinnacle 21 on the transaction. Fairmount worked closely with Pinnacle 21’s founder for over two years to help develop the company’s strategy and positioning prior to taking Pinnacle 21 to market in a process that culminated with the Certara transaction.
Certara accelerates medicines using proprietary biosimulation software and technology to transform traditional drug discovery and development. Its clients include more than 1,650 global biopharmaceutical companies, leading academic institutions, and key regulatory agencies across 61 countries.
About Pinnacle 21
Pinnacle 21 is a global leader in software for preparing clinical trial data for regulatory submission. Our platform validates data quality and compliance with CDISC standards, enabling a clean data pipeline from worldwide sponsors to health authorities, including the FDA, PMDA and NMPA. Streamlined approvals bring life-saving medicines to patients faster.
About Fairmount Partners
Fairmount Partners (www.fairmountpartners.com) is an independent merger and acquisition advisory firm focused on emerging growth and middle-market companies. Fairmount helps its clients complete mergers and acquisitions, raise funds for growth, acquisitions and liquidity, and design and improve their corporate development strategies. Fairmount’s clients include successful entrepreneurs, private equity-sponsored enterprises, and global public companies. Since 2003, Fairmount has completed more than 250 transactions, representing over $13 billion in aggregate value, in 20 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For further information, please contact:
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