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23 April 2013

A breath of fresh air

Cambridge Consultants’ expertise helps validate $20m inhalation investment

The expertise of leading technology design, development and consulting firm Cambridge Consultants has helped Catalent make the final decision on a $20 million investment in inhalation drug development and supply facilities. Catalent – a world leader in drug development and delivery solutions – is making the investment at its Inhalation Center of Excellence in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. It will include the expansion of its pressurized metered dose inhaler clinical and commercial supply capabilities.

Cambridge Consultants was asked by Catalent to validate and challenge its business plans for becoming a contract manufacturer of inhalation products. Using its technology management consulting expertise – coupled with external views and data – Cambridge Consultants provided a perspective on the current market and future trends in inhalation.

Dean McKinney, vice-president of business development at Catalent, said: “Cambridge Consultants gave us an independent external perspective along with invaluable market intelligence – and produced clear and concise recommendations that have resulted in our investment. Pulmonary represents the second largest drug delivery market by delivery route. Catalent’s investment in commercial manufacturing at our Inhalation Center of Excellence not only fits with our advanced drug delivery growth strategy but also positions us as a world leader supporting inhaled products.”

The research by Cambridge Consultants concluded that the inhalation drug delivery market offers an attractive opportunity for Catalent. The market is driven by the prevalence of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – with moderate growth expected. The market for inhalation products (drug plus device) is estimated at $28.6 billion, with the device only component of the market accounting for 5% of revenues ($1.4 billion).

AJ Van Bochoven, business manager at Cambridge Consultants, said: “It was exciting to work with a client that is investing heavily in inhalation. Catalent recognised our world-class knowledge and expertise in inhalation as being a good source to validate their own market and technology know-how. We used our knowledge of inhalation technology development to give them a high-quality market analysis and enabled them to benefit from our business modelling expertise.”

Notes to editors

Cambridge Consultants develops breakthrough products, creates and licenses intellectual property, and provides business consultancy in technology-critical issues for clients worldwide. For more than 50 years, the company has been helping its clients turn business opportunities into commercial successes, whether they are launching first-to-market products, entering new markets or expanding existing markets through the introduction of new technologies. With a team of more than 700 staff, including engineers, scientists, mathematicians and designers, in offices in Cambridge (UK), Boston (USA) and Singapore, Cambridge Consultants offers solutions across a diverse range of industries including medical technology, industrial and consumer products, digital health, oil and gas, and wireless communications.

Cambridge Consultants is part of Altran, a global leader in engineering and R&D services which offers its clients a new way to innovate. Altran works alongside its clients on every link in the value chain of their project, from conception to industrialisation. In 2015, the Altran group generated revenues of €1.945bn. With a headcount of more than 27,000 employees, Altran is present in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit

Catalent Pharma Solutions is a global leader in development solutions and advanced drug delivery technologies, providing worldwide clinical and commercial supply capabilities for drugs, biologics and consumer health products. Catalent employs approximately 9,000 people, including over 1,000 scientists, at nearly 30 facilities across five continents and generates more than $1.7 billion in annual revenue. Catalent is headquartered in Somerset, N.J. For more information visit:

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