Lonza's Capsule Delivery Solutions Launches Capsugel® Vcaps® Gen C, a New Specialty Polymer Capsule

June 19, 2018
Building on our history of innovation in polymer science and capsule engineering, Capsugel, now a Lonza company, continues to launch ground-breaking capsule designs and equipment technologies that are improving drug development and delivery.

Basel (CH), 19 June 2018 – Lonza's Capsule Delivery Solutions, part of Lonza Pharma & Biotech, is launching Capsugel® Vcaps® Gen C, a high-quality capsule based on a carrageenan gelling-agent formulation. This new entry expands the Lonza Capsugel® Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose (HPMC) portfolio.

“This launch is the first since Lonza’s acquisition of Capsugel and is an important part of our business strategy to drive growth,” said Teun Van der Heide, Head of Capsule Delivery Solutions. "It will allow our customers to qualify a high-performing, gelling agent-based capsule with the well-known Capsugel® high quality and performance standards.”

Stef Vanquickenborne, Head of Research & Development for Lonza’s Capsule Delivery Solutions business, explained, “The new HPMC formulation of Vcaps® Gen C meets the demand of pharmaceutical manufacturers for a fast-dissolving, non-animal capsule that is robust and offers a high-performance machinability.”

The Capsugel® brand offers several specialty HPMC products, like Vcaps® Plus and Vcaps® Enteric. The addition of Capsugel® Vcaps® Gen C broadens the already comprehensive HPMC product portfolio, providing solutions for immediate and modified release dosage forms. This new member of the vegan family will help pharmaceutical customers bring products to market faster, reliably.

About Lonza's Capsule Delivery Solutions

Capsule Delivery Solutions, part of Lonza Pharma Biotech, is the global leader in capsules and encapsulation technology and designs. Their unique combination of science, engineering, formulation and capsule expertise enables customers to optimize the bioavailability, targeted delivery and overall performance of their products. Capsule Delivery Solutions’ Capsugel® brand represents more than 85 years of experience, excellence and dedication to the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. More information about the Capsugel® product range is available on www.capsugel.com.

About Lonza

Lonza is one of the world’s leading and most-trusted suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets. As an integrated solutions provider, Lonza is boosting its value creation along and beyond the healthcare continuum with a strong focus on patient healthcare, consumer preventive healthcare and consumer's healthy environment.

Lonza harnesses science and technology to create products that support safer and healthier living and that enhance the overall quality of life. With the recent Capsugel acquisition, Lonza now offers products and services from the custom development and manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients to innovative dosage forms for the pharma and consumer health and nutrition industries.

Benefiting from its regulatory expertise, Lonza is able to transfer its know-how from pharma to hygiene and fast-moving consumer goods all the way to coatings and composites and the preservation and protection of agricultural goods and other natural resources.

Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, Lonza today is a well-respected global company with more than 100 sites and offices and approximately 14,500 full-time employees worldwide. The company generated sales of CHF 5.1 billion in 2017 with a CORE EBITDA of CHF 1.3 billion. Further information can be found at www.lonza.com.

Lonza Contact Information  

Dominik Werner, Head Corporate Communications  

Lonza Group Ltd

Tel +41 61 316 8798


Constance Ward, Head External Communications 
Lonza Group Ltd
Tel +41 61 316 8840

Sara Lesina, Head of Global Marketing 
Capsule Delivery Solutions
Tel + 32 38 90 0519

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