AUBAGNE, FRANCE — Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), a leading international supplier for the biopharmaceutical industry, signed a contract July 6 to acquire US centrifuge specialist kSep Holdings, Inc. (kSep). The privately owned company based in Morrisville, North Carolina, has been operating on the market since 2011, and is expected to achieve significant double-digit growth and to generate around $7 million sales revenues and a strong double-digit EBITDA margin in 2016. The transaction values kSep at around $28 million and will be closed by the end of July 2016.
kSep has developed and markets single-use, fully automated centrifugation systems used for manufacturing biopharmaceuticals, such as vaccines, cell-based therapeutics, and monoclonal antibodies. Reinhard Vogt, member of SSB’s Board, commented, “kSep’s centrifuges are a very innovative, single-use cell separation technology that perfectly complements our offering for downstream bioprocessing. Our clients will greatly benefit from the unique ability to collect, wash and concentrate cells quickly and reduce both the time and cost of downstream purification steps.” SSB will retain kSep’s current leadership and staff.
“Sartorius Stedim Biotech’s strong relationships with its customers will significantly speed up our internationalization and business growth. SSB will provide access to considerably more customers, especially in Asia, a market we haven’t developed yet,” said Sunil Mehta, president and CEO of kSep.