Precision Medicine Leader Caprion-HistoGeneX Rebrands as CellCarta
MONTREAL, Canada, January 26, 2021– Caprion-HistoGeneX, a leading global provider of specialized precision medicine laboratory services to the biopharmaceutical industry, is pleased to announce its new corporate name, CellCarta, and brand identity.
The new name for the Montreal-headquartered company stems from the 2019 combination of contract research organization Caprion Biosciences, which specializes in immunology and proteomics services, and HistoGeneX, a provider of histopathology and genomics services based in Antwerp. Recently, CellCarta further expanded its scientific capabilities and geographic presence through the acquisitions of Nova Scotia-based Clinical Logistics Inc. and California-based Mosaic Laboratories LLC. As a result, CellCarta is well positioned to serve the global clinical trial requirements of its pharmaceutical and bio-tech clients with state-of-the-art facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe and China. CellCarta is backed by Arsenal Capital Partners.
The name CellCarta is inspired by the Magna Carta, a symbol of individual liberty, and is meant to evoke the company’s mission of mapping the content and function of human cells to enable and accelerate the evolution of personalized precision medicine.
“Our mission is to be the global partner of choice for biopharmaceutical companies seeking precision medicine solutions to help ensure a healthier future for us all,” said Martin LeBlanc, CEO of CellCarta. “By uniting our diverse teams of scientists across the world under a common brand identity, we aim to articulate a single message aligned with our shared set of fundamental values focused on scientific excellence, a collaborative mindset and a commitment to deliver high quality results to our partners. It also further reinforces our commitment to provide our clients with a broad and integrated set of services under a single organization.”
The new brand identity was developed in conjunction with BrandBourg, a Canadian consultancy firm specializing in brand strategy and brand identity.
CellCarta’s visual identity is intended to be reminiscent of a map or puzzle representing the distinctions between human cells. It is further meant to convey a brand personality that is innovative, trustworthy and embodies scientific leadership.
“We wanted to create a brand that is unique in the market, relevant to our clients and inspiring to our employees around the world,” said Nick Wright, President and COO of CellCarta. “CellCarta embodies everything we do, which is about mapping differences between cells and ultimately between individuals, so that our partners can develop better and more targeted therapies.”
David Spaight, Executive Chairman of CellCarta and an Arsenal Operating Partner, added, “By uniting under a single brand identity, CellCarta is sending a signal that its rapid expansion through acquisitions and organic growth has resulted in a market-leading enterprise that is greater than the sum of its parts. The ongoing success of CellCarta exemplifies Arsenal’s ‘Strategic Company Building’ approach that focuses on expanding a company’s solution offering, elevating its market position, and compounding its growth.”
The following video further describes CellCarta’s new brand identity: www.cellcarta.com
CellCarta is a leading provider of specialized precision medicine laboratory services to the biopharmaceutical industry. Leveraging its integrated analytical platforms in immunology, histopathology, proteomics and genomics, as well as related specimen collection and logistics services, CellCarta supports the entire drug development cycle, from discovery to late-stage clinical trials. The company operates globally with with over 700 employees in its nine facilities located in Canada, USA, Belgium, Australia, and China. For more information: www.cellcarta.com
About Arsenal Capital Partners
Arsenal is a leading private equity firm that specializes in investments in middle-market healthcare and industrials companies. Since its inception in 2000, Arsenal has raised institutional equity investment funds of $5.3 billion, has completed more than 200 platform and add-on investments, and achieved more than 30 realizations. Arsenal healthcare companies focus on improving critical healthcare processes and scientific requirements leading to improved outcomes for patients. The firm works with management teams to build strategically important companies with leading market positions, high growth and high value-add. For more information: www.arsenalcapital.com
Media Contact: CellCarta
Guylaine Galipeau, Global Marketing Director, CellCarta
Media Contact for Arsenal Capital Partners
Caprion-HistoGeneX Acquires Clinical Logistics Inc., a Virtual Central Specimen Management CRO, and Expands its Support of Clinical Trials Specimen Logistics
MONTREAL, Canada, January 7th, 2021 / CNW – Caprion-HistoGeneX, a leading global contract research laboratory services provider backed by Arsenal Capital Partners, announced today the acquisition of Clinical Logistics Inc. (“CLI”), a Virtual Central Specimen Management CRO based in Halifax, Canada. The acquisition enables Caprion-HistoGeneX to broaden its specimen logistics services to support the global clinical trial needs of its pharma and biotech customers better. Focused on critical specialty specimens with complex processing requirements such as limited stability and/or real-time testing needs, CLI offers integrated, customizable solutions combined with kitting and specimen logistic services for timely specimen delivery.
CLI was founded in 2002 and has supported clinical trials in over 50 countries. The company has earned a reputation for quality and customer service excellence with some of the largest pharmaceutical companies, biotechs and CROs. Answering an unmet need in the marketplace for high quality handling of critical samples from clinical trial sites to the laboratory, CLI is positioned as a key player in clinical trial logistics with a focus on specialty specimens. CLI’s services also include logistics and kitting for pharmacokinetic / pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) and pharmacogenomic (PG) biomarkers. “We are excited to be a part of the Caprion-HistoGeneX organization. CLI will be able to leverage the broad capabilities and global footprint of Caprion-HistoGeneX to continue to improve and rapidly globalize our Central Specimen Management services” said Raymond Mah, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of CLI.
Recently recommended for ISO 13485 certification, CLI offers customized specimen collection kits, shipment assistance at investigator sites, as well as timely specimen shipping coordination & tracking, resulting in high recovery of specialty specimens from investigator sites, optimal specimen integrity and timely analyses. With its Virtual Central Specimen Management platform, CLI eliminates the need for investigator sites to transfer specimens to a central storage facility before their arrival at third-party testing labs. As a centralized point of contact during clinical trials, CLI increases specimen handling consistency and minimizes the burden of specimen tracking discrepancies.
Caprion-HistoGeneX is a leading provider of specialized precision medicine laboratory services to the biopharmaceutical industry. Leveraging its integrated analytical platforms in immunology, histopathology, proteomics, and genomics, Caprion-HistoGeneX supports the entire drug development cycle, from discovery to late-stage clinical trials. The company operates globally with 8 facilities located in Canada, USA, Belgium, Australia, and China.
For more information: www.caprion.com and www.histogenex.com
About Clinical Logistics Inc.
Clinical Logistics Inc. (CLI) is a contract research organization (CRO) providing clinical trial services to global pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The services include the provision of specimen collection supplies, production of customized specimen identification labels and kits, and specimen shipping coordination, management, and tracking.
For more information: www.clinicallogistics.net
About Arsenal Capital Partners
Arsenal is a leading private equity firm that specializes in investments in middle-market healthcare and industrial companies. Since its inception in 2000, Arsenal has raised institutional equity investment funds of $5.3 billion, has completed more than 200 platform and add-on investments, and achieved more than 30 realizations. Arsenal invests in industry sectors in which the firm has significant prior knowledge and experience. The firm works with management teams to build strategically important companies with leading market positions, high growth, and high value-add.
For more information: www.arsenalcapital.com
Media Contact: Caprion-HistoGeneX
Guylaine Galipeau, Global Marketing Director, Caprion-HistoGeneX