Bionical Acquires Global Clinical Research Organisation Emas Pharma


Bionical, the integrated outsourced specialist to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and public health industry, announces the strategic acquisition of Emas Pharma (Emas), a global Clinical Research Organisation. Emas, which provides pharmaceutical development and clinical research services to biotech, medical device and specialized pharmaceutical companies worldwide, will join Bionical’s existing fast growing clinical services business. Financials were not disclosed.

The acquisition is part of Bionical’s strategy to provide high quality clinical, commercial and communications services to pharmaceutical, biotech and public health companies in the global healthcare industry.

The acquisition of Emas and the addition of Clinical Research, Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory, Medical Information and Medical Affairs capabilities will support Bionical’s mission to deliver improved health outcomes for patients. Bionical’s clinical division currently provides the supply of comparator products for clinical trials as well as nurse educator teams and public health services and has a wide base of clients internationally. Emas, which has a significant client base of emerging and specialized biopharma companies, brings an extended global footprint, with offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Ireland.

Graham McIntosh, CEO of Bionical, commented: “Emas Pharma is a fantastic business with great people and an excellent reputation. Emas’s services are highly complementary to Bionical’s existing clinical trial services and the acquisition creates opportunities for both businesses to bring enhanced services to their clients. We are very pleased Peter Kennerley, Liz McCann and the Emas team are now a part of Bionical and I look forward to working with them to continue the global growth of Emas.”

Dr Peter Kennerley, CEO of Emas Pharma, commented: “We are delighted to join the Bionical group, which is a perfect synergy for Emas Pharma.  Being part of a wider family of companies means that we will be offering our clients an even broader range of services to complement our current offerings; from nurse specialists to help track patients lost to follow up, to call centres for Medical Information and from Clinical Trial Supply support to healthcare communications. Liz and I are proud of the excellent reputation for high quality, cost effective support that Emas has built up over the years.  We know that joining Mac and the Bionical team will help us extend that reputation even further.”

Emas will continue to operate as a separate business under the existing leadership of Peter Kennerley and Peter will join the Bionical Board.

Emas is Bionical’s third strategic acquisition in little over a year, following the successful acquisitions in 2015 of UK based North 51 and US based McCallan Healthcare.  These earlier acquisitions brought public health, digital, educational and further commercial services to the rapidly-strengthening Bionical brand, ahead of the current EMAS acquisition which unifies and completes Bionical’s patient-centric service portfolio.

About Bionical

Bionical provides high quality clinical, commercial and communications services to pharmaceutical, biotech and public health companies in the global healthcare industry.

With a mission to improve health outcomes, Bionical’s services accelerate product and treatment development and enhance communication and engagement with healthcare professionals and patients.

Bionical’s services span the product lifecycle and include comparator supply for clinical trials, clinical educator services, contract sales solutions, recruitment, digital and educational platforms. In addition, in the UK Bionical provides industry leading public health services such as Quit 51, a stop smoking service that uses the latest research, evidence and licensed medication to support patients to stop smoking. Our team work with leading academics publishing outcomes and ensuring we are delivering cutting edge services that lead the field.  

About Emas  

Emas Pharma provides pharmaceutical and device development services worldwide and specializes in partnering with specialist pharma and biotech companies.