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Dalton Pharma Services and ProCitius Announce a Strategic Alliance to Provide Contract Chemistry Services
Date:5/11/2009

TORONTO, and CHENNAI, India, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Dalton Pharma Services and ProCitius Research jointly announce a strategic alliance created to provide clients with contract chemistry services of exceptional value.

Global pharmaceutical companies, in order to maintain their discovery and development output in an era of severe cost restraints, have been increasing their use of "offshore" contract research organizations (CROs) in countries such as China and India. Despite the quality of chemists in offshore CROs, there are often performance issues caused by communication and cultural differences. In order to ensure quality and timeliness in the contracted work, pharmaceutical companies are usually forced to dedicate senior staff to manage these projects on-site or from Western research centers.

Dalton and ProCitius have teamed up to offer clients the best of both worlds. Projects carried out by ProCitius in India are tightly controlled by senior Dalton project managers based at the company headquarters in Canada. Clients deal only with Dalton, which assumes full legal and operational responsibility for the satisfactory execution of the contract. The contract pricing is based on attractive FTE rates.

"I believe this type of hybrid service fills an important need in our industry," said Peter Pekos, President and CEO of Dalton Pharma Services. "Over the past two decades I have worked to adjust our service offering to meet the changing requirements of my clients and today's announcement is part of this continuing evolution," he continued. "In ProCitius we have the ideal partner: well-established; large FTE headcount; excellent facilities and infrastructure; robust documentation; and a reputation for high ethical and environmental standards."

Jeri Raman, VP Business Development of ProCitius Research, remarked, "We are extremely pleased to have established this strategic alliance with Dalton Pharma Services. The reputation of Dalton as a premium CRO in the areas of chemistry and medicinal chemistry makes it the perfect choice for the expansion of our business with the global pharmaceutical industry."

About Dalton Pharma Services

Dalton Chemical Laboratories Inc. o/a Dalton Pharma Services is a Health Canada approved contract pharmaceutical manufacturer that supplies chemistry, medicinal chemistry and analytical services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in the areas of chemistry, medicinal chemistry, fine chemical manufacture, custom peptides and antisense oligo production. Dalton provides cGMP manufacturing and sterile filling services to its customers at any stage of the regulatory process (Phase I, II, III or commercial). In its state of the art cGMP facilities, Dalton can produce active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), at the gram or kilogram scale. Dalton can carry out sterile fills to produce batches of finished drug product in vials or syringes, either aseptically filled or terminally sterilized, under fully validated conditions. In addition, Dalton's analytical chemistry laboratory offers method development, validation and ICH stability programs to its clients.

About ProCitius Research, a division of Sanmar Speciality Chemicals Ltd.

Sanmar Speciality Chemicals is a member of the Sanmar Group, one of India's most respected business houses. Through its research arm, ProCitius Research, with its state-of-the-art facilities, it offers world class services in contract research and custom synthesis. It has an impressive track record with major pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers in Europe and the United States of America. More information about the capabilities of Sanmar Speciality Chemicals can be obtained at the website, www.sanmargroup.com/SSCLmain.htm.

    Contact:
    Dalton Pharma Services
    Peter Pekos
    416-661-2102
    ppekos@dalton.com
    www.dalton.com


    Contact:
    ProCitius Research
    Dr. Bhuvaneswari Sridhar
    91-44-4225-3080
    bs8@sanmargroup.com
    www.sanmargroup.com


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