SAFC and Cherokee Pharmaceuticals Pool Expertise and Resources with Strategic Partnership for US Market

June 12, 2009

SAFC (St. Louis, MO), a member of the Sigma-Aldrich group, and Cherokee Pharmaceuticals (Riverside, PA), have formed an exclusive strategic partnership that encompasses the sourcing, analytical testing, warehousing, packaging, and distribution of large-scale raw materials for pharmaceutical manufacturing meeting cGMP quality standards.

SAFC (St. Louis, MO), a member of the Sigma-Aldrich group, and Cherokee Pharmaceuticals (Riverside, PA), have formed an exclusive strategic partnership that encompasses the sourcing, analytical testing, warehousing, packaging, and distribution of large-scale raw materials for pharmaceutical manufacturing meeting cGMP quality standards.

The collaboration to co-market and co-sell raw materials for pharmaceutical customers will draw on SAFC's global sourcing and production capabilities and combine these with Cherokee's analytical laboratories, large-scale cGMP manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution facilities. Under the agreement, SAFC will be responsible for all product sourcing including processing reagents and excipients from its network of over 10,000 active suppliers, and Cherokee Pharmaceuticals will conduct analytical testing, storage, packaging, and distribution services.

Cherokee Pharmaceuticals has its own dedicated rail link to potentially serve the Northeast US corridor, where many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies are located. SAFC will use Cherokee’s fully cGMP validated site, which can house cooled, frozen, and hazardous substances and serve as a key East Coast analytical, warehousing, and distribution hub for large-scale raw materials for the pharmaceutical industry.