BUFFALO, NY--(Marketwire - November 20, 2012) - QuaDPharma, LLC (Clarence, NY) (www.qdpharma.com) has completed a $1 million financing investment from Rand Capital SBIC, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) (www.randcapital.com) (NASDAQ: RAND) and Advantage Capital Partners (Glens Falls, NY) (www.advantagecap.com). QuaDPharma manufactures and tests small-batch pharmaceuticals; prescription ointments, creams and tablets that researchers or drug companies need in small-scale (generally less than 1,000 liters) pre-commercial and commercial manufacturing. The funds will be used to expand and market the commercial capabilities of the business.
Chris Harris, Vice President of Advantage Capital Partners, stated, "We are pleased to participate in growing the health care industry in Western New York through our investment, and are especially interested in the potential economic impact that a company like QuaDPharma will have as it expands to serve new customers and creates good jobs in the region."
QuaDPharma was founded by three colleagues of a long-time Buffalo pharmaceutical manufacturer, CPL (formerly Westwood Squibb), following its plant shutdown. The founders include Stephen Panaro, Ryan Downey and Leanne Kisicki. Allen F. Grum, Rand's President stated, "The QuaDPharma team saw an opportunity to take their many years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience and exploit a business opportunity to service this niche marketplace, following their former employers relocation to Southern Ontario."
"QuaDPharma is now poised to grow at an accelerated rate. Having obtained two strategic investors, we are able to increase our services as well as our flexibility for small/mid-scale production needs of our customers," said Stephen A. Panaro, Ph.D., President and CEO of QuaDPharma, LLC. "These funds will allow QuaDPharma to increase its marketing and awareness within the Bio-Pharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical fields." Dr. Panaro continued, "The support from the staff of the Buffalo medical campus, and its University at Buffalo-affiliated entities, helped make the initial introduction to our new investors, as well as assisting our young business in developing strong industry relationships. This reveals what can happen when good ideas, good people and good execution come together, as we demonstrate Buffalo's strengthening medical technology sector business growth."
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