soft gelatin capsules

As consumers continue to demonstrate a strong desire to take control of their health and wellness, they are increasingly turning to nutritional and dietary supplements to improve bone, eye and heart health. And as the nutritional supplements market continues to grow, manufacturers seek to create high quality, specialized products that provide dosage form flexibility. 

As an integral complement to our liquid filled hard gelatin and HPMC capsule portfolio, Lonza’s soft gelatin capsules and technologies brings a range of formulation and commercial benefits to the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement markets.

Wide Array of Uses

Soft gelatin capsules is ideal for both the dietary supplement and pharmaceutical markets and includes all sizes, shapes, colors and forms of softgel capsules. With over 20 years of in soft gel technology and manufacturing, our range of formulations offer the following benefits:

  • Oral, topical, ophthalmic and vaginal administration 
  • Soft gelatin shells are easy to swallow, helping improve patient compliance 
  • Outstanding quality – manufactured in accordance with cGMP guidelines with certified quality assurance system for traceability of raw materials 

We also can help provide a color combination that suits both the product indication as well as patient and customer preferences. SGcaps®, our one-piece capsule, features an easy-to-swallow shell consisting of plasticizers (glycerin, sorbitol, PEG) that meet all cGMP guidelines, FDA and MEA purity standards and feature a Certified QA system for traceability of raw materials. The tamper-resistant shell masks taste and smell in a broad range of unique shapes and colors.

Tailor Made Solutions

Our product development teams and manufacturing specialists have extensive capability in liquid and semi-solid formulation in soft gelatin capsule (SGcaps®) and liquid fill hard capsule (Licaps®) technology. We can help your products succeed by meeting target product profiles in the unique and differentiated product presentations offered by SGcaps® and Licaps® technology.

Center of Excellence for Softgel Design, Development & Manufacturing

Lonza Ploermel (France) serves as our Center of Excellence for lipid-based formulation design, development and manufacture using soft gelatin capsule technology. The product development team at Ploermel benefits from the entire network of product development sites in Europe and the US and offers specialist capability in high containment, hormones, and fish oils. A dedicated unit is utilized for the development and production of health & nutritional and specialty soft gel products with the following end-to-end development services:

  • Over 20 years of experience in softgel manufacturing
  • Inspected by US FDA, EMA and ANVISA
  • Integrated product design, development and commercial manufacturing on site
  • Specialized isolation capabilities for handling highly potent compounds
  • Specialization in developing and manufacturing softgels containing hormones and light- or oxygen-sensitive API (e.g. isotretinoin and pharmaceutical-grade purified fish oils)
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Softgel capsules address a broad array of formulation challenges, often incorporating a variety of pharmaceutical-approved lipid-based excipients. Formulation flexibility is a hallmark of Lonza’s encapsulation formulation and manufacturing technology.

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