iuvo BioScience Acquires Promedica International to Expand Ophthalmic Clinical CRO Services

We will remain focused on what has made each business successful: excellent client service, outstanding therapeutic expertise and an experienced team dedicated to collaborating with each other and the Sponsor.

Ben Burton, President and CEO, iuvo BioScience

Rochester, NY, January 18, 2024 – iuvo BioScience, a specialty PROTM (Partner Research Organization) providing preclinical and clinical development services, laboratory services, and scientific consulting services, today announced it has acquired Promedica International, a California Corporation (“PMI”), a specialty ophthalmology-focused clinical CRO. The combined organization will support all aspects of ophthalmic clinical research, from front of the eye to back of the eye, leveraging an even larger team of experts with centuries of collective experience in ophthalmology.  As part of the transaction, iuvo has announced the appointment of Shannon Stoddard as President, Clinical Research for the combined clinical research business. Shannon will also serve on the Board of Directors of iuvo BioScience.  

Ben Burton, President and CEO of iuvo, stated, “I have known Shannon and the PMI team for several years, and have great respect for their expertise and industry-leading position in the marketplace. Shannon’s employee-centric and Sponsor-dedicated approach is a perfect strategic and cultural fit with the iuvo team. Under Shannon’s leadership, we will remain focused on what has made each business successful: excellent client service, outstanding therapeutic expertise and an experienced team dedicated to collaborating with each other and the Sponsor.”

Backed by private equity firm Ampersand Capital Partners, the combined business is well-positioned for continued growth as it becomes a global leader in delivering end-to-end laboratory, consulting, and clinical development services with a focus in ophthalmology and the broader medical device market. Through the combination of the two companies, iuvo and PMI will be the only niched ophthalmology service provider able to support customers from the early pre-clinical and laboratory stages through all phases of clinical development within one integrated organization.

Shannon Stoddard, President and Owner of PMI, remarked “The PMI team is thrilled to join iuvo BioScience.  Our company was formed nearly forty years ago with the sole focus of providing differentiated clinical research services to medical device and pharmaceutical companies across the globe. We have had an impressive track record of Sponsor approvals and look forward to continuing this trend as part of iuvo. Throughout the years, our Sponsors have remarked that when working with PMI, they consider our team to be more than a vendor, but instead an integral part of their clinical department. This is the highest compliment we can receive, and we strive to earn this sentiment with each clinical project we undertake.”

About Promedica International, a California Corporation

Promedica International is a privately held corporation with headquarters located in Costa Mesa, California.  Founded in 1985, the company provides specialized clinical research services to the medical device, biotech and pharmaceutical industries. ISO 9001:2015 certified and servicing a range of medical specialties and therapeutic areas, the company has extensive experience in clinical study services for ophthalmology projects and has provided support for studies evaluating treatment for an extensive range of anterior and posterior segment disorders.  

For more information, please visit www.promedica-intl.com.

About Ampersand Capital Partners

Founded in 1988, Ampersand Capital Partners is a middle market private equity firm with $3 billion of assets under management dedicated to growth-oriented investments in the healthcare sector. With offices in Boston, MA and Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ampersand leverages a unique blend of private equity and operating experience to build value and drive long-term performance alongside its portfolio company management teams. Ampersand has helped build numerous market-leading companies across each of the firm’s core healthcare sectors. For additional information, visit www.ampersandcapital.com or follow us on LinkedIn.