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Water Street Invests In Global Pharmaceutical Services Company

"Recruiting patients to participate in clinical trials can be a significant pain point for pharmaceutical companies and can cause costly delays in their drug development processes," said Al Heller, an operating partner with Water Street who has more than 30 years of pharmaceutical experience.  "CCBR-SYNARC stands out for its proven ability to both quickly recruit patients from targeted geographies and efficiently analyze images to support customers while increasing their clinical trial success rates."

CCBR-SYNARC expands Water Street's group of companies specializing in health care products and services to 12.  The firm is also an investor in AAIPharma Services Corp., a provider of pharmaceutical product development services.  It sold its oral health pharmaceutical company, OraPharma, to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. last year.  Since its founding in 2005, Water Street has completed 39 transactions to create and grow a diverse group of market-leading health care companies.

"We are pleased to build Water Street's presence in the pharmaceutical sector with our investment in CCBR-SYNARC.  The company is highly regarded as a partner that delivers results through its unique combination of scientific acumen, local market knowledge and proprietary technology," said Peter Strothman, partner, Water Street.  "We look forward to working closely with Dr. Christiansen to strategically expand both businesses' unique capabilities."

Water Street has activated its newest fund, Fund III, with its investment in CCBR-SYNARC.  The firm is seeking new opportunities to partner with corporations interested in divesting non-core health care businesses, and middle-market companies wanting to accelerate growth.  Water Street targets investments ranging from $50 to $500 million in four health care sectors: distribution, medical products, health care services, and pharmaceutical products and services.

About Water Street

Water Street is a strategic private equity firm focused exclusively on health care. The firm has a strong record of building market-leading companies across key growth sectors in health care. It has worked with some of the world's leading health care companies on its investments including Gentiva, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic and Orthofix. Water Street's team is comprised of industry executives and private equity professionals with decades of experience investing in and operating global health care businesses. The firm is headquartered in Chicago. For more information about Water Street, visit waterstreet.com.

SOURCE Water Street Healthcare Partners

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