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Ontario Teachers’ and Nordic Capital to invest in Advanz Pharma to drive future growth

  • The joint investment will foster future growth and innovation in the near-and long-term
  • During Nordic Capital’s ownership to date, Advanz Pharma has transformed into a leading European specialty pharmaceutical platform

26 February 2024 - Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (“Ontario Teachers’”), a leading global institutional investor, and Nordic Capital, one of the most active and experienced investors in healthcare globally, have agreed to jointly invest in Advanz Pharma (“Advanz”), a global pharmaceutical company, to support Advanz’s development and further fuel its strong growth potential in the years to come.

Advanz is a global pharmaceutical company with a strategic focus on specialty, hospital and rare diseases pharmaceuticals. It has commercial sales in more than 90 countries globally with a direct presence in key countries in Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia, and a Centre of Excellence for business support in Mumbai, India.

Advanz’s product portfolio and pipeline comprise innovative medicines, specialty generics & biosimilars and originator brands. Advanz addresses a broad range of therapeutic areas, including hepatology, gastroenterology, anti-infectives, critical care, endocrinology, CNS, and, more broadly, rare diseases. Following Nordic Capital’s initial investment in 2021, Advanz scaled its European presence significantly and built a strong pipeline including innovative rare disease medicines and biosimilars.

Jean-Charles Douin, Senior Managing Director and co-Head of EMEA Private Capital at Ontario Teachers’, said: “Advanz aligns well with our strategy of backing proven management teams in businesses with strong growth potential. With speciality pharmaceuticals a key area of focus for us in healthcare, we look forward to working together with Nordic Capital and the Advanz management team to support its existing and future pipeline, and drive innovation and growth across its global platform.”

Rainer Lenhard, Partner, Nordic Capital Advisors added: “We are excited for Nordic Capital to continue its investment in Advanz together with Ontario Teachers’. This joint investment will support Advanz’s continued development in the years to come and allow the company to continue to scale its business model further and build on the market dynamics in its segment.”

Raj Shah, Partner and Head of Healthcare, Nordic Capital Advisors commented: “During Nordic Capital’s ownership, Advanz has been transformed into a leading European specialty pharma platform by building a best-in-class infrastructure and successfully launching pipeline products during the last few years, enabling future growth in innovative medicines, and a strong track-record of executing on M&A opportunities.”

Steffen Wagner, CEO, Advanz Pharma said: “We are excited to continue our growth journey together with Nordic Capital and Ontario Teachers’. To have them jointly backing our growth ambitions validates our strategy, the capabilities of our team, and increases the positive impact we can deliver for patients.”

Nordic Capital initially invested in Advanz Pharma in 2021 and will now invest via Nordic Capital XI, following the exit of its initial investment through Nordic Capital X.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and the investment is subject to regulatory approvals.

Private Capital at Ontario Teachers’ has over C$60bn of assets globally and uses its deep industry expertise and global network to make control or co-control investments in focus sectors. With a dedicated global healthcare team, Ontario Teachers’ has deployed over C$5bn across 16 healthcare investments in its private capital portfolio, focusing on investments in life sciences, pharmaceutical services, medtech, and healthcare service providers.

Nordic Capital has assets under management of €30bn and invests in selected sectors and companies in Northern Europe and North America, offering partnership, deep sector knowledge, capital and experience to drive sustainable growth. It is one of the most active investors in healthcare globally, focusing on investing in in companies within Medtech, Pharma, Care services and Healthtech. To date, Nordic Capital has made 35 healthcare platform investments and has in total deployed €9.3bn of equity capital in the sector.

Contact Details

Ontario Teachers’
Henrietta Dehn
Tel: +44 7407 795 960

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Nordic Capital
Katarina Janerud, Communications Manager,
Nordic Capital Advisors
Tel: +46 8 440 50 50

About Ontario Teachers’ 

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers') is a global investor with net assets of $249.8 billion as at June 30, 2023. We invest in more than 50 countries in a broad array of assets including public and private equities, fixed income, credit, commodities, natural resources, infrastructure, real estate and venture growth to deliver retirement income for 336,000 working members and pensioners. 

With offices in Toronto, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, San Francisco, New York, Dallas, and São Paulo, our more than 400 investment professionals bring deep expertise in a broad range of sectors and industries. We are a fully funded defined benefit pension plan and have earned an annual total-fund net return of 9.4% since the plan's founding in 1990. At Ontario Teachers', we don't just invest to make a return, we invest to shape a better future for the teachers we serve, the businesses we back, and the world we live in. For more information, visit and follow us on LinkedIn. 

About Nordic Capital

Nordic Capital is a leading sector-specialised private equity investor with a resolute commitment to creating stronger, sustainable businesses through operational improvement and transformative growth. Nordic Capital focuses on selected regions and sectors where it has deep experience and a long history. Focus sectors are Healthcare, Technology & Payments, Financial Services, and Industrial & Business Services. Key regions are Europe and globally for Healthcare and Technology & Payments investments. Since inception in 1989, Nordic Capital has invested EUR 23 billion in 140 investments. The most recent entities are Nordic Capital XI with EUR 9.0 billion in committed capital and Nordic Capital Evolution with EUR 1.2 billion in committed capital, principally provided by international institutional investors such as pension funds. Nordic Capital Advisors have local offices in Sweden, the UK, the US, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and South Korea. For further information about Nordic Capital, please visit

“Nordic Capital” refers to, depending on the context, any, or all, Nordic Capital branded entities, vehicles, structures, and associated entities. The general partners and/or delegated portfolio managers of Nordic Capital’s entities and vehicles are advised by several non-discretionary sub-advisory entities, any or all of which are referred to as “Nordic Capital Advisors”.

About Advanz Pharma

Advanz Pharma is a global pharmaceutical company with the purpose to improve patients’ lives by providing and enhancing the specialty, hospital, and rare disease medicines they depend on. Our headquarters are in London, UK. We have commercial sales in more than 90 countries globally and have a direct commercial presence in more than 20 countries, including key countries in Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia, a Centre of Excellence in Mumbai, India, as well as an established global distribution and commercialisation partner network. Advanz’s product portfolio and pipeline comprise innovative medicines, specialty generics & biosimilars, and originator brands. Our products cover a broad range of therapeutic areas, including hepatology, gastroenterology, anti-infectives, critical care, endocrinology, oncology, CNS, and, more broadly, rare disease medicines. Our ambition is to be a partner of choice for the commercialisation of specialty, hospital, and rare disease medicines in Europe, Canada, and Australia. In line with our ambition, we are partnering with biopharma and development companies to bring medicines to patients. We can only achieve this due to our dedicated and highly qualified employees, acting in line with our company values of entrepreneurship, speed, and integrity. For more information, please visit