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The Global Leader in Biosimulation

Traditional drug development takes too long and costs too much.  There are far too many expensive failures, especially in the clinical trial phases, where the majority of drug R&D dollars is spent.

Certara’s mission is to transform this traditional process by using biosimulation to accelerate and improve drug discovery and development.  For more than two decades, we have invested in our end-to-end platform powered by biosimulation and technology to advance drug programs from discovery and development to regulatory approval and market access.

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90% of novel FDA drug approvals received by our customers

Our customers, who use our biosimulation software and tech-enabled services, have received 90% of novel drug and biologic approvals by the FDA for the past 8 consecutive years.  As the global leader in biosimulation, we work with more than 1,650 biopharmaceutical companies, leading academic institutions, and regulatory agencies worldwide, including all of the top 35 global biopharmaceutical companies by R&D spend.

While most approved novel drugs have used biosimulation in their development pathway, we don’t believe that biosimulation was used to the extent it should have to further accelerate and improve the drug development process.  Additionally, our technology keeps getting better and better to expand use cases for biosimulation.  We see a significant opportunity for continued future penetration by our products and services.

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Galderma's new drug approval for acne

The use of Certara’s Simcyp Simulator allowed Galderma to expedite and inform its drug development program for AKLIEF (trifarotene) Cream for the topical treatment of acne.  The Simcyp Simulator also helped to provide safety label claim and pediatric dosing information WITHOUT the need for testing in clinical patients.

“We were pleased to partner with Certara to develop this detailed physiologically-based pharmacokinetic model of trifarotene, which helped to demonstrate the safety of our new drug and also provide additional prescribing information for our new drug label,” said Nathalie Wagner, Senior Clinical PK Manager at Galderma.

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Informing more than 300 labels for 90+ novel drugs

Certara’s biosimulation software has been used to provide valuable information to improve the design of clinical trials, reduce trial size and complexity, and also obtain clinical trial waivers to replace the need for human clinical trials for certain studies. Our Simcyp Simulator has informed 300+ drug labels for more than 90 novel drugs approved by the FDA.  Details can be found in the Office of Clinical Pharmacology review on the FDA website that supports each label.

Furthermore, our Simcyp Simulator and Phoenix biosimulation software platforms have been adopted by 17 global regulatory agencies worldwide, including the US FDA, European Medicines Agency, Japan’s PMDA, and China’s NMPA.  Regulatory agencies use our software to evaluate submissions by biopharmaceutical companies.

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Leadership William F. Feehery
William F. Feehery Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Feehery joined Certara in June, 2019 as CEO.  Dr. Feehery joins Certara from DuPont, where he served since 2013 as president of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, a $2.2 billion global biotechnology business that experienced significant growth and profitability under his leadership. In that role, he had full P&L responsibility for 3,000 people, including 500 R&D staff, 20 manufacturing plants, and worldwide marketing and sales across multiple markets.  He joined DuPont in 2002 and served in a series of management roles in high-growth businesses, and he also has prior experience in venture capital and as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.

Dr. Feehery also serves as a board member for West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE: WST), a manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies.

Dr. Feehery holds both a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and an MBA from MIT. He was a Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University and received his BSE in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His doctorate, awarded while he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship, involved developing software and mathematical methods for modeling complex systems.

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John E. Gallagher III Chief Financial Officer

John E. Gallagher III has served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company since April 2023. Prior to joining us, Mr. Gallagher served as Chief Financial Officer of Cue Health, a publicly traded healthcare technology company, from March 2021 to March 2023. Prior to Cue Health, Mr. Gallagher was at Becton, Dickinson & Co. (“BD”), a multinational medical technology company, where he served as Senior Vice President, CFO of its Medical Segment and Treasurer from July 2018 to February 2021. Upon joining BD in 2012, he was named Corporate Treasurer, a role he held throughout his tenure at the company. Mr. Gallagher also had responsibility for corporate finance, including financial planning and analysis, and was Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer from December 2014 to July 2018. Prior to BD, he served as Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis at NBC Universal from October 2009 to September 2012. Mr. Gallagher also served as Assistant Controller of Corporate Treasury for General Electric Company from October 2006 to October 2009. He began his career with Ford Motor Company, holding various roles across Treasury, Internal Audit, and Product Development.