An investor group comprised of Nautic Partners, The Vistria Group and General Atlantic has agreed to acquire PANTHERx Rare from Centene Corporation. No financial terms were disclosed. PANTHERx Rare is a rare disease pharmacy.
Pittsburgh, PA, New York, NY, Providence, RI and Chicago, IL – May 5, 2022 – A leading investor consortium consisting of Nautic Partners, The Vistria Group and General Atlantic today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire PANTHERx Rare (“PANTHERx” or “The Company”) from Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC). The new partnership will focus on accelerating PANTHERx Rare’s continued growth as a premier and trusted pharmacy care delivery model for patients living with rare and orphan diseases.
“PANTHERx transforms lives by providing access solutions to people living with rare medical conditions,” said Jon Maschmeyer, Senior Partner and Co-Head of Healthcare at The Vistria Group. “Our investment was a collaborative effort to bring focus to an area that not only has been significantly underserved but also offers a wealth of opportunity to enhance the lives of patients.”
“We see a growing market need for a specialized pharmacy model to support rare and orphan disease patients in their healthcare journey and to meet the unique distribution demands of these life-enriching medicines,” said Justin Sunshine, Managing Director at General Atlantic.
PANTHERx has emerged as a pioneer of rare disease pharmacy, becoming the first rare-disease-certified specialty pharmacy and earning recognition for its culture, service levels and industry-leading growth. PANTHERx was recently awarded Specialty Pharmacy of the Year by the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP), earned the inaugural Accredited Distinction in Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), and is a five-time winner of the prestigious MMIT Patient Choice Award, including in 2022.
“PANTHERx is purpose-built to serve this patient population and help address the complexities of specialized care delivery,” said Chris Corey, Managing Director at Nautic Partners. “General Atlantic, Nautic Partners and The Vistria Group are pleased to partner together to support the long-term growth of PANTHERx, leveraging our collective expertise in scaling differentiated healthcare businesses and fueling further innovation.”
“PANTHERx is deeply committed to redefining and enhancing specialty pharmacy by anticipating the diverse needs of the patients we serve,” said Rob Snyder, CEO of PANTHERx Rare. “With the enhanced resources brought by The Vistria Group, General Atlantic and Nautic Partners, we’re confident in this investment’s potential to deliver innovative outcomes for patients suffering from rare and orphan diseases. We thank Centene for their support over the past year and a half and look forward to the future ahead.”
The transaction is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott Rodino Act and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Following the close of the transaction, the three consortium participants will each hold equal ownership of PANTHERx.
About PANTHERx Rare
PANTHERx Rare is one of the largest and fastest growing rare pharmacies in the United States. PANTHERx transforms lives by delivering medicine breakthroughs, clinical excellence, and access solutions to people living with rare and devastating conditions. Although the overall incidence of rare diseases is as common as diabetes, less than 7% of the 7,000 known rare and devastating disorders have an FDA-approved therapy. Changes in federal policy and advances in science have led to a surge in FDA orphan drug approvals, providing tremendous hope to the rare disease community.