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Pharma D&S joins PLG

Global provider of regulatory and compliance services for the life sciences industry, ProductLife Group (PLG) ( is expanding its Italian footprint with the merger of Pharma D&S.

This new deal is a key step in PLG’s growth, making up for a company of more than 1,200 employees with a strong and expert presence across the globe.   “Pharma D&S Group is a renowned leader in the Italian market with a long-standing emphasis on quality and expertise.  The synergies between our two companies are high, and our values and corporate cultures have a lot in common, thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit at both PLG and Pharma D&S Group,” comments Xavier Duburcq, CEO, PLG.

“After launching Pharma D&S Group some 20 years ago, I am convinced that joining PLG is the future of our organization”, says Riccardo Ballerini, Founder and Chairman, Pharma D&S.  “The merger with PLG provides our clients and the life sciences industry with access to a global footprint and a more robust combined set of capabilities across all of our key value areas”.

Founded in 2001 by Riccardo Ballerini, Pharma D&S Group grew in 2003 with the arrival of Lino Fabrizi as partner. It strengthened its service offering on Regulatory Affairs, Product Quality and Process Compliance, Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Operations activities.  In 2004, the Group launched Pharma Education Center (PEC), a training provider for the Life Sciences sector.  In 2005, the two partners were joined by Marco Conti who founded C&P Engineering a consulting entity providing high-quality services specialized in pharmaceutical process engineering, qualification, and computer systems validation.

“Our strategic alliance with PLG will provide a good opportunity for our team to expand their careers, and it will give our business strong support functions to facilitate sustainable growth,” adds Lino Fabrizi, COO of Pharma D&S.  “We strongly believe that our two organizations share the same DNA which will result in a stronger quality of service provided to our clients.”

“Being part of PLG is the opportunity to provide our tailored made quality design and qualification expertise to a wider range of clients across Europe, enlarging the offering and leveraging the strong network that PLG already has today,” comments Marco Conti, Founder and CEO, C&P Engineering.”

With more than 250 employees, Pharma D&S Group is PLG’s largest build-up to date. 

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