101 Top Illinois Pharmaceutical Companies and Startups of 2021

June 7, 2021
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This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Pharmaceutical companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Pharmaceutical industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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Top Illinois Pharmaceutical Startups

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Xeris Pharmaceuticals

Xeris Pharmaceuticals

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Xeris Pharmaceuticals is a specialty company developing patient-friendly injectables for indications in diabetes, epilepsy, and immunology.

Cresco Labs

Cresco Labs

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Cresco Labs is a vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operator inciting the progressive evolution of the medical cannabis industry.

Cresco Labs

Kalderos

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Kalderos provides a SaaS based drug discount management solution, which identifies, checks, and resolves non-compliance.

Cresco Labs

Lumere

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Lumere builds organization’s path to enlightened healthcare.

Cresco Labs

AbbVie

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AbbVie is a pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and markets both biopharmaceuticals and small molecule drugs.

Cresco Labs

Horizon Pharma

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Horizon Therapeutics focuses on the development of prescription drugs for mild to moderate pain relief and arthritis.

Cresco Labs

Paragon Biosciences

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Paragon Biosciences is a global healthcare company committed to accelerating biomedical research.

Cresco Labs

SonarMD

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SonarMD provides care management for complex chronic conditions that use high-cost drugs.

Cresco Labs

Emalex Biosciences, Inc.

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Emalex Biosciences is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of new and novel treatments.

Cresco Labs

Walgreens Boots Alliance

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Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise in the world.

Cresco Labs

Medexus Pharma

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Medexus Pharma is a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company located in Chicago.

Cresco Labs

Levo Therapeutics

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Levo Therapeutics is a biomedical research and development services intended to treat the multisystem neurodevelopmental disorder.

Cresco Labs

Pharmazz

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Pharmazz focuses on discovering, acquiring, developing, and commercializing therapeutics that target critical care medicine.

Cresco Labs

Neuro Therapia

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Neuro Therapia is developing new therapies for diseases with an underlying component of neuroinflammation.

Cresco Labs

Accelera Innovations, Inc.

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Accelera Innovations revolutionizes quality, cost and patient outcomes in the healthcare industry.

Cresco Labs

Citizens Rx

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Citizen’s Rx provides pharmacy benefit management services to public and private companies and offers health plans in the United States.

Cresco Labs

GeneTx Biotherapeutics

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GeneTx Biotherapeutics is a biotechnology company dedicated to developing and effective therapeutics for the treatment of Angelman syndrome.

Cresco Labs

Cour Pharmaceuticals Development

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Cour Pharmaceuticals Development is developing nanoparticle technology to help reset the immune system of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

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ALTATHERA Pharmaceuticals

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ALTATHERA Pharmaceuticals provides critical care and alternative therapeutics for unmet medical needs of patients.

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Seurat Therapeutics

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A Company providing Safer and more Effective maigraine Medication.

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DeliverCareRx

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Our Mission is to facilitate positive patient outcomes by providing efficient home delivery of prescriptions and ongoing prescription

Cresco Labs

Accelerated Pharma

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Accelerated Pharma is a biotechnology company that develops treatment for cancer.

Cresco Labs

Cosmos Holdings

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Cosmos Holdings focuses on identifying, acquiring, developing, and commercializing different medicines to improve patients’ lives.

Cresco Labs

Pinnacle Biologics

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Pinnacle Biologics is a specialty pharmaceutical company that enables newer therapies in cancer.

Cresco Labs

Tesla Life Sciences

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Tesla Life Sciences primarily operates in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Aquarius Biotechnologies

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Aquarius Biotechnologies develops a proprietary drug delivery platform to improve existing drugs.

Cresco Labs

Epivara

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Epivara provides a single-injection alternative to spay and neuter surgery.

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Waveseer

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Waveseer is a premier cultivator and manufacturer of superior quality cannabis products.

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The Planet Group

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The Planet Group is a diversified professional services organization focused on providing high-value outsourced human capital solutions.

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Winston Pharmaceuticals

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Winston Pharmaceuticals is engaged in the development of pain management products.

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Stericycle

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Stericycle provides solutions that protect people and brands, promote health, and safeguard the environment.

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Univar

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Univar is one of the world’s leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 2,500 chemical producers

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Baxalta

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Baxalta Incorporated (NYSE: BXLT) is a $6 billion global biopharmaceutical leader developing.

Cresco Labs

D Cube Analytics

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D Cube helps brand, sales, marketing, and market access teams at life sciences companies manage their brands effectively across stakeholders

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TerSera Therapeutics

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TerSera Therapeutics acquires and develops specialty pharmaceutical products with a focus on select therapeutic areas.

Cresco Labs

Hospira

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Hospira is a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies.

Cresco Labs

Sterigenics International, Inc.

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Sterigenics is a provider of solutions in sterilization and ionization supply chain management; Providing sterilization services.

Cresco Labs

Advanced Clinical

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Advanced Clinical is a pharmaceuticals company offering CRO, FSP, quality, and validation services.

Cresco Labs

Westwood Life Sciences

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Westwood Life Sciences is a provider of stealth pharmaceutical company.

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Sagent Pharmaceuticals

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Sagent Pharmaceuticals is focused on developing, manufacturing, sourcing and marketing pharmaceutical products.

Cresco Labs

Nexus Pharmaceuticals

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Nexus Pharmaceuticals, a US-based, privately-held healthcare company.

Cresco Labs

PRUNUS Therapeutics

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PRUNUS Therapeutics is a preclinical stage immuno-oncology startup focusing on low-cost small molecules.

Cresco Labs

Proteintech Group

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Proteintech Group is a company founded by scientists, Proteintech Group recognises the tireless efforts.

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Planet Pharma

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Planet Pharma is a pharmaceuticals company offering clinical and scientific staffing and outsourcing services.

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GCE Solutions Inc.

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GCE Solutions is a pharmaceutical company that offers biostatistics, medical writing, and clinical IT services.

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PharMEDium Healthcare

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PharMEDium Healthcare is a company that was acquired by AmerisourceBergen Corporation in 2015.

Cresco Labs

BioSante Pharmaceuticals

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BioSante Pharmaceuticals is focused on developing products for female sexual health, menopause, contraception and male hypogonadism.

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Continuum Clinical

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Continuum Clinical is a pharmaceutical company specializing in Health Economics and Outcomes Research services.

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Elorac

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Elorac is a specialty pharmaceutical frm in the development and commercialization of novel products for dermatology, allergy and oncology.

Cresco Labs

Salzman Group

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Salzman Group is an Israeli biotechnology firm focused on discovery and development of transformative pharmaceutical technologies.

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Celegence

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Celegence provides services and solutions to support the Life Sciences industry with regulatory affairs operations and strategy.

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SimBioSys

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SimBioSys is developing a Computational Microscope to provide new insight into the behavior of cancers.

Cresco Labs

Temprian Therapeutics

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Temprian Therapeutics is a developer of therapies intended for autoimmune disease.

Cresco Labs

ICL – Performance Products LP

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ICL – Performance Products is a chemicals firm that manufactures potash and phosphates used in pharmaceutical and food additives industries.

Cresco Labs

Hematogenix

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Hematogenix is a medical company that specializes in advanced medical testing, diagnostics and pharma services.

Cresco Labs

MedPoint Digital

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MedPoint Digital Inc. provides technology to meet the evolving challenges of clinical research and medical marketing.

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Aptar Pharma

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Aptar Pharma is a solution provider of innovative drug delivery systems.

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KMR Group

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KMR is a global leader in benchmarking, analytics and performance management with an exclusive focus on biopharmaceutical R&D.

Cresco Labs

Alliance Boots

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Alliance Boots GmbH was a multinational pharmacy-led health and beauty group with corporate headquarters in Bern, Switzerland.

Cresco Labs

OnShore Technology Group

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OnShore Technology Group provide Independent Validation & Verification products and services for the life sciences industry

Cresco Labs

Celerity Pharmaceuticals

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Celerity Pharmaceuticals is a company that Water Street created in partnership with one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical corporations

Cresco Labs

Meitheal Pharmaceuticals

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Meitheal Pharmaceuticals specializes in research, manufacturing, and supply of injection medicine.

Cresco Labs

Firma Clinical Research

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Firma Clinical Research is a research organization providing services to the biopharmaceutical industry.

Cresco Labs

Regis Technologies

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Regis Technologies is a pharmaceuticals company specializing in synthesis and separations services.

Cresco Labs

GlobalCare Clinical Trials, Ltd

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GlobalCare Clinical Trials, Ltd is a pharmaceutical company providing nurses and physicians services.

Cresco Labs

Kastle Therapeutics

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Kastle Therapeutics is committed to developing innovative products that help underserved patients with unmet medical needs.

Cresco Labs

Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals

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Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals develops, manufactures, and markets topical liquid pharmaceuticals.

Cresco Labs

Symphony Clinical Researchå¨

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Symphony Clinical Research is a pharmaceutical company specializing in environmental studies and rescue studies services.

Cresco Labs

G. D. Searle

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G. D. Searle, LLC is a research-based pharmaceutical company that manufactures and markets prescription pharmaceuticals and other

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Precision Dose, Inc.

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Precision Dose is a pharmaceutical company specializing in syrup and suspension oral medications.

Cresco Labs

AutoMed Technologies

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AutoMed Technologies is a provider of automated pharmacy dispensing equipment.

Cresco Labs

Automated Systems,Inc.

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Providing validation services, control systems engineering, information technology and technical staffing/consulting for the pharmaceutical.

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ACGT

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ACGT is a contract molecular research service and production company.

Cresco Labs

Blue Diamond Ventures

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Blue Diamond Ventures partners with industry-specific companies that share their vision of Green Growth.

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UnitedRx

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UnitedRx provides long term care pharmacy.

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Accugen

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Accugen Laboratories, an FDA registered lab is a global provider of microbiological testing for the Pharmaceutical industries.

Cresco Labs

DMS Pharmaceutical Group

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DMS Pharmaceutical is a leading pharmaceutical wholesaler company.

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Meridian Medical Technologies

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Meridian Medical Technologies provides emergency medical and homeland security services.

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Medefil

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Medefil is a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company that manufactures and markets flush syringes and injectable products.

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Medication Management Partners

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Medication Management Partners provides packaging and the additional support needed in residential care centers.

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Carepoint Pharmacy

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Carepoint Pharmacy offers a wide range of clinical services along with the latest and most comprehensive products.

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Symbria

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Symbria specializes in offering a strategic direction in rendering pharmacy, rehab and fitness related services to its diverse clientele.

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Bayser

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Bayser is a Chicago-based management consulting firm.

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Advanced Biotherapy

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Advanced Biotherapy, Inc. is pioneering the development of new antibody therapies for treating severe and widespread autoimmune diseases.

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Doc’s Pharmacy

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Doc’s Pharmacy is a store for medical products.

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Benda Manufacturing

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Benda Manufacturing designs and manufactures conveyors, unit machines & controls for food, pharmaceutical & packaging industries.

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Xttrium Laboratories

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Xttrium Laboratories is a pharmaceutical company that manufactures and supplies antiseptic products for human health.

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McKinnis Consulting Services

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McKinnis Consulting Services provides revenue cycle assessment, strategy, and optimization assistance for healthcare providers.

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Bindley Western Industries

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A wholesale distributor of pharmaceuticals based in Indianapolis.

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Protide Pharmaceuticals

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Protide Pharmaceuticals is a Biotechnology company

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Pharma Start

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Pharma Start is a pharmaceutical company providing medical operations and remote visit services.

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Newmedical

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Newmedical offers surgical solutions, wound care, post-procedural care, scar management, therapy, and skincare products.

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Walgreens Health Initiatives

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Walgreens Health Initiatives is a full-service PBM providing services to employer groups, health plans and Medicare clients.

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Technipaq

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Technipaq is a packaging & Containers company that specializes in medical device, diagnostic and pharmaceutical application.

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Milex Products

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Milex Products offers pessaries for uterine prolapse, urinary stress incontinence, rectocele, and cystocele.

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ExtendMed

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ExtendMed is an information technology company

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SUPERVALU Pharmacies

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SuperValu Pharmacy operates 950 pharmacies in Shop ‘n Save, Hornbacher’s, Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy and Cub Foods stores.

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Communication Science

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Communication Science, Inc. was founded in 1989 to provide kits of medical supplies and instructions for patients to self-treat various

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AquaMed Technologies

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AcquaMed Technologies, Inc. provides professional-grade dental products that with your patients’ comfort and satisfaction in mind.

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OneSource Regulatory

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One Source Regulatory is the leader in creating value and efficiencies for healthcare clients by designing and implementing Regulatory.

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Brainbits

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Brainbits is a biotechnology company that specializes in neuroscience research & live brain tissues and essential growth and storage media.

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