About the Lubrizol Life Science Health - Pharmaceuticals Business

Our pharmaceutical grade carbomers, polycarbophils, and thermoplastic polyurethanes are used in a wide range of applications including sustained release oral solid dosage forms, semisolid and liquid formulations, transdermal applications and drug eluting device solutions. Our Carbopol®, Pemulen, and Noveon® polymers have been successfully used in over-the-counter and pharmaceutical formulations to impart rheology modification, mucoadhesion, controlled drug release, and many other unique properties. As a CDMO, we excel in the formulation and manufacturing of complex drug products, including insoluble compounds, long-acting injectables/implantables, sterile products, highly potent APIs, and controlled substances.

Featured Markets

Topical Market illustration

Topical Drug Delivery

Delivering solutions to the topical and transdermal markets via versatile and efficient polymers for creams, gels, lotions, and ointment applications.
OSD Delivery

Oral Drug Delivery

Supplying pharmaceutical excipients that impart controlled drug release and mucoadhesive properties, among others, to oral solids, solutions, and suspensions.
Ophthalmic Market - illustration

Ophthalmic Drug Delivery

Offering bioadhesive excipients that enhance drug absorption via prolonged contact time with the eye for ocular topical formulations. Also supplying biodurable TPU for ophthalmic inserts, such as punctal plugs.
Drug-Eluting Systems - Market Illustration

Long-Acting Drug Delivery

Providing thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) excipients for controlled, sustained drug release as well as contract development and manufacturing services for drug-eluting systems and combination products.

Emphasized Dosage Forms

Topical gel

Semi-Solids and Gels

Our Carbopol® polymers, Pemulen polymeric emulsifiers, and Noveon® polycarbophil have been used extensively in semisolid and gel commercial applications for over fifty years. 
Solution and Suspension

Solutions and Suspensions

Experience with semisolids and gels, offering both innovative bioadhesive excipients as well as contract development and manufacturing services.
Oral Solid Dosage

Oral Solid Dose

LLS Health excipients for solid oral drug delivery offer excellent physical properties, such as tablet hardness and low friability, over a wide range of compression forces and come in both powder and granular forms. 
Drug Eluting Device

Implantable Devices

Implantable drug-eluting systems (also referred to as implantable devices) offer several unique advantages over conventional oral or other parenteral drug delivery methods.

Highlighted Excipients

Topical Cream

Carbopol® Polymers

Carbopol® polymers are well known for their versatility and ease of use as pharmaceutical excipients. 

Noveon® Polycarbophil

Noveon® Polycarbophil can provide enhanced lubrication functionality to ophthalmic drug formulations and excellent controlled release characteristics in oral drug delivery applications.

Pathway® TPU Excipients

Pathway TPU Excipients offer controlled drug release and compatibility with a wide range of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Other Topical IID Ingredients

In addition to our traditional IID-listed polymers that can help improve the feel and performance of topical pharmaceutical formulations, our portfolio also includes emollients, humectants, emulsifiers, and surfactant thickeners. 

Key CDMO Services

CDMO - formulation


We formulate APIs to maximize bioavailability, control release rate, and enhance stability.
CDMO - clinical manufacturing

Clinical Manufacturing

Our manufacturing capabilities cover a variety of dosage forms, including powders, semi-solids, devices, solutions, and suspensions
CDMO - commercial manufacturing

Commercial Manufacturing

Our specialized team and purpose-built manufacturing facility ensure complex drug products get the care and focus needed to succeed.
CDMO - Stability

ICH Stability Programs

Our well-designed, ICH-compliant stability programs accommodate a range of temperature and humidity conditions.