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Arlington Capital Partners Announces Majority Investment in Afton Scientific

January 30, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C., [January 30, 2024]—Arlington Capital Partners (“Arlington”), a Washington D.C.-area private equity firm, today announced a majority investment in Afton Scientific (“Afton” or the “Company”), a leading contract, development and manufacturing organization (“CDMO”) specializing in sterile manufacturing of injectable pharmaceuticals.

Based in Charlottesville, VA, Afton specializes in sterile injectable drug manufacturing as well as providing pre-sterilized vials and kits.  The Company performs aseptic fill-finish for products ranging from pre-clinical through commercial-scale manufacturing across various therapeutic areas. Tom Thorpe, founder and CEO of Afton, will continue to lead the company and remain a material shareholder going forward.

Malcolm Little, a Partner at Arlington Capital Partners, said, “The demand for biologics is as robust as ever, contributing to a continued imbalance in supply and demand for aseptic CDMO services. Afton’s exemplary quality record and 30+ year history in manufacturing high-value pharmaceuticals and biologics, combined with Arlington’s experience scaling pharmaceutical services businesses, provides a strong platform from which to further grow and address this market need.”

“Partnering with Arlington is a pivotal step in Afton’s growth trajectory. Their long history investing in pharmaceutical services and expertise in regulated industries makes Arlington the right partner to support our capacity growth and service offering expansion,” commented Tom Thorpe, CEO of Afton. “The strong tailwinds in our core markets as well as the increased focus on reshoring critical pharmaceutical manufacturing make it an ideal time for us to enter the next stage in Afton’s progression.”

Henry Albers, a Principal at Arlington Capital Partners added, “Afton’s highly differentiated expertise in manufacturing biologics and other high-value modalities along with their relentless focus on quality has led to lasting relationships with a blue-chip customer base. We look forward to partnering with Tom and the entire Afton team to facilitate their expansion in the emerging biotech hub of Charlottesville, Virginia.”

Goodwin Procter served as legal advisor to Arlington. Bourne Partners served as financial advisor and Greenberg Traurig served as legal counsel to Afton in the transaction.

About Afton Scientific

Afton Scientific is a contract, development and manufacturing organization (“CDMO”) that specializes in small-batch filling of injectables from clinical trials to approved commercial drugs. Afton has provided reliable pharmaceutical services and lasting relationships within the industry for over 30 years. Utilizing 35,000 square feet of manufacturing, lab, warehouse, and administrative space, Afton provides custom, innovative solutions for clinical to commercial sterile manufacturing, packaging and labeling, analytical and micro lab services, and pharmaceutical support services. For more information, visit Afton’s website at

About Arlington Capital Partners

Arlington Capital Partners is a Washington, DC-area private equity firm that has raised $8 billion in limited partner commitments since inception. Arlington is focused on middle market investment opportunities in growth industries including aerospace & defense, government services and technology, healthcare, and business services and software. The firm’s professionals and network have a unique combination of operating and private equity experience that enable Arlington to be a value-added investor. Arlington invests in companies in partnership with high quality management teams that are motivated to establish and/or advance their company’s position as leading competitors in their field. For more information, visit Arlington Capital’s website at and follow Arlington on Linkedin.

About Bourne Partners

Bourne Partners is a financial services firm specializing in the pharma, pharma services, consumer health, and healthcare services sectors. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, the company offers investment banking and transaction advisory services. As owners and operators with over 20 years of experience, Bourne Partners strives to enrich the lives and improve the health and well-being of their partners and patients by facilitating the efficient movement of capital through the global healthcare sector. For more information, please visit here.


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