Excipients for Drug Formulation

Softgels Platform

Functional solutions for all softgel parts – fill, shell and coating.

Easy to swallow and featuring an attractive translucent appearance – soft gelatine capsules or softgels have become one of the most popular dosage forms for a variety of pharmaceutical products. The BASF softgel portfolio offers leading-edge functional excipients to help customers achieve the best possible results for each element of their capsules – whether coating, shell, or fill. Furthermore, all ingredients have been tested according to the highest quality standards to minimize the possibility of crosslinking.



  • Highly functional lipophilic fills and surfactants to be used in a multitude of softgel applications including self emulsifying systems, suspensions, and solutions
  • Hydrophilic fills of the highest purity to minimize gelatin crosslinking and API reactions
  • Customized solutions for the effective coating of softgels to provide enteric, sustained release and protective functionalities to softgels
  • Extensive expertise in soft gel technology through Omega 3 Verbund
  • Compliance with all regulatory requirements
  • Global network of experts

Self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (SEDDS) for higher bioavailability

Self-emulsifying drug delivery systems is an effective means of increasing bioavailability of lipophilic APIs. BASF offers oils, surfactants and co-solvents for the formulation of SEDDS. Our formulation experts can provide customized solutions for your API.

Softgel Coatings for your needs

Functional coatings are an effective way of modifying drug release from the softgel. BASF has a comprehensive portfolio of coating solutions to provide these functionalities. Our technical experts can help customize formulations and coating processes for your particular product needs.

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Omega-3 Verbund - expertise in softgel formulations

BASF is the pioneer in omega-3, with its foundations in Norway in 1838. We are world leader in high-concentrate omega-3 fatty acids for pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements and clinical nutrition categories. Our leadership is built on a global customer reach, R&D capabilities for lipids, omega-3 derivates and development of omega-3 fatty acid formulations, and an unrivalled worldwide safety and efficacy data on omega-3 softgel drugs such as Omacor®, Lovaza, Lotriga®, Zodin®.

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Product Overview
Focusing on your needs with platform solutions

This brochure presents an overview of our leading-edge products, grouped in the following platforms: Softgels, Instant and Modified Release, Solubilization and Skin Delivery.

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Functional solutions for your softgel formulation


Softgel Coatings

Customized solutions for the effective coatings of softgels to provide enteric sustained release and moisture protection.

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Softgels: Capsule Fill

At BASF we offer a comprehensive range of high quality functional excipients, vitamins and omega-3 fish oils to support you in finding the right capsule fill for your formulation needs. This unique combination of products builds a bridge between dietary supplement and pharmaceutical products.

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Softgels: Capsule Shell

Comprehensive portfolio of easy to process solutions for enteric and sustained release and moisture protection

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Products for all softgel parts

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