PD Holdings, LLC is a specialty particle processing and delivery form technology expert for Pharma, OTC and Nutritional product applications.



Descote® and MicroMask® Technologies

We utilize a proprietary process to effectively micro-encapsulate particles for improving taste, odor, stability or release profile. This process offers a solvent-free, flexible solution that offers a variety of inactive material options depending on the desired result of the coated particle.

The company deploys two different, but related processes, depending on the market the micro-encapsulated ingredient is targeted.  The Descote process is used for micro-encapsulating nutritional ingredients, while the MicroMask technology is applied to API’s used in OTC and Pharmaceutical products.  These technologies, in effect, “seal” the active ingredients in a customized coating matrix.    The particles consist of the encapsulated materials or core, which may in be a solid or liquid form, and is suspended in a pliable matrix.    The encapsulated particles are dispersed uniformly within the encapsulating matrix.  This process provides an advantage over other types of coating applications that can become compromised under pressure, and therefore making the encapsulation useless.

Under normal conditions, the Descote or MicroMask pliable barrier is strong enough to permit processing without rupturing. The barrier remains inert and it does not react with the core of the particle. The matrix deforms on compression, preventing being ruptured.

These processes use no solvents or plastics. Purity of actives is increased since there are no trace quantities of solvent to remove. It is a highly flexible process that allows standard micro-capsule or the preferred deformable matrix technology to be applied.   Our Micro-Encapsulation processes can solve many potency and/or stability problems normally experienced in traditional formulations.Tablets

Our processes can be found in a variety of applications, including Pharmaceutical, OTC, Nutritional, Functional Foods, and Animal Health formulations.


The Descote & MicroMask Advantages:

Superior taste and odor masking of nutritional ingredients

Barrier protection from heat, water, and chemicals improves stability and increases product flexibility

Prevents interaction and/or degradation in formulations between ingredients, resulting in reduced amount of overages required

Produces a granular, free flowing material that is directly compressible and increases tableting efficiency

Offers a pliable matrix opportunity that delivers good “mouth feel” that offers great dissolution properties

Controlled or delayed release profile allows a wide variety of product delivery options

Enables flavors to be incorporated into the barrier coating


Descote Product Applications:

  • Chewable multivitamin & mineral tablets
  • Nutrient-fortified powdered beverage mixes
  • Weight management products
  • Energy and nutrition bars
  • Fortified pre-mix blends
  • Functional foods and snacks
  • Animal fortification and feed enhancement

MicroMask Product Applications:

  • Pediatric & Adult chewable tablets
  • Pediatric & Adult oral dissolving tablets (ODT’s)
  • Pediatric & Adult flavored oral dissolving powders (ODP’s)