NEW YORK--()--Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) and Strides Arcolab (BSE: 532531, NSE: STAR) today announced a new collaboration, wherein Pfizer will commercialize off-patent sterile injectable and oral products in the United States through its Established Products Business Unit. These finished dosage form products will be licensed and supplied by Strides and Onco Laboratories Limited and Onco Therapies Limited, two joint ventures between Strides and Aspen, South Africa, in which each has a 50% ownership interest. The financial terms of the supply agreement were not disclosed.
“In addition, this agreement brings the total number of products in-licensed by our Established Products Business Unit to more than 200 -- resulting in a total business unit portfolio of approximately 600 high-quality, reliable, and cost effective products for patients.”
The companies believe this is a highly complementary collaboration, which is expected to deliver 40 off-patent products, many of which are oncology therapeutics, to healthcare providers and patients in the U.S., by joining Pfizer’s solid commercial infrastructure with Strides’s high-quality manufacturing capabilities. The first of the products commercialized under this collaboration is expected to be launched in 2010.
“This Strides collaboration is new and exciting, and we are encouraged about the potential of this relationship," said David Simmons, president and general manager of Pfizer’s Established Products Business Unit. “In addition, this agreement brings the total number of products in-licensed by our Established Products Business Unit to more than 200 -- resulting in a total business unit portfolio of approximately 600 high-quality, reliable, and cost effective products for patients.”
“Partnering with Pfizer enhances our ability to reach a larger base of customers and patients in need of quality treatment options,” said Arun Kumar, Strides Founder and Managing Director. “We have established a reputation for efficient formulation development and technologies, manufacturing, and operational flexibility and are looking forward to bringing these strengths to bear in our collaboration with Pfizer.”
Pfizer’s Established Products Business Unit launched its U.S. Injectables team less than 10 months ago and is already marketing products in the U.S. Through this new collaboration with Strides, Pfizer continues to demonstrate its commitment to become one of the top players in the injectables market.
Strides Arcolab Limited: Leadership Through Partnering
Strides Arcolab is a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Bangalore, India that develops and manufactures a wide range of IP-led niche pharmaceutical products with an emphasis on sterile injectables.
The company has 14 manufacturing facilities across 6 countries, including its joint venture with Aspen in India and has a marketing presence in more than 60 countries in developed and emerging markets. Manufacturing is ably supported by a 350-scientist strong global R&D Centre located in Bangalore.
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DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The information contained in this release is as of January 6, 2010 and neither Pfizer nor Strides Arcolab assumes any obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as the result of new information or future events or developments.
This release contains forward-looking information that involves substantial risks and uncertainties about the successful commercialization of sterile injectable and oral products in the U.S. pursuant to the collaboration between Pfizer and Strides Arcolab. Such risks and uncertainties include, among other things: potential difficulties in manufacturing and marketing; uncertainties related to general economic, business, industry, regulatory and market conditions; and competitive developments.
A further description of risks and uncertainties with respect to Pfizer can be found in Pfizer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 and in its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.