BURTON-ON-TRENT, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Clinigen Group plc (AIM: CLIN, ‘Clinigen’ or the ‘Group’), the global pharmaceutical and services company, has today acquired International Medical Management Corporation (‘IMMC’), Japan’s largest supplier of unlicensed medicines, for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition will add to Clinigen’s existing footprint in the country following the launch of its Japanese business in October 2016. The acquisition of IMMC is part of Clinigen’s strategy to become the ‘go to’ global leader in ethical access to unlicensed medicines and will allow the Group to better address unmet patient needs.
IMMC, established in 2006, operates throughout Japan in sectors including niche vaccine, oncology and IVF. It currently has relationships with more than 850 hospitals and clinics, which will now be able to benefit from the broader access to medicines available as part of Clinigen.
Japan is the world’s second largest pharmaceutical market. The unlicensed medicines market in Japan is underdeveloped, highly regulated and well controlled leading to a high unmet medical need. For instance, from the 154 new drugs launched globally between 2008 and 2012, two thirds still remained unavailable in Japan by 2013, illustrating the difficulties patients in Japan have in accessing approved medicines.
The threat of counterfeit medicines entering the supply chain in Japan, also remains an issue. Japan is the second-largest target of illegal online medicine sellers in the world behind the US.
IMMC was acquired for an upfront cash payment followed by certain potential milestone-based instalments over 12 months.
In the year ended 30 September 2017 the unaudited IMMC gross profit was ¥352m (£2.4m).
Shaun Chilton, Group Chief Executive Officer, Clinigen, said:
“This acquisition represents another strategic development, extending our geographical footprint and another step to becoming the global leader in ethical access to unlicensed medicines. The enlarged Japanese operation adds further capability in this high growth market which is crucial to our customers and a key part of Clinigen’s global offering.”
Yoshiyuki Kudo, President, IMMC, said:
“Clinigen’s global expertise and our local knowledge will allow us to better address the unmet patient need in Japan, further benefiting our customers and increasing our offering in access to unlicensed medicines.”
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About Clinigen Group
Clinigen Group plc (AIM: CLIN) is a global pharmaceutical and services company with a unique combination of businesses focused on providing access to medicines. Its mission is to deliver the right medicine to the right patient at the right time through three areas of global medicine supply; clinical trial, unlicensed and licensed medicines.
Clinical Trial Services
Clinigen is the global market leader in the specialist supply and management of quality-assured comparator medicines and services to clinical trials and Investigator Initiated Trials.
Clinigen is the global leader in ethically sourcing and supplying unlicensed medicines to hospital pharmacists and physicians for patients with a high unmet medical need. The Group manages early access programmes to innovative new medicines and provides ‘on-demand’ access globally to medicines which remain unlicensed at the point of care.
The Group acquires global rights to niche hospital-only and critical care products, revitalising these assets around the world and returning them back to sustained growth. The Group also provides access to licensed and branded generic medicines in the Africa and Asia Pacific region.
For more information on Clinigen, please visit www.clinigengroup.com