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Chr. Hansen and Lonza’s newly branded joint venture, BacThera, receives anti-trust approvals to start contract manufacturing of live biotherapeutic products

Press release   •   Aug 29, 2019 13:52 UTC

Chr. Hansen Holding A/S, a leading global bioscience company, and Lonza AG, a leading pharma contract manufacturing company, announce today that they have received the relevant approvals from anti-trust regulators needed to establish the 50/50 joint venture in the emerging market for live biotherapeutic products, which was originally announced in Company Announcement No. 04 on April 2, 2019.

Going forward the joint venture will operate under the name BacThera from its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. BacThera is a combination of the words bacteriology, therapeutic and era – clearly reflecting the company’s purpose to enable its customers to bring life-changing treatments to patients and pioneer the live biotherapeutic industry. Now approved to start operations, BacThera is engaging with its first customers.

Over the coming months BacThera will upgrade existing facilities in Hørsholm, Denmark, and equip new facilities in Basel, Switzerland to serve pre-clinical to phase II projects. Further facilities for phase III and commercial manufacturing will be developed as the pipeline matures. Overall, EUR 90 million will be invested, shared equally between Chr. Hansen and Lonza, over a period of three years and BacThera is expected to be largely self-funding after that.

Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and even animal feed and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on more than 30,000 microbial strains – we like to refer to them as ‘good bacteria’. Our solutions enable food manufacturers to produce more with less – while also reducing the use of chemicals and other synthetic additives – which make our products highly relevant in today’s world. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 140 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day. Revenue in the 2017/18 financial year was EUR 1,097 million. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.

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