Den 30 juni presenterades att Gedeon Richter köper det Schweiziska bioteknikföretaget Finox Holding med produkten Bemfola®. Gedeon Richter erhåller de globala rättigheter för Bemfola® som för närvarande säljs i mer än 20 länder. Bemfola® används vid infertilitet hos kvinnor och är ett mycket bra komplement till Gedeon Richters befintliga produktportfölj inom kvinnohälsa. Läs mer om vad förvärvet innebär i det engelska pressmeddelandet nedan.
Richter announces the acquisition of Finox Holding for a consideration of CHF190 million.
Gedeon Richter Plc (“Richter”) today announces the acquisition of Finox Holding (“Finox”), a privately held Swiss biotech company focused on development and commercialisation of innovative and cost effective products addressing female fertility.
Finox’s product, BEMFOLA® is a recombinant-human Follicle Stimulating Hormone (r-hFSH) which was developed as a biosimilar to GONAL-f®, an established reference product. BEMFOLA® was the first biosimilar r-hFSH launched in Europe. It is currently commercialised in the European Union, in Israel, in the Middle East and in Australia. The product gained significant market share since its initial introduction in Q2 2014.
Consequent to this acquisition Richter will integrate the Finox team focusing on female fertility as part of its growing specialised Women’s Healthcare business. Finox’s senior management and commercial teams have extensive experience in women’s reproductive medicine from leading international pharmaceutical companies.
Rationale for the acquisition
Finox represents a unique opportunity for Richter to widen its core Women’s Healthcare franchise and further emphasises its commitment to biosimilar business. This acquisition allows Richter to establish its presence in the female fertility therapeutic area – a major growth market.
“Finox represents an important strategic opportunity for Richter in our core therapeutic area and will expand our Women’s Healthcare portfolio. I look forward to working with the Finox team to further build on the success that they have made with BEMFOLA®, which in turn is expected to provide an opportunity to further strengthen this specialty business segment in most of our key regions and even widen our geographic scope. I am convinced that the acquisition of Finox and the commercialisation of BEMFOLA® will create increasing value for our investors”, said Erik Bogsch, Managing Director of Gedeon Richter Plc.
“Finox is in a commercial expansion phase in Europe and is growing rapidly. The achievement of the company in launching BEMFOLA® in more than 20 countries within 12 months and reaching double digit market share in many of them is unprecedented and I am aware of the investment that this requires. We are extremely pleased to have Richter to commercialize BEMFOLA® as their existing portfolio and approach to specialty pharma is highly complementary, also they are considered as one of the leaders in the development and marketing of Women’s healthcare products worldwide”, added Dr h.c. Willy Michel, the Founder, Chairman of the Board and majority shareholder of Finox Holding.
Principal terms of the acquisition
The purchase price for the shares in Finox amounts to CHF190 million.
The worldwide gonadotrophin market is currently worth more than EUR 2 billion (EUR 1.5 billion ex-USA) and growing at about 4% per year, mainly fuelled by couples increasingly delaying starting a family. The products used to stimulate follicular growth are highly complex biologicals and development and registration is time consuming and expensive - and for this reason there are relatively few competitors and new entrants into the market. The market is highly concentrated into few IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) centres per country, which allows for small and specialised sales forces with a comparatively low cost base compared to other therapeutic areas.
BEMFOLA® is produced using recombinant DNA technology. Both BEMFOLA® and the reference product GONAL-f® are formulations of the naturally occurring hormone FSH, which plays a key role in human reproduction.
BEMFOLA® has been granted marketing authorisation in EU in May 2014 and is currently sold in more than 20 countries. The European MA for BEMFOLA® was supported by data from a large Phase III study, in which BEMFOLA® therapy was found to be similar to the reference product – GONAL-f®, based on the numbers of oocytes retrieved after completing FSH therapy. In this Phase III study, similar efficacy and safety profiles were observed between the two study arms and similar numbers of live babies were born to patients who became pregnant following completion of therapy. BEMFOLA® is available in 5 single use monodose presentations available in the following dosage forms: 75, 150, 225, 300 and 450 IU.
BEMFOLA® is supplied in a single-use, unique, state-of-the-art delivery system which results in a simple, once-a-day disposable device, allowing the patient to self-inject.
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Gedeon Richter, med huvudkontor i Ungern är ett av Östeuropas största multinationella läkemedelsföretag med fler än 10 000 anställda. Verksamma med läkemedel och forskning inom gynekologi, centrala nervsystemet och hjärt- och kärlområdet uppgick omsättningen 2012 till 1,1 miljarder Euro. Genom köp av schweiziska PregLem och tyska Grünenthal kvinnohälsoprodukter expanderar bolaget i Västeuropa främst inom gynekologi. Det nordiska huvudkontoret finns i Stockholm.
Finox Biotech (Finox AG) is a biopharmaceutical company with its corporate headquarters in Burgdorf, Switzerland. Finox Biotech was founded in 2007 with a vision to become a leading company in the field of fertility therapies, by combining high quality Swiss medicines with innovative and award winning delivery devices
Bär & Karrer AG is acting as Richter’s legal adviser. Kellerhals - Carrard is acting as legal adviser to Finox Holding / Dr h.c. Willy Michel.