Biocon-led subsidiary Biocon Biologics and Serum Institute Life Sciences form a strategic alliance

Both companies believe that this is an alliance that can make a significant impact on global healthcare through vaccines and biologics.

Sep 17, 2021 12:09 IST India Infoline News Service

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Biocon-led subsidiary, Biocon Biologics Limited (BBL) and  Serum Institute Life Sciences Private Limited (SILS), a subsidiary of Serum Institute of India,  announced a strategic alliance.

Under the deal, BBL will offer approximately 15% stake to SILS, at a post-money valuation of ~$4.9 billion, for which it will get committed access to 100 million doses of vaccines per annum for 15 years, primarily from SILS’s upcoming vaccine facility in Pune with commercialization rights of the SILS vaccine portfolio (including COVID-19 vaccines) for global markets.

Additionally, the strategic alliance will also develop antibodies targeting several infectious diseases like Dengue, HIV, etc. The two companies will enter Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for manufacturing and distribution of the vaccines and antibodies.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon & Biocon Biologics, said, “This alliance will complement the strengths and resources of the two leading players in vaccines and biologics. Our shared vision of building large scale businesses having global impact makes it a unique and synergistic value creation opportunity.”

Adar Poonawalla, the CEO, Serum Institute of India, commented, “We look forward to complementing each other’s capabilities and capacities in vaccines and biologics, with the objective of addressing inequitable access both in emerging and developed markets for life-saving vaccines and biologics.”

According to the terms of the agreement, BBL will generate a committed revenue stream and related margins, commencing H2, FY23. Adar Poonawalla will have a Board seat in Biocon Biologics Limited.

As per the regulatory filing, vaccines are a complementary business fit to BBL and provides a new dimension to its effort in improving global healthcare. Most recently, BBL announced a manufacturing and commercialization partnership in select emerging markets with Boston based Adagio Therapeutics Inc. for ADG20, a novel COVID-19 antibody therapy. These collaborations support Biocon Biologics’ intent of straddling on both infectious and non-communicable diseases in its quest to impact global health.

Biocon Biologics will also establish, at its cost, a vaccine R&D division to support the strategic alliance in developing both vaccines and biologics for communicable diseases. Additionally, wherever possible, it will make available its cell culture and sterile fill and finish capacities, for vaccine production under the strategic alliance.

Both companies believe that this is an alliance that can make a significant impact on global healthcare through vaccines and biologics.

At around 12.11 pm, Biocon was trading at Rs372.70 per piece down 1.1% on Sensex. 

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