With the vision of growing globally as a drug discovery-based pharmaceutical company, Shionogi is focusing its resources on its core therapeutic and marketing areas, while continuing to create innovative medicines to support future growth and to strengthen its business operations.
As a part of this growth strategy, Shionogi would transfer 21 long-listed products to Kyowa, the Japanese subsidiary of Lupin Limited. Kyowa is amongst the top 10 Generic companies in Japan and a market leader in Central Nervous System (CNS) space well known for its “AMEL” brand, in addition to other generic pharmaceutical products in its portfolio. With this acquisition, Kyowa will rank 6th amongst generic companies in Japan.
The 21 products cover therapy areas such as Central Nervous System (CNS), Oncology, Cardiovascular and Antiinfectives. These 21 products had sales of JPY 9, 400 million (USD 90 million) collectively on NHI price basis.
Commenting on the acquisition, Mr. Nilesh Gupta, Managing Director of Lupin Limited said, “This acquisition marks Lupin’s foray into the Japanese Branded market in-line with our aspirations to build and strengthen our specialty business globally. The new Branded product portfolio has a strong fit with Lupin’s Kyowa business, as it adds depth and reach to its current CNS portfolio and other therapy areas.”
Dr. Fabrice Egros, President – Asia Pacific & Japan, Lupin Limited commented, “Japan is a very important market for us. The acquisition strongly supports our future growth plans and the brands have robust synergies with Kyowa’s existing portfolio which will enable Lupin to build a wide customer base across the key therapies.”
Dr. Isao Teshirogi, President & CEO of Shionogi said: “In the Japanese domestic prescription pharmaceutical market, the core mission of drug discovery-based pharmaceutical companies, such as Shionogi, is to create highquality new drugs and to make them available to patients. Therefore, I’m very pleased that this agreement with Kyowa could make both aspects of our mission a reality, allowing us to pursue innovative drug discovery with an even more intense focus, while ensuring that our high quality long-listed drugs continue to be delivered to patients to meet their unmet needs.”