Healthcare Industry News: Ranbaxy Laboratories
News Release - February 6, 2007
Ranbaxy Signs a New R&D Agreement With GSKPRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 6 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (Ranbaxy) announced today that the Company and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have signed a new, multiyear R&D agreement that modifies and expands the terms of their strategic alliance established in 2003 to provide Ranbaxy expanded drug-development responsibilities and further financial opportunities.
This expanded alliance envisages potential work in a wide range of therapeutics of interest to GSK, including anti-infectives and metabolic, respiratory and oncology products. While recognizing the performance and clinical-development capabilities of Ranbaxy, it also conforms to the strategy of GSK's Center of Excellence for External Drug Discovery ("CEEDD").
The CEEDD, created after the initial agreement between Ranbaxy and GSK, is a small, dedicated team that contributes to the GSK pipeline solely through the efforts of its external alliances. The CEEDD effectively 'virtualizes' a portion of the GSK pipeline; namely, from target to clinical proof of concept, by forming multiple risk-sharing/reward-sharing alliances.
Welcoming the expanded agreement with GSK, Malvinder Mohan Singh, CEO and MD, Ranbaxy, said, "This is a great moment for our scientists. The agreement presents a unique opportunity to demonstrate the India-centric advantages of high quality research and development to deliver value at the cutting edge. I believe the arrangement with GSK is path-breaking and acknowledges the higher level of R&D maturity prevalent today in our state-of-the art labs in India."
Endorsing the development, Maxine Gowen, Senior Vice President, Center of Excellence for External Drug Discovery (CEEDD), GSK, said, "This expanded agreement builds on the success of the existing collaboration and furthers our CEEDD strategy of building a strong pipeline through to clinical Proof of Concept via external R&D collaborations."
Reflecting on the agreement, Dr Pradip Bhatnagar, Vice President, New Drug Discovery Research, Ranbaxy, said, "This is a win-win agreement for both companies. By collaborating with Ranbaxy's talented R&D team, GSK will be able to develop more products for patients faster, and Ranbaxy will benefit from GSK's vast drug discovery and development experience."
Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, headquartered in India, is an integrated, research based, international pharmaceutical company producing a wide range of quality, affordable generic medicines, trusted by healthcare professionals and patients across geographies. Ranbaxy's continued focus on R&D has resulted in several approvals in developed markets and significant progress in New Drug Discovery Research. The Company's foray into Novel Drug Delivery Systems has led to proprietary "platform technologies", resulting in a number of products under development. The Company is serving its customers in over 125 countries and has an expanding international portfolio of affiliates, joint ventures and alliances, ground operations in 49 countries and manufacturing operations in 9 countries.
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