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Celltrion: Takeda acquisitions and new plant development Posted 15/01/2021

Celltrion completed the acquisition of selected primary care assets from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited in the Asia Pacific region in November 2020. In addition, the company announced it will be building a new biopharmaceutical plant and a global biotechnology research centre in Songdo, Incheon, South Korea.

Acquisition of Takeda products
For a price of US$278 million, Celltrion has now acquired 18 small molecule products from Takeda in the Asia Pacific area. This means that Celltrion has ownership of the rights to patents, trademarks and sales of the products sold in the following markets: South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

The products include prescription medicines such as Nesina, Actos and Edarbi. They expand the company’s portfolio of high-quality originator products that are made in Korea. In addition, they will strengthen Celltrion’s position in the global pharmaceutical’s market.

A third biopharmaceuticals plant
The new 60,000-liter plant will be Celltrion’s third biopharmaceuticals plant and will increase the company’s capacity to 250,000 liters annually. It will have a multi-type production and supply system and the site will also include a one-stop research centre for complex R & D, process development and clinical practice. With an investment of US$453.3 million, it is hoped that the plant will begin producing in 2024.

The plant will have eight 7,500 liters incubators which will allow flexible production of high volumes of biopharmaceutical products. In addition, the plant is likely to create 3,000 jobs.

Celltrion continues to grow its biosimilars portfolio and is set to launch many new products in addition to its biosimilars of Herceptin (trastuzumab) [2] and Remicade (infliximab) [3].

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Reference
1. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Clinical trials for trastuzumab biosimilars [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Jan 15]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Biosimilars/General/Clinical-trials-for-trastuzumab-biosimilars 
2. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biosimilars of trastuzumab [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Jan 15]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Biosimilars/General/Biosimilars-of-trastuzumab  
3. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biosimilars of infliximab [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2021 Jan 15]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Biosimilars/General/Biosimilars-of-infliximab 

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