Cangene Announces Agreement to Sell U.S. Plasma Centres
Transaction Supports Refocused Specialty Biopharmaceutical Strategy
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WINNIPEG, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Cangene Corporation (Cangene) today announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, Cangene Plasma Resources, Inc. has entered into an agreement for the sale of its three U.S. based plasma centres to Grifols, through wholly owned Grifols subsidiary, Biomat USA, Inc. (Biomat USA). The transaction is expected to close in October, 2012 and is subject to customary closing conditions. The Company plans to reinvest the net sale proceeds in research and development programs and funding in-licensing opportunities.
Cangene will retain its Winnipeg-based plasma centre which is focused on collecting specialty plasma and plans to source its additional plasma needs from the open market, including through a supply agreement with Grifols.
John A. Sedor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cangene, said "The sale of our U.S. plasma centres is consistent with our refocused specialty biopharmaceutical strategy. With the previously announced cancellation of the IGIV program, we believe it makes more sense to source plasma primarily from the open market, rather than making the significant investment required to achieve scale and become a low-cost competitor in the highly competitive U.S. plasma collection industry. We believe that Cangene is now in a position of strength in the specialty biopharmaceutical space to expand the depth of its pipeline."
"Grifols is committed to ensuring a safe, reliable and consistent supply of source plasma for production of life-saving medicines," said Shinji Wada, President of Grifols Plasma Operations. "The acquisition of these centers further strengthens our existing plasma donation platform across the U.S. and reinforces our commitment to patients who depend on Grifols plasma-derived therapies". Currently, Grifols is a world-leader in plasma collection, with a network of 147 plasma donation centers in the United States that will enable the company to collect more than 6.5 million liters each year.
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
About Cangene Corporation
Cangene Corporation (TSX: CNJ), headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada, is one of the nation's oldest and largest biopharmaceutical companies. It is focused on the development and commercialization of hospital and oncology clinic based therapeutics. Cangene's products are sold worldwide and include products that have been accepted into the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile. Cangene has employees in three locations across North America. It operates manufacturing facilities in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Baltimore, Maryland (through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cangene bioPharma, Inc.) where it produces its own products and undertakes contract manufacturing for a number of customers. For more information about Cangene, visit the Company's website at www.cangene.com.
Grifols is a Spanish group, specializing in the hospital-pharmaceutical sector, and with a presence in over 100 countries. Since 2006, Grifols ordinary (Class A) shares have been listed on the Spanish Continuous Market and it has been included in the Ibex-35 (GRF) since 2008. Since 2011, non-voting Grifols shares (Class B) have also been listed on the Spanish Continuous Market (GRF.P) and on the NASDAQ (GRFS) via ADRs (American Depositary Receipts). Grifols has become the world's third largest producer of plasma derivatives by capacity following the recent purchase of Talecris and is the sector's largest European company, with a balanced and diverse range of products. The group will strengthen its position within the industry as a vertically integrated company, on the basis of its completed and additional planned investments. In terms of raw material, Grifols is the leading plasma collection company, with supplies assured via its network of 147 plasmapheresis centers in the United States. Its production plants in Spain and the United States ensure that it has the fractionation capacity to satisfy rising demand. Geographic diversification is one of the key elements of the group's strategy for growth, and it has a major presence in the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information about Biomat USA or Grifols, please visit www.grifols.com.
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