Cangene Awarded Biodefence Contract for Anthrax Immune Globulin (AIGIV) by the U.S. Government
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TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Cangene Corporation (Cangene) announced today that it has been awarded a multiple award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to potentially provide its Anthrax Immune Globulin Intravenous (AIGIV) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the U.S. government's biodefence program. Cangene's AIGIV, a hyperimmune antibody product specific for Bacillus anthracis bacteria, was first accepted into the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile in 2007.
Under the terms of the five-year contract, Cangene could be awarded delivery orders for the collection and storage of anti-Anthrax human plasma, for the manufacturing of bulk drug substance and AIGIV final drug product. The contract's work statement has a total potential maximum value of approximately $264 million to Cangene.
In conjunction with the contract award, Cangene was awarded the first task/delivery order under the contract. The order is for the collection and storage of anti-Anthrax human plasma sufficient to manufacture 10,000 doses of bulk drug substance or final drug product. This order is expected to generate aggregate revenue of approximately $63 million for Cangene for fiscal years 2014, 2015 and 2016, which is included in the aforementioned approximate total potential maximum value of the contract's work statement.
John A. Sedor, President and CEO of Cangene, said: "We are proud to have been selected by the U.S. government for this important medical countermeasure. This marks our second major biodefence contract this year, with the extension of our VIGIV contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that we announced earlier this month, underscoring our leadership in biodefence. We appreciate our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and look forward to continuing to support its critical biodefence preparedness program."
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, under Contract No. HHSO100201300009I.
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 specialty therapeutics. Cangene's products are sold worldwide and include products that have been accepted into the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile. Cangene has offices 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. Cangene also operates a plasma-collection facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba under the name Cangene Plasma Resources. Its U.S. sales and marketing office is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information about Cangene, visit the Company's website at www.cangene.com.
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