Dr Reddy's to acquire part Dowpharma's small molecules business

1-Apr-2008

Dr Reddy's Laboratories, of India, has entered into a definitive agreement with The Dow Chemical Company to acquire a portion of Dowpharma Small Molecules business associated with its UK sites in Mirfield and Cambridge.

Dr Reddy's Laboratories, of India, has entered into a definitive agreement with The Dow Chemical Company to acquire a portion of Dowpharma Small Molecules business associated with its UK sites in Mirfield and Cambridge.

The financial terms and conditions of the transaction are not being disclosed. The transaction is scheduled to close on 30 April 2008 pending regulatory approval.

The acquisition will include the relevant business, customer contracts, associated products, process technology, intellectual property, trademarks as well as the transfer of the facilities at Mirfield and Cambridge. The two sites and the business employ around 80 people. Dr Reddy's will also have a non-exclusive license to Dow's Pfenex Expression Technology for biocatalysis development.

"The proprietary chiral and biocatalysis technology at the Cambridge site and the scale-up capability in the Mirfield site will add significant value to the company," said Satish Reddy, managing director and coo, Dr Reddy's Laboratories.

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"This acquisition will also bring strengths in industrial synthesis of complex prostaglandins and carbohydrate chemistry. These newer capabilities will add to our existing r&d and commercial infrastructure to position Dr Reddy's as a leading provider of custom pharmaceutical services globally."

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