Fresenius’s generic drugs unit Kabi has agreed to buy a majority stake in the mAbxience division of Spain’s Insud Pharma to expand business making cheaper versions of biotechnology drugs that have lost patent protection.
The German healthcare group said today it would acquire a 55 per cent stake in mAbxience, a maker of affordable biosimilar versions of cancer drugs MabThera and Avastin, for 495 million euros ($553 million), plus milestone payments contingent on commercial and development targets.
Fresenius will also have an option to buy the remaining shares in mAbxience under certain terms.
In its statement, Fresenius said Kabi had also agreed to acquire Ivenix Inc, a maker of infusion therapies, for $240 million upfront, plus milestone payments.
Privately-held Ivenix, based in Massachusetts, developed an infusion system and software that received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval last year, which Kabi will combine with its offering of intravenous fluids and infusion devices. Fresenius has identified Kabi as a core growth business. It has not ruled out a sale of its kidney dialysis division and left the door open for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) for healthcare project development unit Vamed and its hospitals chain Helios.
Edits by EP News Bureau