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EYE on CHINA
ScinoPharm Taiwan and Coland Holdings establish strategic alliance for oncological injectable products for China
ScinoPharm Taiwan Ltd. and Coland Holdings Ltd. have formed a strategic alliance to develop a series of generic oncological drugs for Mainland China. Several Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) have been initially selected for development and future sales as injectable formulation products from the list of ScinoPharm-developed APIs. This will allow the companies to compete within the anti-cancer drug market in China and tap into this large and growing business potential.

This cooperation utilizes ScinoPharm’s process R&D and production advantages in the field of highly-potent oncological APIs and Coland’s well-established marketing capabilities in China to build an active presence within China’s rapidly growing anti-cancer drug market. Under the strategic alliance agreement, ScinoPharm will provide the APIs, a third party company will be commissioned to develop, formulate and register oncological  pharmaceutical products, and then Coland and ScinoPharm will be co-responsible for the marketing and sales efforts in the Chinese market. The currently selected and targeted anti-cancer products are mostly mainstream pharmaceuticals with large demand and high competitive barriers in the Chinese market, including treatments for lung, breast, and ovarian cancers, as well as MDS and pancreatic cancer. These products are estimated to reach the market in 2017 at the earliest. The market value within China for these products came to over 5 billion RMB (US$805 million) last year, demonstrating the immense future market potential resulting from this alliance.

Dr. Jo Shen, President and CEO of ScinoPharm, stated, “ScinoPharm is elated to form a strategic alliance with Coland. Resources from both parties will be combined to establish a robust collaboration for assertive development of products for the local anti-cancer medication market in China. This cooperation also marks ScinoPharm’s first move into Chinese market since launching our “Double A” strategy, combining unique APIs with Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs).  High technical entry barrier APIs will be continually developed into formulations (ANDAs), providing the Chinese pharmaceutical market with a total solution for domestic demand. This strategy will extend our marketing networks to cover end users resulting in securing and expanding ScinoPharm’s existing business while also enhancing the company’s long-term competitive advantage and new opportunities for growth.”

The CEO of Coland Holding Leo Lee stated: “Coland Holding is pleased to have the opportunity to work with world-leading API manufacturer, ScinoPharm, to develop oncology products for China Market. Following the rise of an aging population, along with environmental impact and changes in lifestyle, the overall market demand for anti-cancer drug has increased. Given that market entry for API production, formulation development and its subsequent sales process require higher level of technical standards, Coland is able to leverage its business expertise in managing medical platform in China, combined with ScinoPharm API technical capabilities, coupled with China’s CFDA intention to accelerate Anti-Cancer drug development that will speed up the registration process. This strategic alliance will be balancing complementary advantages from both partners, and expect to achieve large scale of synergies in developing China’s market.

The earlier study indicated the market size of China’s Oncology market was estimated 61.5 Billion RMB in 2011 – a 25% growth from preceding year. The reliance on cancer treatment drugs among all hospital medication had climbed to 2nd (2010) from 4th place (2002), next to the anti-infection drugs. Through the formation of strategic alliance, ScinoPharm and Coland aspire to act in response to the strong desirability of high quality oncology drugs in China, executing through strategic collaboration, and ensuring collective competitiveness are achieved in the niche anti-cancer  drug market.

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