News

Nestlé forms Joint Venture
Enlarge image

BusinessSwitzerland

Nestlé forms Joint Venture

29.11.2012 - Nestlé Health Science SA and Chi-Med have agreed to form a 50/50 joint venture, to be named Nutrition Science Partners Limited.

The Swiss entity and the subsidiary of Hutchinson Whampoa Ltd. (Hong Kong) will fuse their knowledge in drug development and nutrition to develop and market nutritional healthcare products for gastrointestinal indications (GI) which can be extended to metabolic and brain health areas in the future. Under the terms of the agreement, the Nestlé subsidiary will make an initial capital investment in return for the its 50% shareholding in Nutrition Science Partners. Chi-Med in turn will provide exclusive rights to screen its botanical compound library, and its botanical R&D platform. Chi-Meds library contains more than 1,500 purified natural products and over 50,000 plant extracts from some 1,200 diverse medicinal plants.  

 “This Joint Venture provides Nestlé Health Science with an opportunity to develop and commercialise truly innovative and scientifically validated botanical based nutrition solutions for personalised healthcare in gastrointestinal health. Whilst Nestlé Health Science will bring unique competencies in nutritional sciences, diagnostics and commercial capabilities, Chi-Med will provide their best-in-class Traditional Chinese Medicine library and discovery platform, which will be the basis of Nutrition Science Partner’s future GI pipeline.“

The new company will also initiate Phase III trails in 2013 with HMPL-004, the lead candidate of Chi-Med’s subsidiary Hutchinson MediPharma Ltd., in 2,700 patients with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Morbus Crohn and Colitis ulcerosa. Nutrition Science Partners will be funded through Nestlé Health Science’s investment and milestone payments. Louis Cantarell will bet he Chairman of the company, and Christian Hogg will be both Director and General Manager.

© eurobiotechnews.eu/tg

FundingEU

25.07.2014 The European Commission aims to support innovation in Europe and announced a "Fast Track to Innovation" pilot as well as five innovation prices under Horizon 2020.

ResearchUKEU

23.07.2014 In the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder so far, researchers have indentified 83 new locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia.

BusinessUKIreland

21.07.2014 Abbvie’s tenacious pursuit of British rival Shire is finally paying off: The two companies have unveiled their transatlantic merger worth £32bn (€40bn).

ResearchEUSwitzerland

17.07.2014 A trans-border, cross-disciplinary project that aims to model the human brain in a computer has drawn heavy criticism from scientists pledging to boycott the project.

MergerUK

16.07.2014 After rejecting three merger propositions from US competitor Abbvie, Shire has now given up resistance to the deal and is recommending a new and improved offer worth £31.3bn.

AcquisitionUKDenmarkSpainGermanyFrance

15.07.2014 British specialty pharma company Prostrakan is handing over £230m for Archimedes Pharma Limited, a company that brings its lead product Pecfent and its proprietary drug delivery technology platform into the deal.

FundingEU

11.07.2014 Among the seven newly launched Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI) of Horizon2020 are two with deep roots in biotech: IMI is going into its second round while the newly established Bio-based Industries partnership invests in bioeconomy.

Stock marketNetherlandsUKBelgium

10.07.2014 Not one but two biopharma companies are seeking entry into the stock market: After Abzena raised €25m in an IPO earlier this week, Argen-x has followed suit and sold shares worth €40m.

M and AUKIreland

08.07.2014 Abbvie is determined to bring home British rare disease specialist Shire in a merger worth £30.1bn (€37.9bn). So far, Shire has rejected all offers from the US company.

M and ASwitzerland

04.07.2014 Genentech, a member of Swiss Roche Group, is set to acquire US-biotech Seragon Pharmaceuticals Inc. With the move, Genentech will obtain the rights to investigational breast cancer treatments.

Events

All Events

Current issue

All issues

Product of the week

Products

Stock list

All quotes

TOP

  • NOVACYT (F)4.98 EUR5.96%
  • STALLERGENES (F)53.50 EUR4.37%
  • SUMMIT (UK)4.03 GBP3.87%

FLOP

  • ANTISOMA (UK)1.32 GBP-14.84%
  • XENETIC BIOSCIENCES (UK)6.00 GBP-14.29%
  • THROMBOGENICS (B)9.54 EUR-5.07%

TOP

  • WILEX (D)3.15 EUR314.5%
  • SANTHERA (CH)68.55 CHF90.4%
  • ADDEX (CH)4.08 CHF82.1%

FLOP

  • MERCK KGAA (D)65.43 EUR-48.6%
  • HYBRIGENICS (F)1.77 EUR-29.2%
  • PROSENSA (NL)9.81 USD-22.6%

TOP

  • SANTHERA (CH)68.55 CHF3489.0%
  • GW PHARMACEUTICALS (UK)427.00 GBP729.1%
  • PAION (D)2.79 EUR316.4%

FLOP

  • CYTOS (CH)0.26 CHF-92.4%
  • EVOCUTIS (UK)0.21 GBP-91.8%
  • THROMBOGENICS (B)9.54 EUR-69.5%

No liability assumed, Date: 25.07.2014