Category — Pharmaceuticals

Rising Optimism for Doing Business in India

The environment for foreign investments in India started improving a short time before Narendra Modi was elected prime minister on a business-friendly reform agenda in May 2014. United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Airwas acquired a stake in India’s  largest corporate carrier, Jet Airways. As a result of this deal, the U.A.E. ranks in the top five of India’s leading foreign investment sources.

A survey conducted by Ernst & Young found that 53% of more than 500 business leaders around the world planned to enter or expand their operations in India within the following 12 months. The list of multinationals that are making long-term investments in India includes U.K. liquor company Diageo, which acquired majority ownership of United Breweries, once run by Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya; French energy company GDF SUEZ; pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline; Sweden’s IKEASingapore Airlines; Starbucks, which partnered with the Tata BeveragesUnilever, Vodafone and Volkswagen all upped the ante upon Modi’s eelection.

Over the last year, 67% of foreign direct investment in India has gone go the services sector, with 18% going to the manufacturing sector. The remaining 15% has gone to agribusiness investments, according to the Reserve Bank of India.

FDI in India is capped in a number of key sectors.  Foreign ownership cannot exceed 49% in Indian defense contractors, or 74% in private banking. Nandan Nelivigi, head of India’s practice at White & Case said, “Competition for the best opportunities [in India] is already fierce and will only intensify as the business climate improves. Fortunately, investing in India today is no longer a step into the dark.”

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November 17, 2014   No Comments

Hospira gets into R&D and Manufacturing

Lake Forest, Illinois based Hospira acquired an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility and an associated research and development facility in Aurangabad from Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a leading Indian pharmaceuticals company, for $218 million.

“Hospira’s acquisition of the 665 employee Orchid API facility will support supply continuity of key beta-lactam antibiotic products, improve our cost position and pave the way for future API development,” said Dr. C. Bhaktavatsala Rao, president and managing director, Hospira India. In addition the purchase includes an associated Orchid R&D facility based in Chennai, India, that will be directed primarily to beta-lactam and other API development with approximately 110 scientific personnel.

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September 18, 2014   No Comments

India: Most Attractive Investment Destination

India has overtaken China as the most attractive investment destination, according to Ernst & Young (EY), with the sharp depreciation in the rupee and opening up of new sectors to foreign players boosting the South Asian nation’s allure. This according to report published on CNBC. Companies are most likely to invest in India, followed by Brazil (2), China (3), Canada (4) and the United States (5), EY’s ninth bi-annual Capital Confidence Barometer – a survey of 1,600 senior executives across more than 70 countries – showed. Other nations in the top 10 are South Africa (6), Vietnam (7), Myanmar (8), Mexico (9) and Indonesia (10).

Sectors with the highest level of possible deals in India include Automotive, Technology, Life Sciences and Consumer Products.

The survey reported that 38 percent of the respondents feel that Merger and Acquisition  volumes in India are expected to improve over the next 12 months, while 30 percent believe that these will remain stable. “The investor outlook for India remains positive, despite the challenges the country’s economy has faced in the recent past. At the same time, the improved condition of the world economy has helped increase confidence amongst deal makers, prompting them to take a bolder stance toward executing transactions,” said Amit Khandelwal, National Leader & Partner — Transaction Advisory Services, EY. “After two years, European countries (Britain and Germany) have made a comeback on the potential investment destinations list for Indian companies,” the report said. In August, the Indian government announced relaxation in foreing investor  norms in many sectors, including multi-brand retail and telecom.

 

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December 11, 2013   No Comments

Canada, India collaborate on medical devices and biotech

Under Canada-India scientific and technological cooperation agreement, both the countries will soon begin collaborative research and development in biotechnology including life sciences and medical devices as reported in PharmaBiz

The program aims to stimulate innovative R&D projects, engaging small-to-medium-sized companies and/or larger, well established firms,  that address a specific market need or challenge; demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential; and aim to deliver benefit to all participants, and more broadly, to both nations. These projects help participants to become more competitive by developing global research-based alliances with the potential to foster increased or expanded international R&D collaboration.
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) from India and International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada), an NGO selected by the government of Ontario on the Canadian side, have called for proposals from eligible scientists for the project. Researchers and managers of Indian companies, academic institutions, research hospitals or other R&D institutions that are headquartered and operate in India can be part of the project.

Each proposal must include an eligible lead from Ontario  and  from India. Although it is not mandatory, projects that engage a technology developer and a technology end-user/first customer will strongly be encouraged.  Each proposal for the project must identify an eligible lead from Ontario  and  from India who will be responsible for the development and submission of the joint application within their province or country;  be innovative and market-driven, leading to the proposed development of a new product or process leading to commercialization.

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November 3, 2013   No Comments

India pharma boosts R&D 20 percent

Expenditures on Research & Development  by 30 leading Indian pharmaceutical companies have gone up significantly by 19.7 per cent during the year ended March 2013 over the previous year.  The focus of R&D by these companies is on new generic products in key therapeutic areas and not on new drug discoveries.

With higher spending on R&D they are set to tap upcoming opportunities from loss of patent exclusivity in the coming years. A net outcome of this trend is higher approvals for ANDAs and DMFs from highly regulated authorities in the USA, Europe and Japan. The higher investment in R&D has assisted well to establish strong presence in emerging markets and overcome fierce competition from multinational players. Biotechnology, CRAMS, and clinical trials will further boost the investments as multinational are looking India as preferred partner in R&D segment with availability of talent pool and affordability.

The R&D expenditure of Ranbaxy Laboratories, Torrent Pharma, Panacea Biotec, Venus Remedies, Parabolic Drugs and Divi’s Laboratories declined during 2012-13. But this was more than made up by increases averaging over 50 percent at some companies, says a report in PharmaBiz;  Shasun Pharmaceuticals, Hikal, Unichem Laboratories, Biocon, Natco Pharma, Fresenius Kabi Oncology has pushed their R&D expenditure over 50 per cent during 20112-13. The R&D expenditure of Shasun Pharmaceuticals went up by 179 per cent to Rs.32.37 crore from Rs.11.62 crore and that of Hikal moved up by 139 per cent to Rs.31.85 crore from Rs.13.34 crore. Biocon’s registered strong R&D expenditure growth of 78.5 per cent to Rs.67.30 crore from Rs.37.70 crore. Unichem’s R&D investment jumped to Rs.103.34 crore from Rs.59.17 crore.

Sun Pharmaceutical, Piramal Healthcare, Wockhardt, Jubilant Lifesciences, Ipca Laboratories, Glenmark Pharma also registered handsome growth in R&D expenditure. Sun Pharmaceuticals has incurred R&D spending of Rs.310 crore, a growth of 42 per cent during 2012-13 and that of Jubilant Lifesciences moved up by 37.2 per cent to Rs.143.75 crore. Sun Pharmaceutical Advance Research Company’s R&D expenditure increased by 5.8 per cent to Rs.109 crore, which is higher than its net sales of Rs.87.82 crore during 2012-13

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November 3, 2013   No Comments