This excerpt taken from the ABII 8-K filed Nov 8, 2007.
Acquisition of Puerto Rico Manufacturing Facility
In February 2007, we completed the acquisition of the Pfizer Inc. Cruce Davila manufacturing facility in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico for $32.5 million in cash. This 56-acre site consists of a 172,000 square foot validated manufacturing plant with capabilities of producing EU- and U.S.-compliant injectable pharmaceuticals, as well as protein-based biologics and metered-dosed inhalers. In addition, the acquisition included a state-of-the-art, computer-controlled 90,000 square foot active pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturing plant and two support facilities with quality assurance and laboratories, totaling approximately 262,000 square feet. We were allocated approximately 90,000 square feet of the facility, accounting for approximately $7.6 million of the purchase price. Under the terms of the agreement, we have leased our section of the property, the active pharmaceuticals ingredients plant, back to Pfizer through February 2012.
Cenomed Joint Venture
In April 2007, we formed a joint venture with Cenomed, Inc. to create Cenomed BioSciences, LLC. This venture is designed to further the research and development of novel drugs that interact with the central nervous system focused on psychiatric and neurological diseases, including the treatment of schizophrenia, neuroprotection, mild cognitive impairment and memory/attention impairment associated with aging, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and pain. We hold a 70% membership interest in the joint venture. We made an initial contribution of $500,000 to the joint venture and will help to fund further development of these drugs.
Exclusive License of Intellectual Property Portfolio
In May 2007, we entered into an agreement with the University of Southern California (USC) under which we licensed the exclusive worldwide development and commercialization rights for an intellectual property portfolio of diagnostic protein biomarkers for therapy response, therapy toxicity and disease recurrence in colorectal cancers (CRCs). The intellectual property licensed is based on USC research by Associate Professor of Medicine Heinz-Joseph Lenz and colleagues.
In June 2007, we entered into an agreement with Biocon Limited under which we licensed the right to develop and commercialize a biosimilar version of G-CSF (granulocyte-colony stimulating factor) in North America and the European Union. G-CSF is an haematopoietic growth factor that works by encouraging the bone marrow to produce more white blood cells. Therapeutic G-CSF is primarily used for the treatment of neutropenia, the lowering of the white blood cells that fight infections. Biocon has received regulatory approval of its G-CSF from the Indian DCGI for the treatment of neutropenia in cancer patients. Under the terms of the agreement, we paid Biocon a $7.5 million licensing fee upon the achievement of the only milestone under the agreement and, following regulatory approval in the licensed territories, will pay Biocon royalties based on a percentage of net sales.
In June 2007, we also entered into an agreement with Biocon Limited under which we granted Biocon the right to market and sell Abraxane® in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and certain other South Asian and Persian Gulf countries. We will receive payments from Biocon based on the higher of a percentage of net sales or a specified profit split under the license agreement. In October 2007, we received regulatory approval from Indias Drug Controller General to market Abraxane® for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer in India. Commercial introduction of Abraxane® in the Indian market is expected in 2008 following completion of the appropriate importation certifications.
Acquisition of Manufacturing Facility in Phoenix, Arizona
In July 2007, we acquired Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.s sterile injectable manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona. This fully-equipped facility, comprising approximately 200,000 square feet, includes manufacturing as well as chemistry and microbiology laboratories and has the ability to manufacture lyophilized powders, suspension products, and aqueous and oil solutions. We expect that this facility, along with our manufacturing facilities in Melrose Park, Illinois and Barbengo, Switzerland, will manufacture our current and future proprietary products, including Abraxane®.
California NanoSystems Institute
In July 2007, we entered into a research collaboration agreement with the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA under which the parties agreed to collaborate on early research in nanobiotechnology for the advancement of new technologies in medicine. Under the agreement, we agreed to contribute $10.0 million over ten years to fund collaborative projects in the new CNSI building at UCLA. The partnership provides CNSI and our researchers the opportunity to jointly pursue innovative approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening diseases, leveraging the complementary resources and skills of both organizations.