Ilya Pharma strengthens supply chain with strategic investment


The immunotherapy expert has acquired Nordic Bioanalysis located at the previous AstraZeneca site in south of Stockholm

Ilya Pharma, a clinical stage immunotherapy company, has made a strategic investment in its supply chain to facilitate development of its ILP pipeline of skin and mucosal immunotherapy drug candidates by acquiring one of its long-term partners, Nordic Bioanalysis.

Founded in 2010, Nordic Bioanalysis has established a strong reputation both in the Nordics and internationally as experts in bioanalytical development and validation for pharmaceuticals, classic small molecules and biologics including antibodies as well as Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs).

Nordic Bioanalysis is GMP and ISO/IEC 17025 certified for microbial and chemical routine- and product-specific analyses, stability studies and clinical storage.

The final parts of the transaction, initiated in 2021, were completed in mid-April 2022.

Nordic Bioanalysis has established a strong reputation both in the Nordics and internationally

Evelina Vågesjö, CEO of Ilya Pharma said: "We have worked closely with the Nordic Bioanalysis team over the last 5 years setting up and validating product-specific bioassays for Ilya's cell banks, ILP100-Topical and ILP-Oral products and also different non-clinical and clinical samples. The team is extremely agile, flexible, cost-efficient and dedicated to the success of their customers, lead times are extremely competitive."

"Whilst we saw this opportunity in light of our own rapidly progressing product development of the ILP100 drug candidates now in late-stage development, we also want to support the ATMP field in general," Vågesjö explained. "These are exciting times with all the new modalities in cell- and gene therapy, microbial-based therapeutics, LBP and more, where having a reliable and agile partner for development and validation of bioassays is one of the main keys to success in clinical proof of concept."

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Following the acquisition, Nordic Bioanalysis AB will continue to run at arm's length as an independent commercial entity. The aim is to expand its already significant customer base which ranges from big pharma to startups entering the regulated product development and validation phases in pharmaceuticals, including ATMPs, and medical devices, as well as other live bacterial products (LBPs).

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Oskar Lund, CFO, added: "Nordic Bioanalysis AB was highly profitable with a +50% RoE last year, now we have redirected those funds into growth of the company. This year, the objective is to double its revenue and size of the operational team. The growth strategy is supported by a hand-picked management and international Board of Directors working closely together pursuing new opportunities globally, starting with the European markets, whilst preserving and refining the agility and flexibility - traits that companies in the rapidly evolving biologics, ATMP, CGT and LPB pipeline rely on for their success to clinical validation and product development."