Rentschler Biopharma reveals push for expanding operation in Japan

By Murielle Gonzalez | Published: 4-Oct-2019

The German CDMO has secured contracts with Japanese pharmaceuticals through collaboration with Summit Pharmaceuticals International Corporation

Contract manufacturer Rentschler Biopharma has revealed plans to further enhance and develop the existing collaboration in Japan with Summit Pharmaceuticals International Corporation (SPI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation.

Through strong collaboration with SPI, Rentschler Biopharma has secured new contracts with Japanese pharmaceutical companies. Both companies are working together with Japanese clients to outline projects from the early clinical stage up to commercial launch and ensure optimal service.

Federico Pollano, Senior Vice President Business Development of Rentschler Biopharma, added: “We are pleased to be expanding our business with Japanese pharmaceutical companies who value Rentschler Biopharma for our excellent services, outstanding quality and extensive track-record. We very much look forward to working together with SPI to provide clients with the best possible advice and assistance from the start of clinical trials to commercial launch.”

Japan is one of the largest biopharmaceutical markets in the world and is an important area of growth for Rentschler

“Our relationship with SPI has been highly productive and fruitful and we have been impressed by their strong network and extensive experience in contract manufacturing and supply," said Dr Frank Mathias, Rentschler CEO.

Mathias noted that Japanese pharmaceutical companies are playing an important and expanding role in the global healthcare market. "Rentschler is delighted to be continuing this productive collaboration as we grow our client base in Japan," he said.

The Company is a bronze sponsor of this event. Federico Pollano will give a presentation, titled “Tailormade one-stop-shop solutions for development and production of biopharmaceuticals”, on Wednesday, October 9, 11:30-12:00 at the Exhibitor's Stage.

Dr Frank Mathias, Federico Pollano and his Business Development team, which includes SPI, will be available to meet at Rentschler Biopharma’s booth #D-48.

Market outlook
Japan is the world’s third-largest pharmaceuticals market, which is forecast to reach $89 to $93 billion by 2023. The country is expected to continue dominating this corner of the global market.

There are over 100 domestic pharmaceutical companies in Japan, with many of the mid-sized and larger-sized firms in recent years developing drug candidates with innovative and new modalities, such as biologics and gene and cell therapies, for markets worldwide. This is increasing the involvement of Japanese pharmaceutical companies in biopharmaceutical enterprises. Japan has also seen an increase in biopharmaceutical start-ups, which is further driving the industry’s growth.

Rentschler Biopharma also announced its presence at BioJapan 2019, which is being held October 9-11 in Pacifico Yokohama.

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