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23 Mar 2011

New Acquisition Expands Novartis Chinese Vaccine Arm

Novartis has significantly extended its presence into the Chinese vaccine market with the acquisition of majority stake in Zhejiang Tianyuan.

The acquisition of majority stake in Zhejiang Tianyuan will significantly extend the presence of Novartisits into the Chinese vaccine market  which is the world's third largest vaccines market with annual industry sales of more than $1bn.


The deal, for an undisclosed amount, provides the company with an 85% stake in the business and is expected to facilitate the introduction of additional Novartis vaccines into China.


Tianyuan founder, chairman and CEO Ding Xiaohang said that the companies had already identified several joint development programmes that could be implemented in China over the next ten years, with the potential of launching key products responding to unmet medical needs in the mid-term.

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