Sector News

GSK and Samsung Bio double down with 2nd manufacturing deal, this one for $296M

October 22, 2022
Life sciences

It’s a remarkable honeymoon GSK and Samsung Biologics are enjoying. Already linked by one major deal, the companies have furthered their relationship with a larger contract.

In this one, U.K. drugmaker GSK will pay (PDF) Korean contract manufacturer Samsung Biologics $296 million in a deal that runs through 2030.

A regulatory filing that revealed the contract did not specify which medicines Samsung will produce. It did show that the contract figure adds up to nearly 27% of Samsung’s sales revenue in 2021.

The deal comes as Samsung is opening what it has dubbed its “Super Plant”—the fourth manufacturing facility at the company’s sprawling complex in Incheon, South Korea. Samsung spent $2 billion to build the Super Plant. In all, the company’s plans call for six factories to be constructed at the site as Samsung is making an ambitious push to become a major player in the CDMO arena.

In May of 2020, GSK and Samsung hooked up on a $231 million, eight-year deal to produce biologic products including lupus drug Benlysta.

That deal came on the heels of Samsung pairing with Vir Biotechnology on a $362 million contract to produce antibodies. That agreement also involved GSK as the company partnered with Vir in a COVID-19 antibody program.

By Kevin Dunleavy


comments closed

Related News

March 19, 2023

Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ 1st in class C.diff Treatment, Rebyota, experiences a positive early launch ahead of potential competition

Life sciences

With a first to market advantage, Ferring’s Rebyota has seen early positive adoption from gastroenterologists and infectious disease specialist in the first month post-launch. As part of their Launch Dynamix™: C.diff service, Spherix reports, while new monthly initiations are modest, a majority of physicians trialing Rebyota report high satisfaction.

March 19, 2023

UCB enters drug discovery collaboration with Aitia

Life sciences

Global biopharmaceutical firm UCB has entered an early drug discovery collaboration with Aitia. The collaboration is aimed at discovering and validating new drug targets and drug candidates that are linked to clinical endpoints causally in Huntington’s disease, a debilitating genetic disorder.

March 19, 2023

Novo, Medtronic add $25M in fuel to FIRE1 and its heart failure monitoring device

Life sciences

Foundry Innovation & Research 1—known by its much catchier acronym, FIRE1—announced Wednesday the close of a $25 million financing round. It was led by a pair of new investors in the company: Andera Partners and Novo Holdings, the holding and investment company that serves as the controlling shareholder for Novo Nordisk and Novozymes.

How can we help you?

We're easy to reach