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Strides Pharma to spin off biopharma biz, start vaccines with global player

Entity Stelis Biopharma to require up to $100-mn additional funds in 3 years

Strides Pharma | Vaccine

Samreen Ahmad  |  Bengaluru 

medicine, drugs, pharma
The company has hired former HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri to lead the next phase of growth at Stelis, where he will be chairman of the Board

In order to continue its focus on core pharma business, Science will be demerging its biotech business under Stelis Biopharma, said a top company official. The Board will form a Committee of Directors to explore various options of value discovery including listing of the business.

“The biopharma business needs a lot of capital. At Strides, if we continue to put that capital in Stelis, it would be a challenge on our balance sheet. Our core business is growing extremely well particularly in regulated markets such as the US so we would want to continue to focus on where the growth is and not get distracted by businesses that need longer gestation periods. Hence, the decision is to demerge and list it as a separate company,” said R Ananthanarayanan, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Bengaluru-headquartered pharma company.

Stelis Biopharma will require up to $100 million additionally to fund all its programmes over the next three years, he added. Promoters will lead the funding for the growth phase at Stelis with a $50 million commitment.

Stelis has already seen an investment of $145 million so far during its gestation period, of which $73 million have been pumped in by Strides.

The company has hired former HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri to lead the next phase of growth at Stelis, where he will be chairman of the Board.

The company is also in the process of setting up a line under Stelis which will also have capability to manufacture up to 800 million doses of vaccines annually. Discussions are underway to partner with global developers for manufacturing services at the unit. “This line is predominantly for manufacturing Covid vaccines. The equipment installation is approaching its completion and qualification has already commenced,” said Ananthanarayanan.

Q3 net profit falls 62%

Science on Thursday reported a 61.93 per cent decline in consolidated net profit at Rs 35.15 crore for the third quarter of FY21 when compared with the corresponding period a year ago. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 92.3 crore for Q3 of FY20. Consolidated revenue stood at Rs 832.02 crore for the quarter under consideration. It was Rs 732.43 crore in the corresponding period a year ago. “Our performance was led by continued momentum in regulated markets with consistent growth being delivered by our frontends over the last many quarters now. We are particularly pleased with the strong bounce back in the other regulated markets led by healthy volume traction,” said R Ananthanarayanan, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the company.

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First Published: Thu, February 04 2021. 19:40 IST