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Biocon to launch 'human insulin' soon

November 05, 2004 18:56 IST
Biotech major Biocon, which has projected sales turnover of Rs 700-750 crore  (Rs 7-7.5 billion) this year, on Friday said it will launch recombinant human insulin in two weeks.

"We are launching the insulin shortly. It should hit the market before this month-end," Biocon chairman and managing director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said.

She said the company has recorded sales of Rs 360 crore (Rs 3.6 billion) in the first half of the fiscal 2004-05 and expects to register sales of around Rs 700-750 crore for the entire year.

The Bangalore-based company's r-human insulin is produced using a proprietary Pichia expression system.

She said the company was also eyeing the global market. "We are looking for the global market where the opportunity is much larger," the CMD said, claiming that the company's own branded insulin, Insigen was the most clinically validated r-human insulin in India.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Confederation of Indian Industry hosted pharma conference in New Delhi, she said Biocon was focusing on anti-diabetic drugs as the disease was spreading at an alarming rate.

Asserting the company invested about 10-15 per cent of its revenue in research and development, she said the company has started clinical trials for its drug TheraCIM, a humanised monoclonal antibody for the treatment in head and neck cancers.

She said the drug had already received approval from the National Regulatory Authority of Cuba and Orphan Drug Status from European Agency for the evaluation of medicinal plants.

She said the company has recently entered into an agreement with Nobex for developing an oral insulin product, combining Biocon's peptide production capabilities with the US company's peptide oral delivery technology.
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