Microbix 2009 achievements: VIRUSMAX --------
In October, the company announced a financing agreement with Hunan Biopharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (a Hunan Province state-owned enterprise) to begin construction on Asia's largest vaccine facility using Microbix VIRUSMAX technology. Microbix will begin earning revenue from management fees by 2012 and expects to realize vaccine sales from this facility for the 2014 flu season. The company will receive fees and future royalties of more than $25 million per year when the plant reaches full capacity and will initially participate with a 50% equity interest. In addition, Microbix and Hunan Biopharmaceutical have signed an initial vaccine supply agreement covering seven years with a value of approximately $500 million (USD.)
Financing for this large project has been delayed in part because of the global capital markets environment since the summer of 2008. Hunan Biopharmaceutical is financing the initial construction beginning in the first quarter of 2010. During Phase 1 of the project, both partners will raise money; however, the increased funding will be non-dilutive for Microbix because the company will raise proceeds through its Barbados subsidiary, established for this purpose.
The facility will be constructed and financed in three stages. Phase 1 will provide 20 million doses by 2014 leading up to Phase 3 capacity in 2017 to produce more than 120 million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine annually, and over 300 million doses of a pandemic influenza vaccine in the event of an outbreak to immunize against a single strain of influenza.
|SOURCE Microbix Biosystems Inc.|
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