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use development, licensing and co-development.

The strategic acquisition gives Biocon access to about 300 granted or filed patents of Nobex in oral peptide delivery in the metabolic and cardiovascular segment.

"Besides full ownership of oral insulin and oral BNP programmes, we will have access to products in early phase I & II development such as oral calcitonin, oral para thyroid hormone (PTH) and Apaza, an oral small molecule for inflammatory bowel diseases," Shaw pointed out.

As part of its long-term strategy, the company plans to build bio-similar therapeutic protein franchise through in-house development and strategic collaborations.

With the commissioning of the multi-product biologics facility (Biopharmaceuticals) this month in its Biotech Park, the company is gearing up to manufacture a range of monoclonal anti-bodies and other recombinant therapeutic products.

"We have completed registration enabling clinical trials for our therapeutic drug (BIOMAb EGFR) to treat neck and head cancers.

Investigational new drug application (IND) for diabetes oral insulin is on track for filing later this year," Chandavakar added.

Meanwhile, the company has entered into an agreement with the Sweden-based Karolinska Institute to partner in product development, joint research programmes and scientific symposia in India.

During the fiscal year 2005-06, Biocon posted a consolidated income of Rs.7.93 billion and net profit of Rs.1.74 billion.

As part of its capital expenditure, Biocon invested Rs.6.5 billion over the last two years in expanding its existing capacities and setting up new manufacturing facilities for its two subsidiaries - Clinigene and Syngene.

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