AMRI announces acquisition of Hyaluron

AMRI (NASDAQ: AMRI) today announced the acquisition of Hyaluron Inc., expanding AMRI's contract manufacturing capabilities to include cGMP manufacturing and sterile filling of parenteral drugs to the biopharmaceutical industry. AMRI has acquired all facilities and equipment as well as a highly trained and experienced staff of professionals with expertise in sterile GMP manufacturing. Purchase price, including debt, was approximately $27 million.

“AMRI is excited to announce our entry into the rapidly growing sterile fill injectables market, including capabilities to formulate and manufacture protein-containing drug products”

Hyaluron provides high value-added contract manufacturing services in sterile syringe and vial filling using specialized technologies including lyophilization and Bubble-Free FillingTM, a unique patented technology developed and owned by Hyaluron. Hyaluron provides these services for both small molecule drug products as well as biologicals, from clinical phase to commercial scale.

Hyaluron is one of a small number of organizations with prefilled syringe capabilities in the United States. In 2008, the company announced the grant of a patent for its proprietary process for aseptic online vacuum filling and online vacuum stoppering of low viscosity liquids in syringes called Bubble-Free FillingTM.

This acquisition provides AMRI immediate entry into a new and strategically important product offering. AMRI can now offer customers a fully integrated manufacturing process for sterile injectable drugs including the development and manufacture of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), the design of the criteria to formulate the API into an injectable drug product, and the manufacture of the final drug product.

"AMRI is excited to announce our entry into the rapidly growing sterile fill injectables market, including capabilities to formulate and manufacture protein-containing drug products," said AMRI Chairman and CEO Thomas E. D'Ambra, Ph.D. "This acquisition immediately expands the synergies we can offer to our customers, by providing services in preparation of active ingredients and finished dosage form."

"We believe that the unique capabilities of both organizations will quickly assimilate into a larger, fully integrated GMP manufacturing provider of choice for companies desiring to capitalize on seamless technology transfer and the related increased efficiency and cost benefits of such a model," continued Dr. D'Ambra. "It is a pleasure to congratulate the founders and staff of Hyaluron for building a promising and growing business. We look forward to welcoming them into the AMRI organization."

Hyaluron founder and President Shawn Kinney, Ph.D. said, "We look forward to becoming a vital part of AMRI's full service global organization. Similar to AMRI, we expect that the synergies between our service offerings will provide a win for not only AMRI and Hyaluron, but more importantly for customers seeking the best in value, quality and customer service."

Dr. Kinney will continue in his role as site leader of the Hyaluron business unit, which will operate as a subsidiary of AMRI.

Hyaluron forecasts full year 2010 revenue to be $15 to $17 million, up from $13 million for the full year 2009.

BroadOak Partners acted as financial advisor to AMRI.




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