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|September 24, 2008 3:24 p.m.|
|Teva and Kowa Announce Strategic Partnership to Create a Leading Generic Pharmaceutical Company in Japan|
Goal to Reach Sales of $1 Billion in 2015Jerusalem, Israel, and Tokyo, Japan, September 24, 2008 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) and Kowa Company, Ltd. today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to establish a leading generic pharmaceutical company in Japan. The company, Teva-Kowa Pharma Co., Ltd. will seek to leverage the marketing, research and development, manufacturing and distribution capabilities of each company to become a broad based supplier of high quality generic pharmaceutical products for the Japanese market and reach sales of $1 billion in 2015. Each company will have a 50% stake in Teva-Kowa Pharma, which will become operational in 2009.
"Combining Kowa's knowledge of and established reputation within the Japanese market with Teva's global leadership and expertise in generics should enable us to maximize the opportunity available in this important growth market," said Shlomo Yanai, Teva's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our objective is to provide the Japanese generic market, which is expected to double in volume in the next 5 years, with high quality and affordable pharmaceuticals, supporting the government's stated objective of increasing generic penetration. This strategic partnership is an important milestone in executing Teva's five year strategic plan, as it provides a robust platform for Teva to further strengthen its global leadership and establishes a strong presence in the Japanese market."
Yoshihiro Miwa, Kowa's President and Chief Executive Officer, added, "I am delighted to be able to report this agreement with Teva, the world's top generic pharmaceutical company, which will enable us to offer high quality generic pharmaceutical products to patients in Japan. The strategic alliance between Kowa and Teva will leverage both companies' respective strengths to meet the needs of medical institutions and patients for high quality and cost-effective generic pharmaceuticals. For Kowa, this agreement will enhance our efforts to establish a strong management platform to support diversified business operations in the prescription, over-the-counter and generic pharmaceutical products areas. By combining our respective capabilities in a new company, Kowa and Teva are creating a unique business model and a robust base in Japan's generic pharmaceuticals market."
Japan is the second largest pharmaceutical market in the world, valued at approximately $80 billion (1$=100 JPY). Generics represent only 5.7% in value (approximately $4.6 billion) or 16.9% in volume in 2006 according to the IMS and the data from the Japanese Generics Manufacturing Association. In 2007, the Ministry of Finance announced a plan to double generic utilization to 30% by 2012.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the world's leading generic pharmaceutical company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, as well as animal health pharmaceutical products. Over 80 percent of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe.
Kowa Company, Ltd. started operations as a cotton wholesaler in Nagoya in 1894 and has currently grown into a multinational Japanese company with approximately 50 affiliated companies. Kowa actively engages in various businesses from two main aspects: Merchandise which deals with daily commodities like textile goods, machinery, building materials and chemical products, and Maker which manufactures and sells innovative pharmaceutical products, OTC products, consumer healthcare products, electro-optical apparatus and information and communication systems. For pharmaceutical business, Kowa is responsible for sales and marketing of innovative drugs and focuses on promoting cardiovascular drugs, such as treatment drug for hypercholesterolemia "Livalo tablet" and hypertension drug "Olmetec tablet" through its wholly owned subsidiary, Kowa Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. In addition, Kowa has focused on lifestyle diseases (arteriosclerosis, kidney disorder and diabetes) as main strategic therapeutic area for research and development. Kowa is also responsible for sales and marketing of OTC and consumer healthcare products such as Cabagin KOWA, Vantelin KOWA, Q&P KOWA etc through another wholly owned subsidiary, Kowa Shinyaku Co. Ltd with the concepts of conditioning medication/self-care medication for the contribution of maintaining and controlling health condition of people. Paid-in Capital 3,840 million yen, Annual Sales, 221.4 billion yen (Consolidated in FY2007), Total number of employee 4,432 (As of end of March 2008 (consolidated). Please refer further information at http://www.kowa.co.jp/.
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This release contains forward-looking statements, which express the current beliefs and expectations of management. Such statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause our future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include risks relating to: our ability to successfully develop and commercialize additional pharmaceutical products, the introduction of competing generic equivalents, the extent to which we may obtain U.S. market exclusivity for certain of our new generic products and regulatory changes that may prevent us from utilizing exclusivity periods, competition from brand-name companies that are under increased pressure to counter generic products, or competitors that seek to delay the introduction of generic products, the impact of consolidation of our distributors and customers, potential liability for sales of generic products prior to a final resolution of outstanding patent litigation, including that relating to the generic versions of Allegra® , Neurontin®, Lotrel® and Protonix®, the effects of competition on our innovative products, especially Copaxone® sales, the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation and pending legislation that could affect the pharmaceutical industry, the difficulty of predicting U.S. Food and Drug Administration, European Medicines Agency and other regulatory authority approvals, the regulatory environment and changes in the health policies and structures of various countries, our ability to achieve expected results though our innovative R&D efforts, our ability to successfully identify, consummate and integrate acquisitions, including the pending acquisition of Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., potential exposure to product liability claims to the extent not covered by insurance, dependence on the effectiveness of our patents and other protections for innovative products, significant operations worldwide that may be adversely affected by terrorism, political or economical instability or major hostilities, supply interruptions or delays that could result from the complex manufacturing of our products and our global supply chain, environmental risks, fluctuations in currency, exchange and interest rates, and other factors that are discussed in this report and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").