Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited (“Jacobson Pharma” or the Group”; Stock Code: 2633.HK), a leading company engaged in the research, development, production, marketing and sale of essential medicines and branded healthcare products in Hong Kong, announced the signing of a letter of intent (“Letter of Intent”) with Fosun Industrial Co. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (Group) Co., Ltd (“Fosun Pharma Group”; Stock Code: 600196.SH, 02196.HK) to market and supply potentially 10 million doses of BioNTech SE’s BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine candidate (the “COVID-19 Vaccine”) against SARS-CoV-2 in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region（SAR） and Macau SAR (the “Region”).
In the collaboration, Jacobson Pharma will provide all relevant support services to Fosun Pharma Group for the marketing, sales and distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine in Hong Kong and Macau SAR regions through its extensive sales and distribution network amongst the hospital and medical clinic sectors in the region.
Mr Derek Sum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jacobson Pharma, said, “We much look forward to joining forces with Fosun Pharma Group to market and supply a potentially safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine product to effectively turn the tide of this pandemic in Hong Kong and Macau SAR regions. We will leverage our distribution network and technical resources to ensure swift accessibility of this novel mRNA-based vaccine product to answer the needs of healthcare professionals and the general public. Jacobson is particularly gratified with the opportunity to contribute and play a part in the fight against this COVID-19 pandemic.”
BioNtech SEis one of the leading mRNA-based biopharmaceutical companies in the world and is currently listed in US Nasdaq (NASDAQ: BNTX). BioNTech SE will supply the vaccines from its GMP-certified mRNA manufacturing facilities in Europe. BioNTech SE and Fosun Pharma Group announced their strategic collaboration on March 13, 2020. Based on the agreement, the two companies are working jointly on the development and commercialization of potential COVID-19 vaccine products based on BioNTech SE’s mRNA technology platform in Greater China i.e. Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau Special Administration Regions as well as Taiwan. The vaccine candidate is a prophylactic biological product, aiming to prevent COVID-19 in adults. A phase 1 trial has already been initiated in China and the treatment of the first participants with one of the vaccine candidates from the BNT162 program, BNT162b1, was announced on August 5, 2020. All 144 participants have already been enrolled in the Phase 1 study.
About Jacobson Pharma Corporation Limited
Jacobson Pharma is a leading generic drug company in Hong Kong. The Group also carries a portfolio of proprietary brands, notably Po Chai Pills (「保濟丸」), Ho Chai Kung TjiThung San (「何濟公止痛退熱散」), Contractubex Scar Gel (「秀碧除疤膏」) , Flying Eagle Woodlok Oil (「飛鷹活絡油」), Tong Tai Chung Woodlok Oil (「唐太宗活絡油」), Doan’s Ointment (「兜安氏藥膏」), Saplingtan (「十靈丹」), Shiling Oil (「十靈油」) and Col-gan Tablet (「傷風克」), which have been widely recognised by the market. In the strategic expansion of its branded healthcare business platform, the Group has introduced health and wellness brands and products such as Dr. Freeman®Flu/RSV Combo (「Dr. Freeman醫臣®流感／呼吸道合胞病毒家用式診斷套件」), SmartfishHealth Nutrition Products (「Smartfish健康營養產品」), Dr.Freeman® Infection Control Product Series (「Dr. Freeman醫臣®感染控制產品系列」) and Dr Freeman COVID-19 Rapid Test Kit (「Dr. Freeman醫臣®COVID-19快速測試套件」), among other reputable brands represented in overseas markets such as Excilor and Weisen-U.