GSK signs agreement to acquire Nanjing MeiRui Pharmaceuticals in China

GSK signs agreement to acquire Nanjing MeiRui Pharmaceuticals in China

Issued:  Tuesday 7 December 2010, London UK

GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Nanjing MeiRui Pharma Co., Ltd (MeiRui) for a cash consideration of approximately $70 million. Ninety per cent of the share capital of MeiRui is to be acquired from Pagoda Pharmaceuticals Limited and the remaining ten per cent from Allergon AB in a move to further expand GSK's presence in China, one of the fastest-growing and most significant of the emerging markets.

MeiRui is a leading Chinese pharmaceutical business with a strong portfolio of urology and allergy products, including Prostat for benign prostatic hyperplasia and Sheniting for overactive bladder syndrome. GSK will gain access to this portfolio of products, as well as MeiRui's established sales and marketing platform and a manufacturing facility in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China.

Completion of the transaction is expected by the end of 2010, subject to regulatory approval.

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Nanjing Merui Pharmaceuticals (MeiRui) is a Chinese pharmaceutical company specializing in manufacturing urology and allergy medicines in China. MeiRui is the China operating entity of Pagoda Pharma Group Inc, a privately owned company registered in the British Virgin Islands.

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