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Reig Jofre Invests 5.8 Million in Leanbio and Increases Stake to 24%

Reig Jofre invests €5.8 million in Leanbio for vertical integration in biotechnology. They increase their stake to 24%, committing to expanding further. The collaboration aims to offer integrated services for biotech-based active ingredient production. Reig Jofre will open a 4,000 sqm plant by mid-2025, creating over 100 jobs, marking significant progress in their strategic collaboration for biopharmaceutical development.



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Reig Jofre continues its expansion policy. The Catalan pharmaceutical company has announced an investment of 5.8 million euros in the biotechnology company Leanbio , with the aim of vertical integration in the development, characterization and production of biotechnology-based active ingredients.

To date, Reig Jofre participates in 10% of Leanbio’s capital. The operation, articulated through capital and debt, has been led by the pharmacy together with other Leanbio partners. As a result, Reig Jofre will increase its stake in Leanbio to 24% , committing to continue increasing its presence as the expansion plan progresses.

This investment will allow the companies to offer integrated services throughout the chain from development stages to industrial scale-up for the commercialization of recombinant proteins, antibodies and advanced therapies both for the multinationals with which they already collaborate, which require the specialized knowledge of both. partners , as well as for the start-up ecosystem in Spain and Europe.

This includes everything from the development and production of the biological active ingredient to the finished pharmaceutical product at the Reig Jofre facilities in Barcelona.

At the same time, this collaboration will allow Leanbio, which until now had facilities for the characterization, development, scaling and production of biotechnological products up to the preclinical phase, to advance in its expansion project and capitalize on its know-how and experience, reinforcing its facilities through the development of a new GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified plant to produce biotechnology-based active ingredients and mRNA on an industrial scale.

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Reig Jofre will open a new 4,000 square meter plant

The plant located in Sant Quirze del Vallès (Barcelona) will occupy an area of ​​nearly 4,000 square meters. It will have three production lines with the capacity to manufacture recombinant proteins, antibodies in different expression systems, plasmid DNA and messenger RNA for advanced therapies within the biopharmaceutical sector, adapting to various production volumes.

Likewise, the plant will have development laboratories, scaling areas, pilot production plants and quality control.

In addition, the company anticipates that job creation will be gradual, with highly qualified personnel and that the team will exceed one hundred people when the plant reaches its maximum performance in 2030 . The plant is estimated to be operational in mid-2025.

This investment, they say, “marks significant progress” in the strategic collaboration between Reig Jofre and Leanbio, which began in 2018 with the creation of the joint venture Syna Therapeutics, in which they have a 50% stake for the development of biopharmaceutical products in the field of biosimilars and innovative molecules. In 2023, Syna Therapeutics announced the licensing of its first biosimilar to Accord Healthcare and continues to move forward on schedule.

“It is a great milestone for Reig Jofre, during its ninety years we have maintained specialization in the injectable pharmaceutical finished product, and now, together with Leanbio, we embark on the production of biotechnological active ingredients, taking advantage of the growing demand for new therapies. advanced post-Covid, such as cellular, gene and RNA therapies, which increasingly require services with specific scientific and technological know-how and specialized equipment and facilities to accompany this new era in which we are entering in the field of pharmacological therapies,” highlighted the CEO of Reig Jofre, Ignasi Biosca.


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