WuXi PharmaTech (NYSE: WX) Maintains Original Strategy to Provide Toxicology Services in China
Sep 29, 2008
September 29, 2008 – Shanghai, China – WuXi PharmaTech (NYSE: WX), a leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device research and development outsourcing company with operations in China and the United States, announced today that it will no longer pursue a 50-50 joint venture with Covance Inc. WuXi will maintain its original plan to construct, own and operate a 323,450 square foot GLP facility in Suzhou, China which is slated to open in the second half of 2009. WuXi plans to offer a full-range of preclinical services and GLP toxicology capabilities at this facility, helping WuXi clients to improve the success of discovery and shorten the time of development.
"We are committed to offering world-class preclinical toxicology services in China to global customers and committed to delivering this in the way which most benefits our customers and shareholders in longer term," said Dr. Ge Li, WuXi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This facility is being built through our already budgeted capital expenditures and we will not require additional funding. We can leverage the expertise and capability from our AppTec acquisition as well as our US toxicology team to move rapidly in getting GLP compliance. Proceeding with our original plans to operate this facility independently will allow WuXi and our shareholders to receive maximum benefit over the long term."
Statements contained in this press release, which are not historical facts,
such as statements about the timing for opening of, and the anticipated
benefits of, the GLP facility (currently under construction) and the range
of offered services are forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe
harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
All such forward-looking statements including the statements contained
herein are based largely on WuXi management’s expectations and actual results
could vary significantly. The anticipated timing for opening the GLP facility
and the nature of the offered services could change. Success of the facility
and the ability to offer world-class preclinical toxicology services are
subject to other risks and uncertainties including, without limitation,
competitive factors, outsourcing trends in the pharmaceutical industry,
levels of industry research and development spending, WuXi’s ability to
build and staff the facility, obtain the required certifications and to
market and provide the services in China, and other factors described in
WuXi’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. WuXi undertakes
no duty to update any forward looking statement to conform the statement
to actual results or changes in expectations.
About WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc.
WuXi PharmaTech is a leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device R&D outsourcing company, with operations in China and the United States. As a research-driven and customer-focused company, WuXi PharmaTech provides pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies a broad and integrated portfolio of laboratory and manufacturing services throughout the drug and medical device R&D process. WuXi PharmaTech's services are designed to assist its global partners in shortening the cycle and lowering the cost of drug and medical device R&D. The operating subsidiaries of WuXi PharmaTech are known as WuXi AppTec. For more information, please visit: www.wuxiapptec.com.