Emergent BioSolutions and Ninebio Sdn. Bhd. (9Bio) have announced the formation of a joint venture in Malaysia that will focus on creating critical biologics infrastructure and supplying biodefense countermeasures, including BioThrax® (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed), and other medical and complementary products and services to the Government of Malaysia.
It is anticipated that the joint venture will also supply such products and services to certain member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference ("OIC") and other countries within Asia.
9Bio is a Malaysian Government owned company and one of the National Institutes of Health under the Ministry of Health. 9Bio is fully funded by the Government of Malaysia. The Government of Malaysia, through 9Bio, has selected Emergent BioSolutions as one of its principal partners to assist, as a contract service provider, in building vaccine development and manufacturing infrastructure. The joint venture will be majority owned by Emergent BioSolutions.
Witnessing the signing ceremony, Director General of the Malaysian Ministry of Health, Tan Sri Datuk Dr Haji Ismail Merican affirmed that through 9Bio, one of the National Institutes of Health in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health would be able to focus on developing and manufacturing biologics, biosecurity and bioterrorism countermeasures for Malaysia.