Life Sciences

Recipharm and Medspray establish joint venture to exploit novel softmist technology for pharmaceutical applications

Recipharm AB (publ) (“Recipharm”), a leading contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) and Medspray BV (“Medspray”), a manufacturer of high tech spray nozzles, announce today that they have agreed to establish a joint venture known as Resyca BV to develop and exploit the softmist spray nozzle technology for pharmaceutical applications. Under this agreement, Recipharm will invest EUR 15 million in return for 51% of the shares of Resyca. Medspray will transfer their softmist intellectual property relating to pharmaceutical applications into Resyca. The technology has the potential to eliminate the need for propellants by delivering therapies deep into the lungs more effectively with lower doses as less ends up in the mouth and throat.

Commenting on the joint venture, Jean-François Hilaire, EVP Strategy and Global Integration, Recipharm AB, said: “I am very pleased we can announce this joint venture as it represents another piece in the jigsaw to build Recipharm into a world leading integrated device development and manufacturing provider. The novel softmist technology represents an opportunity to deliver inhaled therapies in a highly environmentally friendly manner without the need for propellants and less drug being wasted. We are already seeing significant interest in such technologies and by combining Medspray’s knowhow in spray nozzle technology with Recipharm’s device and pharmaceutical expertise, we are confident we will provide a unique offering to the market”.

Thomas Eldered, CEO of Recipharm said; “Adding the softmist technology is well aligned with our overall strategy of making available more novel intellectual property to our customers offering as well as providing pharmaceutical products with less impact on the environment.”

Han van Egmond, CEO of Medspray, added: “We are excited about the establishment of Resyca.  By combining all the resources and capabilities of both Medspray and Recipharm we see great potential to offer customers a fully integrated solution from device development through to commercial supply in an environmentally sustainable way”.

Recipharm’s investment in Resyca will be made through its subsidiary Recipharm BV. Resyca will operate development facilities in Munich, Germany and spray nozzles will be supplied exclusively from Medspray in the Netherlands. It is envisaged that commercial supply of finished devices will be manufactured and supplied by other Recipharm affiliates including the specialist device manufacturing capabilities located in King’s Lynn, UK. Additionally, Recipharm will receive an exclusive license to offer its customers the development and manufacturing of syringe-based devices using the softmist nozzle technology. Such devices will be marketed by Recipharm under the brand, Bespak by Recipharm.