CENTOGENE and Lifera, a Public Investment Fund (PIF) Company, Complete Strategic Joint Venture Transaction
- Lifera Omics, newly formed Joint Venture (JV) to be based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, provides state-of-the-art genomic and multiomic testing services to patients, health systems, biopharma clients, and research institutions across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region
- CENTOGENE to receive an additional $10 million upfront JV milestone payment, following an initial $30 million investment from Lifera. Company eligible for additional performance-related milestone payments and revenue-based royalties until the year 2033
- CENTOGENE and Lifera executive leadership to present on the collaborative vision at Global Healthspan Summit on November 30 in Riyadh
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and ROSTOCK, Germany and BERLIN, Nov. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Centogene N.V. (Nasdaq: CNTG), the essential life science partner for data-driven answers in rare and neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that it has completed the transaction to form a new joint venture (JV) with Lifera, a biopharmaceutical company wholly-owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). The JV has been formed to increase local and regional access as well as rapid delivery of world-class genomic and multiomic testing to patients in Saudi Arabia and countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The new JV will be located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and operate under the name ‘Lifera Omics’.
“Completing this transaction marks a significant milestone on our mission to deliver data-driven, life-changing answers to patients and paves a pathway to achieving sustainable growth and profitability for CENTOGENE,” said Kim Stratton, Chief Executive Officer at CENTOGENE. “We are now excited to leverage our leading diagnostics and multiomics expertise to build up Lifera Omics. This, together with Lifera’s strong local presence and resources, will establish widespread access to local state-of-the-art genetic sequencing and multiomic testing tailored to regional needs.”
“The completion of the joint venture with CENTOGENE marks the beginning of the next phase of Lifera’s mission to grow Saudi Arabia’s biopharma sector,” commented Dr. Ibrahim Aljufalli, Chairman of the Lifera Board. “By combining CENTOGENE’s expertise of rare, metabolic, and neurodegenerative diseases with our deep understanding of the local healthcare landscape, this marks an important moment for Saudi Arabia and the GCC – laying the foundation for our two companies to combine resources and bring superior healthcare solutions to patients and their families.”
Strong Synergy With Focus on Genetic Conditions
CENTOGENE is the current market leader in outsourced genetic testing for patients in Saudi Arabia. Lifera Omics will build on this strength with an advanced laboratory and bioinformatics infrastructure, also leveraging the CENTOGENE Biodatabank. This is the world’s largest real-world integrated multiomic data repository in rare and neurodegenerative diseases, which has more than 70 million unique variants and over 60,000 Saudi Arabian patient datasets. Lifera Omics will develop capabilities for genetic and multiomic testing and interpretation, working collaboratively with CENTOGENE globally, and serving as a vehicle for large national screening and genomics programs. As such, patients in Saudi Arabia and the GCC, a rapidly growing region with over 56 million inhabitants, will have increased access to the world’s most advanced and effective diagnostic offerings, which is at the core of Lifera’s strategic objectives to contribute to improving national resilience and health outcomes.
Under the terms of the transaction, both Lifera and CENTOGENE will make an investment into Lifera Omics, and the initial funding will reflect an ownership structure of an 80%-20% split between Lifera and CENTOGENE, respectively. CENTOGENE is also eligible for performance-related milestone payments, including a $10 million upfront JV milestone payment, as well as revenue-based royalties until the year 2033. Both parties will be represented on the board of Lifera Omics, and two Lifera representatives will join CENTOGENE’s Supervisory Board.
In addition, Lifera made an investment in CENTOGENE in the form of a mandatorily convertible loan with a total aggregate principal amount of $30 million. The term of the convertible loan is six months, automatically converting into common stock no more than six months from October 26, 2023, while providing CENTOGENE the ability to trigger earlier conversion.
Moelis LLC acted as a financial advisor to CENTOGENE on the transaction. Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP acted as legal advisor to CENTOGENE on the transaction. Ernst & Young acted as financial advisor to Lifera on the transaction. Latham & Watkins acted as legal advisor to Lifera on the transaction.
Additional information regarding this announcement and the Companies’ Joint Venture can be found in the Current Report on Form 6-K that the Company intends to file today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Form 6-K filed by the Company on Oct 27, 2023.
Upcoming Presentation Details
CENTOGENE and Lifera management will be presenting at the Global Healthspan Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh on November 30, 2023. To learn more about the event and their presentation on the impact of collaboration in accelerating precision medicine, visit: https://link.centogene.com/ghs
Lifera is a new biopharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing Saudi Arabia’s biopharmaceutical sector and building national health resilience. By developing local manufacturing capacity for vaccines, insulin, plasma therapeutics and other biologics, as well as investing in genetic testing and precision medicine, Lifera aims to ensure people in Saudi Arabia have access to reliable and affordable medicines.
Lifera will do this through partnerships and investments with leading international and Saudi companies to transfer global expertise and technology to Saudi Arabia. Wholly-owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), Lifera’s differentiated vision and mission make it an ideal partner to build the biopharmaceutical sector in Saudi Arabia.
CENTOGENE’s mission is to provide data-driven, life-changing answers to patients, physicians, and pharma companies for rare and neurodegenerative diseases. We integrate multiomic technologies with the CENTOGENE Biodatabank – providing dimensional analysis to guide the next generation of precision medicine. Our unique approach enables rapid and reliable diagnosis for patients, supports a more precise physician understanding of disease states, and accelerates and de-risks targeted pharma drug discovery, development, and commercialization.
Since our founding in 2006, CENTOGENE has been offering rapid and reliable diagnosis – building a network of approximately 30,000 active physicians. Our ISO, CAP, and CLIA certified multiomic reference laboratories in Germany utilize Phenomic, Genomic, Transcriptomic, Epigenomic, Proteomic, and Metabolomic datasets. This data is captured in our CENTOGENE Biodatabank, with over 800,000 patients represented from over 120 highly diverse countries, over 70% of whom are of non-European descent. To date, the CENTOGENE Biodatabank has contributed to generating novel insights for more than 285 peer-reviewed publications.
By translating our data and expertise into tangible insights, we have supported over 50 collaborations with pharma partners. Together, we accelerate and de-risk drug discovery, development, and commercialization in target and drug screening, clinical development, market access and expansion, as well as offering CENTOGENE Biodata Licenses and Insight Reports to enable a world healed of all rare and neurodegenerative diseases.
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