Chairman: Habil Khorakiwala
NCES in the pipeline: 10 (including early-stage)
Therapeutic areas of focus: Anti-infectives
Progress made: One candidate has completed Phase II, one is set to enter clinical trials, and one is in the pre-clinical stage. Others are at early-stage
Investments so far in NCE research: Rs 200 crore over 12 years
Annual investment in R&D: 8-9 per cent of sales
Likely target date for new drug launch: 2012-13
CEO-speak: “It’s only when the risk profile decreases that the value proposition increases”
Yet, there’s little doubt that a new drug on the market is more than a gleam in Khorakiwala’s eye.
In five years, he’s hopeful that one of his candidates that has progressed up to Phase II—a broadspectrum antibiotic codenamed WCK 771—would make it to market in the next five years.
In addition, he’s got some 10 molecules in the NCE pipeline (most of them at an early stage of development).
An analysis of the potential that exists in WCK 771 reveals that peak annual sales could hit $900 million (five years after launch).
That’s probably why Khorakiwala isn’t in a huge rush to license out the molecule for further development. “The valuation has to be right,” he shrugs. “If it isn’t, we would like to go all the way with this molecule.”
— Brian Carvalho