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Vifor Pharma Press Release Fresenius Kabi Joint Venture in China
  • Partnership brings together Vifor Pharma’s world-class iron deficiency portfolio with Fresenius Kabi’s market-leading patient access in China
  • Gives Vifor Pharma access to largest iron deficiency anaemia population with prevalence estimated at 20%1
  • Focus of the partnership will be on Patient Blood Management (PBM) to benefit both patients and the healthcare system in China

St Gallen, 20 February 2020 – Vifor Pharma today announced a strategic partnership with Fresenius Kabi to create a new joint company based in the People’s Republic of China expanding its access to the second largest pharmaceutical market in the world2 . The strategic partnership also expands Vifor Pharma’s co-operation with the Fresenius Group, as Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma is an already existing joint company with Fresenius Medical Care.

Fresenius Kabi is a global health care company that specializes in medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. In China the company is among the top 10 multinational pharmaceutical companies, being a market leader in clinical nutrition, anesthesia and nephrology. Fresenius Kabi has about 6,000 employees and multiple manufacturing and development sites in China. Its sales network covers all cities and regions in China. As part of the agreement, Vifor Pharma and Fresenius Kabi will together create a joint company which will focus on marketing, market access and medical affairs activities for the intravenous iron portfolio. The joint company will be 55% owned by Vifor Pharma and 45% by Fresenius Kabi. Fresenius Kabi will be fully responsible for the commercialization of the intravenous iron portfolio in China, covering more than 20,000 anesthesiologists and 25,000 surgeons in more than 2,000 tier 3 hospitals to support PBM as well as working with HCPs for other indications including nephrology.

Etienne Jornod, Executive Chairman at Vifor Pharma commented: “We are delighted to announce this important strategic collaboration. Fresenius Kabi is an ideal partner, both from a commercial perspective and from a perspective of shared values. Its strong commercial presence in China is very complementary to the targeted therapeutic areas for our intravenous iron portfolio. Bringing our global iron experience into the joint company and combining this with Fresenius Kabi’s strong commercial presence in China will give the parties an excellent position to serve the needs of patients and healthcare professionals in this large and growing market.”

Mats Henriksson, CEO of Fresenius Kabi commented: “This collaboration with Vifor Pharma is an important step in providing a significant number of patients access to vital blood management treatment. Vifor Pharma has a world leading iron deficiency portfolio and combined with our strong foothold and long-term business relationships in China, this partnership will help to better serve the needs of patients and healthcare professionals across China.”

There is a high unmet medical need for Vifor’s intravenous iron products in China with the country having the world’s largest iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) population with prevalence estimated at 20%3 . At present, one of the primary

treatments of IDA is a blood transfusion. However, this is not an economical use of blood in a country where, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), demand is outstripping supply4 . WHO instead recommends improving the clinical use of blood to reduce the number of unnecessary blood transfusions. As a world leader in iron deficiency management, Vifor Pharma’s intravenous iron therapies offer new high quality, innovative therapeutic options to the medical community in China to allow the more effective management of patient blood and for the treatment of IDA in many other therapeutic areas. Both parties have agreed to not disclose financial terms of the collaboration.

Contact and further information:

Media Relations Investor Relations

Nathalie Ponnier
Global Head Corporate Communications  
+41 79 957 96 73

Julien Vignot
Head of Investor Relations
+41 58 851 66 90


Vifor Pharma Group is a global specialty pharmaceuticals company. It aims to become the global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies. The company is the partner of choice for pharmaceuticals and innovative patient-focused solutions. Vifor Pharma Group strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases lead better, healthier lives. The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products for precision patient care. Vifor Pharma Group holds a leading position in all its core business activities and consists of the following companies: Vifor Pharma; Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (a joint company with Fresenius Medical Care); and OM Pharma. Vifor Pharma Group is headquartered in Switzerland, and listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, VIFN, ISIN: CH0364749348). For more information, please visit


1. Piao J, Lai J, Yin S, Xu J, Xu Q & Yang X. (2005). Study on the anemia status of Chinese population. Acta Nutr. Sini. 27:268-271.
2. The Global Use of Medicine in 2019 and Outlook to 2023 (
3. Piao J, Lai J, Yin S, Xu J, Xu Q & Yang X. (2005). Study on the anemia status of Chinese population. Acta Nutr. Sini. 27:268-271.


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