Mubadala Investment Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire KELIX bio, a specialty pharmaceutical business focused on delivering complex generics across emerging markets, to further strengthen the development of the UAE’s life sciences ecosystem, position the UAE as a global leader in the life sciences sector and to support the diversification of the economy in the UAE.

KELIX bio was incepted in November 2020, and has since, acquired manufacturing businesses in India, Egypt, Malta and Morocco successfully commercialising a broad range of both oral and injectable formulations covering diverse therapy areas including diabetes, oncology, cardiology, and central nervous systems.

The acquisition is set to boost the UAE's global standing in life sciences. With Kelix bio specialising in relevant therapy areas and a leadership team experienced in successful buy-and-build strategies globally, the move aligns with Mubadala's goal to position the UAE prominently in the global life sciences sector.

Dr Bakheet Al Katheeri, Chief Executive Officer of Mubadala’s UAE Investments Platform, said: “This acquisition is another important step towards further diversifying the UAE’s economy, and positioning the country as a global leader in the life sciences sector, realising important socio-economic returns for our nation such as improved healthcare, drug security, job creation and GDP impact.

“Mubadala and its portfolio companies are increasingly playing an instrumental role in reinforcing our nation’s local biopharma supply chain and unlocking further opportunities for growth within the life sciences ecosystem.”

Ismail Ali Abdulla, Head of UAE Clusters at Mubadala’s UAE Investments Platform, said: “At Mubadala, we are deeply committed to enhancing the wellbeing of our communities through strategic investments that address critical health care needs. By amplifying our domestic capabilities in producing essential medications via Kelix bio, our goal is to significantly empower the UAE's healthcare infrastructure, ensuring wider access to life-saving treatments for all citizens. This investment is a testament to our dedication as a responsible investor, emphasising our commitment to investing in solutions that address the world's most pressing challenges.”

Hocine Sidi-Said, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at KELIX bio, said: “We are immensely grateful to our previous shareholders for their faith in our vision and for supporting a fast-paced acquisition program since inception. With Mubadala’s acquisition of KELIX bio, we embark into an exciting journey that promises to deliver not only economic returns but also cause a durable societal impact in the UAE. We are excited to augment the manufacturing capabilities of the nation and drive an innovation agenda in diabetes, oncology and biologics to name a few.”

Mubadala’s 100 per cent acquisition of KELIX bio is a strategic investment to advance the UAE’s national life sciences capabilities by fostering innovation and manufacturing partnerships that will further enhance pharmaceutical capabilities regionally. The agreements build on Mubadala’s efforts to establish an Abu Dhabi based national pharma champion, which will enhance the UAE’s pharma infrastructure, address the nation’s most prevalent diseases, reduce healthcare expenditure, strengthen the UAE’s drug security and set another milestone towards a resilient, knowledge-based economy.

Prior to Mubadala’s acquisition, KELIX bio was held by a consortium of investors including Development Partners International (DPI), British International Investment (BII), the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The transaction's completion is subject to customary regulatory approvals.