CR Pharmaceutical Becomes Constituent of MSCI China Index Once Again

China Resources Pharmaceutical Group Limited (“CR Pharmaceutical” or the “Group”) (stock code: 3320) has announced that the Group will once again be included as a constituent stock of the MSCI China Index, which will become effective after the market close on 30 November 2022.

The MSCI Indexes are key benchmarks for institutional investors investing in the global equity markets, and cover companies with positive operating performance and solid potential. The selected stocks must meet the market capitalization, liquidity and free-float requirements, and thus have a high reference value. The MSCI China Indexes consist of a range of country, composite and non-domestic indexes for the Chinese market, intended for both international and domestic investors, including Qualified Domestic Institutional Investors (QDII) and Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) licensees. The indexes are calculated according to the MSCI Global Investable Market Indexes (GIMI) Methodology.

The inclusion of the Group in the MSCI China Index reaffirms the market’s recognition of the Group’s business development. CR Pharmaceutical’s share price has been on a valuation recovery trajectory since 2022. The Group’s innovative and transformative strategy and stable business performance have been widely recognized by the market. As at the end of October, the Group’s market capitalization increased by almost 50% compared with the beginning of the year, and stock activity also increased year-over-year. As a result of this inclusion in the MSCI China Index, a large number of passive indices funds are expected to purchase the Company’s shares. This will further improve the Company’s performance in the stock market.

In the future, CR Pharmaceutical will uphold its mission of “being the guardian of human health and improving quality of life”. It will continue to optimize its business structure and consolidate its leading position in the industry with R&D innovation and investment in M&A as its engines. This will bring favorable returns to its shareholders and contribute to the growth of the health industry in China.

China Resources Pharmaceutical Group Limited

China Resources Pharmaceutical Group Limited (“CR Pharm”, stock code: 3320) is a leading integrated pharmaceutical company in China. It primarily engages in the research and development, manufacturing, distribution and retailing of an extensive range of pharmaceutical and healthcare products. CR Pharm is one of the largest pharmaceutical enterprises (manufacturing 600 products), the largest manufacturer of over-the-counter drugs and the third largest distributor of pharmaceutical products in China. Its pharmaceutical distribution network comprises approximately 200 subsidiaries, and covers 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in the country, distributing products direct to local hospitals and other medical institutions. It also operates one of the largest retail pharmacy networks in China, consisting of 787 pharmacies under premium brands including “Dexin Pharmacy” and “CR Care”, and 221 of them are DTP pharmacies.

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The Global Pharmaceutical Industry is Accelerating; Aptorum Group Has Received Orphan Drug Designation from US FDA for Its SACT-1

The aging of the population is accelerating, pharmaceutical technology is constantly updating, and the development of the global pharmaceutical industry continues to accelerate. The pharmaceutical market is expected to maintain a growing trend. According to Frost & Sullivan, the global pharmaceutical market is expected to reach $1,711.4 billion by 2025.

Aptorum Group Limited (Nasdaq: APM, Euronext Paris: APM) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic assets to treat diseases with unmet medical needs, particularly in oncology (including orphan oncology indications) and infectious diseases. The pipeline of Aptorum is also enriched through (i) the establishment of drug discovery platforms that enable the discovery of new therapeutics assets through, e.g. discovery and development of new small molecules and biologics, and systematic screening of existing approved drug molecules, etc.; and (ii) the co-development of a novel molecular-based rapid pathogen identification and detection diagnostics technology with Accelerate Technologies Pte Ltd, the commercialization arm of the Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

Currently, Aptorum Group’s R&D pipelines cover the ALS family of drugs and the SACT family of drugs, covering such indications as drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA), Gram-positive cocci, influenza A, COVID-19, orphan disease neuroblastoma and other cancers.

Since the beginning of this year, Aptorum Group has accelerated its research and development (R&D), with major breakthroughs achieved in several pipelines under development. SACT-1, the Group’s orally administered small molecule drug for the treatment of neuroblastoma, was granted its first patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (US PTO) in November 2021 and Orphan Drug Designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the beginning of this year. Meanwhile, the Group completed the Phase I clinical trial of SACT-1 in January this year and announced the finalized data in May. The data showed that SACT-1 had impressive safety and good tolerability making the later stages of SACT-1 promising.

In addition, earlier in the year, the Group launched oncology and autoimmune discovery and development platform targeting unmet mutations and novel biomarkers, focusing on indications including non-small cell lung cancer (“NSCLC”) and autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases. In the meantime, the Group also completed a Phase I clinical trial for ALS-4, a first-in-class anti-virulence-based small molecule drug targeting infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus including MRSA. In the second quarter of this year, the Group’s Rapid Pathogen Infectious Disease Liquid Biopsy Diagnostics (“RPIDD”) was granted a patent by the US PTO, and the Group is spearheading the efforts in the ongoing clinical validation and pre-commercialisation preparation of the technology.

Currently, the overall development prospect of the biopharmaceutical industry is promising. Aptorum Group is actively advancing its R&D projects. With its strong R&D capabilities and internal management capacity, it is expected to further enhance its business development, expand the room for enterprise development, and gain greater development opportunities in the biopharmaceutical industry.

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Pharmaceutical Industry

The Department has recently issued the guidelines of the scheme “Strengthening of Pharmaceutical Industry (SPI) in 11th March 2022 with the following objectives:

  • To strengthen the existing infrastructure facilities in order to make India a global leader in the Pharma Sector by providing Financial assistance to pharma clusters for creation of Common Facilities.
  • To upgrade the production facilities of SMEs and MSMEs, to meet national and international regulatory standards, by providing interest subvention or capital subsidy on their capital loans.
  • To promote knowledge and awareness about the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry by taking up studies, building databases and brining industry leaders, academia and policy makers together to share their knowledge and experience.

The total financial outlay of the scheme is Rs.500 crore for a period of five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26. 

Department of Pharmaceuticals strives to improve the infrastructural facilities of the pharma sector in the country towards making India, a global leader in the sector.

  • In order to make the country Atmanirbhar in pharmaceuticals, the Department of Pharmaceuticals has launched the Production Linked Incentives (PLI) Scheme for promotion of domestic manufacturing of critical Key Starting Materials (KSMs)/Drug Intermediates (DIs), and Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients (APIs) in India. The Total financial outlay of the scheme is Rs. 6,940 crore and the tenure from FY 2020-2021 to FY-2029-30.
  • Another ‘Production Link Incentive (PLI) scheme for Pharmaceuticals has been launched with total financial outlay of Rs. 15,000 crore and tenure from FY 2020-2021 to FY 2028-29. The scheme intends to enhance India’s manufacturing capabilities by increasing investment and production in the sector and contributing to product diversification to high value goods in pharmaceuticals sector. The eligible drugs under this scheme include APIs among other categories of pharmaceuticals products.
  • The Department has launched a scheme to provide further support to API pharma companies through providing, financial assistance to the States for establishing three Bulk Drug Parks.
  • Further, Department provides support to the pharma clusters for creating common infrastructure facilities under Assistance to Pharmaceuticals Industry for Common Facilities (API-CF).
  • Pharmaceutical Technology Upgradation Assistance Scheme (PTUAS) has also been approved to support SME units in pharmaceutical sector for quality & technology upgradation.

Details of all the above schemes can be accessed at .

The information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Bhagwanth Khuba in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.



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JSP Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (SET: JP) debuts shares on MAI

JSP Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (Thailand) PCL (SET: JP), a developer, manufacturer and distributor of modern and traditional medicines, herbal products and nutritional supplements, is debuting on the MAI today. JSP is ready to pursue growth through developing new products under own brands, aiming for higher profit margins by boosting own brand sales to 50% of total sales of all products, while increasing capacity, improving capital management efficiency, expanding OEM production, and ultimately leading in the R&D, production and distribution of medicines and nutritional supplements.

Dr. Sittichai Daengprasert, Chief Executive Officer of JSP Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (Thailand) PCL, whose shares will begin trading on the SET Market of Alternative Investment (MAI) today in the Consumer Products sector under the symbol JP, says it is a crucial step for the company to pursue sustainable growth in order to become a leader in the R&D, manufacture and distribution of medicinal and nutritional supplement products in Thailand. It plans to drive growth with innovations in the development of modern and traditional medicines, and herbal and nutritional supplement products to satisfy consumers’ demand for high-quality products for health maintenance, protection and treatment. The plan will lend support to Thailand’s effort to become a society of health care in the near future.

Dr. Sittichai says the proceeds from the IPO share sales will go toward the development of new health products under the company’s own brands with a goal to produce 4-5 new products each year. Meanwhile, a multi-channel marketing strategy will be employed for product distribution, encompassing pharmacies, modern trade stores, convenience stores, TV home shopping, and online channels. The aim is to boost sales of own-brand products to 50% of total sales, which will contribute positively to the gross profit in the future.

Plans to improve the efficiency of the Bangkok plant, a hub of modern medicine production, and expand the capacity of the plant in Lamphun, which produces traditional medicines and nutritional supplements, will support the expansion of the OEM customer base in Thailand and in the CLMV countries with a one-stop service. Equipped with a list of more than 2,000 registered medicines, JP is in an advantageous position to meet OEM customers’ demands, Dr. Sittichai says.

He adds that the company has also been cooperating with educational institutes, government agencies and private-sector parties in the development and processing of herbs, such as Wolffia globosa, as a plant-based protein supplement under the ‘Suphap Osot’ brand to add value to agricultural products. In this program, cultivation know-how is transferred to farmers as a way to help them earn increased income. Furthermore, JP is preparing its manufacturing base to produce extracts from cannabis and hemp. These extracts are to be sold as processed products or used as ingredients in health products under the company’s own brands.

Mr. Vorachart Tuaychareon, Managing Director of Finnex Advisory Co., Ltd., a financial advisor, says JP’s potential for growth looks bright amid positive factors resulting from increasing demands for modern and herbal medicines from health-conscious consumers while the government sector encourages people to consume locally-made medicinal products. The company’s extensive experience and expertise in the R&D of diverse medicinal products and its experienced executives’ ceaseless pursuit of business opportunities are sure to improve its competitiveness and growth prospects.

Mr. Chosit Detwanitchayanumut, Managing Director of Siam Alpha Capital Co., Ltd., a joint financial advisor, says JP is determined to strengthen its operations in all respects by highlighting product innovations and investing in marketing campaigns to increase public awareness of its own brands as well as expand its OEM customer base both here and abroad. The company’s strong fundamentals lend firm support for its drive toward a sustainable growth, he adds.

Mr. Chanachai Joonjiraporn, Chief Executive Officer, ASL Securities Co., Ltd., the lead underwriter, says JP’s shares are growth stock because of the strength of its operations. Its commitment to pursue long-term and sustainable growth lays a firm foundation on which its shares are grounded and is the reason that will attract sustained investors’ interest in JP’s shares.

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