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Rovi seals 10-year Moderna deal extension to manufacture mRNA drugs

Long-term agreement includes a series of investments to acquire new equipment and adapt the present ROVI drug product fill-finish facilities and production lines in Spain.

Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, and Laboratorios Farmacéuticos Rovi, S.A. (BME: ROVI), a pan-European pharmaceutical company specializing and engaging in the research, development, contract manufacturing and marketing of small molecules and biological specialties, today announced a long-term collaboration to increase capacities for the compounding, aseptic filling, inspection, labeling, and packaging of ROVI’s facilities located in Madrid, San Sebastián de los Reyes and Alcalá de Henares.

This new agreement, which has a term of ten years, includes a series of investments expected to allow the manufacturing capacity to increase across ROVI’s facilities in Madrid, Spain. In addition to producing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, ROVI’s platform could also be utilized to service future Moderna mRNA vaccine candidates.

Moderna’s Chief Technical Operations and Quality Officer, Juan Andres, said:

ROVI has been a pivotal partner in supporting the manufacturing of our COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for countries outside of the U.S., and this long-term agreement expands our partnership and allows for further scale-up for future mRNA medicines.

Mr. Juan López-Belmonte Encina, ROVI’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said:

We are delighted to expand our collaboration with Moderna and become a long-term manufacturing partner. At ROVI we are working to contribute all our experience as a high-technological-value contract manufacturer of injectables to the solution of this pandemic and we are confident of our ability to take part in the manufacturing of new mRNA candidates in the future.

Moderna and Rovi are expected to finalize details of this agreement in the first quarter of 2022.


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