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Home / Company News / Gan & Lee enters into licensing agreement for insulin analogs, anticipating growing demand for insulins as diabetes disease burden rises worldwide
Gan & Lee enters into licensing agreement for insulin analogs, anticipating growing demand for insulins as diabetes disease burden rises worldwide

·  Agreement expected to establish presence in key regulated markets for diabetes patients while generating savings for healthcare system overseas


·  Over 400 million people worldwide have diabetes; the amount of insulin required to treat type 2 diabetes alone is expected to increase by more than 20% from 2018 to 20301,2


Beijing, China, December 19, 2018 – Gan & Lee Pharmaceuticals (Gan & Lee), an industry leading biopharmaceutical company with 20 years’ experience specializing in research, development, production and commercialization of insulin and its analogues in China, today announced it has entered into an agreement to commercialize biosimilar versions of three key insulins used in patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to Sandoz, a Novartis division and global leader in biosimilar pharmaceuticals.


The strategic cooperation will be a milestone for Gan & Lee’s global business. The agreement covers EU, US and other key regulated markets where Gan & Lee does not have existing commitments. Terms of the agreement are confidential.


“We are delighted to achieve this comprehensive agreement with Sandoz,” said Kai Du, Corporate VP of International Business Development, Gan & Lee. “Through the collaboration we are expecting to provide patients in regulated markets outside of China with more treatment choices.”


When the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar, a serious chronic disease called diabetes can occur. It is estimated that more than 400 million adults worldwide are living with diabetes, and that number is expected to rise. People with diabetes may develop blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, require lower limb amputation, and may suffer from other comorbidities including other cardiovascular diseases1,3. In 2015, diabetes treatments recorded 3 billion in sales, roughly 12% of the overall global healthcare expenditure4.



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About Gan & Lee

Gan & Lee is a high-tech biopharmaceutical company specializing in research, development, production and commercialization of insulin and its analogues, and is a leader in the diabetes market in China. Relying on technical and cost advantages, Gan & Lee has expanded rapidly into the global market. Currently with marketing and distribution contracts in about 20 countries, Gan & Lee successfully launched a US Phase III clinical trial for insulin glargine in 2017, and is endeavouring to benefit more patients worldwide with high quality and affordable antidiabetic products and services.



1. World Health Organization. Diabetes: Key Facts. Available at: http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail /diabetes. Accessed 3 December 2018.

2. Basu, S et al. Estimation of global insulin use for type 2 diabetes, 2018-30: a microsimulation. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2018 Nov; Available at: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(18)30303-6/fulltext. Accessed 3 December 2018.

3. IDF International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 8th edn. Brussels, 2017. http://diabetesatlas.org /resources/2017-atlas.html

4. Ogurtsova, K et al. IDF Diabetes Atlas: Global estimates for the prevalence of diabetes for 2015 and 2040.Available at https://www.diabetesresearchclinicalpractice.com/article/S0168-8227(17)30375-3/fulltext. Accessed 11

December 2018.


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