Pfizer inks deal to manufacture Gilead’s remdesivir
Pfizer has entered into a multi-year agreement with Gilead Sciences to manufacture and supply Gilead’s investigational antiviral remdesivir, as one of multiple external manufacturing organizations supporting efforts to scale up supply of the investigational treatment for COVID-19.
Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will provide contract manufacturing services at Pfizer’s McPherson, Kan. facility to manufacture and supply remdesivir for Gilead.
In March, Pfizer launched a five-point plan, which called on all members of the innovation ecosystem — from large pharmaceutical companies to the smallest of biotech companies, from government agencies to academic institutions — to commit to working together in addressing the dire COVID-19 crisis.
“From the beginning, it was clear that no one company or innovation would be able to bring an end to the COVID-19 crisis. Pfizer’s agreement with Gilead is an excellent example of members of the innovation ecosystem working together to deliver medical solutions,” said Albert Bourla, Pfizer chairman and CEO. “Together, we are more powerful than alone. As one of the largest manufacturers of vaccines, biologics and sterile injectables, it is a privilege to offer our expertise and infrastructure to help fight this pandemic. In that spirit, we are pleased that Gilead is using our manufacturing capacity to help facilitate supply of this medicine to patients as quickly as possible.”