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NEWS RELEASE: Partner International a go-to for licensing, mergers and acquisitions in pharmaceuticals for 20 years

Halifax NS (Tuesday, January 28, 2020 ) – Partner International is celebrating 20 years in business and founder and CEO l, Joanne Ball-Gautschi, says the work they’ve accomplished has helped improve the health and wellbeing of people worldwide.

“The vision I had when starting Partner International was to help innovative organizations in the life science industry expand globally,” says Ball-Gautschi. “Now, we’ve grown to become an industry leader in facilitating and managing some of the largest licensing and merger and acquisition transactions in the sector.”

Focused primarily in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, Partner International has developed and fortified valuable connections all over the world. Through their proprietary and highly specialized network, they link industry executives together to complete transactions that are not only worth millions but have also brought medical breakthroughs to the public.

“We bring together all sorts of stakeholders in all therapeutic areas at all stages of development,” says Vice President, Mark Regular. “For example, our clients may be multinational pharmaceutical companies, scientists, researchers or medical specialists with opportunities that may require buyers, sellers or partners, to put it simply. And what’s exciting is that we have this global presence that we are managing from here in Nova Scotia.”

Looking back at the past 20 years, Ball-Gautschi is grateful for Partner International’s global team of employees and international clients who’ve contributed to the company’s growth and success.

“I want to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our global team that upholds Partner International’s values every day,” says Ball-Gautschi. “We’re celebrating 20 years of leading the industry in global expansion with the most innovative medical technologies in the world – a testament to everyone’s collaboration and determination as we celebrate this momentous occasion.”

Partner International has offices and associates in more than 26 countries and represents clients in the life sciences industry from Asia, Latin America, Europe, Australia and North America. The company’s founder and CEO, Joanne Ball-Gautschi is a Top 50 CEO.


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Ilya Pharma Engages Partner International as ILP-technology and ILP100 advances in clinical trials

Partner International Inc. is pleased to announce that Ilya Pharma have engaged Partner International to advise on its global business development activities.  

Ilya Pharma, a clinical stage Swedish biopharmaceutical company, developing next-generation biologics from its own technology platform to Proof of Concept in clinical phase I and II.

From its roots in Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agriculture, Ilya Pharma has developed novel drug candidates where human therapeutic effector proteins are delivered on site in from lactic acid bacteria, acting like small bioreactors. This is a very cost efficient way to deliver the active substance, it is off-the-shelf products, have good stability, the manufacturing process is simple and scaling finished and it is a very low COGS/dose.

Initial indications of focus for ILP100 include treatments of post-surgical wounds where healing is delayed and wound complications significantly increased, such as in diabetes, and gastrointestinal indications, including inflammatory bowel disease, and there are numerous other potential therapeutic applications for the technology.

Ilya Pharma expects to deliver clinical value in these indications by providing cost efficient pharmaceutical products with improved safety and efficacy profile than available alternatives and that use of the compounds also should limit spread of antibiotic resistance.

Ilya Pharma is completing a First in human/Phase I clinical study of ILP100-Topical, with first data readout in Q1 2020 and second readout in Q2 2020, and is exploring business developments options for the program to move it further through clinical development and to commercialize the product.  Ilya pharma has engaged Partner International to support these efforts and explore the business development opportunities for the platform and drug candidates globally.

Partner international is a global leader in corporate and business development for the life science industry with offices in the US, Canada, Australia and Switzerland. For over 20 years, Partner International has built a significant reputation in accelerating transactions for licensing, partnering, mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures in all therapeutic areas. Partner International represents companies of all sizes to advance their business development objectives. PI has completed billions of dollars of transactions globally.

CEO of Partner International, Joanne Ball-Gautschi, said “We are very pleased to be representing Ilya Pharma and its award winning, innovative technology platform. We expect significant interest in ILP100 given its pre-clinical data, and potential to treat wounds in high risk populations and in GI indications.”

“The clinical program of ILP 100 is advancing well and already generating a great deal of interest both in Europe and North America. To augment our internal resources and be able to work with these opportunities, we have taken this strategic decision to work with Partner International. This a project in the Cell- and Gene Therapy space which is emerging, the team at Partner International we work with have a proven track record and impressed us with their understanding in this field and the unique potential of the ILP100 and ILP-platform,” says CEO and cofounder Evelina Vagesjo in a comment.

Evelina Vagesjo, CEO, Ilya Pharma AB

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See original article in Chronicle Herald by James Risdon
Still basking in the glow of landing a first client in China, Dartmouth-based Partner International ’s top exec was honoured Wednesday evening in St. John’s, N.L. as one of the region’s Top 50 CEOs. “I am in amazing company and really honoured to be recognized in this way,” Joanne Ball-Gautschi, Partner International’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Partner International does business all over the globe and we do it from our base in Halifax. We are very proud of that.” The privately-held company does not divulge its revenues. But Mark Regular, the company’s vice-president of business development, said Wednesday that Partner International has offices in the United States, Australia and Switzerland as well as Canada, and business development teams in 26 countries. The firm employs 18 people in its four offices. Earlier this month, the 17-year-old company announced it ha d inked a deal with one of the biggest healthcare groups in China, Shanghai Fosum Pharmaceutical Group. That deal includes business development support for two of the Chinese company’s subsidiaries. The first is a molecule-development company targeting diabetes and cancer, and the other is developing antibody therapies. Partner International’s role will include helping those companies with partnership opportunities and licensing outside China. “Our reputation in the international market helped secure the agreement,” said Ball-Gautschi in a statement. “We have built a solid track record in the life sciences industry delivering results for our international clients.” Partner International works with scientists, researchers, doctors and engineers to bring their technologies to global markets, particularly in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. In addition to the recognition she received from Atlantic Business Magazine, Ball-Gautschi has also been recognized by the University of Ottawa as a leading woman entrepreneur. She sat for more than 12 years on the board of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia and was the first woman to hold the board position of executive vice-president.

5 tips from Partner International on Global Licensing Strategy

Going global? Partner International can help. Last month, BioNova hosted a Lunch & Learn with Partner International on global licensing strategy and global expansion plans tailored to the life sciences sector. Partner International is a leading international business development service provider in the life sciences sector, completing billions of dollars of transactions, over its 17 years of operation, while executing business development mandates in companies from big pharma to start up biotechs. They have clients all over the globe, including their first Chinese client they recently closed. They help life sciences companies with accelerating business development transactions and anything in the corporate development sector. Some common transactions in life sciences deals include licensing, partnering, collaborations, mergers, investment & distribution. Partner International can do it all.  

 The first step in going global is understanding where you are and where you want to go.
– Mark Regular, Executive Director of Business Development Here are 5 steps you’ll take with Partner International:  
  • Define objectives and criteria for potential partners
In the business development process, a crucial first step is defining specifically what you expect from your potential partners. This ensures your company can build a mutually beneficial relationship right from the start. Let Partner International’s 17 years of experience guide you.
  • Find the right person in a company and build those relationships
If your company continues to reach out to the same contact and continues to receive the same “Sorry, we’re not interested”, don’t give up! Mark and Joanne (Co-Founder and President) know who to contact and can get you that meeting.
  • Build a valuable IP portfolio
Your company needs to show why and how it’s unique. What makes your company’s product or service stand out? Where’s the data to back it up? Do you have any patents or copyrights?
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of interdependence
The business development process can be complicated and there are many factors to consider. From your suppliers to your governance, and from royalties to warranties, these roles are all connected.  
  •  Due diligence
Put in the work. This shows a willingness of both parties to collaborate and be professional. It can also be a predictor of the future relationship with the potential partner. Partner International knows a thing or two about partners!

Partner International will help you take over the globe, one deal at a time.

Contact info: Mark Regular Executive Director, Business Development [email protected] 902 421-3171]]>