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Novo Holdings participates in $290 million strategic financing of Sangon Biotech

Sangon is a leading provider of life science tools and services, enabling scientists across China to perform state-of-the-art research in hospitals, universities and commercial settings


Novo Holdings, a leading international life science investor, today announced it has participated in a $290 million (USD) strategic financing round of Sangon Biotech. Sangon is a leading provider of life science tools and services, enabling scientists across China to perform state-of-the-art research in hospitals, universities and commercial settings.


Based in China, and with close to 30 years in operation, Sangon Biotech is a leading provider of life science tools in China. The Company offers products and services within four main categories: 1) DNA synthesis, 2) R&D reagents and consumables, 3) genetic sequencing and 4) protein- and antibodies-related products, making the Company a one-stop provider of life science tools.


With 47 manufacturing facilities across China, and a customer base comprising more than 7,000 academic institutions and over 40,000 biotech/biopharma and IVD companies across the country, Sangon ranges as the number one provider of DNA synthesis in China. Overall, the Company is among the leading life science tool providers in China, where the life science tool market segment continues to grow by 15% annually, excluding the effects of COVID-19.


The strategic financing enables Sangon Biotech to continue to expand its service and product portfolio bandwidth, accelerate R&D activities and talent development and advance Sangon Biotech's go-to-market strategy that involves digitalisation and geographical expansion.


Tracey Wang, CEO of Sangon Biotech, said: "I am very pleased that the financing round attracted this many reputable institutional investors. As a pioneer in the life science tools industry in China for close to 30 years, Sangon Biotech is now enabled to continue to upgrade and build development capabilities, to optimise and expand production processes, and to invest in new technologies and products, in order to meet a diversified market demand. We look forward to working closely with Novo Holdings and our other investors to accelerate our business development in China and globally, with a mission to provide academia and industrial partners with the best tools to fight various diseases."


Dr Amit Kakar, Senior Partner and Head of Novo Holdings Asia, said : "Sangon Biotech holds a long-established leadership position in China's life science tool field. We are impressed by the Company's portfolio bandwidth, stellar reputation among customers and operating cadence. Our investment in Sangon Biotech is another important milestone in the development of our regional ambitions for Asia. The investment builds on Novo Holdings' strategy to identify and invest in life science and healthcare companies that are true leaders in their field. We are excited to work together with Sangon Biotech to accelerate its innovation pace and gain a stronger foothold in the global life science tool space."


Novo Holdings is participating in the strategic financing round together with a consortium of renowned investors, including GL Capital, CPE, Greenwoods Asset Management, Huagai Capital, CDB Venture, China Merchant Health and other smaller investors.


About Novo Holdings:

Novo Holdings is a holding and investment company that is responsible for managing the assets and the wealth of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The purpose of Novo Holdings is to improve people's health and the sustainability of society and the planet by generating attractive long-term returns on the assets of the Novo Nordisk Foundation.


Wholly owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Novo Holdings is the controlling shareholder of Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S and manages an investment portfolio with a long-term return perspective. In addition to managing a broad portfolio of equities, bonds, real estate, infrastructure and private equity assets, Novo Holdings is a world-leading life sciences investor. Through its Seeds, Venture, Growth, and Principal Investments teams, Novo Holdings invests in life science companies at all stages of development.


As of year-end 2022, Novo Holdings had total assets of EUR 108 billion.


About the Novo Nordisk Foundation

Established in Denmark in 1924, the Novo Nordisk Foundation is an enterprise foundation with philanthropic objectives. The vision of the Foundation is to improve people's health and the sustainability of society and the planet. The Foundation's mission is to progress research and innovation in the prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic and infectious diseases as well as to advance knowledge and solutions to support a green transformation of society.


About Sangon Biotech

Shanghai Sangon Biotech is a well-recognised provider with comprehensive portfolio coverage in the life sciences research product and service industry in China. The Company offers interrelated products and services including DNA synthesis products, genetic engineering services, life sciences research consumables, and protein and antibody related products and services which are used to facilitate the studies of life sciences including animal and plant, disease, medical diagnosis, drug development, food industry and agriculture.


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