“The company has entered into a 'definitive agreement to acquire privately held GAVIS Pharmaceuticals LLC and Novel Laboratories Inc (GAVIS), subject to certain closing conditions, in a transaction valued at USD 880 million, cash free and debt free", Lupin said in a statement.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Lupin and Gavis, it added. Lupin Ltd Chief Executive Officer Vinita Gupta said, "This is a pivotal acquisition for Lupin as it aligns with our goal to expand and deepen our US presence."

The acquisition accelerates Lupin's entry into niche areas like controlled substances and dermatology, she added. "We are confident that Lupin's proven commercialisation capabilities, vertically integrated  manufacturing operations and supply chain strengths will accelerate Gavis's growth," Gupta said.

The acquisition enhances Lupin's scale in the US generic market and also broadens Lupin's pipeline in dermatology, controlled substance products and other high-value and niche generics, the Mumbai based firm said. Gavis brings a highly skilled US based R & D organisation which would complement Lupin's Coral Springs, Florida, inhalation R&D center.

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