Knight CNS (IFC-45104)

  • Latin America and Caribbean
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Voting Date
Jul 1, 2021
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Knight Therapeutics Inc.
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 70.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 180.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Dec 16, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Nov 22, 2022

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Project Description
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According to the Bank’s website, Knight Therapeutics Inc. is a pan-American (ex-USA) specialty pharmaceutical company headquartered in Montreal, Canada that was founded in 2014 with the objective of acquiring or in-licensing innovative pharmaceutical products. In 2019, Knight acquired a controlling stake in Grupo Biotoscana (“GBT”), a specialty pharmaceutical company with a presence across Latin America.  Knight completed the 100% acquisition in August 2020.   GBT owns manufacturing facilities for branded generic products in addition to a research and development center, all located in Argentina. With the GBT acquisition, Knight has expanded its operations in Latin America. The company is now directly present in 11 countries and has distributors in Central America and the Caribbean. The proposed IFC investment will be used to partially provide financing in connection with the acquisition of the rights to manufacture, market and sell Exelon® in Canada and Latin America, as well as an exclusive license to use the intellectual property and the Exelon® trademark, from Novartis within the Territory, as well as its commercialization in Canada and Latin America. Exelon® is indicated for the symptomatic treatment of mild to moderately severe dementia in people with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.  

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Grupo Biotoscana Subsidiary -
- - - - Knight Therapeutics Inc. Client -

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Contact Person: Arvind Utchanah

Company Name: Knight Therapeutics Inc. 

Address: 3400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Suite 1055, Montreal QC. H3Z 3B8, Canada  


Telephone Number: +1 514 484 4483 ext. 115

Fax: +1 514 481 4116


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