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Fuad El-Hibri has started a financial consulting business. He’s started telecommunications businesses.

But his most challenging venture has been the Rockville biotech he helped launch 14 years ago.

Still, El-Hibri — CEO and board chairman of Emergent BioSolutions — says the challenges are worth it, because the rewards are so great from protecting and saving lives.

Unlike products in many other sectors, vaccines and other bioscience products can take 10 to 15 years to develop. The regulatory climate can drive up costs. The probability of commercial success is relatively low, in the neighborhood of 20 percent.

“You need to have a strong and focused will,” said El-Hibri, 54, who is retiring as CEO as of Sunday, but remaining as executive chairman. “It takes a lot of patience and persistence.”

El-Hibri co-founded Emergent — then called BioPort Corp. — in 1998, and the company has seen annual revenues more than triple in the past eight years to almost $300 million, with a decade-long track record of financial profits. The biotech focuses on several prominent disease areas, with numerous clinical stage product development programs. Its biggest money-maker is its anthrax vaccine.

 

Brian Lewis/The Gazette “For us, our central mission is to protect life,” says Fuad El-Hibri, CEO of Emergent BioSolutions. “It’s been a great honor to serve the military and protect our active military.”

 

Fuad El-Hibri
Age: 54.
Position: CEO, chairman, Emergent BioSolutions, Rockville.
Education: Master’s in public and private management, Yale University; bachelor’s in economics, Stanford University.
Community/professional activities: Board of directors, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; board of trustees, International Biomedical Research Alliance, National Health Museum; advisory board, Yale Healthcare Conference, Heifetz International Music Institute; chairman, El-Hibri Charitable Foundation.
Awards: Biotech CEO of the Year, World Vaccine Congress, 2011; International Leadership Award, World Trade Center Institute, 2010; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Washington, 2009; Rene Moawad Foundation Distinguished Community Service and Achievement Award, 2007.
Residence: Naples, Fla.; also has home in Potomac.
Family: Wife, Nancy; three adult children; two grandchildren.
Hobbies: General aviation, equestrian sports, scuba diving.

Emergent’s success can be attributed to El-Hibri’s vision, his ability to anticipate and overcome challenges, and his unwavering commitment that has motivated others in the company, said Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi, who is taking over as CEO after holding the president and COO posts since 2008.

“Over the years, we have come to appreciate his business acumen, drive to address global unmet medical needs and dedication to creating a workplace environment and culture that is both challenging and rewarding,” Abdun-Nabi said.

El-Hibri’s contributions extend beyond Emergent to the biotech and business communities throughout the state, said Henry Bernstein, a board member of the Tech Council of Maryland and senior vice president of Rockville real estate development and management firm Scheer Partners.

“Under his leadership, Emergent BioSolutions became a growth company that has contributed to the business community, attracted top talent to the region and invested heavily into the community overall,” said Bernstein, a former COO of the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.

Emergent did what relatively few biotechs do — turn a profit for an entire year within four years of forming. Gaithersburg biotech giant MedImmune was founded in 1988 and took a decade to see an annual profit. After launching in 1992, Rockville life sciences company Human Genome Sciences saw net income in 1993 and 1994, but has seen only one profitable year since, in 2009.

Even during the Great Recession, Emergent continued to show a profit. A key factor was acquiring a product — BioThrax, the only federally licensed anthrax vaccine — that could generate revenue almost immediately, El-Hibri said. The federal government buys the vaccine to innoculate military personnel.

“It’s been quite a ride,” he said.

Early exposure to other countries

Born in Germany the son of a Lebanese father and German mother, El-Hibri split boyhood time in both nations. Being immersed in different nations gave him an early appreciation for various cultures, he said.

“I learned how you have to get along and respect other cultures,” El-Hibri said. “That’s an important factor to having peace and having a successful business.”

At Emergent, he carried that philosophy into defining five core corporate values: respect, empowerment, commitment, communication and innovation. Having such values is key to building a top-notch company, he said.

“For us, our central mission is to protect life,” El-Hibri said. “It’s been a great honor to serve the military and protect our active military.”

His entrepreneurial career started soon after earning a master’s in public and private management from Yale University and a bachelor’s in economics from Stanford University.

Following stints in banking with Citigroup and management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton, the latter in southeast Asia, El-Hibri started a financial consulting business, East West Resources. Then came three mobile telecommunications companies: Mobile TeleSystems, Digitel and Digicel.

Mobile Telesystems, which he formed in 1993 and later sold, has grown to be a leading telecommunications company in Russia, with $12 billion in sales last year. The other two companies, which he also sold, are good-sized players in South America and Central America, respectively.

During the 1990s, El-Hibri got his first taste of biotechnology when he organized a management buyout of British life sciences company Porton and formed Speywood Holdings, a recapitalized biopharmaceutical company.

In 1998, El-Hibri was among a team that bought the rights to BioThrax, which was being manufactured in Michigan, and its production facilities.

“They only marketed it on a relatively small scale,” he said. “After we acquired the product, we renovated the facilities and increased capacity.”

About 170 Michigan state employees agreed to transition to the privately held business that year, El-Hibri said. BioPort later became Emergent, which went public in 2006 and now has more than 800 employees in 10 locations. Some 250 employees are in Maryland, within the Rockville headquarters, a research and development facility in Gaithersburg and a manufacturing plant in Baltimore.

The company has branched out into combating tuberculosis, cancer and autoimmune disorders. Since 2003, the company has acquired three biotech companies and completed other acquisitions to broaden its product pipeline.

Some reports, including one by a researcher with the Center for American Progress, say that Emergent lobbied hard against a former California biotech, VaxGen, which received a major federal contract to develop a new anthrax vaccine in 2004. VaxGen had never produced a drug before, and the government canceled the contract two years later.

Emergent’s lobbyists did not criticize VaxGen but simply stated what their own company could do, El-Hibri said.

“We lobbied using a positive message,” he said. “We did not criticize their product. … The government decided to cancel the contract. It was not because of us.”

Emergent also purchased the VaxGen vaccine through a fair process and is working to develop that as a secondary vaccine, El-Hibri said.

Building a better world

El-Hibri has his own charitable foundation, which promotes peace and social justice. In 2007, he started the annual El-Hibri Peace Education Prize, which recognizes educators who teach about peace issues. The organization also has constructed orphanages in Lebanon.

“I have a strong belief in giving back,” he said. “There are so many worthwhile projects and organizations.”

As a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, El-Hibri has the opportunity to discuss national issues with business leaders across the country.

“It’s very interesting to meet business leaders across the nation and get their perspective,” he said. “As you can guess, there is no full agreement on every issue, but there is hope that the economy will turn around soon.”

El-Hibri also serves on the board of trustees of the International Biomedical Research Alliance, an academic venture between the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Oxford University and Cambridge University in the U.K., and the National Health Museum, a science institution planned to open in Atlanta in the near future.

He is on the advisory board for the Yale Healthcare Conference, which brings together professionals, academics and students to discuss health care issues, and the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Va., founded by acclaimed violinist Daniel Heifetz to teach young musicians.

Among the awards El-Hibri has garnered are Biotech CEO of the Year during the 2011 World Vaccine Congress; the International Leadership Award from the World Trade Center Institute in 2010; the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Greater Washington in 2009; and the Rene Moawad Foundation Distinguished Community Service and Achievement Award in 2007 for philanthropic work in Lebanon.

In choosing El-Hibri for the honor at the World Vaccine Congress last year, judges cited his “leadership and entrepreneurial spirit” in guiding Emergent to another profitable year, securing some key development contracts, completing an acquisition and arranging collaborations with Pfizer and Abbott, according to business conference organizing company Terrapinn Holdings.

Sometimes hands-on, sometimes not

El-Hibri said he can vary his management style depending on the situation.

“Some managers are new, and I roll up my sleeves and get deep in the weeds,” he said. “Other people are seasoned and don’t need as much supervision.”

His primary residence is now in Naples, Fla., where Emergent has an office. But he also maintains a home in Potomac. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children and two grandchildren.

El-Hibri doesn’t engage in the stereotypical executive hobbies such as golf. He likes to fly single-engine airplanes, scuba dive and participate in equestrian sports. He flies a Diamond Aircraft plane, and has scuba dived in Indonesia, the Red Sea and the Caribbean.

“I seem to like being either very high above sea level or below sea level,” he said with a laugh.

kshay@gazette.net

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ROCKVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 30, 2012– Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE: EBS) announced today that it will report financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2011 on Thursday, March 8, 2012, after market close.

Company management will host a conference call at 5:00 pm Eastern on March 8, 2012 to discuss the financial results for the fourth quarter and full twelve months of 2011, recent business developments, revenue guidance for the first quarter of 2012 and revenue and net income guidance for full year 2012. The conference call will be accessible by dialing 888/680-0878 or 617/213-4855 (international) and providing passcode 35663572. A webcast of the conference call will be accessible from the company’s website at www.emergentbiosolutions.com, under “Investors”.

Emergent BioSolutions is offering call participants a pre-registration option that expedites access to the call and minimizes hold times. Pre-registrants will be issued a pin number to be used when dialing into the live call which will provide quick access to the conference call by bypassing the operator upon connection. Pre-registration, while not mandatory, can be accessed using the following website:https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PFU8DEVX6.

A replay of the conference call will be accessible, approximately two hours following the conclusion of the call, by dialing 888/286-8010 or 617/801-6888 and using the passcode 57332722. The replay will be available through March 22, 2012. The webcast will be archived on the company’s website,www.emergentbiosolutions.com, under “Investors”.

 

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions, led by Chairman and CEO Fuad El-Hibri, protects and enhances life by developing and manufacturing vaccines and therapeutics that are supplied to healthcare providers and purchasers for use in preventing and treating disease. Emergent’s marketed and investigational products target infectious diseases, oncology and autoimmune disorders. Additional information about the company may be found at http://www.emergentbiosolutions.com.

Emergent BioSolutions protects and enhances life by developing and manufacturing vaccines and therapeutics that are supplied to healthcare providers and purchasers for use in preventing and treating disease. Emergent’s marketed and investigational products target infectious diseases, oncology and autoimmune disorders. Additional information about the company may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com.

Source: Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 25, 2011 — Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE: EBS) announced today that the company will be webcasting its presentation at the Jefferies 2011 Global Healthcare Conference in New York on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM Eastern. During the presentation, a member of the company’s senior management team will provide a corporate overview, which may include a discussion of the company’s business activities and financial performance.

A webcast of this presentation will be available both live and by replay, accessible from the Emergent website www.emergentbiosolutions.com under “Investors”.

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions, led by Chairman and CEO Fuad El-Hibri, protects and enhances life by developing and manufacturing vaccines and therapeutics that are supplied to healthcare providers and purchasers for use in preventing and treating disease. Emergent’s marketed and investigational products target infectious diseases, oncology and autoimmune disorders. Additional information about the company may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com.

 

SOURCE: Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Emergent BioSolutionsInc. (NYSE: EBS) announced  its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

For 1Q 2011, total revenues were $18.5 million as compared to $46.8 million in 2010. In addition, for 1Q 2011 the company recorded a net loss of $21.4 million, or $0.61 per basic share, as compared to net income of $2.5 million, or $0.08 per basic share, in 2010.

R. Don Elsey, chief financial officer of Emergent BioSolutions, stated, “While our first quarter revenues were slightly lower than expected, we remain on track to achieve our full year guidance of total revenues of $320 to $340 million and net income of $35 to $45 million.”

1Q 2011 Key Financial Results

Product Sales

For 1Q 2011, product sales were $5.6 million, a decrease of $33.3 million, or 86 percent, from $38.9 million for 1Q 2010. This decrease was primarily due to an 88 percent decrease in the number of doses of BioThrax delivered. During the first quarter, the company redeployed its potency testing capacity from BioThrax release testing to qualification of replacement reference standards and other development testing. This process, which is required to enable continued future release of BioThrax doses, has now been substantially completed. Product sales revenues for 1Q 2011 consisted of BioThrax sales to CDC of $5.0 million and aggregate international and other sales of $0.6 million.

Contracts and Grants Revenues

For 1Q 2011, contracts and grants revenues were $12.9 million, an increase of $5.0 million, or 63 percent, from $7.9 million for 1Q 2010. The increase was primarily due to revenues from the recently awarded contract from BARDA for large-scale manufacturing for BioThrax, collaborations with Abbott and Pfizer, along with increased activity and associated revenue from development contracts with BARDA and NIAID.

Cost of Product Sales

For 1Q 2011, cost of product sales was $1.1 million, a decrease of $6.4 million, or 86 percent, from $7.5 million for 1Q 2010. This decrease was primarily attributable to the 88 percent decrease in the number of BioThrax doses sold.

Research and Development

For 1Q 2011, research and development expenses were $34.8 million, an increase of $14.8 million, or 74 percent, from $19.9 million for 1Q 2010. This increase primarily reflects higher contract service and personnel costs, and includes increased expenses of $13.9 million on product candidates and technology platform development activities associated with the BioSciences segment and increased expenses of $0.9 million on product candidates associated with the BioDefense segment. Net of development contracts and grants reimbursement revenue along with the net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests, research and development expenses were $20.0 million for 1Q 2011.

Selling, General and Administrative

For 1Q 2011, selling, general and administrative expenses were $18.2 million, an increase of $2.0 million, or 12 percent, from $16.2 million for 1Q 2010. This increase is primarily due to increased personnel-related expenses and professional services to support the business. Selling, general and administrative expenses for 1Q 2011 consisted of $14.0 million associated with the BioDefense segment and $4.2 million associated with the BioSciences segment.

Financial Condition and Liquidity

Cash and cash equivalents combined with investments at March 31, 2011 was $143.3 million compared to $171.0 million at December 31, 2010. Additionally, at March 31, 2011, the accounts receivable balance was $12.0 million, which is comprised primarily of unpaid amounts under our NIAID and BARDA development contracts.

2Q 2011 Revenue Forecast

For the second quarter of 2011, the company anticipates total revenues of $80 to $90 million.

2011 Forecast

For full year 2011, the company is reaffirming its financial forecast of total revenues of $320 to $340 million and net income of $35 to $45 million.

2011 total revenue is expected to be driven by, among other things:

  • the continuation of deliveries of BioThrax under the current multi-year procurement contract with CDC, which was recently modified to increase the total contracted doses to 17.9 million;
  • additional deliveries of BioThrax under a follow-on, multi-year procurement contract with CDC, anticipated to begin in 4Q 2011;
  • a significant increase in contracts and grants revenue based primarily on development contracts related to product development programs in the company’s BioDefense segment; and
  • collaboration and milestone revenues associated with achievement of clinical development milestones related to the company’s oncology product candidate, which is under an existing co-development agreement with Abbott, and the company’s autoimmune product candidate, which is being developed by Pfizer under a license agreement from the company.

Conference Call and Webcast

Company management hosted a conference call at 5:00 pm Eastern on May 5, 2011 to discuss the financial results for the first quarter of 2011, recent business developments, revenue guidance for the second quarter of 2011 and revenue and net income guidance for the full year 2011.

A replay of the conference call will be accessible by dialing 888/286-8010 or 617/801-6888 and using the passcode 12159691. The replay will be available through May 19, 2011. The webcast will be archived on the company’s website, www.emergentbiosolutions.com, under “Investors”.

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions, led by Chairman and CEO, Fuad El-Hibri, protects and enhances life by developing and manufacturing vaccines and therapeutics that are supplied to healthcare providers and purchasers for use in preventing and treating disease. Emergent’s marketed and investigational products target infectious diseases, oncology and autoimmune disorders. Additional information may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, including any potential future securities offering, our estimates of preliminary results for 2010, and our expected revenue growth and net earnings for 2011, and any other statements containing the words “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “estimates” and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including appropriations for BioThrax(R) procurement; our ability to obtain new BioThrax(R) sales contracts or modifications to existing contracts; our plans to pursue label expansions and improvements for BioThrax(R); our ability to perform under our current development contracts with the U.S. government; our plans to expand our manufacturing facilities and capabilities; the rate and degree of market acceptance of our products and product candidates; the success of preclinical studies and clinical trials of our product candidates and post-approval clinical utility of our products; the potential benefits of our existing collaborations and our ability to selectively enter into additional collaborative arrangements; ongoing and planned development programs, preclinical studies and clinical trials; and other factors identified in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.

  • 2010 revenues of $286.2 million
  • 2010 net income of $51.7 million, or $1.63 per share, representing ninth consecutive year of profitability
  • 2010 cash, investments and accounts receivable balance of $210.4 million
  • 2011 forecast reaffirmed: total revenues of $320 to $340 million and net income of $35 to $45 million

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE: EBS) announced on 10 March its financial results for the full year ending December 31, 2010.

Total revenues for 2010 were $286.2 million as compared to $234.8 million in 2009, and net income was $51.7 million, or $1.63 per basic share, as compared to $31.1 million, or $1.02 per basic share, in 2009.

For the fourth quarter 2010, total revenues were $103.2 million as compared to $53.8 million in 2009, and net income was $26.2 million, or $0.78 per basic share, as compared to $4.2 million, or $0.14 per basic share, in 2009.

R. Don Elsey, chief financial officer of Emergent BioSolutions, stated, “Our 2010 financial performance reflects our continued success in growing revenue from the sale of BioThrax(R) and government development contracts, as well as from development collaborations with our large pharma partners. We achieved this revenue growth while closely managing our overall expenditures even as we continued to advance our pipeline of vaccines and therapeutics targeting key disease areas. We expect to continue our growth in 2011, as evidenced by our reaffirmed 2011 forecast of total revenues of $320 to $340 million and net income of $35 to $45 million.”

2010 Key Operational Accomplishments

  • Acquired Trubion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for a total consideration of up to $131.6 million, including $92.9 million in upfront cash and stock and up to $38.7 million of success-based milestones, payable between October 2010 and October 2013;
  • Secured a BARDA development contract, valued at up to $107.0 million, to fund qualification, validation and licensure of Building 55 in order to manufacture BioThrax(R) (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) at large-scale;
  • Secured a BARDA development contract, valued at up to $186.6 million, to fund development of our rPA vaccine candidate PreviThraxTM (Recombinant Protective Antigen Anthrax Vaccine, Purified);
  • Secured a NIAID development contract, valued at up to $28.7 million, to fund further development of NuThraxTM (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed with CPG 7909 Adjuvant), the second contract award for this vaccine candidate;
  • Launched Singapore operations and formed EPIC Bio, Pte. Ltd., a joint venture with Temasek Life Sciences Ventures Pte. Ltd., to develop, manufacture, and commercialize pre-pandemic influenza vaccines and therapeutics;
  • Obtained Fast Track designation and Orphan Drug status from FDA for ThravixaTM (Fully Human Anthrax Monoclonal Antibody);
  • Initiated a Phase 1 clinical study for Thravixa;
  • Initiated a Phase 1 clinical study for NuThrax; and

Expanded the Board of Directors with the appointment of John E. Niederhuber, M.D., former Director, The National Cancer Institute (NCI), and Marvin White, Chief Financial Officer, St. Vincent Health and former Chief Financial Officer, LillyUSA.

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions, led by Chairman and CEOFuad El-Hibri, protects and enhances life by developing and manufacturing vaccines and therapeutics that are supplied to healthcare providers and purchasers for use in preventing and treating disease. Emergent’s marketed and investigational products target infectious diseases, oncology and autoimmune disorders. Additional information may be found at http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.emergentbiosolutions.com&esheet=6643305&lan=en-US&anchor=www.emergentbiosolutions.com&index=3&md5=974c9d419f86092b960b6d8622d54f18.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, including any potential future securities offering, our estimates of preliminary results for 2010, and our expected revenue growth and net earnings for 2011, and any other statements containing the words “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “estimates” and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including appropriations for BioThrax(R) procurement; our ability to obtain new BioThrax(R) sales contracts or modifications to existing contracts; our plans to pursue label expansions and improvements for BioThrax(R); our ability to perform under our current development contracts with the U.S. government; our plans to expand our manufacturing facilities and capabilities; the rate and degree of market acceptance of our products and product candidates; the success of preclinical studies and clinical trials of our product candidates and post-approval clinical utility of our products; the potential benefits of our existing collaborations and our ability to selectively enter into additional collaborative arrangements; ongoing and planned development programs, preclinical studies and clinical trials; and other factors identified in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.

Comments expressed during tour of South African clinical trial site where Emergent’s TB vaccine candidate is expected to complete enrollment in April for its Phase IIb efficacy study

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb 25, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) announced that a joint delegation of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and representatives from the Oxford-Emergent Tuberculosis Consortium (OETC) today visited the trial site where MVA85A, the world’s most clinically advanced tuberculosis (TB) vaccine candidate in development, is being studied in a Phase IIb infant efficacy clinical trial. This clinical trial in Worcester, South Africa is being conducted by the University of Cape Town’s South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI), in partnership with OETC and Aeras.

“I am very anxious to see a new TB vaccine licensed and I am delighted that this trial of this promising new vaccine candidate is taking place,” said MEP Michael Cashman, Chairman of the South Africa Delegation of the European Parliament. “It is vital for South Africa that a new vaccine is developed as soon as possible, especially for infants and those with HIV. If this trial is successful, South Africa will benefit and so will the rest of the world. Too many lives are lost to tuberculosis and I am pleased to see so many public and private bodies coming together to deliver what could be the first new TB vaccine in 90 years.”

Emergent BioSolutions is proud to be part of OETC, a joint venture established with the University of Oxford in 2008, to further develop the most clinically advanced investigational TB vaccine,” said Allen Shofe, OETC Board Member and Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs of Emergent BioSolutions. “This collaboration is an integral part of a multi-pronged approach to alleviating the global burden of tuberculosis. Through our involvement in OETC, Emergent is given an opportunity to touch the lives of many in fulfillment of our company mission – to protect life.”

The MEPs learned firsthand about the TB vaccine candidate and progress of the clinical trial from lead scientist and developer Dr. Helen McShane from the University of Oxford. “We are extremely pleased with the progress of the trial,” said Dr. McShane. “We anticipate that the trial, which involves administering MVA85A as a booster to the BCG vaccine, will reach the enrollment target of 2,784 infants by the end of April 2011. The follow-up period and study results are expected to be completed in 2012.”

The delegation also observed the vaccination of infants as part of the trial and visited the hospital facilities with Dr. Hassan Mahomed, SATVI’s Principal Investigator on the study.

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions, led by Chairman and CEO Fuad El-Hibri, protects and enhances life by developing and manufacturing vaccines and therapeutics that are supplied to healthcare providers and purchasers for use in preventing and treating disease. Emergent’s marketed and investigational products target infectious diseases, oncology and autoimmune disorders. Additional information about the company may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements, other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, and any other statements containing the words “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “estimates” and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the actual results of the Consortium or Emergent to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including the timing of, and the potential for successful outcomes resulting from, future product development efforts; the ability of the Consortium or Emergent to obtain additional funding for product development efforts; plans of the Consortium and Emergent to expand manufacturing facilities and capabilities; the rate and degree of market acceptance and clinical utility of products; and other factors identified in Emergent’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The Consortium and Emergent disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.

SOURCE: Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

By Marjorie Censer

Monday, January 3, 2011

Fuad El-Hibri has lived in all sorts of exotic locales, working for Citicorp in Saudi Arabia, consulting for Booz Allen Hamilton in Indonesia and establishing mobile telecommunications businesses in Russia, Venezuela and El Salvador.

But getting started in his current position as chief executive of Rockville-based pharmaceutical company Emergent BioSolutions took him to a far more mundane location. It was at a public auction in Lansing, Mich., in 1998 that El-Hibri offered a $25 million package of cash and commitments to privatize a government facility that was producing an anthrax vaccine.

Since then, he’s built what is now known as Emergent into a local pharmaceutical company that posted earnings of $31.1 million last year.

El-Hibri took an unusual path into the industry, spending much of his career in telecommunications. Born to a Lebanese father and German mother, he split his childhood between Lebanon and Germany before attending Stanford University. El-Hibri quickly moved on to a graduate degree, heading to Yale’s business school.

Though he wanted to start his own business, El-Hibri wanted to gain experience first. After marrying, he and his wife moved to Saudi Arabia so El-Hibri could work for Citicorp. After several years, he moved to consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton and spent about three years in Jakarta, Indonesia. In one instance, he helped a state-owned petroleum company in Malaysia open up mini-convenience stores alongside its gas stations.

By the late 1980s, El-Hibri was ready to return to the United States, where he opened his own Potomac-based consulting firm. He quickly began working with the Moscow City Telephone Network and helped the company build and implement a mobile telecommunications network that’s still in use today. Partnering with his father — who had worked in telecommunications — El-Hibri eventually sold his interest in the firm and reinvested in a Venezuelan mobile network. He repeated the work in El Salvador.

What made El-Hibri different from other entrepreneurs was his interest in not just making money but also integrating the business into the local economy, said Brian Kim, whose company invested with El-Hibri in both his Venezuelan and El Salvadoran enterprises.

“He had a real sense that the company had [to do] something else — other than creating value for its shareholders,” Kim said. “He took a very local approach.”

Not long after, El-Hibri got involved with a business venture to sell $50 million worth of anthrax vaccine to the Saudi Arabian government, which was worried about its troops. He immediately took an interest in the field, and, after leading a management buyout of a biotechnology firm in Britain, El-Hibri set out to purchase the only facility producing a Food and Drug Administration-licensed anthrax vaccine in the United States.

He headed to Lansing, where the governor had announced the state would privatize its facility, which also had a licensed rabies vaccine, among others. El-Hibri and his partners submitted the winning bid and began renovating the facility, which was relicensed in 2001.

Emergent, which has its corporate headquarters in Rockville, soon added locations, which now extend from Seattle to Munich to Singapore. Best known for its anthrax vaccine, for which it received in July a contract worth up to $107 million, Emergent is also working on a pandemic flu vaccine and a tuberculosis vaccine.

The most recent contract, from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, is meant to ready the vaccine for large-scale manufacture.

But El-Hibri doesn’t plan to end his career with pharmaceuticals and said he’d next like to work in the environmental field. (In 2001, El-Hibri launched the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation, which focuses on interfaith dialogue and peace education.)

Roberto Smith-Perera, a former minister of transport and communications in Venezuela who partnered with El-Hibri on both the Venezuelan and El Salvadoran cellular businesses, credited El-Hibri’s geographically and culturally diverse background with teaching him how to handle virtually any kind of business.

He’s the kind of person “that specializes in not . . . being a specialist,” said Smith-Perera. “He’s the ultimate project developer.”

Reprinted from the January 3, 2011 edition of  The Washington Post