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Emergent BioSolutions Chairman and CEO Fuad El-Hibri Recognized as Outstanding International Business Leader
Posted March 15, 2010on:
ROCKVILLE, Md., Mar 11, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (EBS 15.96, -0.03, -0.19%) announced today that Fuad El-Hibri, its chairman and chief executive officer, has been named by the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) as one of Maryland’s outstanding international business leaders. Celebrating the spirit of global ambition and excellence in international leadership, WTCI presents the Maryland International Leadership Awards annually to leaders within the state who exemplify entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and global reach.
Mr. El-Hibri stated, “Across the globe and on a daily basis, the Emergent team lives out the company mission of protecting life – a commitment to make meaningful contributions to address unmet medical needs especially in underserved markets. It is an honor to be recognized for the work that we do and to receive this award on behalf of the team.”
“Mr. El-Hibri recognizes the importance of global markets as key to future growth. WTCI is pleased to showcase Mr. El-Hibri and Emergent BioSolutions’ many achievements and is honored to name him as one of Maryland’s 2010 International Business Leadership Award winners,” said Deborah M. Kielty, president and executive director of the World Trade Center Institute.
WTCI was established in Baltimore in 1989 as a non-profit membership organization to help connect Maryland to the globe. It is the region’s premier private sector international business partner and a member of the World Trade Center Association, a family of 300 centers located in vibrant business communities around the world.
About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of vaccines and therapeutics that assist the body’s immune system to prevent or treat disease. Emergent’s marketed product, BioThrax(R) (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed), is the only vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of anthrax infection. Emergent’s product pipeline targets infectious diseases and includes programs focused on anthrax, tuberculosis, typhoid, flu and chlamydia. Additional information may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com.
SOURCE: Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
BioPort is the only FDA-licensed producer of the anthrax vaccine.
|Fuad El-Hibri, chairman and CEO of Emergent BioSolutions Inc., speaks March 9 in Sage Hall. Kevin Stearns/University Photography|
On March 9, MBA students taking International Political Risk Management, a course taught by Elena Iankova, a lecturer at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, heard Fuad El-Hibri, chairman and CEO of Bioport’s parent company, Emergent BioSolutions Inc., discuss the hurdles his firm faces in making and marketing its products abroad.
His guest lecture was titled “Managing International Risk in the Bio-Defense and Telecommunications Industries.”
Using his own company as an example, El-Hibri outlined six areas of risk in international business, among them export/import regulations, politics at home and abroad and financial issues. Much of his talk focused on political issues ranging from export regulations to how to deal with foreign governments.
One hurdle: when BioPort sought to export its anthrax vaccine, BioThrax, the U.S. Department of Defense claimed the vaccine was primarily of military importance and should therefore fall under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Under ITAR, export of the vaccine is controlled by the Department of State and a license is required for each sale. BioPort succeeded in arguing that its product was non-military in nature and therefore belonged under Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Exportation under EAR is controlled by the Department of Commerce and has far fewer restrictions.
El-Hibri seemed to take such challenges in stride. “Obviously,” he said, “the U.S. government is interested in vaccines, especially bio-defense vaccines.” It controls which countries vaccines can be exported to and may use them as a bargaining chip in its own deals with foreign ministries of defense, he commented. “They like to throw our vaccine into the mix and say, ‘Listen, if you buy one more tank or one more fighter jet … we’ll throw in 10,000 doses of anthrax vaccine,'” he said. But such giveaways create problems for companies like BioPort by reducing demand for its products in foreign countries.
Some uncontrollable variables that affect the demand for vaccines are: Politics within the foreign country, the country’s relationship with the United States, its finances, its fears about external threats and regional geopolitics, noted El-Hibri.