ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
Economy

Indonesia's Kalbe Farma has high-tech ambitions

 (placeholder image)
A worker shows off pills produced at a Kalbe Farma plant in Cikarang, on the outskirts of Jakarta.   © Reuters

JAKARTA Indonesia's largest pharmaceutical company, Kalbe Farma, is transforming itself from a maker of generic drugs to a high-tech pharma developer. Its two-year-old cancer drug plant has begun reaping results, and Kalbe is stepping up research and development of stem cell therapy products.

Kalbe's 3,800-sq.-meter factory in East Jakarta now produces 13 drugs for chemotherapy, including 10 cancer-fighting drugs and three supplementary medications. Half can be used to treat breast cancer, the most common form of the disease in Indonesia and the one blamed for the most deaths among women.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more