Pfizer Establishes New Programme to Support Continued Biotechnology Innovation

12 June 2020

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) has announced the establishment of the Pfizer Breakthrough Growth Initiative through which Pfizer will invest up to $500 million in biotechnology companies. The Initiative will provide funding and access to Pfizer’s scientific expertise to support continuity of the biotechnology companies’ most promising clinical development programmes.


“This is an important moment to pursue new collaborations in our industry," said John Young, Pfizer's Chief Business Officer. “The Pfizer Breakthrough Growth Initiative seeks to do just this by injecting crucial capital into biotechnology companies that share our commitment to delivering transformative therapies for patients.”

The Pfizer Breakthrough Growth Initiative will look to make non-controlling equity investments in clinical-stage public companies, with a primary focus on companies with small- to medium-sized market capitalisations across a range of therapeutic categories. The categories are consistent with Pfizer’s core areas of focus, namely: Vaccines, Oncology, Internal Medicine, Inflammation & Immunology, Rare Disease and Hospital. Partner companies also have the opportunity to access Pfizer’s significant expertise and resources in research, clinical development and manufacturing.

Today’s announcement builds on Pfizer’s long and successful history of flexible partnering and new funding models to turn great science into innovative new medicines. Biotechnology companies interested in learning more may contact [email protected].


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Disclosure Notice: The information contained in this release is as of June 2, 2020. Pfizer assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as the result of new information or future events or developments.

This release contains forward-looking information about the Pfizer Breakthrough Growth Initiative, including its potential benefits, that involves substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development; uncertainties regarding the ability of the Pfizer Breakthrough Growth Initiative to identify investment candidates; uncertainties regarding the success of investments by the Pfizer Breakthrough Growth Initiative; uncertainties and variables inherent in business operating and financial performance, including, among other things, competitive developments and general economic, political, business, industry, regulatory and market conditions; future exchange and interest rates; changes in tax and other laws, regulations, rates and policies; uncertainties regarding the impact of COVID-19; and competitive developments.

A further description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Pfizer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and in its subsequent reports on Form 10-Q, including in the sections thereof captioned “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Information and Factors That May Affect Future Results”, as well as in its subsequent reports on Form 8-K, all of which are filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available at




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PP-PFE-GBR-4150 / November 2021