BEIJING, China, December 23, 2016 -- Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, today responded to a recent report regarding the allegations raised in a research report by Geoinvesting.
Sinovac’s Audit Committee has authorized the commencement of an internal investigation into the allegations made in the report. The Audit Committee has engaged Latham & Watkins as independent counsel to assist with the investigation.
Pending the outcome of the investigation, to the knowledge of Sinovac, no legal proceedings or government inquiries have been made against the Company or its chief executive officer Mr. Yin, based on any claims described in the report.
Sinovac Biotech Ltd. is a China-based biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the research, development, manufacturing, and commercialization of vaccines that protect against human infectious diseases. Sinovac's product portfolio includes vaccines against hepatitis A and B, seasonal influenza, H5N1 pandemic influenza (avian flu), H1N1 influenza (swine flu), mumps and HFMD caused by EV71. In 2009, Sinovac was the first company worldwide to receive approval for its H1N1 influenza vaccine, which it has supplied to the Chinese Government's vaccination campaign and stockpiling program. The Company is also the only supplier of the H5N1 pandemic influenza vaccine to the government stockpiling program. Sinovac's newly developed innovative vaccine against HFMD caused by EV71 was licensed and launched to the Chinese market in 2016. The Company is currently developing a number of new products including a Sabin-strain inactivated polio vaccine, pneumococcal polysaccharides vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and varicella vaccine. Sinovac primarily sells its vaccines in China, while also exploring growth opportunities in international markets. The Company has exported select vaccines to 10 countries in Asia and South America. . For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.sinovac.com
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