KDL Biotech, formerly known as Kopran Drugs was incorporated on August 12, 1986 as a private limited company. The bulk drugs division of Kopran at Khopoli was demerged and merged into KDL Biotech with effect from January 1, 1998 pursuant to order u/s 391 to 394 of the Companies Act by the Bombay High Court. The company is a joint venture between Kopran of Parijat Enterprises, India and Synpac Kingdom Pharmaceuticals of Koo Group, Taiwan.
KDL has a biotechnology division, which manufactures Penicillin-G acylase, the enzyme used for conversion of penicillin to 6APA. It has also successfully developed Bleomycin, an anti-cancer drug and a cytoxic antibiotic. The products under development include mitomycin, another anti-cancer drug and Vancomycin, an anti- bacterial.
KDL is one of the largest manufacturers of semi synthetic penicillin in Asia. From a 12 tonne per annum capacity in 1982-83, it expanded to a present capacity of 1200 tonnes per annum. The company's plant is approved by UK MCA, US FDA, South African MCC and several countries with strict compliance of GMP and GLP.
2000 - The union had declared a strike at the company's factory situated at Village Savroli, Taluka Khalapur, Khopoli, District Raigad, Maharashtra. The company's major foray into the business of biotechnology based products it was proposed to change the name of the company from Kopran Drugs to KDL Biotech for which necessary approval was been received from Registrar of Companies, Maharashtra, Mumbai. The company is a major producer of semi-synthetic penicillins (SSP) and the enzyme for converting penicillin-G to 6APA.
2001- Crisil downgraded the company's NCDs issue to `BB+' from `BBB'.
1. Finished Dosage Forms
• Antibiotics/Antibacterial s• Anti-Malarial • Cadiovasculars • Pain Management • Anthelminthics
2. Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
• Anti-hypertensives • Macrolides • Taste Masked • Cephalosporins
• Kopran Research Laboratories
• Oriental Containers • United Shippers • Shinrai Toyota • Claridge Moulded Fibre • Kopran
• Gujarat Themis Biosyn • Kampala Pharmaceutical Industries, Uganda
Strategic Business Units:
• Finished Dosage Forms
• Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
• Research & Development
• Kopran Laboratories