- Acquisition will allow for further vertical integration of ProMetic’s manufacturing platform.
- FDA and Health Canada licensed plasma collection center located adjacent to Emergent’s manufacturing facility.
- Winnipeg plasma collection center to be used as blueprint to enable future plasma collection centers.
LAVAL, QUEBEC, CANADA – May 28, 2015 – ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: PLI) (OTCQX: PFSCF)
(“ProMetic” or the “Corporation”) announced today that it has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of Emergent BioSolutions’ (“Emergent”) plasma collection center located in Winnipeg, Canada. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.
Emergent’s plasma collection center is an FDA and Health Canada licensed plasma collection facility. The plasma collection center is conveniently located in close proximity to the existing Emergent Winnipeg based cGMP manufacturing facility, which was recently announced as providing ProMetic with up to 250,000 liters of annual plasma processing capacity. The plasma collection center will start operating under ProMetic’s ownership upon granting of the regulatory licenses, in ProMetic’s name, by the requisite regulatory authorities. All existing center employees will then transition to be employed by ProMetic.
“This acquisition allows us to begin the integration of key operational components, such as plasma collection capabilities, to our proprietary plasma-derived manufacturing platform,” mentioned Mr. Pierre Laurin, President and CEO of ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. “The addition of our own plasma collection center is complementary to our expanding network of US based plasma suppliers,” added Mr. Laurin.
Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Bruce Pritchard, ProMetic’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer mentioned: “The acquisition of Emergent’s plasma collection center will provide us with valid regulatory approved processes and established standard operating procedures as well as qualified and experienced employees. Commenting further, he added, “We intend to use this facility as the blueprint for the opening of additional plasma collection centers, as part of our strategy of integrating and de-risking our supply chain.”
About ProMetic Life Sciences Inc.
ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (prometic.com) is a long established biopharmaceutical company with globally recognized expertise in bioseparations, plasma-derived therapeutics and small-molecule drug development. ProMetic offers its state of the art technologies for large-scale purification of biologics, drug development, proteomics and the elimination of pathogens to a growing base of industry leaders and uses its own affinity technology that provides for highly efficient extraction and purification of therapeutic proteins from human plasma in order to develop best-in-class therapeutics and orphan drugs. ProMetic is also active in developing its own novel small-molecule therapeutic products targeting unmet medical needs in the field of fibrosis, cancer and autoimmune diseases/inflammation. A number of both the plasma-derived and small molecule products are under development for orphan drug indications. Headquartered in Laval (Canada), ProMetic has R&D facilities in the UK, the U.S. and Canada, manufacturing facilities in the UK and business development activities in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Forward Looking Statements
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