Agreement between HEMARINA and LFB BIOMANUFACTURING
HEMARINA and LFB BIOMANUFACTURING agreement signature
Morlaix and Alès (France) – September 26th, 2013 – HEMARINA, a French based marine biotechnology company dedicated to the R&D of universal oxygen carrier solutions, signed an industrial subcontracting agreement with LFB BIOMANUFACTURING, LFB group’s subsidiary specialized in the manufacturing of active protein solutions for pharmaceutical applications, leading up to the preparation of HEMO2life® regulatory batches.
The HEMO2life® is a major breakthrough innovation in the field of organ preservation solutions. This product developed by HEMARINA enables preservation of organs and tissues under optimal physiological conditions due to oxygen contribution essential to their survival. Indeed, once the organ is removed from the donor it will go through an ischaemia/reperfusion cycle that could induce lesions and graft failures after transplant. HEMO2life® can make up for these two major issues during transplant as an oxygen carrier is facing free radicals during reperfusion.
The pre-clinical results induced and published in the international journal American Journal of Transplantation (2011; 11: 1845–1860) showed the graft preservation withHEMO2life®, compared with clinical use solutions, induces fast resumption of normal function and extended preservation time on renal cellular model.
« It is a real satisfaction for LFB BIOMANUFACTURING to offer its expertise and abilities enabling the preparation of this unique product dedicated to organs and tissues preservation, » says Roland Béliard, Chairman of LFB BIOMANUFACTURING.
The first batches of this extraction hemoglobin will be issued at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 from Alès plant (Gard).
« This agreement is also a real opportunity for us to manufacture locally a therapeutic solution developed by an innovative French based biotechnology company. »
« We are very pleased with this agreement signed with LFB BIOMANUFACTURING, subsidiary of the LFB group.This is a crucial step for HEMARINA, willing to capitalise on the outstanding outlets offered by HEMO2life® and to work with a major French biopharmaceutical group for this type of solution which significantly increases engraftment success. Organ is so valuable that a special attention must be given to its preservation conditions, not only for the patient but also for the donor family. »says Dr Franck Zal, CEO and co-founder of HEMARINA.
About LFB BIOMANUFACTURING:
LFB BIOMANUFACTURING is a company specialized in the development and the manufacturing of recombinant proteins throughcell culture, with a specific know-how in the field of monoclonal antibodies.
LFB BIOMANUFACTURING can provide a full range of bioproduction services, including cell lines development, research and manufacturing of cell production and purification processes as well as manufacturing of clinical and commercial batches of active substances for biological. (https://www.lfbbiomanufacturing.com) LFB BIOMANUFACTURING is an LFB group’s subsidiary, the leading manufacturer of plasma-derived medicinal products in France, 5th worldwide and also among the leading European companies for the development of new-generation proteins and treatments based on biotechnologies. In 2012, the Group had 1,887 employeesand generated a total turnover of euros 466 million.
Sandrine Charrières – Communications Director
Tel: +33 (0)1 69 82 72 80
HEMARINA is a biotechnology start-up based in Morlaix (Finistère, France), developing innovative solutions based on marine molecules for patients and healthcare industry. These universal oxygen carriers’ molecules are developed for various therapeutic and industrial applications. HEMARINA has four core research programs which all of them are patented breakthrough innovations: organs transplantation and tissues conservation, blood substitutes, infections and wound healing as well as bio-production. HEMARINA core assets and know-how are based on a world-renowned scientific expertise coupled with its unique positioning of innovative solutions provider meeting public health issues requirements.
For more information about HEMARINA, please visit: www.hemarina.com
Address: Aéropole centre, 29600 Morlaix, France
Tel: +33 (0)2 98 88 14 02