iBio, Inc. (NYSE AMEX:IBIO) today announced that Terence E. Ryan, Ph.D., iBio’s Senior Vice-President, will represent iBio in joint marketing presentations with representatives of GE Healthcare as part of the GE Healthcare Bioprocess Tour in Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing beginning today and extending through April 15. This series of presentations is the first international business development initiative under the joint marketing agreement announced September 1, 2010 by iBio, GE, and Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology (CMB).
Dr. Ryan will describe the iBioLaunch™ Platform for the expression of recombinant proteins in whole plants for subunit vaccine and biotherapeutics applications, and scientists from the GE Healthcare site in Uppsala, Sweden will present their latest advances in downstream protein purification, highlighted by their advanced chromatography matrices and chromatographic equipment.
The iBioLaunch plant-based technology enables the production of vaccine and therapeutic proteins at substantially lower capital and operating costs than are possible with other technologies. GE Healthcare has developed solutions and offerings including those which enable customers to build processes and facilities based on single-use and ready-to-use technologies.
In the collaboration with iBio and CMB, GE Healthcare will supply bioprocessing products and process expertise for integration with the iBioLaunch platform. The manufacturing solutions covered by the agreement include product licenses, technology transfer services, design of upstream and downstream manufacturing processes; supplies of equipment, consumables and related validation support, construction of buildings, facility operations and related financial services.About iBio, Inc. iBio, Inc. is a biotechnology company offering its proprietary, transformative iBioLaunch technology platform for the production of biologics including therapeutic proteins and vaccines. The iBioLaunch platform uses transient gene expression in green plants for superior efficiency in protein production. Advantages include significantly lower capital and process costs, and the technology is ideally suited for complex proteins and for applications where speed, scalability, and surge capacity are important. The iBioLaunch technology was developed for iBio by the not-for-profit Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology (FCMB) during the past eight years to overcome the inadequacies of existing technologies. iBio owns the intellectual property and technology developed at FCMB, and continues to sponsor development and application of the technology for biological applications in human health. Further information is available at www.ibioinc.com. About Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology Fraunhofer USA CMB, a division of Fraunhofer USA, Inc., is a not-for-profit research organization whose mission is to develop safe and effective vaccines targeting infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders. The technology CMB developed for iBio, Inc. provides a safe, rapid and economical alternative for both vaccine and therapeutic protein production. The Center conducts research in the area of plant biotechnology, utilizing new, cutting edge technologies applicable to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human and animal diseases. The Center houses individuals with expertise and excellence in plant virology, pathology, molecular biology, immunology, vaccinology, protein engineering, and biochemistry. Further information is available at www.fraunhofer-cmb.org. Forward-Looking Statements Statements included in this news release related to iBio, Inc. may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties such as competitive factors, technological development, market demand, and the Company's ability to obtain new contracts and accurately estimate net revenues due to variability in size, scope and duration of projects. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect the Company's financial results can be found in the company's Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.