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Starpharma And Makhteshim Agan In Priostar Agrochemical Collaboration

The Company supplies efficient solutions to farmers that assist them in combating disease and increasing yields. In 2012, the Company's revenues were over $2.83 billion, and it is ranked seventh in the world in the overall agro-chemicals industry. The Company is characterized by its know-how, high-level technological-chemical abilities, expertise in product registration, and observance of strict standards of environmental protection, stringent quality control and global marketing and distribution channels.

Makhteshim Agan Group sells its crop protection products in over 120 countries and together with its strategically located global manufacturing and distribution facilities delivers simplicity in agriculture around the globe.

Starpharma Holdings Limited (ASX:SPL, OTCQX:SPHRY) is an ASX 300 company and is a world leader in the development of dendrimer products for pharmaceutical, life science and other applications.

Starpharma's underlying technology is built around dendrimers - a type of synthetic nanoscale polymer that is highly regular in size and structure and well suited to pharmaceutical and other uses.  Starpharma has three core development programs: VivaGel ® portfolio, drug delivery and agrochemicals with the Company developing a number of products internally and others via commercial partnerships.

In Agrochemicals Starpharma has series of industry partnerships with leading industry players including Nufarm (ASX:NUF) as well as with internal programs including an enhanced version of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup ®).

Starpharma's lead pharmaceutical product is VivaGel ® (SPL7013 Gel), a gel-based formulation of a proprietary dendrimer. VivaGel ® is under clinical development for the treatment and prevention of bacterial vaginosis (BV).

Starpharma has also signed separate licence agreements with Ansell Limited (ASX:ANN) and Okamoto Industries Inc (Tokyo Stock Exchange) to market a value-added, VivaGel ®-coated condom.  

In the wider pharmaceutical fields, Starpharma has both partnered and internal programs in Drug Delivery.  Drug Delivery partners include GSK, Lilly and AstraZeneca.

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