SOURCE: OctoPlus N.V.

November 09, 2009 01:51 ET

OctoPlus Publishes Third Quarter Business Update

LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - November 9, 2009) - OctoPlus N.V. ("OctoPlus" or the "Company") (AMS: OCTO), today publishes a business update for the third quarter of 2009.



--  Positive operating result (EBIT) achieved for the third quarter,
    driven by strong third quarter revenues and cost savings
--  Revenues for the first nine months of 2009 are well in line with
    guidance for the full year of  EUR  19 million


--  Two substantial contract development service contracts signed in
    August and September, including one with a European mid-sized pharma
--  Expansion of drug delivery evaluation contract with an existing client
    signed in September
--  Phase IIb clinical study with Locteron® ongoing: OctoPlus awaits top-
    line results from licensee Biolex
--  Restructuring of the organisation is proceeding as planned


--  International adoption of OctoPlus' controlled release technology with
    growing number of evaluations by both small and large (bio)pharmaceutical


--  OctoPlus reiterates the expected 2009 revenues of approximately EUR
    19 million

Simon Sturge, CEO of OctoPlus comments: "I am delighted to be able to report an operating profit for the third quarter of 2009, whereas we reiterate that we do not expect to achieve a positive cash flow in the second half of the year. Revenues in the first nine months of 2009 have been in line with expectations and we are very excited about the additional clients that have decided to work with us during the third quarter. Our restructured organisation has positioned the Company for a promising future."

About OctoPlus

OctoPlus is a drug delivery service company committed to the creation of improved pharmaceutical products that are based on OctoPlus' proprietary drug delivery technologies and have fewer side effects, improved patient convenience and a better efficacy/safety balance than existing therapies. OctoPlus focuses on the development of long-acting, controlled release versions of known protein therapeutics, other drugs, and vaccines on behalf of its clients.

The clinically most advanced product incorporating our technology is Biolex Therapeutics' lead product Locteron®, a controlled release formulation of interferon alpha for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. OctoPlus licensed Locteron exclusively to Biolex in October 2008. Locteron is being manufactured for Biolex by OctoPlus and is currently in Phase IIb clinical studies.

In addition, OctoPlus is a leading European provider of advanced drug formulation and clinical scale manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, with a focus on difficult-to-formulate active pharmaceutical ingredients.

OctoPlus is listed on Euronext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext under the symbol OCTO. For more information about OctoPlus, please visit our website

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Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:
    Rianne Roukema
    Corporate Communications
    telephone number +31 (71) 524 1071