SOURCE: BioProgress PLC

March 05, 2007 02:01 ET

BioProgress PLC announces Acquisition of DMPL

Cambridgeshire -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 --

For Immediate Release                                         5 March 2007

                                BioProgress plc
                              Acquisition of DMPL
London, UK, 5 March 2007: BioProgress plc ("BioProgress" or the "Group") (AIM: BPRG; NASDAQ: BPRG), the speciality pharmaceutical and healthcare company, today announces the acquisition of DMPL a private 'Over-the-Counter' ("OTC") sales and marketing company through its Paris based pharmaceutical division Dexo. The acquisition value of EUR376,000 has been satisfied in cash.

DMPL is a profitable French specialist OTC sales and marketing business focused on the promotion of neutraceuticals and parapharmaceuticals including a range of slimming products under the brand MINCI DIET. DMPL achieved sales of EUR568,000 in 2006 and currently distributes mainly in Paris and the surrounding districts. The market size for OTC products in France is approximately EUR2.6bn (Datamonitor), of which EUR35 million is estimated to be for the slimming market. Approximately a third of the population in France is estimated to be potential users of slimming and appetite suppressant products.

BioProgress has developed a number of OTC products including line extensions of prescription only brands during the past 12 months. The Group has also, through its BioTec Films division, developed a number of OTC appetite suppressant and slimming support products for launch in both the US and EU markets. The acquisition of DMPL provides the Group with a distribution channel separate from its external partners for the OTC market in France. BioProgress intends to grow organically this OTC division throughout France as part of the Group's overall strategy to expand its OTC capability both as distributor of high margin niche proprietary developed products and branded products for its partners.

Richard Trevillion, Chief Executive Officer, BioProgress plc, said:

"The acquisition of DPML is the latest development of the Group's drive into the growing niche OTC markets for preventative and curative therapies where compliance and effectiveness of products are key issues. The Group's commercialised systems are well positioned both to differentiate and to improve products in this exciting market category. Consequently we expect to see strong growth in this area of the Group's business."

Jean-Francois Sfarti, Head of Dexo France, said:

"I am delighted to welcome the DMPL team into the Dexo business. The market for both slimming products and prescription medicine to OTC switches is growing substantially in France in a similar fashion to other Western markets. DMPL's expertise will assist both the Group's own product drive and partner development programmes. "

For further information:

BioProgress Plc                                      + 44 (0) 20 7098 9881
Richard Trevillion, CEO
Steve Martin, CDO
Hiral Patel, CFO

Buchanan Communications                              + 44 (0) 20 7466 5000
Rebecca Skye Dietrich/Mark Court

About BioProgress

BioProgress plc is an innovative specialty pharmaceutical and healthcare business based around its platform technologies in polymer and film systems. Listed on London's AIM in May 2003 and on US NASDAQ in October 2004, the company has over 80 patents granted or in application within 24 patent families and has product development agreements and strategic alliances with several global companies. As a vertically integrated business, BioProgress has acquired sales and marketing resources within Europe and the US as a launch mechanism for its own pharmaceutical products. The business continues to develop innovative delivery mechanisms using its XGEL™ polymer technology, replacing the need to use animal-derived gelatine in pharmaceutical and healthcare products. For further information please go to

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