SOURCE: Geneart AG

June 24, 2008 01:00 ET

Boehringer Ingelheim and GENEART Collaborate on Offering Design and Production Services for DNA Therapeutics and Vaccines

REGENSBURG, GERMANY--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) -


- The collaboration offers customers  an integrated system solution
from the design to the production of DNA-based pharmaceutical  agents
for clinical trials and the global market
- GENEART  will cover  the gene  optimization and  the production  of
pharmaceutical agents  in  the  form of  plasmids  for  research  and
preclinical use
- Boehringer  Ingelheim  will  produce plasmids  for  the  subsequent
clinical trials and the global market
- The transfer of Boehringer Ingelheim technology to GENEART  assures
the consistent  quality  of  the pharmaceutical  agents  through  all
development phases
- The collaboration is a response to the growing market for DNA-based
therapeutics and vaccines

Regensburg, June 24, 2008 - Today, Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the global leaders in the production of plasmid DNA, and GENEART, global leader in the design and synthesis of genes, announce their technology and sales collaboration. The collaboration includes a transfer of Boehringer Ingelheim technology to GENEART for the production and purification of plasmid DNA. The two partner companies also plan to closely collaborate in the distribution and marketing of their complementary services.

The collaboration offers a unique system solution for the development of DNA-based pharmaceuticals. GENEART will use the Boehringer Ingelheim production and purification technology to deliver DNA-based agents for research, development and preclinical studies. Boehringer Ingelheim will produce the pharmaceuticals under cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) conditions for the subsequent clinical phases and the market. Customers in research and industry additionally benefit from GENEART's expertise in software-assisted design of gene sequences and from the production of these improved (optimized) sequences via gene synthesis. Optimized genes are essential for the improvement of product properties, such as for the enhancement of immunogenicity and safety of DNA based pharmaceuticals.

Professor Dr. Ralf Wagner, CEO of the GENEART AG, comments: "The collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim opens new horizons to support customer projects in the fast growing market for DNA-based therapeutics and vaccines. Optimized pharmaceutical agents will be readily available in consistent quality for every development phase either from GENEART or from Boehringer Ingelheim, respectively. This also applies to the necessary quantities for clinical trials or for the product launch. Thus, this collaboration ideally meets the requirements of the regulatory agencies for a consistent source of pharmaceutical agents for the entire development process. Therefore, our customers can avoid unnecessary and expensive delays caused by repeated studies to prove consistent agent quality."

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Rolf G. Werner, Senior Vice President of the Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH Corporate Division Biopharmaceuticals, elaborates: "GENEART perfectly complements our services for the development and production of plasmid-DNA for use in clinical trials and for the market. The transfer of technology from Boehringer Ingelheim to GENEART offers flexible access to optimized DNA agents and the benefit of an economic production technology to a broad clientele in R&D. The consistent production procedures help our customers to significantly shorten the time to market for new innovative DNA-based therapeutics and vaccines."

For further inquiries, please contact:

Bernd Merkl
GENEART AG
Josef-Engert-Str. 11
93053 Regensburg
Germany
Phone: +49-(0)941-942 76-638
Fax: +49-(0)941-942 76-711
ir@geneart.com
www.geneart.com

Frank Ostermair
Better Orange IR & HV AG
Haidelweg 48
81241 Munich
Germany
Phone: +49-(0)89-8896906-10
Fax: +49-(0)89-8896906-66
info@better-orange.de
www.better-orange.de

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About GENEART AG

In 2000, GENEART entered the gene synthesis market and has since become the global market leader. Today, the company is one of the leading specialists in the Synthetic Biology field. Experts at GENEART provide key technologies for the development and production of new therapeutics and vaccines. Customers also take advantage of GENEART services to customize enzyme attributes, such as the attributes of enzymes used as detergent additives, and to construct bacteria, which produce complex biopolymers or break down polymers, such as synthetics, petroleum components, etc. Our production and service spectrum spans a wide range, from the production of synthetic genes according to DIN EN ISO 9001-2000, to the creation of gene libraries in the combinatorial biology, to the development and production of DNA-based biologically active substances. The GENEART AG in Regensburg (Germany) and the subsidiary GENEART Inc. in Toronto (Canada) employ more than 190 people. Since May 2006, GENEART is listed on the German Stock Exchange.


About Boehringer Ingelheim:

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 137 affiliates and almost 38,500 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine. In addition to captive use manufacturing, Boehringer Ingelheim is operating a contract development and industrial customer manufacturing business for Biopharmaceuticals.

For fermentation with E.coli, Boehringer Ingelheim offers high-expression systems. An additional focus is the development and production of products in different yeast systems. The capacity of the available bioreactors is more than 12,000 L. Furthermore, Boehringer Ingelheim has set the standard for manufacturing of plasmid DNA, and today supplies early to late-stage clinical trials for its international clients.

Boehringer Ingelheim has developed a proprietary, highly efficient mammalian expression system for CHO cells in animal component free media. This Boehringer Ingelheim High Expression System (BI HEX®) allows the development and production of high-quality products in a time-to-market approach and on a cost-saving basis. For the mammalian cell culture products a total capacity of 180,000 L is available. .The downstream processing is matched to the scale of the production capacity.

These comprehensive manufacturing technology platforms also include proprietary media and downstream packages for the production of therapeutic biopharmaceutical products. Further technologies include liquid and slow release formulation as well as inhalation devices.

For more information see:
http://www.boehringer-ingelheim.com/biopharm
biopharma@bc.boehringer-ingelheim.com




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