SOURCE: OctoPlus N.V.

December 22, 2008 02:16 ET

OctoPlus Wins New Technology Evaluation Contract

LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - December 22, 2008) - As part of the Company's recently announced strategic focus on using its controlled release technology for clients, OctoPlus N.V. ("OctoPlus" or "the Company") (Euronext: OCTO) announces today that it has signed a new technology evaluation contract with a large UK-based company.

OctoPlus' strategy will increasingly focus on developing controlled release versions of existing or new drugs for clients, in addition to providing general formulation development and clinical material manufacturing. Currently, OctoPlus is working on six projects utilising its controlled release technology for a client.

Under the contract announced today, OctoPlus will evaluate the use of its proprietary controlled release technology on behalf of the client. If the evaluation is successful, the contract may progress to a full process development, manufacturing and licensing agreement.

For further information, please contact:

Rianne Roukema, Corporate Communications, telephone number +31 (71) 524 1071 or e-mail

About OctoPlus

OctoPlus N.V. is a product-oriented biopharmaceutical 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. Rather than seeking to discover novel drug candidates through early stage research activities, 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 lead product incorporating our technology is Locteron®, a controlled release formulation of interferon alfa for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, which has been licensed to Biolex Therapeutics and is being manufactured by OctoPlus. Locteron is currently in Phase II 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