Pfenex and Boehringer Ingelheim Enter into Strategic Agreement for Pfenex Expression Technology™

14th February 2011

Pfenex, an industry leader in protein expression through the Pfenex Expression Technology™ platform, and Boehringer Ingelheim International, a leading pharmaceutical company and global leader in biopharmaceutical contract development and manufacture, announced today that they have entered into a strategic agreement. It provides Boehringer Ingelheim with non-exclusive access to the Pfenex Expression Technology.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Pfenex will engineer production strains and processes for Boehringer Ingelheim’s proprietary molecules, and molecules from Boehringer Ingelheim’s contract manufacturing customers. This collaboration provides Boehringer Ingelheim and its customers with access to an industry-leading expression platform to enable preclinical and clinical development to progress much more quickly and efficiently.

“We are very pleased to have established this agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim,” said Dr Bertrand Liang, CEO of Pfenex. “This partnership combines a cutting-edge expression technology with the leading innovative
pharmaceutical company and contract services provider, facilitating the speed and reliability with which important new drugs can be brought to patients.”

“This collaboration extends our contract manufacturing service portfolio by an additional high expression system and is a further step in our strategy to offer customers leading technologies,” stated Simon Sturge, Corporate SVP of the biopharmaceuticals division at Boehringer Ingelheim. “The Pfenex Expression Technology delivers excellent expression rates, and we are looking forward to realising customer projects with this technology.”

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