PROFIBRIX and CSL Behring Enter into Fibrinogen and Thrombin Supply Agreement
LEIDEN, THE NETHERLANDS and SEATTLE, WA - ProFibrix B.V., a leader in the development of innovative products for hemostasis and regenerative medicine, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with CSL Behring for the clinical and commercial supply of plasma-based fibrinogen and thrombin, for the manufacturing of Fibrocaps™. CSL Behring is a leader in the plasma protein therapeutics industry and a subsidiary of CSL Limited (ASX: CSL), a global biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.
Jaap Koopman, CEO of ProFibrix said:
“ We are extremely pleased with the supply agreement with CSL Behring. CSL Behring is one of the acknowledged global leaders in the plasma protein therapeutic industry. Importantly, the agreement will enable us to use CSL Behring’s fibrinogen and thrombin, approved in markets around the world, as active components in our lead product Fibrocaps. This will offer us a tremendous advantage with regulatory authorities when seeking approval for Fibrocaps.”
Fibrocaps is based on a mixture of two essential blood clotting proteins, fibrinogen and thrombin, and is a unique dry powder topical tissue sealant in development to stop bleeding after or during surgery. Fibrocaps is clearly differentiated from existing liquid tissue sealants and hemostats: it is ready for immediate use, is stable at room temperature, and has shown to be safe and efficacious in the first Phase II study conducted in EU. ProFibrix is starting a global Phase II study in the summer of 2010.
ProFibrix (www.ProFibrix.com) was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Leiden, The Netherlands, with a subsidiary in Seattle, WA, USA. The company leverages its expertise in fibrinogen technology to develop and market innovative products for the hemostasis and regenerative medicine markets. Human fibrinogen plays a pivotal role in blood clotting and tissue healing. ProFibrix is led by a team with extensive commercial, clinical and scientific experience in the hemostasis field.
About CSL Behring
CSL Behring is a leader in the plasma protein therapeutics industry. Committed to saving lives and improving the quality of life for people with rare and serious diseases, the company manufactures and markets a range of plasma-derived and recombinant therapies worldwide. CSL Behring therapies are indicated for the treatment of coagulation disorders including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, primary immune deficiencies, inherited respiratory disease and hereditary angioedema. The company’s products are also used in cardiac surgery, organ transplantation, burn treatment and to prevent hemolytic diseases in newborns. CSL Behring operates one of the world’s largest plasma collection networks, CSL Plasma. CSL Behring is a subsidiary of CSL Limited (ASX: CSL), a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, visit www.cslbehring.com.