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Octapharma Group and Fresenius Kabi Enter Into an Exclusive License, Development and Supply Agreement for a HESylated Recombinant Protein
Date:10/28/2009

e extensive expertise in the field of hydroxyethyl starch ("HES") that Fresenius Kabi has gathered as the world's largest producer of pharmaceutical grade HES. HES is derived from waxy maize starch and can be metabolized by the body's enzymes. HES solutions have been safely administered for over 30 years to treat deficient blood volume and to improve the rheological properties of blood.

HESylation® Technology allows a targeted modification of drugs and their characteristics by a site-specific coupling to HES molecules. This can modify key pharmacological parameters such as absorption, metabolization, half-life, water solubility and safety.

HESylation® Technology is covered by a broad portfolio of intellectual property rights. For further details please visit http://www.HESylation.com.

About Octapharma Group

The Octapharma Group is an independent, Swiss-based biopharmaceutical company operating worldwide. Octapharma's core business is the development, production, and sale of high-quality human proteins for the treatment of life-threatening diseases.

The Group has more than 3,500 employees in 28 countries, and owns five modern, state-of-the-art production facilities in Austria, France, Germany, Sweden, and Mexico, respectively. Sales turnover in 2008 reached Euro 886 million with an EBIT of Euro 256 million.

For more information about Octapharma Group please visit the company's website: www.octapharma.com

Fresenius Kabi

Fresenius Kabi is focused on products for the therapy and care of critically and chronically ill patients in and outside the hospital. Fresenius Kabi's core product range includes infusion solutions for fluid substitution, blood volume substitution and intravenously administered drugs as well as parentera
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