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Biologics Process Development to Double Size of Bioprocess Lab

Biologics Process Development Inc. (“BPD”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Viropro, will double the size of its existing bioprocess and..

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Biologics Process Development Inc. (“BPD”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Viropro, will double the size of its existing bioprocess- and scale-up laboratory in Poway, CA. BPD provides contract laboratory services for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industry and specializes in molecular biology, recombinant protein expression, cell culture, bacterial fermentation, protein separation and purification, and frozen cell/material storage. BPD’s expansion enables the company to serve clients in need of larger processing volumes, thereby also increasing its client base.

Viropro also announces the appointment of Dr. Howard Levine and Dr. Pete M. Fernandes to its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Levine has over 30 years of experience in successful product companies and as founder of BioProcess Technology Consultants, Inc., the leading CMC consulting group in the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to founding BioProcess Technology Consultants, Dr. Levine was Vice-President of Manufacturing Operations at Repligen Corporation, and previous to that, Director of Pilot Plant Operations at Xoma Corporation. He has also held positions in process development and manufacturing at Genentech and Amgen. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University For more than 30 years, Dr. Fernandes has been involved in technical and strategic management of both early and late stage drug development of both recombinant-derived biologicals and of small molecules.

Dr. Fernandes was, till recently, Vice-President, Pharmaceutical Development, US/EU Operations for Santen, Inc. of Osaka, Japan, and prior to that Vice-President and Director of Process Development and Strategy at Chiron Corporation. Dr. Fernandes holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, from Rutgers University. He has authored several publications and holds miscellaneous patents in this field. Viropro further announces it has retained the services of Jones Day of Washington DC as its outside legal counsel. Finally, unaudited financial statements for Viropro have been produced and will be audited during the coming weeks. These financials will consolidate Biologics Process Development Inc. figures starting from April 1st 2010.

About Viropro, Inc.: Viropro, Inc. conducts operations through its subsidiaries Viropro International Inc., Biologics Process Development, Inc. and Alpha Biologics Sdn. Bhd. Viropro specializes in the transfer of its technologies for industrial production of biopharmaceutical therapeutic proteins for the treatment of various diseases including cancer, diabetes, hepatitis and multiple sclerosis. The Company’s principal objective is to provide its high-yield manufacturing process technology to biopharmaceutical companies in global markets with unmet medical and/or market needs. (