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PacificGMP and LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announce cGMP Manufacturing Collaboration


2/9/2009 11:03:00 AM

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- PacificGMP, the leader in single-use bioprocessing for development and manufacturing for its client partners, announced today that it has recently completed a collaboration with LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Under the collaborative agreement, PacificGMP produced master cell and baculovirus banks and will provide storage services under cGMP (current good manufacturing practices) standards for LigoCyte's norovirus vaccine program. Furthermore, PacificGMP conducted the services under an accelerated timeline.

"We are pleased that LigoCyte chose PacificGMP to produce the master cell and baculovirus banks that will be used to produce their next-generation, intra-muscular norovirus vaccine candidate," said Leigh N. Pierce, President of PacificGMP. "The timeline specified in this agreement further demonstrates the time saving advantages of single-use technology as we were able to quickly initiate this project in order to assist LigoCyte in maintaining its program schedule."

"Through their diligent efforts, PacificGMP demonstrated their GMP proficiency and allowed us to maintain our program timelines," said Bryan Steadman, Senior Director of CMC Operations for LigoCyte. "We appreciate PacificGMP's assistance in the development of our vaccine for norovirus infection, an illness that afflicts an estimated 23 million individuals in the U.S. annually, frequently resulting in serious medical consequences."

About PacificGMP

PacificGMP is a contract manufacturer and industry leader in single-use technology for development and manufacturing of biologics. Single-use technology eliminates the risk of cross-contamination, has fewer system requirements and significantly reduces the time required to initiate production. Benefits to clients include rapid project turnaround and the most cost effective solution in the industry. PacificGMP partners with drug developers by providing a range of cGMP and non-GMP services from cell line optimization, early process design, development, purification and scale-up, to preclinical and clinical manufacturing, aseptic filling, testing, analytical services and regulatory support. More information can be found by visiting the Company's web site at www.PacificGMP.com.

About LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals

LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals is a private biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative vaccine products based on the company's proprietary virus-like particle platform technology. LigoCyte's lead candidate recently completed a Phase I clinical trial. The vaccine is being developed for the prevention of norovirus gastroenteritis, an illness that causes an estimated 64,000 hospitalizations and 900,000 clinical visits among children annually in the U.S, according to the CDC. LigoCyte also has a novel influenza vaccine in preclinical development that has, notably, demonstrated protection in ferrets across multiple influenza subtypes with a single VLP antigen. Incorporated in 1998, LigoCyte has 45 employees and is located in Bozeman, Montana. Please visit www.ligocyte.com for more information.

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Leigh Pierce

http://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=67271

CONTACT: Gary Pierce, Chief Business Officer of PacificGMP,
+1-858-550-4094

Web site: http://www.PacificGMP.com/



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