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OctoPlus signs drug development contact with The Medicines Company


Leiden, the Netherlands - OctoPlus N.V. (“OctoPlus” or the “Company”) (Euronext: OCTO), announces today that it has signed a pharmaceutical development and manufacturing contract with a new client, US-based The Medicines Company. The undisclosed contract value will make a material contribution to OctoPlus’ annual revenues.

Under the contract terms, OctoPlus will perform process development and clinical manufacturing for The Medicines Company related to MDCO-216 (ApoA-I Milano/phospholipid complex).

OctoPlus provides formulation development and clinical material manufacturing services to biotech and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. In addition to its expertise in formulation and manufacturing, OctoPlus offers its clients drug delivery technologies for the development of controlled release versions of existing or new drugs.

About OctoPlus
OctoPlus is a drug delivery company committed to the creation of improved pharmaceutical products that are based on OctoPlus’ proprietary drug delivery technologies and have fewer side effects, improved patient convenience and a better efficacy/safety balance than existing therapies. OctoPlus focuses on the development of long-acting, controlled release versions of known protein therapeutics, other drugs, and vaccines on behalf of its clients.

The clinically most advanced product incorporating our technology is Biolex Therapeutics’ lead product Locteron®, a controlled release formulation of interferon alpha for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. OctoPlus licensed Locteron exclusively to Biolex in October 2008. Locteron is being manufactured for Biolex by OctoPlus and is currently in Phase IIb clinical studies.

In addition, OctoPlus is a leading European provider of advanced drug formulation and clinical scale manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, with a focus on difficult-to-formulate active pharmaceutical ingredients.

OctoPlus is listed on Euronext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext under the symbol OCTO. For more information about OctoPlus, please visit our website

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