Orgenesis Announces Collaboration and License Agreement for Exosome-Related Technologies with ExcellaBio
GERMANTOWN, Md., April 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orgenesis Inc. (NASDAQ: ORGS), a developer, manufacturer and service provider of advanced cell therapies, today announced that it has entered into a Collaboration and Licensing Agreement with ExcellaBio Ltd. for certain technologies developed by Sabina Glozman, Ph.D., including an exosome-like membrane nanostructure (Bioxome™) and related processes for the production of exosomes/extracellular vesicles (EVs). Under the Agreement, Orgenesis will have the exclusive, worldwide rights to certain commercial applications of the technology arising from the collaboration.
Vered Caplan, CEO of Orgenesis, said, “We are excited to collaborate with ExcellaBio and its founder, Dr. Glozman, on this breakthrough platform for the scalable production of exosomes/EVs. Exosomes have shown significant promise as a novel alternative to whole cell therapies with potentially superior safety, efficacy and storage/manufacturing properties.”
Sabina Glozman, Director of ExcellaBio Ltd., commented, “I am honored to partner with Orgenesis, a leader and pioneer in the field of cell therapy. By combining our unique exosome/EV technology with Orgenesis’ expertise within the cell therapy arena, this Collaboration has the potential to enhance many lives. We believe our Bioxome™ technology has very broad potential across a number of indications ranging from liver fibrosis to aesthetic indications, CNS disorders, as well as many other serious medical conditions.”
Orgenesis is a biotechnology company specializing in the development, manufacturing and provision of technologies and services in the cell and gene therapy industry. The Company operates through two platforms: (i) a point-of-care (“POCare”) cell therapy platform (“PT”) and (ii) a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (“CDMO”) platform conducted through its subsidiary, Masthercell Global. Through its PT business, the Company’s aim is to further the development of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (“ATMPs”) through collaborations and in-licensing with other pre-clinical and clinical-stage biopharmaceutical companies and research and healthcare institutes to bring such ATMPs to patients. The Company out-licenses these ATMPs through regional partners to whom it also provides regulatory, pre-clinical and training services to support their activity in order to reach patients in a point-of-care hospital setting. Through the Company’s CDMO platform, it is focused on providing contract manufacturing and development services for biopharmaceutical companies. The CDMO platform operates through Masthercell Global, which currently consists of MaSTherCell in Belgium, Atvio in Israel and subsidiaries in South Korea and in the United States, each having unique know-how and expertise for manufacturing in a multitude of cell types. Additional information is available at: www.orgenesis.com.
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Released April 11, 2019