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Microbix hires R-Biopharm as distributor for QAPs

2020-05-15 09:13 ET - News Release

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Microbix Biosystems Inc. has appointed R-Biopharm AG as distributor of its quality assessment products in 11 countries.

Under an agreement between the parties, R-Biopharm has been appointed as distributor of Microbix's quality assessment products (QAPs) for Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom. As distributor, R-Biopharm will provide marketing, distribution, and logistical support for Microbix's QAPs. At present, there are four dozen such QAPs across the PROCEEDx and REDx Controls tradenames -- to support whole-process accuracy of tests for bacterial and viral diseases by emulating patient samples while being consistent, non-infectious, stable, and cross-instrument compatible.

Founded in 1988 and based in Darmstadt, Germany, R-Biopharm is a privately-owned biotech company with over 1,000 employees. R-Biopharm is a leading developer of test solutions for clinical diagnostics and food & feed analysis. R-Biopharm test kits offer high precision and accuracy {&#A A ; –} key requirements where patient or consumer health is at risk. It operates worldwide and has facilities in 12 countries, with dedicated teams for sales, marketing, field service supporting the clinical diagnostics sector.

R-Biopharm will provide physical distribution, sales and marketing, and technical support for the full line of Microbix QAPs. This will include Microbix's QAPs to support the accuracy of testing for respiratory viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), Flu A, Flu B, and RSV, as well as its leading-edge QAPs for high-risk types of HPV and other sexually-transmitted infections. R-Biopharm already services clinical labs conducting such testing throughout the distribution territories and is well-positioned to offer access to the full Microbix QAPs catalogue.

Phil Casselli, SVP of Sales and Business Development of Microbix commented, "We're very pleased to have R-Biopharm become a distribution partner for our QAPs product lines. As a globally recognized diagnostic test manufacturer, they regularly meet with key personnel in hospitals and clinical labs. Our controls are a perfect complement to their product mix and their field team is well suited to deliver excellent user-training and after sales support for our growing PROCEEDx and REDx Controls product lines."

Andreas Simons, Director of Product Management, Clinical Diagnostics for R-Biopharm stated, "We're pleased to secure access to Microbix's innovative QAPs for sexually-transmitted, respiratory, and gastrointestinal infections as a complementary portfolio for our laboratory customers. There is an ever-increasing need to improve the accuracy of clinical diagnostic testing that these products will help address. Training of R-Biopharm staff about QAPs is already well advanced and we are now beginning to stock this product portfolio.

About Microbix Biosystems

Microbix develops proprietary biological and technology solutions for human health and well-being, with approximately 80 skilled employees and sales now exceeding $1 million per month on average. It makes a wide range of critical biological materials for the global diagnostics industry, notably antigens for immunoassays and its laboratory quality assessment products (QAPs) that support clinical lab proficiency testing, enable assay development and validation, or help ensure quality control of clinical diagnostic tests. Microbix antigens and QAPs are sold to many customers worldwide, at present primarily to multinational diagnostics companies and laboratory accreditation organizations. Microbix is ISO 9001 and 13485 accredited, FDA and Health Canada establishment licensed, and provides CE marked products.

Microbix also applies its biological expertise and infrastructure to develop other proprietary products and technologies, most notably Kinlytictrademark urokinase, a biologic thrombolytic drug used to treat blood clots.

Microbix is a publicly-traded company, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Distribution inquiries should be directed to sarah.sokol@microbix.com.

About R-Biopharm AG

R-Biopharm AG, a privately-owned company based in Darmstadt, Germany, is a globally active biotechnology company and a leading provider of reliable test systems for clinical diagnostics, companion diagnostics, and for analyzing human food and animal feedstuffs. Since 1988, R-Biopharm has been developing innovative products characterized by top quality, reliability and efficiency. A strong sense of responsibility, long-standing experience and a network of more than twenty affiliated companies and subsidiaries in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Latin America, China, India and Australia, as well as more than 120 distribution partners, make R-Biopharm a prime partner for clients from retail, industry and public institutions looking for answers and solutions for current and future analytical challenges. Please visit www.r-biopharm.com for more information.

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