PARSIPPANY, N.J. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The agreement grants DSM rights to use Codexis' custom biocatalysts and services, and secures supply of Codexis enzymes for commercialization of sustainable enzyme-based pharmaceutical manufacturing routes developed by DSM's InnoSyn™ route scouting services.
Codexis technology enables development of new efficient manufacturing processes for active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates which reduce cost and environmental waste. Codexis technology is used at major pharmaceutical and chemical companies worldwide including Merck, Pfizer and Teva.
The DSM InnoSyn™ route scouting team provides value creating solutions to its customer by integrating cutting edge enzyme technology with the full range of advances in synthetic methods such as homogeneous catalysis, modern organic synthesis and continuous chemistry, using for example micro reactors. The new routes result in increased efficiency of the manufacturing processes while reducing cost and environmental impact.
"Codexis has a proven track record over nearly 10 years in bringing innovation and manufacturing efficiency to our partners," said Joseph Sarret, M.D., President, Codexis Pharmaceutical Services & Enzyme Products. "We are pleased to collaborate with DSM in the field of biocatalysis to enable cost-effective manufacturing process at commercial scale."
Oliver May, Ph.D., Corporate Scientist and Business Manager for DSM's InnoSyn™ route scouting services commented: "One important success factor for implementing enzymatic routes is access to a diverse range of biocatalysts. DSM is continuously expanding its unique enzyme collection of more than 3000 enzymes by in-house developments as well as innovative partnering models. We are very pleased to collaborate with Codexis whose expertise in enzyme development perfectly matches with DSM's capabilities to identify, develop and implement efficient enzymatic routes."
InnoSyn™ is a trademark of DSM
Codexis (Nasdaq: CDXS) is a clean technology company that develops optimized biocatalysts that make industrial processes faster, cleaner and more efficient. Codexis' technology is commercialized with many leading global pharmaceutical companies and in development for advanced biofuels with Shell. Other potential markets include carbon capture, water treatment and chemicals. More information: www.codexis.com
DSM Pharmaceutical Products
DSM Pharmaceutical Products is a global provider of high quality custom contract manufacturing and development services to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. DSM contract manufacturing services include: chemical development, registered intermediates, registered starting materials, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API's), mammalian cell production of monoclonal antibodies and proteins, formulation development, clinical trial manufacturing and finished dose form manufacturing of solids, semi-solids, and scheduled drugs, aseptic liquid and lyophilized products. More information: www.dsmpharmaceuticalproducts.com
DSM – the Life Sciences and Materials Sciences Company
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Codexis Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to Codexis development of biocatalysts for use at DSM Pharmaceutical Products. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond our control and that could materially affect actual results. Factors that could materially affect actual results can be found in Codexis Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q dated November 4, 2010 including under the caption "Risk Factors." Codexis expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.
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For more information:
Oliver May, Ph.D.
Media: Lyn Christenson
Business Manager, InnoSyn™
tel. +1 650 421 8144
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Investors: Robert Lawson
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