JSR Expands its Biomedical Business by Investing in BIA Separations' Unique Purification Technology

Tokyo, Japan, (PresseBox) - JSR Corporation (Head Office: Minato-Ku, Tokyo, President: Mitsunobu Koshiba) and BIA Separations (Head Office: Villach, Managing Director and CEO: Aleš Štrancar) announced that they have entered a strategic partnership which includes a minor equity position by JSR on November 14th 2011.

As a result of this investment, JSR and BIA Separations have started a joint global marketing and sales effort and collaborative R&D activities in the area of downstream purification as part of the manufacturing of vaccine, DNA and antibody based medicines.

From JSR's perspective, teaming up with BIA Separations will give JSR access to a unique and leading edge technology in the field of downstream purification of large bio-molecules. Combining this technology with JSR's proprietary Protein A media, we offer the bio pharmaceutical industry a faster, more reliable downstream purification process at a lower cost of ownership. This will contribute to making advanced treatments accessible to a larger part of the human society.

BIA Separations recognizes that JSR Corporation is a leading polymer chemistry manufacturer with a very strong commitment to the life sciences industry. JSR's global presence in the local markets and JSR's expertise in the field of consistent high quality volume manufacturing will help BIA Separations to successfully grow its business while maintaining its technological leadership. This partnership is a very important message to the industry as it secures the long term presence of BIA Separations and its technology and products on the market.

About BIA Separations

BIA Separations is the only worldwide developer and manufacturer of CIM Convective Interaction Media® -- short monolithic chromatographic columns optimized for the separation and purification of large bio-molecules and viral particles on the laboratory and industrial scale. For more information about BIA Separations, please visit www.biaseparations.com.

JSR Corporation

JSR Corporation is a multinational company employing over 5000 people worldwide and a leading materials supplier in a variety of technology driven markets. JSR's global network is headquartered in Tokyo (Japan) and has factories and offices in Europe, US, China, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore. JSR is a research-oriented organization that pursues close collaborations with leading innovators in a number of industries that are a key to the present and future welfare of human society: life-sciences, energy storage, electronic materials, display and optical materials. For more information about JSR Corporation, please go to www.jsr.co.jp.

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