Sirona Biochem’s Subsidiary TFChem Winner of Acclaimed Innovation Award in France

Winners selected for patent strength, competitive advantage and growth potential

Vancouver, British Columbia – November 20, 2012 – Sirona Biochem Corp. (TSX-V: SBM, OTC: SRBCF, Frankfurt: ZSB), an award-winning biotech company, is pleased to announce its subsidiary company, TFChem, is the recipient of the 2012 INPI Regional Trophy for Innovation.  INPI is the National Institute of Industrial Property (Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle), a French organization supporting patent applications.

“France is home to some of the world’s most innovative science and we are so honoured to have received this prestigious award. This trophy is a recognition of the strength of our patent strategy” said Dr. Géraldine Deliencourt-Godefroy. 

“Congratulations to Géraldine and the TFChem team for winning the INPI Trophy,” said Neil Belenkie, Chief Executive Officer at Sirona Biochem.  “The scientific advances in carbohydrate chemistry made by Géraldine and the TFChem chemistry team exemplify dedication, entrepreneurship and innovation.  This honour is well-deserved,” he added.

Since 1991, the INPI has annually awarded regional and national trophies to acknowledge innovation in France. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and Research Units are measured for their intellectual property strength and strategies, competitive advantage, growth potential, partnerships and application of technology.  Each year INPI awards three companies and one research units per region.

View the video of TFChem (in French), produced by French government.
Read about the 2012 INPI Winners (in French).

About TFChem
TFChem, a subsidiary of Sirona Biochem Corp., is a drug-discovery company which uses fluorine atom properties to develop new glycomimetic compounds. TFChem is a leader in the area of fluorinated glycosides and their application in developing new, more potent and safer pharmaceutical and cosmetic agents.  For more information visit www.tfchemistry.com.

About Sirona Biochem Corp.
Sirona Biochem is a biotechnology company developing diabetes therapeutics, cancer vaccine antigens, skin depigmenting and anti-aging agents for cosmetic use, and biological ingredients.  The company utilizes a proprietary chemistry technique to improve pharmaceutical properties of carbohydrate-based molecules. For more information visit www.sironabiochem.com.

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For more information regarding this press release, contact:

Julie Jang
Director, Communications
Sirona Biochem Corp.
Phone:  604.282.6065
Email: jjang@sironabiochem.com

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