Vancouver, British Columbia – March 31, 2011 – Sirona Biochem Corp. (TSX-V: SBM) (the “Company”), a biotechnology company specializing in therapeutics for diabetes and obesity, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of TFChem S.A.S. An official signing took place today in Paris, France.
“Carbohydrate-based molecules have tremendous potential as therapeutics and for other commercial applications, such as cosmetics, and this acquisition of TFChem gives Sirona Biochem the opportunity to earn revenue earlier by expanding into these exciting new commercial markets,” said Sirona Biochem’s President Mark Senner. “We feel the addition of TFChem’s expertise and portfolio leverages our therapeutics program and widely expands our partnering opportunities,” he added.
“TFChem has a strong proprietary chemistry method we feel improves the stability, bioavailability, selectivity and efficacy of carbohydrate-based drugs, which are typically very difficult to stabilize,” said Sirona Biochem’s Vice-President, Research & Development, Dr. Bertrand Plouvier. “TFChem’s award-winning chemistry is showing promise in overcoming these stabilization challenges.”
“We chose to partner with Sirona Biochem because we feel their development expertise and strong business model are a perfect match to successfully maximize the commercial value of our programs,” said Dr. Géraldine Deliencourt-Godefroy, Chief Scientic Officer and founder of TFChem.
As part of the acquisition, TFChem becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Sirona Biochem Corp. Mr. Mark Senner assumes the role of President of TFChem and continues as President of Sirona Biochem. Dr. Géraldine Deliencourt-Godefroy becomes the Chief Scientific Officer of both Sirona Biochem and TFChem. Discovery and research will continue at the TFChem laboratory in Val de Reuil, France, while preclinical research, finance and business operations will be managed in Vancouver, Canada.
Sirona Biochem has purchased from TFChem’s shareholders all of TFChem’s issued shares for approximately 13,000,000 common shares in the capital of the Company at a deemed price of CDN$0.10 per share, plus €500,000, or approximately CDN$665,716, in cash for a total purchase price of €1,500,000 or approximately CDN$1,997,150. The Sirona Biochem common shares have been issued as of the closing date and will be escrowed and released over a period of six years with immediate release of 10% of the shares on the closing date and the remaining 90% released over six years in 7.5% increments every six months.
Using the proprietary chemistry platform developed by TFChem, Sirona Biochem plans to develop three major programs – diabetes therapeutics, anti-aging cosmeceuticals and biological ingredients. The Company has identified anti-aging cosmeceuticals and biological ingredients as high valued programs with lower development costs and shorter development timelines.
TFChem is a drug-discovery company using fluorine atom properties to develop new glycomimetic compounds. Based in Val de Reuil, France, TFChem aims at becoming a major developer of carbohydrate-based drugs. For more information visit www.tfchemistry.com.
About Sirona Biochem Corp.
Sirona Biochem is a biotechnology company developing diabetes and obesity therapeutics, cosmeceuticals and biological ingredients. We are applying a proprietary chemistry technique to improve the pharmaceutical properties of our carbohydrate-based molecules. Our lead product, a sodium glucose transporter (SGLT) inhibitor for Type 2 diabetes, recently achieved positive preclinical results. For more information visit www.sironabiochem.com.
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