China Biologic Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBPO, “China Biologic” or the “Company”), one of the leading plasma-based biopharmaceutical companies in the People’s Republic of China, announced that its indirectly owned subsidiary, Shandong Taibang Biological Products Co., Ltd. (“Taibang”), recently received approval from the China State Food and Drug Administration (“SFDA”) to begin clinical trials for its human fibrinogen to be used to treat congenital fibrinogen deficiency and acquiredfibrinogen deficiency.
Under Chinese regulations, the Company can begin with the phase III clinical trials, which includes the efficacy study, since phases I and II are not required for this product.
Mr. Chao Ming (Colin) Zhao, China Biologic’s President & Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are very pleased to receive the SFDA’s approval to enter clinical trials for our human fibrinogen product. Our human fibrinogen is made using our internally developed new manufacturing process, which improves product quality, compared with currently available products in the Chinese market. The new process also increases plasma utilization and production efficiency. We plan to secure a patent for our manufacturing invention. We believe this new product also will advance our plasma protein development pipeline. The phase III clinical trials are expected to last about two years, after which we will begin commercial production and sales, assuming the clinical trials prove that the product provides the safe and effective treatments we expect.”
The Company began pre-clinical research in 2008 for its human fibrinogen, including its production process development and pharmaceutical research. In 2009, it completed pre-clinical inactivated virus research and validation work related to the product’s development. In 2010, the Company conducted the pilot study for human fibrinogen and in mid-2010 submitted its application to the SFDA for approval to start human clinical trials for its human fibrinogen.
About human fibrinogen
The Company’s human fibrinogen product that is entering its clinical trials is a heat-treated, lyophilized fibrinogen powder made using plasma from healthy humans. Human fibrinogen is indicated for the treatment of (a) congenital fibrinogen reduction or deficiency and (b) acquiredfibrinogen deficiency associated with serious liver damage, cirrhosis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, or coagulation disorder resulting from the lack of fibrinogen related to postpartum hemorrhage, major surgery, trauma, or acute bleeding.
About China Biologic Products, Inc.
China Biologic Products, Inc., through its indirect majority-owned subsidiaries, Shandong Taibang Biological Products Co., Ltd. and Guiyang Dalin Biologic Technologies Co., Ltd. and its equity investment in Xi’an Huitian Blood Products Co., Ltd., is one of the leading plasma-based biopharmaceutical companies in China.
China Biologic is a fully integrated biologic products company with plasma collection, production and manufacturing, research and development, and commercial operations. The Company’s plasma-based biopharmaceutical products are irreplaceable during medical emergencies and are used for the prevention and treatment of various diseases. The Company sells its products to hospitals and other healthcare facilities in China. Please see the Company’s website www.chinabiologic.com for additional information.
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