Lacey, WA – December 2, 2004 – Univera, Inc., the holding company for its U.S. operations, including Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Aloecorp and Oasis LifeSciences, has announced that a grand opening celebration for its new facility will take place at its corporate headquarters on Friday, December 10.
Univera is part of a global “ECONET” family of companies with operations located in South Korea, Russia, China, Mexico, Europe and the U.S. committed to the betterment of mankind by producing products that address today’s—and tomorrow’s—most important health concerns.
The company moved from Broomfield, Colorado to Lacey, Washington on September 1, and has begun plans to build a state-of-the-art corporate campus on 40 acres of land it purchased one mile from the current facility. This new business campus will include cutting-edge laboratory facilities, warehouse, distribution and production capabilities, as well as other buildings as needed.
“In the spirit of this holiday season, the time is ideal for us to thank all of the wonderful people in our community who have welcomed us with open arms and have already supported our success in so many ways,” said Univera’s Vice Chairman and CEO, Derek Hall. “We are extremely happy to be able to share with our new and old friends, neighbors, and colleagues a glimpse into our world of scientific breakthroughs and renewed health.”
The “by invitation only” program begins at 11:30 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. and will include facility tours for VIP guests and media at 11:30 a.m., an informal lunch, a noon Korean dance troupe performance and welcome remarks by company executives and local, state and international dignitaries. These include Washington State Senator Paull Shin, a representative from the office of the Lieutenant Governor, Lacey Mayor Virgil Clarkson and the Korean General Consulate, among others. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony, including dignitaries and corporate executives, will take place at 1:00 p.m., followed by a facility tour for invited guests.
Invited guests include local, state and Korean dignitaries, the Lacey Economic Development Council, the Olympia Chamber of Commerce, local businesses involved with the corporate relocation and corporate build-out, local and national business colleagues and neighbors, Univera, Unigen, Aloecorp and Oasis employees and their families, and members of the local media.
“I am overwhelmed with joy and satisfaction to carry on my late father’s vision—and my own dream—of helping bestow upon humankind the health benefits achieved by blending the synergistic union of nature and science,” said B. (Bill) William Lee, Univera’s Chairman of the Board. “Our state-of-the-art genomics, proteomics and biochemistry laboratories reflect the core of our natural products science, and I can think of no better place to make our dreams a reality than in the heartland and nature of the Pacific Northwest.”
Univera is located at 2660 Willamette Drive NE in Lacey, Washington.
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About the Univera Companies
Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (www.unigenpharma.com) is a leading natural products research and development company and proprietary ingredients supplier. The company is dedicated to the discovery of botanically derived therapeutic compounds that address consumer health needs and help improve the quality of human life. Its research and discovery process includes extensive work at both the human cell and gene level. Unigen and sister company Aloecorp each focus on identifying and studying the unique ingredients of medicinal botanicals (Aloecorp’s focus is on Aloe vera) and then formulating proprietary raw materials for use in cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products.
Aloecorp (www.aloecorp.com) is a multinational company providing research-proven, bioactive Aloe vera ingredients to world markets. Aloecorp’s corporate philosophy is to “bring the best of nature to mankind,” and does so with its bioactive, standardized Aloe vera that guarantees 10% polysaccharides by weight, and is clinically proven to enhance the activity of Native Aloe gel. Since its inception in 1988, Aloecorp has been the world’s leading vertically integrated supplier of raw Aloe vera materials. All of Aloecorp’s raw Aloe vera materials have been scientifically tested for biological activity, certified pure by the International Aloe Science Council, and clinically supported in published, peer-reviewed studies. Aloecorp provides raw Aloe vera materials to finished goods manufacturers in the nutritional and dietary supplement, functional food, cosmeceutical, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
Oasis LifeSciences (www.oasislifesciences.com), the world’s leading healthy aging company, is devoted to helping people feel better at any age. Committed to the betterment of mankind, Oasis is dedicated to carrying out scientific research and development of innovative and natural products that promote quality of life. Oasis is the only natural products company—perhaps in the world—with full-scale genomic, proteomic and biological research capabilities that produce a unique, efficacious line of healthy aging products. Years ahead of the competition in unmatched and advanced research, technology and manufacturing capabilities, Oasis delivers what no other company can with proprietary and exclusive products such as Ageless™, AgelessXtra™, RegeniCARE®, MetaBerry®, MetaGreens®, Aloe Gold™, Longevity Signal® Formula, Inthinity® and RegeniPET®. Oasis…Feel Younger Longer!
Derek Hall, Vice Chairman & CEO