Chr. Hansen Acquires Urex Biotech Inc.

With the acquisition Chr. Hansen expands its activities within proven probiotics for dietary supplements.

“I am very pleased with this agreement. As a division our strategy is to continue the recent year’s positive development through organic growth or through relevant acquisitions - and Urex is a perfect strategic fit for us,” says Henrik Dalboege, Executive Vice President, Health & Nutrition Division, Chr. Hansen.

The Health & Nutrition Division experienced more than 20% organic growth in 2007/08 and has positive prospects for the future too. The focus is on developing new products for the dietary supplement industry and the pharmaceutical industry, first and foremost with focus on probiotics.

Best documented
Urex is a convenient oral probiotic concept clinically documented to restore and maintain a healthy vaginal flora which may reduce the risk of infections. Over the last few years nine clinical studies conducted in several countries have been published using the oral formulation and numerous others are currently underway.

“For probiotics documentation is key and Urex –cap-5 is among the best documented probiotic concepts in the world. Furthermore, the concept fits perfectly to our existing product portfolio within the category women’s health and to our other probiotic solutions for gastrointestinal health and immune health,” Mr. Dalboege continues.
Urex is today sold in many markets worldwide e.g. the US, France, Poland and India.

Close cooperation
In 2004 Chr. Hansen and Urex Biotech Inch. entered into a strategic alliance on developing and promoting therapeutic solutions to women’s health issues based on proven probiotic strains.

“We have enjoyed a very rewarding cooperation with Urex and we plan to continue our cooperation with the co-founder and internationally recognized probiotic researcher Dr. Gregor Reid in the future too", Mr. Dalboege concludes.

“Dr. Bruce and I accomplished what we set out to do with Urex, namely develop technology that could provide benefits for the urogenital health of women. But our hearts are in medical science and the time has come to return to those roots, leaving the business aspects of taking the lactobacilli to women around the world, in the safe hands of Chr. Hansen”, Dr. Reid explains.

The acquisition price is not disclosed.

For further information on this press release, please contact:

Henrik Dalboege, Executive Vice President, Health & Nutrition Division, Chr. Hansen Telephone: +45 4574 7474

Kristine Ahrensbach, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Chr. Hansen
Telephone: +45 4574 7623
Mobile: +45 2249 5115
E-mail: [email protected]

About Chr. Hansen
Chr. Hansen is a global biotechnology company that provides ingredients to the food, dairy, human health and nutrition, and animal health industries. The company is a leading supplier of cultures, probiotics, enzymes and natural colors, which are applied in foods and beverages, dietary supplements, and agricultural products.
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