Evreux, France and Berlin, Germany, September 3, 2018 – Citoxlab, a leading CRO for non-clinical research, today announces an investment and partnership deal with Experimental Pharmacology and Oncology Berlin-Buch GmbH (EPO), a well-recognized CRO providing comprehensive services for preclinical oncology research worldwide.
Founded in 1997, EPO is an AAALAC accredited organization. It provides in vitro and in vivo testing of drug candidates with antitumoral and/or immunostimulatory activities in the oncology field. With state-of-the art facilities of 1,300m2 (12,000ft2) at the Campus Berlin-Buch, EPO offers, in particular, a comprehensive range of well characterized syngeneic tumor models, Patient Derived Xenograft (PDX) models and humanized tumor models. More than one hundred large pharma and biotech companies from Europe, Asia and North America have already used EPO’s services.
Dr. Jean-François Le Bigot, president and CEO of Citoxlab Group said: “We are particularly happy that EPO’s management agreed to our investment proposal. Its scientific reputation and the reliability of its studies are widely recognized in the oncology community. More than 40% of the new drugs under development target cancer. Offering an integrated services portfolio which includes pharmacology alongside drug safety, pharmacokinetics and bioanalysis/biomarkers will allow Citoxlab-EPO’s clients to save time and money and avoid the risks linked to moving from one CRO to another. Several key clients have already told us that this integrated-services offering perfectly meets their needs. For biotechnology companies, financial milestones are often linked to reaching specific development steps, so integrated operations optimizing time spent can be a strategic advantage.”
Dr. Jens Hoffman, CEO of EPO said: “As the founders and main shareholders, Dr. Iduna Fichner, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Walther, CSO, and myself have carefully analyzed Citoxlab’s interest in our company, with our long-term development in mind. As one of the top five non-clinical CROs worldwide, Citoxlab has established long-lasting business relationships with hundreds of customers. In addition, as a science driven CRO, Citoxlab has developed specialties in disciplines such as immunohistochemistry, cell cytometry and genomics, which are key in our area of research. We believe that these scientific synergies, combined with Citoxlab’s strong business development dynamics, will benefit both us and our clients. I must add that the respect for the culture and management in their previous acquisitions shown by Citoxlab was important in choosing this strategic partnership, where Citoxlab will own 49% of EPO.”
Experimental Pharmacology and Oncology Berlin-Buch GmbH (EPO) is one of the leading contract research organizations (CRO) providing comprehensive worldwide services for preclinical oncology research. EPO is specialized in the development of tailored basic and translational research models to support drug development, starting with target validation and compound screening and ending in integrational in vivo studies addressing pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, biomarkers and tolerability. EPO has established models for radiation and immune oncology research. EPO’s operations meet the highest industrial standards endorsed by more than one hundred customers worldwide. Its highly motivated and qualified team guarantees short response times, consistency of service, regular updates and transparency. EPO is based at the Campus Berlin-Buch, one of Germany´s leading biotech locations.
About Citoxlab Group
With nine facilities located in France (Evreux and Saint-Nazaire), Canada (Laval and Boisbriand), the US (Kansas City), Denmark (Copenhagen) and Hungary (Veszprém, Budapest, Szeged), Citoxlab Group offers a comprehensive range of preclinical services to meet the needs of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, chemical and agrochemical companies worldwide. Citoxlab carries out studies in general and reproductive toxicology, carcinogenicity, immunology, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and bioanalysis/biomarkers. Citoxlab and Atlanbio also offer both preclinical and clinical bioanalysis and biomarker services. AccelLAB provides efficacy and safety studies of medical devices (cardiology, ENT, orthopedics and regenerative medicine). In partnership with Stemina (Madison, USA) the Group offers screening services using human embryonic stem cell models. With the recently acquired Solvo Biotechnology, products and services in the field of transporters and DDI are now available. Today, Citoxlab has 1,400 employees working at nine sites with state-of-the-art facilities, generating revenues of €150M ($175M). The company has a world-class top-level management team in scientific, financial and business activities.