BioLife Solutions Forms 'biologistex CCM(SM)' Joint Venture with SAVSU® Technologies, to Market Intelligent, Controlled Temperature Containers for Biologics, 'Super-insulating Shippers' Transmit Payload Location +'Critical Status Information', to Enable Cloud-based Cold Chain Management - Sep 30, 2014
"BOTHELL, Wash., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BioLife Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLFS), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical grade hypothermic storage and cryopreservation freeze media and precision thermal shipping products for cells and tissues ("BioLife" or the "Company"), today announced the formation of a joint venture under the brand name of biologistex Cold Chain Management ("CCM"), a play on biologistics, defined as the processes, tools, and data used to monitor and manage the movement of biologic materials such as vaccines, cells, tissues, and organs across time and space.
The joint venture is with SAVSU Technologies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barson Corporation, with whom BioLife has an existing exclusive product distribution relationship.
biologistex CCM is a limited liability company, and the entity is majority held by BioLife Solutions, with SAVSU Technologies being the only other shareholder. biologistex CCM was formed to leverage SAVSU intellectual property related to controlled temperature containers and BioLife's significant relationships and customer base in the high growth biobanking, drug discovery, and regenerative medicine markets. biologistex CCM has received a 20-year exclusive worldwide distribution right to current and future SAVSU controlled temperature containers, including the EVO™ smart container. BioLife will make a multi-million dollar investment in connection with these transactions, and will manage all sales, marketing, technical, customer service, accounting, and fulfillment operations in its current Bothell, Washington facilities.
Mike Rice, BioLife's President and CEO, commented on the formation of biologistex CCM by stating, "We are very pleased to announce the creation of biologistex CCM with SAVSU. This is a great opportunity for BioLife's sales and marketing team to introduce SAVSU's next generation EVO smart container platform to our strategic markets, where we have built and maintain very strong relationships with hundreds of customers that can benefit from using improved biologistics tools. Current alternatives in cold chain shippers include Styrofoam cooler type boxes and expensive vacuum panel devices, most of which do not currently include stand alone or embedded intelligence to monitor critical payload status and location. Initial customer feedback on EVO and our logistics management portal has been very positive and we look forward to completing our beta customer program and the full product and service launch over the next few months."
A 2013 visiongain Translational Regenerative Medicine market research report forecasts that the regenerative medicine market comprised of cell and gene therapies and tissue-engineered products will grow to more than $23 billion by 2024. BioLife expects to participate in this market growth by providing biopreservation media and precision thermal packaging products used to store, freeze, ship, and administer clinical cells and tissues to patients. To date, BioLife's proprietary biopreservation media products have been incorporated into over 130 hospital-approved and clinical trial stage regenerative medicine products and therapies.
Rice continued, "We believe we can drive substantial revenue and growth through biologistex CCM since precision temperature controlled shippers are highly complementary to our clinical grade biopreservation media products, as both offerings can extend stability, increase yield, and reduce costs for our customers' cell and tissue-based biologic source material and manufactured regenerative medicine products. We have an excellent opportunity to leverage the strong relationships we have in our core markets."
Bruce McCormick, President of SAVSU Technologies, remarked on the creation of biologistex CCM with BioLife by stating, "We are keen to partner with BioLife to launch biologistex CCM and commence deployment and market adoption of our next generation smart shippers for temperature sensitive biologics. BioLife has established a significant base of customers, who along with clinicians and patients, can benefit from improved biologistics throughout the manufacturing and delivery chain. We highly value BioLife's reputation, scientific marketing approach and proven, high quality operations in their Bothell facilities."
Dana Barnard, President & CEO of SAVSU's parent company Barson Corporation, commented on the strategic decision to partner with BioLife to market SAVSU's EVO smart shipper technology platform by stating, "We considered several factors leading to our decision to form the biologistex CCM joint venture with BioLife. Speed to market is critical and BioLife's existing relationships in our cross over markets, proven execution in driving adoption of disruptive tools, and their commitments to fund and manage the operations of the JV really convinced our board of directors that this is the best overall approach to market SAVSU's next generation controlled temperature containers and the joint venture's related customer management portal."
In December 2013, the IMARC Group published its Global Healthcare Cold Chain Logistics Market Report & Forecast. This includes a forecast that the demand for cold chain packaging and instrumentation services will grow from $3.2 billion in 2013 to $5.1 billion in 2018.
About SAVSU® Technologies
SAVSU® designs and builds solutions to ensure the safe delivery and storage of medicines and biologics used to provide global health. Our mission is to improve global health by greatly reducing the waste and risks associated with the improper freezing and overheating of thermal-sensitive medicines and biologics. SAVSU® has developed proprietary state-of-the-art technology to ultimately lower costs and improve delivery of these most essential materials. For more information please visit www.savsu.com.
Created in 1974, Barson is a private company that invests in and manages companies organized around high performance materials and processes. Subsidiaries include: hitemco (high performance surfaces for aerospace and energy), himed (bioactive coatings, solids and powders for the orthopedic and dental markets), and SAVSU (high performance transport and storage containers for temperature sensitive biologics and medicines). For more information please www.barson.us.
About BioLife Solutions
BioLife Solutions develops, manufactures and markets hypothermic storage and cryopreservation solutions and precision thermal shipping products for cells, tissues, and organs. BioLife also performs contract aseptic media formulation, fill, and finish services. The Company's proprietary HypoThermosol® and CryoStor® platform of solutions are highly valued in the biobanking, drug discovery, and regenerative medicine markets. BioLife's biopreservation media products are serum-free and protein-free, fully defined, and are formulated to reduce preservation-induced cell damage and death. BioLife's enabling technology provides commercial companies and clinical researchers significant improvement in shelf life and post-preservation viability and function of cells, tissues, and organs. For more information please visit www.biolifesolutions.com, and follow BioLife on Twitter. "
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