January 17, 2006 — /PALL/ — East Hills, N.Y. — Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Biotrace International Plc (LSE: BOI) giving Pall exclusive global marketing and distribution rights to the range of Ascotec environmental air monitoring products for the pharmaceutical industry. As part of the worldwide agreement, the two companies will also work together on the development of additional innovative products for the rapid detection of contamination. Microbiological monitoring of manufacturing processes is critical to ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and product safety.
The Ascotec products are used to monitor the quality of the air and compressed gases in the production environment. They are used wherever clean rooms are required for manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, personal healthcare products and cosmetics and in other clinical environments such as hospitals to reliably capture bacteria in the environment for subsequent monitoring. The agreement will provide industry the ability to access the Ascotec air monitoring technologies to better enable them to achieve the goals of the U.S. FDA Process Analytical Technology (PAT) initiative. The PAT initiative encourages manufacturers to adopt new analytical technologies to better control manufacturing processes and provide greater assurances of product safety.
“The addition of the Ascotec air sampler to our rapid microbiology platform, including the PallchekTM monitor, gives customers around the globe access to a proven technology that meets the most stringent clean room standards,” says Ken Frank, President, Pall Biopharmaceuticals. “It is an ideal complement to our capabilities in process and environmental monitoring technology and aligns with our business strategy to be a total solutions provider for the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.”
Ian Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Biotrace, said, “This agreement is another important milestone in our strategy to develop a broad business base in industrial microbiology. Our leading position in proprietary microbial testing technologies coupled with Pall’s strong customer relationships worldwide in the pharmaceutical industries will greatly enhance our presence in this attractive market. The combination of Pall’s filtration technologies and know-how with our technologies and expertise in rapid microbiology will create the next generation of fast testing solutions reducing the ‘time to result’ and improving production efficiency.”
About Pall Corporation
Pall is the global leader in the rapidly growing field of filtration, separations and purification. Pall’s business is organized around two broad markets: Life Sciences and Industrial. The Company provides leading-edge products to meet the demanding needs of customers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, transfusion medicines, semiconductors, water purification, aerospace and broad industrial markets. Total revenues for fiscal 2005 were $1.9 billion. The Company headquarters are in East Hills, New York with extensive operations throughout the world. Visit Pall at http://www.pall.com
About Biotrace International Plc
Biotrace is a leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial microbiology and life science products. The Company is organised into three business segments: Industrial, Life Sciences and Defence. The Group’s proprietary technologies are used by most of the world’s leading food and beverage manufacturers who rely on Biotrace products as an essential part of their quality control procedures. Industrial customers also include pharmaceutical industries, personal care product manufacturers and environmental water markets. The Life Sciences business manufactures highly specialised workstations for hospital microbiology laboratories and medical research organisations. The Defence segment provides systems and consumables for the rapid detection of biological weapons. Formed in 1988 and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1993, Biotrace had total revenues of £27 million in 2004. The Company is headquartered in Bridgend, UK with manufacturing and sales operations worldwide. Visit Biotrace at http://www.biotrace.com.