Fisher Scientific unit, HyClone, first foreign business to offer liquid-media production in China

Feb. 14, 2006 — /BUSINESS WIRE/ — LOGAN, Utah — HyClone, an innovative developer of cell-culture products and bioprocessing systems, has expanded its Beijing operations to offer prepared liquid media for customers throughout China and other parts of Asia. It is the first non-Chinese business to offer large-scale liquid-media manufacturing in that country.

A unit of Fisher Scientific’s Biosciences group, HyClone opened its Beijing facility in January 2005, launching a powdered-media repackaging and sales operation. Since then, HyClone has begun cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) manufacturing of liquid cell-culture media. The Beijing facility was constructed with the same state-of-the-art design employed at HyClone’s manufacturing headquarters in Logan, Utah. It strictly follows cGMP standards, providing the highest quality products with the ability to adapt formulations for Chinese academic and industrial customers.

“This expansion demonstrates our commitment to doing business in China and to providing our customers around the world with the same high-quality products,” said Marc Strijbos, president of China for Fisher Scientific. “By providing liquid media prepared in China, HyClone can offer superior customer service, including rapid turnaround of media customized to individual needs.”

HyClone’s 28,750-square-foot Beijing facility includes sales and marketing offices, clean rooms for the repackaging of bulk powdered media, quality-control laboratories, as well as the recently opened liquid-media production area. HyClone also plans to add a research-and-development laboratory.

A majority of the customers served by the Beijing facility are leading Chinese research institutes and pharmaceutical companies, including research and manufacturing enterprises associated with drug and vaccine production. “This market is growing rapidly,” Strijbos added, “and with this growth, Fisher is positioned to provide our customers with a wide range of tools and technologies beyond cell-culture media that will improve their efficiency. Cell-culture is our specialty, and our mission is to become an extension of our customers’ businesses.”

About HyClone

Hyclone is a business unit within the Fisher Biosciences group, offering leading cell-culture products and bioprocessing systems for life-science research and protein-based drug production. Widely known as the premier brand of quality sera for cell culture, HyClone is also a leading brand of classical media, serum-free and protein-free media, process liquids and flexible, single-use BioProcessContainer(TM) (BPC(R)) systems, which are sterile, disposable bags specifically designed for transporting, mixing, dispensing, and storing sterile liquids and powders. For more information about HyClone-brand products, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call 1-800-HYCLONE (492-5663).

About Fisher Biosciences

Fisher Biosciences, a unit of Fisher Scientific International Inc. (NYSE: FSH), manufactures and supplies a wide range of products and services across the general-chemistry and life-sciences arenas. From fine and high-purity chemicals, clinical diagnostics, proprietary protein-research and cell-culture products, and sterile-liquid-handling systems, to innovative RNA-interference technology and high content screening, Fisher Biosciences serves scientific-research, healthcare, drug-discovery, and general industrial customers around the world.

Fisher Scientific: A World Leader in Serving Science

Fisher Scientific International Inc. (NYSE: FSH) is a leading provider of products and services to the scientific community. Fisher facilitates discovery by supplying researchers and clinicians in labs around the world with the tools they need. We serve pharmaceutical and biotech companies; colleges and universities; medical-research institutions; hospitals; reference, quality-control, process-control and R&D labs in various industries; as well as government agencies. From biochemicals, cell-culture media and proprietary RNAi technology to rapid-diagnostic tests, safety products and other consumable supplies, Fisher provides more than 600,000 products and services. This broad offering, combined with Fisher’s globally integrated supply chain and unmatched sales and marketing presence, helps make our 350,000 customers more efficient and effective at what they do.

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