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AFFiRiS AG: 1st Place in Venture Capital & Private Equity Awards for MIG Fonds and AFFiRiS
Date:6/23/2009

VIENNA, Austria, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- MIG Fonds and AFFiRiS AG are this year's winners of the 2009 Venture Capital & Private Equity Award competition, hosted by the industry magazine Boerse-Express and Junge Industrie. The award recognised the long-standing association between the German venture fund and the Austrian biotechnology company as well as a euro 430 million deal between AFFiRiS and GSK Biologicals.

Last Tuesday MIG Fonds and AFFiRiS AG were awarded first place in the Venture Capital and Private Equity (VC/PE) awards by the Austrian industry magazine Boerse-Express.com and their co-sponsors Junge Industrie. The winners were chosen following a special selection process that combines the perspectives of the magazine's readers and selected experts, who evaluate corporate success stories from different perspectives. This year, an investment relationship that has been fruitful for both venture partners was recognised and the importance of VC financing for the start-up period of innovative businesses was thereby recognised.

Dr. Walter Schmidt, co-founder and CEO of AFFiRiS AG, commented that the VC/PE awards "have a very special significance for the capital investment market in Austria because they demonstrate the vital function of VC in the development of promising high-tech businesses. In our case, three years ago MIG Fonds started to invest a total of euro 11.5 million. Without this capital, our licensing deal with GSK Biologicals three years later would not have been possible. This deal is for up to euro 430 million in upfront and milestone payments for our Alzheimer's vaccines. MIG Fonds' decision to invest has therefore already been beneficial for everyone involved."

Based on the MIG Fonds investment, AFFiRiS AG was able to develop its AFFITOME(R) technology, which delivers innovative vaccines with very specific properties. The firm has already announced the development of c
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