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iBio, Inc. and GE Healthcare form new global alliance
Date:7/26/2012

NEWARK, Del. and CHALFONT ST GILES, England, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- iBio, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IBIO), and GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of GE (NYSE: GE), announced today a new global alliance to commercialize plant-based technologies for the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines.  The alliance builds on the existing development and marketing agreement between the two companies announced in 2010 and combines iBio's innovative plant-based vaccine manufacturing platform, iBioLaunch™, with GE Healthcare's world-class capabilities in start-to-finish technologies for biopharmaceutical manufacturing. iBio's research and development collaborator, Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology (CMB) will continue to play a key role in advancing the iBioLaunch platform.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The iBioLaunch platform is a proprietary gene expression technology that induces plants to rapidly produce high levels of proteins such as vaccines, in a process which can be easily and reliably scaled-up in low cost, controlled-growth facilities.  GE Healthcare develops and produces world-class start-to-finish technologies and tools used for the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals, vaccines and other protein-based therapeutics.  GE Healthcare's global team of bioengineers and bioprocessing scientists are working with researchers from iBio and CMB to develop a single, flexible facility which could significantly reduce the capital and operating costs of biotherapeutic and vaccine manufacture compared with traditional animal cell and microbial based
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