SDK to Enter Purification Resin Market through Strategic Investm

SDK to Enter Purification Resin Market through Strategic Investment 
Tokyo, Dec 3, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has signed a
strategic partnership agreement with BIA Separations (BIASep), of Austria. The
partnership includes SDK's investment in BIASep as well as joint marketing
and R&D. With the partnership, SDK will be ready to expand its business to
a market of purification resins used for manufacturing biopharmaceuticals and
for industrial applications. 
SDK is conducting a separation/refining business, developing, manufacturing,
and selling various products pertaining to high-performance liquid
chromatography (HPLC(1)). SDK has been providing a wide variety of analytical
HPLC columns(2) with the brand name of "Shodex(TM)" for more than 40
years. The Shodex columns are delivered to wide-ranging customers in the world,
including public institutions and R&D/quality control sectors of private
enterprises, through the Showa Denko Group's global sales network. 
This time, SDK decided to enter the purification resin market through the
strategic partnership with BIASep, expecting to achieve good synergistic effect
in terms of both technology and product mix. The market is expected to grow
rapidly with the expansion of the biopharmaceutical industry. SDK will fully
utilize the technologies it has amassed through the Shodex business to enhance
the synergies. 
Purification resins are used for refining desired components/chemicals from
culture/reaction solutions for biopharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing
processes. SDK's protein analysis technology and know-how acquired through
the Shodex business will be fully utilized, as protein purification plays a key
role in the purifying process for biopharmaceuticals. 
Efficiency in purification is generally low, resulting in high production
costs of biopharmaceuticals. However, BIASep has developed CIM(R)
Monoliths(3)(CIM Convective Interaction Media(R), which ensure more efficient
purification, compared with competitors' purification resins. SDK has
judged that it is best to enter into a tie-up with BIASep to realize a
participation in the purification resin market. 
Through the partnership arrangement with BIASep, SDK will acquire know-how
concerning development, production, quality control, and marketing of
purification resins.  Furthermore, SDK will aim to strengthen business
relations with producers of biopharmaceuticals, thereby expanding its
separation/refining business. 
(1) HPLC: A form of chromatography for analyzing compounds.  Pressurized
liquid is pumped into and passed through a column packed with gels.  This
process enables efficient separation as well as quick and high-sensitivity
detection and determination of various compounds.  This technology is
applicable to any water- or oil-soluble compounds, and is used in wide areas
such as organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, medicine, food, and environmental
analysis. 
(2) HPLC columns: Stainless-steel or plastic columns packed with beads gels
(spherical particles).  A sample to be analyzed (liquid) is injected into the
column from one end.  Various chemical components contained in the sample are
separated, depending on the characteristics of the particles and chemicals,
extracted from the column, and analyzed.  SDK offers more than 800 different
types of HPLC columns. 
(3) CIM(R) Monoliths: Block-type formed media for purification and analytics.
As various functional groups are attached to the surface, CIM Monoliths enable
more efficient separation and analytics (PAT) of viral particles and large
biomolecules (proteins, DNA, etc.) compared to beads gels. 
Outline of BIA Separations 
Head office: Villach, Austria
Establishment: 1998
Scope of business: Production and sale of short monolithic chromatographic
columns based on CIM Convective Interaction Media(R) Technology
Managing Director and CEO: Dr. Ales Strancar
Number of employees: 80 
About Showa Denko 
Showa Denko K.K. ('SDK'; TSE: 4004, US: SHWDF) is a major
manufacturer and marketer of chemical products serving a wide range of fields
ranging from heavy industry to the electronic and computer industries. SDK
makes petrochemicals (ethylene, propylene), aluminum products (ingots, rods),
electronic equipment (hard disks for computers) and inorganic materials
(ceramics, carbons). The company has overseas operations and a joint venture
with Netherlands-based Montell and Nippon Petrochemicals to make and market
polypropylenes. In March 2001, SDK merged with Showa Denko Aluminum Corporation
to strengthen the high-value-added fabricated aluminum products operations, and
is today developing next-generation optical communications-use wafers. For more
information, please visit www.sdk.co.jp . 
Contact: 
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK)
IR & PR Office
Tel: +81-3-5470-3235 
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