LAVAL, Quebec, March 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. ("Neptune" or the "Corporation") (Nasdaq:NEPT) (TSX:NTB), announced today that reconstruction of its Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada production facility will be completed April 7, 2014. Neptune is currently conducting equipment and safety related tests at the plant and employees are being trained. Preoperational testing will start early April 2014, with actual production commencing upon receipt of all outstanding permits.
The Corporation continues to work with various government authorities, including those related to workers health & safety and the environment, to obtain all remaining permits to begin operations. Neptune has been actively working with these agencies during the construction process and has cooperated with them to implement their recommendations.
The new facility will have the capacity to produce more than 150 metric tons of krill oil annually. In addition, the plant has the required space to allow for a doubling of production capacity in the future, depending on demand.
About Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc.
Neptune is a biotechnology company engaged primarily in the development and commercialization of marine-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (''PUFAs''). Neptune has a patented process of extracting oils from Antarctic krill, and principally sells omega-3 PUFAs as bulk oil to Neptune's distributors who commercialize them under their private label primarily in the U.S., European and Australian nutraceutical markets. Neptune's products generally come in bulk oil or capsule form and serve as a dietary supplement to consumers. Neptune's head office is located at 545 Promenade du Centropolis, Suite 100, Laval, Quebec.
Neptune respectively holds approximately 49% of the participating and voting rights of Acasti and 96% of the voting rights of NeuroBioPharm. Through these subsidiaries, Neptune is also pursuing opportunities in the medical food and prescription drug markets. Acasti and NeuroBioPharm respectively focus on the research and development of safe and therapeutically effective compounds for highly prevalent atherosclerotic conditions, such as cardiometabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases, and for neurodegenerative and inflammation related conditions. Acasti's lead prescription drug candidate is CaPre®, a purified high omega-3 phospholipid concentrate derived from Neptune krill oil being developed to address the prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic disorders, including hypertriglyceridemia, which is characterized by abnormally high levels of triglycerides.
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