BioQ Pharma and Cipla Enter Into an Agreement to Commercialize BioQ’s Ropivacaine Infusion System in India

SAN FRANCISCO and MUMBAI, India, Jan. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioQ Pharma Incorporated, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of single-use, large-volume ready-to-use infusible pharmaceuticals, and Cipla Limited, “Cipla,” a global pharmaceutical company that uses cutting edge technology and innovation to meet the everyday needs of all patients, today announced the signing of a strategic distribution, supply and development agreement for the registration and commercialization of BioQ Pharma's Ropivacaine infusion pharmaceutical in India.



BioQ Pharma's unit-dose infusion pharmaceuticals have been developed as ready-to-use presentations in which the drugs and administration systems are self-contained and delivered at the point of care. In particular, the Ropivacaine infusion system is pre-filled, ready to use at the point of care, and intended to provide a safer, more efficient continuous-infusion post-operative pain solution.

Josh Kriesel, President and CEO of BioQ Pharma, remarked, "We are excited to collaborate with Cipla as we expand our worldwide commercial footprint into India. We believe India is an excellent market to help expand our objective of establishing a new standard of care in the presentation and administration of infusible pharmaceuticals. Cipla's proven, hospital-focused sales and marketing organization will be essential in introducing BioQ Pharma's proprietary unit-dose, large volume infusion pharmaceuticals to India’s healthcare market, which we believe will benefit from our product’s value-add proposition of increased safety, sterility and convenience."

Nikhil Chopra, Head of Cipla’s India Business, added, "We are very pleased to partner with BioQ Pharma in introducing the Ropivacaine unit-dose infusion system to patients and caregivers in India. We believe that this innovative product represents a significant evolution in enhancing the delivery of infusions and managing post-surgical pain."

About BioQ Pharma

BioQ Pharma Incorporated is a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing ready-to-use infusible pharmaceuticals. The Company's infusion platform is intended to address some of the most pressing unmet needs in drug infusion today: cost, medication error, sterility, efficiency, and patient quality of life. BioQ Pharma's objective is to set a new standard of care in the presentation and administration of infusible pharmaceuticals via the Company's proprietary unit-dose infusion systems that can be deployed quickly and conveniently at the point of care with one touch. The Company is ISO13485 certified. BioQ Pharma's existing commercial collaborators and strategic partners include Novartis' Sandoz unit, Cipla, Lee’s Pharm, Lunatus and West Pharmaceutical Services.

About Cipla

Cipla is a global pharmaceutical company which uses cutting edge technology and innovation to meet the everyday needs of all patients. For 80 years, Cipla has emerged as one of the most respected pharmaceutical names in India as well as across more than 150 countries. Our portfolio includes 1,500 plus products across therapeutic categories with one quality standard globally.

Whilst delivering a long-term sustainable business, Cipla recognises its duty to provide affordable medicines. Cipla’s emphasis on access for patients was recognized globally for the pioneering role played in HIV/AIDS treatment as the first pharmaceutical company to provide a triple combination anti-retroviral (ARV) in Africa at less than one dollar a day and thereby treating many millions of patients since 2001.

Cipla’s research and development focuses on developing innovative products and drug delivery systems.

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BioQ Pharma Contact Information: Josh Kriesel President and CEO 415-336-6496 Ron Pauli Chief Financial Officer 415-889-7707 Media: Stephanie Carrington Integrated Corporate Relations, Inc (ICR) stephanie.carrington@icrinc.com 646-277-1282 Cipla Contact Information: Corporate Communications Charlotte Chunawala Mobile: +91 7506257377 E Mail: charlotte.chunawala@cipla.com; Pallavi Golar Mobile: +91 9833641788 E Mail: pallavi.golar@cipla.com

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