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London, August 17, 2010 - SAFC®, a member of the Sigma-Aldrich® Group (NASDAQ: SIAL), and Novozymes Biopharma DK A/S today announced a 10-year extension of their joint agreement under which SAFC retains exclusive marketing and distribution rights for Novozymes Biopharma’s LONG®R³IGF-I (LONG®R3) growth factor used for industrial cell culture applications. The highly potent growth factor is manufactured specifically for customers in the cell culture market, to enable them to reduce operational and regulatory complexity and minimize manufacturing risk.

LONG®R3 is expected to enhance the productivity and performance of industrial cell culture processes, replacing insulin in cell culture, specifically binding to type I IGF receptors to stimulate cell growth and support survival in serum-free media.

The growth factor offers customers a range of benefits from ease-of-use and flexibility to reduced complexity of manufacturing processes and superior...

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