ZURICH, December 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Prionics, a world leader in farm animal diagnostics, has entered into a strategic partnership with the Spanish company Ingenasa to make their innovative farm animal diagnostic solutions available to global markets. The collaboration will include distribution, product development and production. Through this partnership, Prionics' and Ingenasa's customers will profit from an expanded portfolio of proven products.

Prionics and Ingenasa have agreed to intensify their cooperation in global distribution and join efforts to develop and produce their diagnostic products. The intensified partnership between Prionics and Ingenasa is built on a longstanding cooperation between the two companies. Ingenasa, based in Madrid, Spain, distributes its products in selected European countries and has been looking for a partner company with a worldwide distribution network. The Ingenasa products are diagnostic solutions that have proven their usefulness on the market, says Dr. Markus Moser, CEO of Prionics. We are excited at the prospect of making these products available world-wide.

Joint product development and marketing

Prionics and Ingenasa have now agreed to also join efforts to develop new diagnostic solutions. We see great potential in our strategic partnership with Prionics, says Dr. Carmen Vela, President of Ingenasa. Our joint product development will strengthen our ability to bring new products to our customers.

The first tangible outcome of our collaboration is the PrioCHECK(R) BTV DR, a highly effective test for the early detection of the Bluetongue Virus, says Ernst Zollinger, Chief Marketing Officer of Prionics. Working together we will bring more products to the market.

About Prionics

Prionics AG, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is a leading provider of farm animal diagnostics and a recognized center of expertise in BSE and prion diseases. Founded in 1997, Prionics researches and markets innovative diagnostic solutions for major farm animal diseases, contributing significantly to the protection of consumer health. Winner of the Swiss Economic Award for Company of the year (2002) and the European Biotech Award for Excellence in Biotech Business (2004), in 2006 Prionics was nominated as the world's best animal health company.

About Ingenasa

Ingenasa is a highly specialized, biotechnology company in Animal Health, which was established in the early 1980s and is based in Madrid. More than half of the workforces are university graduates engaged in the research and development of new products based on immunological and genetic technologies. A large part of their work has been carried out in the course of projects that form part of European Union framework research and development programmes, in collaboration with scientific and technological partners from Denmark, France, Holland and the United Kingdom. Ingenasa has proven its ability to achieve a European dimension, both on technological and commercial fronts and is now looking to project their product line onto an even wider international stage.

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Contact: Marjan van der Haar Marketing Communications Phone: +41-44-200-20-57 Mobile: +41-79-253-52-16 E-Mail: media@prionics.com

Contact: Marjan van der Haar, Marketing Communications, Phone: +41-44-200-20-57, Mobile: +41-79-253-52-16, E-Mail: media@prionics.com