XBiotech Announces Successful Completion of EMA GMP Inspection

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- XBiotech Inc. (NASDAQ:XBIT), developer of next-generation True Human™ therapeutic antibodies, today announced a successful GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) inspection by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The EMA’s Competent Authorities of France [The French Agency for the Safety of Health Products], conducted the inspection in connection with the Xilonix Marketing Authorization Application. XBiotech’s production operations were deemed to be in general compliance with the principles and guidelines of good manufacturing practice as laid down in Commission Directive 2003/94/EC. The findings allow the French Agency to recommend to the EMA XBiotech’s current facility for the commercial manufacture of Xilonix.

XBiotech is pioneering a new manufacturing process using disposable bioreactor technologies. These manufacturing technologies reduce capital costs and operating complexity while improving flexibility of biological manufacturing compared to existing clean-in-place technologies. XBiotech CEO, John Simard, commented, “The confirmation of GMP compliance is an important step for our manufacturing platform and commercialization capabilities.”

The GMP inspection was performed as part of the evaluation of the Company’s Marketing Authorization Application for Xilonix for the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer. The Company expects EMA decision on the Marketing Application as early as the end of 2016.

About True Human™ Therapeutic Antibodies
Unlike previous generations of antibody therapies, XBiotech’s True Human™ antibodies are derived without modification from individuals who possess natural immunity to certain diseases. With discovery and clinical programs across multiple disease areas, XBiotech’s True Human antibodies have the potential to harness the body’s natural immunity to fight disease with increased safety, efficacy and tolerability.

About XBiotech
XBiotech is a fully integrated global biosciences company dedicated to pioneering the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic antibodies based on its True Human™ proprietary technology. XBiotech currently is advancing a robust pipeline of antibody therapies to redefine the standards of care in oncology, inflammatory conditions and infectious diseases. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, XBiotech also is leading the development of innovative biotech manufacturing technologies designed to more rapidly, cost-effectively and flexibly produce new therapies urgently needed by patients worldwide. For more information, visit www.xbiotech.com.

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