Héma-Québec obtains European patent for inventing method to isolate immunoglobulin fractions with unique biochemical properties

    MONTREAL, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The European Patent Office (EPO), the
organization responsible for examining and issuing patents in Europe, has
granted a patent(*) to Héma-Québec entitled Purification of polyreactive
autoantibodies and uses thereof.
    This patent concerns a new method for fractioning therapeutic intravenous
immunoglobulins (IgIV) from human plasma. IgIV are particularly used to treat
    "Given our goal of developing international partnerships, obtaining a
European patent is especially beneficial because several human plasma
fractionation companies and laboratories are located in Europe," said Yves
Blais, Vice-President, Research and Development at Héma-Québec.
    In the long term, the method described in this patent could become an
option for purifying immunoglobulin fractions capable of forming immune
complexes with various human plasma proteins. Among other abilities, immune
complexes can interact with certain proteins involved in diverse immune system
    This method will enable Héma-Québec to move towards self-sufficiency in
supply of human plasma for fractionation and more easily meet growing hospital

    (*) Patent #1,394183 -

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    About Héma-Québec

    Héma-Québec aims to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe,
optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet
the needs of all Quebecers; provide and develop expertise along with
specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion
medicine and human tissue transplantation.

For further information:

For further information: Valérie Legault, Information Officer, (514)
832-0871, vlegault@hema-quebec.qc.ca; www.hema-quebec.qc.ca; Source: Manon
Pepin, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Marketing

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