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PlantForm and S. Korean conglomerate pursue Classical Swine Fever vaccine licensing in the Americas

Canadian, S. Korean companies sign agreement to pursue CSF vaccine licensing for emergency preparedness purposes in Canada, US, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina

GUELPH, Ont., October 26, 2021 – Canadian biopharmaceutical company PlantForm Corporation and POSCO International, South Korea’s largest trading company, have signed a Commercialization Agreement to license HERBAVAC™, the world’s first plant-based vaccine for Classical Swine Fever (CSF), in many countries.

The agreement, signed during a virtual event, formalizes a Memorandum of Understanding announced in May between the companies and Bioapp Inc., the South Korea-based developer of HERBAVAC™.

Although harmless to humans, CSF is a highly contagious viral disease that affects domestic pigs and wild boar populations, causing severe illness and death in millions of swine each year with significant economic consequences for farmers and consumers as well as serious animal welfare and environmental impacts.

“We are very pleased to advance this exciting collaboration that will make an innovative product globally accessible as PlantForm continues to explore new opportunities in the animal health sector,” said Dr. Don Stewart, PlantForm President and CEO. “We’re confident that an effective, low-cost vaccine to combat CSF is the first of many promising new inroads for plant-based pharmaceuticals and for our versatile vivoXPRESS® manufacturing platform.”

PlantForm will begin the registration process in the U.S. and Canada, followed by the other countries.

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PlantForm Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the rapid development and production of specialty antibody and protein drugs using the company’s proprietary vivoXPRESS® platform. The plant-based vivoXPRESS® system makes it easier, faster and less expensive to produce biologic drugs for approved and novel indications. PlantForm has an expanding portfolio of patents in seven families to protect both the core platform technology and products in development.


Text updated June 22, 2022

For more information, please contact:

Don Stewart

President and CEO, PlantForm Corp.

+1 416-452-7242

Stacey Curry Gunn

Director of Communications, PlantForm Corp.

+1 519-827-1131

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