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Coating Mix Dramatically Boosts Volume and Speed

April 29, 2002?Athena Environmental Sciences, Inc. (AthenaES™) today announced that it will begin marketing a coating mix for flasks and other lab surfaces that can increase the survival rate of cell lines from 5% to 95% during the cell growth transfer process.

AthenaES? acquired the FNC COATING MIX™ in its acquisition of the cell culture products division of Biological Research Faculty & Facility, Inc., (BRFF), Ijamsville, MD. The coating mix has had limited distribution to a few university labs and commercial manufacturers, but with this change in ownership, will be made widely available to university labs, pharmaceutical labs and commercial manufacturers in the United States and overseas.

Lab researchers typically use small flasks or glass plates to grow cell lines, then transfer them two times to larger surfaces as the cells proliferate. Traditionally only 5% of the cell lines survive each time they are transferred. The FNC COATING MIX™ coats the flasks and plates with a polymer that helps the cells attach faster, averting the high rate of cell death. Most cell types such as human prostate, breast and epithelial (skin) cells will attach and grow well on FNC-coated surfaces.

"This is truly a diamond in the rough," said Sheldon E. Broedel, Jr., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Scientist at AthenaES™. "It is exciting to identify a seemingly minor and obscure element in the lab research process that can increase the volume and speed of cell production so dramatically. I expect this to become the new industry standard."

AthenaES™ specializes in developing and manufacturing biotechnology products. The privately-owned company produces a line of biotechnology ingredients used in the manufacture of proteins, cell lines and other biological materials. Its services include identification, design, development and manufacture of specialty enzymes for research, diagnostic and industrial applications and custom contract services for the production of recombinant proteins. AthenaES™ recently released four new media formulations that can dramatically improve the production of recombinant proteins in the bacterium E. coli or produce recombinant proteins where standard formulations have failed. E.coli is the workhorse for the production of recombinant proteins and the first choice of researchers who need to make large quantities of pure protein.