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Extension of LPLDL® into Dairy Products

12 February 2020

OptiBiotix Health plc (AIM: OPTI), a life sciences business developing compounds to tackle obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary ProBiotix Health Ltd. ("ProBiotix"), has signed a licencing agreement with Granja Pocha S.A. ("Granja Pocha") for the inclusion of ProBiotix's patented probiotic strain LPLDL® into a functional yogurt product in Uruguay, South America.

Under the terms of the agreement, SACCO S.r.l., which helped develop the yogurt formulation, will supply ProBiotix's cholesterol and blood pressure-reducing probiotic strain Lactobacillus plantarum LPLDL®, under a non-exclusive licence to Granja Pocha for inclusion into fermented milk products, such as yogurts, in Uruguay, with the aim of maximising the financial return for both Granja Pocha and ProBiotix.  There are no minimum sales targets in the licencing agreement.

Granja Pocha, was founded in 1980 in the main dairy basin of the Río de la Plata, Juan Lacaze, department of Colonia, Uruguay. Since 2013, they have sold products under the Colonial brand, including dulce de leche, cheeses, and yogurts. Granja Pocha describe themselves as having become one of Uruguay's largest and most respected dairy producers over the years.

Steve Prescott, CEO of ProBiotix, commented: "We are pleased to announce this agreement with Granja Pocha, which will expand LPLDL®'s presence into South America and extends its use into dairy products.  Granja Pocha was chosen as our partner to create a functional yogurt containing LPLDL® because of their technical expertise in dairy, track record of successfully launching new products, and extensive knowledge of the local market.  The work carried out by Granja Pocha is a significant milestone as it extends the use of LPLDL® into functional foods, in this case dairy, which may be replicated in other territories. Functional foods like this yogurt containing ProBiotix's LPLDL® provide a unique format for customer to receive the cholesterol reducing benefits of LPLDL® and capitalises on a growing industry trend towards functional foods."

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.

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About OptiBiotix - www.optibiotix.com 

OptiBiotix Health plc (AIM: OPTI), which was formed in March 2012, brings science to the development of compounds which modify the human microbiome - the collective genome of the microbes in the body - in order to prevent and manage human disease and promote wellness.

OptiBiotix has an extensive R&D program working with leading academics in the development of microbial strains, compounds, and formulations which are used as active ingredients and supplements. More than twenty international food and healthcare supplement companies have signed agreements with OptiBiotix to incorporate their human microbiome modulators into a wide range of food products and drinks.

OptiBiotix is also developing its own range of consumer supplements and health products. The Company's current areas of focus include obesity, cardiovascular health, and diabetes.

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