pSivida Provides Additional Information on CDS Revenues; CDS launches Phase III Trial for Retinal Condition
pSivida announced yesterday that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Control Delivery Systems.
Control Delivery Systems had unaudited revenues of US$8 million for the year ended 30th June 2005 which does not include Retisert(TM) royalties as marketing of that product has only recently commenced by Bausch & Lomb.
Retisert(TM) for Uveitis
Bausch & Lomb's Retisert(TM) is the world's first intravitreal drug implant for the treatment of this condition that affects an estimated 175,000 people in the United States and an estimated 800,000 people worldwide. The product received FDA fast track status, designed to allow for priority review of novel therapies for serious diseases for which there is an unmet medical need. It also received FDA orphan drug designation for this indication. Control Delivery Systems anticipates receiving royalties from Bausch & Lomb from this product this year.
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pSivida is a global bio-nanotech company committed to the biomedical sector and the development of products in healthcare. The company's focus is the development and commercialization of a modified form of silicon (porosified or nano-structured silicon) known as BioSilicon(TM).
pSivida owns the intellectual property pertaining to BioSilicon(TM) for use in or on humans and animals. The IP portfolio consists of 29 patent families, 34 granted patents and over 80 patent applications. The core patent, which recognizes BioSilicon(TM) as a biomaterial was granted in the UK in 2000 and in the US in 2001.
pSivida is listed on NASDAQ (PSDV), the Australian Stock Exchange (PSD) and in Germany on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on the XETRA system (German Symbol: PSI. Securities Code (WKN) 358705). pSivida's shares also trade in the United Kingdom on the OFEX International Market Service (IMS) under the ticker symbol PSD. pSivida is a founding member of the NASDAQ Health Care Index and the Merrill Lynch Nanotechnology Index.
The Company's strategic partner and largest shareholder is the QinetiQ group, the largest science and technology company in Europe. QinetiQ is the former UK government Defence Evaluation Research Agency and was instrumental in discovering BioSilicon(TM). pSivida enjoys a strong relationship with QinetiQ having access to its cutting edge research and development facilities. For more information on QinetiQ visit www.qinetiq.com.
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