TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation (TSX: ASP) (“Acerus” or the “Company”) today announced the signing of an amendment to its existing licensing and supply agreement with medac Gesellschaft für klinische Spezialpräparate mbH (“medac”), expanding the German pharmaceutical company’s exclusive right to market NATESTO® in the totality of the 28 current EU member countries (including the United Kingdom) as well as Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Turkey (including Turkish Cyprus), Australia, New Zealand, Israel and South Africa. In addition, Acerus is pleased to report that medac has submitted a dossier for NATESTO® in the first 21 European Member States under the Decentralised Procedure (DCP) on September 28th, 2018. The original agreement with medac spanned 15 European countries including Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Italy. medac is a German pharmaceutical company with business in over 80 countries and more than 1,200 employees worldwide.
“With the signing of this amendment Acerus has now secured a presence for NATESTO® in 71 countries worldwide, supporting our goal of making NATESTO® a global brand,” said Ed Gudaitis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acerus. “Consolidating NATESTO®’s European commercialization efforts under a single, experienced partner like medac, should yield meaningful synergies once sales begin.”
“We are very pleased to announce the expansion of our partnership with Acerus. This development enables us to provide patients throughout the EU and beyond with an innovative product”, said Heiner Will, medac’s Chief Marketing Officer. “With its novel nasal route of administration”, he added, “NATESTO® is offering an important advance in improving the quality of life of patients suffering from hypogonadism.”
Under the terms of the amendment, Acerus will receive an additional non-refundable one-time upfront fee upon signing. Pursuant to the terms of the original agreement, Acerus still expects to receive regulatory milestone payments upon medac receiving marketing approval in certain countries, as well as milestone payments based on achieving sales targets. In total, Acerus is eligible to receive up to €11,000,000 in milestone payments. Acerus will oversee the manufacturing of NATESTO® and, in addition, will receive a supply price for the product. If approved, NATESTO® will be the first and only testosterone nasal gel for androgen replacement therapy in adult males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone (hypogonadism) in Europe.1
1. NATESTO® Product Monograph, October 25th, 2016 and Rogol et al. J Andrology 2015, 4(1), 46.
About NATESTO® (Testosterone) Nasal Gel
NATESTO® is a nasal gel formulation of testosterone developed by Acerus Pharmaceutical Corporation and indicated as a replacement therapy for men diagnosed with conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone (hypogonadism). It is the first and only nasally-administered testosterone product approved by the U.S. FDA, Health Canada and South Korea and available in a ‘no-touch’ dispenser with a metered dose pump. A copy of the NATESTO® Canadian product monograph can be found at: http://www.aceruspharma.com/English/products-and-pipeline/NATESTO®/default.aspx. For further information, specific to the U.S. product dosing and administration, please visit: www.NATESTO®.com.
Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation is a Canadian-based specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture, marketing and distribution of innovative, branded products that improve patient experience, with a primary focus in the field of men’s and women’s health. The Company commercializes its products via its own salesforce in Canada, and through a global network of licensed distributors in the U.S. and other territories.
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