Nuvo Research® Reacquires Pliaglis North American Development and Marketing Rights
December 22, 2015
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Nuvo Research Inc. (TSX:NRI) (Nuvo or the Company), a life sciences company with growing revenues and a diverse portfolio of topical products, today announced it has reacquired Pliaglis development and marketing rights for the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
"We are pleased to reacquire the Pliaglis rights for the U.S., Canada and Mexico," said Dan Chicoine, Nuvo's Chairman and Co-CEO. "Our plan is to reevaluate the marketing strategy for the product and determine the optimal way to reenter the market to allow the product to reach its full potential."
Pliaglis is approved for sale in all three countries and is currently being marketed and sold by Nuvo's global licensee, Galderma S.A. (Galderma), in the U.S and Canada. During a transition period, Galderma will continue to market Pliaglis in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and pay Nuvo a royalty on such sales. Under terms of the agreement, Nuvo paid Galderma 125,000 Swiss Francs (approximately $174,000 Canadian) and will pay an additional 125,000 Swiss Francs upon transfer of certain rights and documents. Beginning in 2021, Nuvo has the right to reacquire the rest of world rights on a country-by-country basis without additional compensation if Galderma does not achieve minimum sales targets.
Pliaglis is a topical local anesthetic cream that provides safe and effective local dermal analgesia on intact skin prior to superficial dermatological procedures, such as dermal filler injection, pulsed dye laser therapy, facial laser resurfacing and laser-assisted tattoo removal. This product consists of a proprietary formulation of lidocaine and tetracaine that utilizes proprietary phase-changing topical cream Peel technology.
About Nuvo Research Inc.
Nuvo (TSX:NRI) is a life sciences company with a diverse portfolio of products and technologies. On September 15, 2015, Nuvo announced that it plans to split Nuvo into two separate, publicly traded companies. One company, to be known as Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nuvo Pharma), would be a commercial healthcare company that would own the Company's Pennsaid and Pennsaid 2% franchises and related assets and have revenue and EBITDA. The other company, to be known as Crescita Therapeutics Inc. (Crescita), would be a drug development company that would own the Company's existing drug development business including its pipeline of product candidates. The companies would be distinct and separately traded public companies. Nuvo shareholders would receive shares of both companies. Complete details of the proposed transaction will be set forth in information circular that will be mailed to Nuvo's shareholders in Q1 2016 in connection with a special meeting that will be called by Nuvo to approve the proposed transaction. Completion of the proposed transaction is subject to certain conditions, including final approval by the Nuvo Board of Directors, confirmation of the potential tax-free nature of the transaction for Canadian shareholders, regulatory approval requirements and the approval of Nuvo's shareholders. If approved by shareholders, Nuvo expects the proposed transaction would be completed in Q1 2016 (subject to the satisfaction of all conditions). However, there can be no assurances regarding the ultimate timing of the proposed transaction or that the proposed transaction will be completed. For additional company information visit www.nuvoresearch.com
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