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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX) (“Valeant”) and EyeGate Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (EYEG) (“EyeGate”)EYEG) (“EyeGate”), a specialty pharmaceutical company that focuses on developing and commercializing products for treating diseases and disorders of the eye, today announced that they have entered into an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement through which EyeGate has granted a subsidiary of Valeant exclusive, worldwide commercial and manufacturing rights to the EyeGate® II Delivery System and EGP-437 combination product candidate for the treatment of post-operative pain and inflammation in ocular surgery patients.
This partnership follows a 2015 agreement in which Valeant secured an exclusive worldwide license for its subsidiary to this product for uveitis. Valeant has maintained its right of last negotiation to license the product for other indications.
“We are pleased to extend our relationship with EyeGate, and to obtain the global commercial and manufacturing rights to the EyeGate II Delivery System for the indication of post-operative inflammation and pain in ocular surgery patients. We believe that the product has significant potential in the market as part of our Bausch + Lomb business and applaud EyeGate for a remarkable job in advancing the product’s development in both uveitis and cataract surgery,” said Joseph C. Papa, Chairman and CEO of Valeant. “We look forward to further supporting EyeGate as they continue their progress in bringing this product to market to meet the needs of our customers and their patients.”
“This second licensing agreement with Valeant provides an important validation of both the clinical and commercial potential of iontophoretic EGP-437. We believe that Bausch + Lomb’s sales, marketing and commercial capabilities in ophthalmology are unrivalled, making them the optimal partner to bring this unique product to market,” said Stephen From, President and Chief Executive Officer of EyeGate. “For the approximately 3 million cataract surgery patients in the U.S. each year, adherence to the post-operative therapeutic regimen is imperative. As many of these patients are older and may struggle with self-administration of corticosteroid eye drops, we believe that iontophoretic EGP-437 administered by the eye care practitioner will provide a promising new treatment in addressing the needs of this large patient population.”
Under the license agreement, EyeGate received an upfront cash payment and has the potential to receive certain development-based milestone payments, as well as additional milestone payments based on the achievement of certain cumulative and annual sales milestones. Additionally, EyeGate will receive royalties on Valeant’s net sales of the product.
EyeGate will be responsible for the continued development of the EyeGate II delivery system in the U.S. for the treatment of post-operative pain and inflammation in ocular surgery patients, and all associated costs. Valeant has the right to further develop the product outside of the U.S., at its cost. In December 2016, EyeGate reported positive top-line data from a Phase 1b/2a trial assessing iontophoretic EGP-437 in the treatment of ocular inflammation and pain in post-surgical cataract patients.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE/TSX:VRX) is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of dermatology, gastrointestinal disorders, eye health, neurology and branded generics. More information about Valeant can be found at www.valeant.com.
EyeGate is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company that is focused on developing and commercializing products for treating diseases and disorders of the eye. EGP-437, EyeGate’s first product in clinical trials, incorporates a reformulated topically active corticosteroid, Dexamethasone Phosphate that is delivered into the ocular tissues through EyeGate’s proprietary innovative drug delivery system, the EyeGate II Delivery System. In addition, EyeGate is developing, through its wholly-owned Jade subsidiary, products using cross-linked thiolated carboxymethyl hyaluronic acid (“CMHA-S”), a modified form of the natural polymer hyaluronic acid (HA), which possesses unique physical and chemical properties such as hydration and healing properties. The ability of CMHA-S to adhere longer to the ocular surface, resist degradation and protect the ocular surface makes it well-suited for treating various ocular surface injuries.