TEL-AVIV, Israel, Sept. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDHL) (TASE:RDHL) ("RedHill" or the "Company"), a biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on development and commercialization of late clinical-stage, proprietary, orally-administered, small molecule drugs for gastrointestinal and inflammatory diseases and cancer, together with IntelGenx Corp. (TSX-V:IGX) (OTCQX:IGXT) ("IntelGenx"), a Canadian drug delivery company focused on oral drug delivery, today announced that they have entered into a binding term sheet with Pharmatronic Co. granting Pharmatronic Co. the exclusive license to commercialize RIZAPORT ® in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). RIZAPORT ® is a proprietary oral thin film formulation of rizatriptan for the treatment of acute migraines.
Subject to satisfaction of remaining conditions, the parties will endeavor to enter into a definitive agreement within 60 days of the execution of the term sheet.
Pursuant to the signing of a definitive agreement, RedHill will grant Pharmatronic Co. the exclusive rights to register and commercialize RIZAPORT ® in South Korea. Under the term sheet, RedHill and IntelGenx are to receive an upfront payment and will be eligible to receive additional milestone payments upon achievement of certain predefined regulatory and commercial targets, as well as tiered royalties. Financial terms of the term sheet were not disclosed. The initial term of the definitive agreement is expected to be ten years from the date of first commercial sale with an automatic renewal of an additional two years. Commercial launch in South Korea is estimated to take place in the first quarter of 2019.
Mr. Adi Frish, RedHill's Senior VP Business Development & Licensing, said : "We are very pleased to enter into this term sheet with Pharmatronic Co. This is potentially the second territorial license for the commercialization of RIZAPORT ® , following the license agreement with Grupo JUSTE for Spain, where a marketing application for RIZAPORT ® has recently been submitted. We continue to work diligently to maximize the worldwide potential of this unique migraine drug and are in discussions with multiple potential commercialization partners. Pharmatronic Co. holds a growing portfolio of neurology-focused drugs and is experienced in commercializing migraine products in South Korea. With its unique dissolvable oral thin film delivery form and pleasant flavoring, we are confident that RIZAPORT ® should be a welcomed therapeutic alternative for many migraine patients in Korea."
RIZAPORT ® (5 mg and 10 mg) was granted marketing authorization by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices of Germany (BfArM) under the European Decentralized Procedure (DCP), in which Germany served as the Reference Member State for other European Union (EU) countries. This authorization was the first national marketing approval of RIZAPORT ® and a first commercialization agreement was recently signed with Grupo JUSTE S.A.Q.F for Spain and additional potential territories. A national Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for RIZAPORT ® was recently submitted by Grupo JUSTE S.A.Q.F in Spain under the European DCP.
RedHill and IntelGenx expect to re-submit the RIZAPORT ® New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA in the first half of 2017 and subsequently receive a new PDUFA (Prescription Drug User Fee Act) date and are currently in discussions with potential commercialization partners for the U.S. market.
About RedHill Biopharma Ltd.:
RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDHL) (TASE:RDHL) is a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Israel, primarily focused on the development and commercialization of late clinical-stage, proprietary, orally-administered, small molecule drugs for the treatment of gastrointestinal and inflammatory diseases and cancer. RedHill's current pipeline of proprietary products includes: (i) RHB-105 - an oral combination therapy for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection with successful results from a first Phase III study; (ii) RHB-104 - an oral combination therapy for the treatment of Crohn's disease with an ongoing first Phase III study and an ongoing proof-of-concept Phase IIa study for multiple sclerosis; (iii) BEKINDA ® (RHB-102) - a once-daily oral pill formulation of ondansetron with an ongoing Phase III study for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis and an ongoing Phase II study for IBS-D; (iv) RHB-106 - an encapsulated bowel preparation licensed to Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.; (v) YELIVA (TM) (ABC294640) - a Phase II-stage, orally-administered, first-in-class SK2 selective inhibitor targeting multiple oncology, inflammatory and gastrointestinal indications; (vi) MESUPRON - a Phase II-stage first-in-class, orally-administered uPA inhibitor, targeting gastrointestinal and other solid tumors; (vii) RP101 - currently subject to an option-to-acquire by RedHill, RP101 is a Phase II-stage first-in-class, orally-administered Hsp27 inhibitor, targeting pancreatic and other gastrointestinal cancers; (viii) RIZAPORT ® (RHB-103) - an oral thin film formulation of rizatriptan for acute migraines, with a U.S. NDA currently under discussion with the FDA and marketing authorization received in Germany in October 2015; and (ix) RHB-101 - a once-daily oral pill formulation of the cardio drug carvedilol.
About Pharmatronic. Co:
Pharmatronic Co. is a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Seoul, Korea and distributing exclusively licensed pharmaceutical products with innovative sales and marketing know-how. Since established in 2005, Pharmatronic Co. has focused R&D and marketing resources on the specialized target field of neurology, ENT and urology, building a strong image of a leading provider in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.
IntelGenx is a leading oral drug delivery company focused on the development and manufacturing of innovative pharmaceutical oral films based on its proprietary VersaFilm (TM) technology platform. Established in 2003, the Montreal-based company is listed on the TSX-V and OTC-QX.
IntelGenx highly skilled team provides comprehensive pharmaceuticals services to pharmaceutical partners, including R&D, analytical method development, clinical monitoring, IP and regulatory services. IntelGenx state-of-the art manufacturing facility, established for the VersaFilm (TM) technology platform, supports lab-scale to pilot and commercial-scale production, offering full service capabilities to our clients. More information is available about the company at: www.intelgenx.com .
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