Healthcare Industry News: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
News Release - July 27, 2009
Ceragenix and MEGAPHARM Enter Into Distribution and Supply Agreement for EpiCeram(R)Megapharm to Register, Distribute and Market in Israel
DENVER--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(“Ceragenix”) (OTCBB:CGXP ), a medical device company focused on infectious disease and dermatology today announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution and supply agreement (the “Agreement”) with Megapharm Ltd., an Israeli company, (“Megapharm”), to commercialize EpiCeram®, a topical cream for treating atopic dermatitis and other dry skin conditions in Israel and the Palestinian territories (the “Territory”). The Agreement grants Megapharm exclusivity in the Territory for the distribution and marketing of EpiCeram® while Ceragenix will be responsible for the manufacturing and supply of the product. Megapharm is also responsible for obtaining regulatory clearance to market EpiCeram® in the Territory. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Steven Porter Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ceragenix said, “We are pleased to expand our international distribution network for EpiCeram® by entering into this agreement with a well respected company such as Megapharm.”
Miron Drucker, CEO of Megapharm, said “We are delighted to have forged an agreement with Ceragenix to market EpiCeram Cream in Israel. We have been active in dermatology for many years and this is an important step in the company’s strategy to strengthen our presence and expand our portfolio in the dermatology field”.
EpiCeram® is a topical cream that utilizes Ceragenix’s Barrier Repair Technology. In April 2006, the FDA provided clearance to market EpiCeram® to improve dry skin conditions and to relieve and manage the burning and itching associated with various dermatoses including atopic dermatitis (eczema), irritant contact dermatitis, radiation dermatitis, and other dry skin conditions by maintaining a moist wound and skin environment. All of these conditions are associated with a deficient skin barrier function.
Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a medical device company focused on infectious disease and dermatology. The Company has two base technology platforms; Ceragenins™ for treatment of infectious disease and Barrier Repair for the treatment of dermatological disorders including atopic dermatitis, neonatal skin disorders and others. Ceragenin™ compounds are active against a broad range of gram positive and negative bacteria. We have used our Ceragenin™ technology to formulate Cerashield™ antimicrobial coatings for medical devices. All Ceragenin™ and Cerashield™ products are currently in the developmental stage. Ceragenix's patented Barrier Repair technology, invented by Dr. Peter Elias, is the platform for the development of EpiCeram® which is currently being marketed by Promius Pharmaceuticals (a wholly owned subsidiary of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories) in the United States under an exclusive supply and distribution agreement. For additional information on Ceragenix, please visit www.ceragenix.com.
Megapharm Ltd. is one of the leading private biotech, pharmaceutical and medical nutrition marketing companies in Israel with a strong biotech orientation, exclusively representing a number of major American and European pharmaceutical companies. Megapharm has demonstrated dynamic sales growth by developing a strong company presence and expertise in select therapeutic areas, and diversified segments of the healthcare business. The company also has a recognized and proven track record for obtaining reimbursement and inclusion of its products in all the health funds in Israel. For more information see www.megapharm.co.il
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS FOR CERAGENIX.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following: the ability of Megapharm to successfully obtain marketing clearance for EpiCeram® in the Territory, the ability of the Company to raise sufficient capital to finance its operations and planned activities including completing development of its Ceragenin™ technology; the ability of the Company to meet its obligations under the supply and distribution agreement with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories including having sufficient working capital to fulfill purchase orders within the timeframes required by the agreement; the ability of the Company to service its outstanding convertible debt obligations; receiving the necessary marketing clearance approvals from the United States Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”); successful clinical trials of the Company’s planned products including the ability to enroll the studies in a timely manner, patient compliance with the study protocol, and a sufficient number of patients completing the studies; the ability of the Company to commercialize its planned products; the ability of the Company to successfully manufacture its products in commercial quantities (through contract manufacturers); market acceptance of the Company’s planned products, the Company’s ability to successfully develop its licensed compounds, alone or in cooperation with others, into commercial products, the ability of the Company to successfully prosecute and protect its intellectual property, general economic conditions in the United States and elsewhere, and the Company’s ability to hire, manage and retain qualified personnel. The aforementioned factors do represent an all inclusive list. Actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. In particular important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements including general economic factors, business strategies, the state of capital markets, regulatory conditions, and other factors not currently known to us, may be significant, now or in the future, and the factors set forth in this press release may affect us to a greater extent than indicated. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements set forth in this press release and in other documents that we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K to be filed in 2009. Except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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