Laval, Québec, Canada – l, 2020 – Crescita Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: CTX and OTC US: CRRTF) (“Crescita” or the “Company”), a growth-oriented, innovation-driven Canadian commercial dermatology company with in-house research & development (“R&D”) and manufacturing capabilities, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Juyou-Biotechnology Co. Ltd (“Juyou”), a biotechnology company that develops and sells medical and cosmetic skin care products, for the commercialization and development of Pliaglis® in mainland China (the “License Agreement”).
Juyou will be responsible for the overall clinical development and regulatory filing for Pliaglis with the National Medical Products Administration (the “NMPA”, formerly the China State Food and Drug Administration). As part of the License Agreement, Crescita will receive an upfront payment in cash of US$125,000 and will be eligible for regulatory and sales milestones of up to US$1.0 million and US$1.6 million. Crescita will supply Pliaglis at a pre-determined price per unit including a profit margin and will also be eligible for double-digit royalties once the product is available for commercial sale.
“We are excited about this new license agreement for Pliaglis in China, the third partnering agreement secured over the last three months, in addition to Austria and Mexico. We see this both as an opportunity to strengthen our geographic presence but to also add a healthy recurring revenue stream in the long-term,” said Serge Verreault, President and CEO of Crescita. “While the clinical requirements still need to be validated with NMPA, we estimate that the product could be launched as early as 2023 if no additional studies are required,” emphasized Mr. Verreault.
About Juyou Bio-Technology Co. Ltd.
Juyou Bio-Technology Co., Ltd. is an innovative leading enterprise specializing in the R&D, production and sales of biomedical materials, functional skin care products and medical & aesthetic drugs. The scope of business covers medical beauty services, functional skin care, home care and raw materials. With years of deep cultivation in the field of skin health, it has successively built the brand “Juyou” of skin barrier repair medical skin care recommended by thousands of public hospitals in China, baby skin professional care brand “Juyou Baby”, the brand of “Dermacid” and so on. The main sales channels include public hospitals, medical beauty institutions, dermatology clinics and online e-commerce channels (TMALL flagship store and JD flagship store), international e-commerce channels (Alibaba.com, AliExpress) and its own social e-commerce platform.
Relying on independent research and development, the company has formed gene recombination and fermentation engineering technology, and developed a number of core technologies, such as recombinant collagen, enzymatic and genetic engineering synthesis of bioactive peptides. At present, Juyou has 26 patents, and established the research and development center of Juyou skin barrier repair with domestic dermatologists and professional institutions together. It is the first project in China to develop recombinant mussel adhesive protein by gene recombination, fermentation engineering technology and specific enzyme catalytic fusion technology, is expected to become a leader in this field. For additional information, please visit http://zhanyan.com.cn/en.html
About Crescita Therapeutics Inc.
Crescita is a growth-oriented, innovation-driven Canadian commercial dermatology company with in-house R&D and manufacturing capabilities. The Company offers a portfolio of non-prescription skincare products and early to commercial stage prescription drug products and owns multiple proprietary drug delivery platforms that support the development of patented formulations that can facilitate the delivery of active ingredients into or through the skin.
Supported by a sales force covering Canada and executing a business to business to consumer marketing approach, Crescita sells its non-prescription skincare products domestically through spas, medispas, and medical clinics, as well as internationally, through distributors.
Crescita’s portfolio also includes a prescription product called Pliaglis®, that utilizes the Company’s proprietary phase-changing topical cream Peel technology, a part of the DuraPeel™ family, which are self-occluding, film-forming cream/gel formulations, that provide extended release delivery of the active ingredients to the site of application. Pliaglis is a topical local anaesthetic cream that provides safe and effective local dermal analgesia on intact skin prior to superficial dermatological procedures. The product is currently approved in over 25 different countries and sold by commercial partners in the U.S., Italy, and Brazil, and sold in Canada by the Company. Crescita’s expertise in product formulation and development can be leveraged in combination with its patented transdermal delivery technologies to develop and manufacture creams, liquids, gels, ointments and serums under its contract development and manufacturing organization (“CDMO”) infrastructure. The Company operates out of a 50,000 square-foot facility located in Laval, Québec, which produces the majority of its non-prescription skincare products, such as Laboratoire Dr Renaud, Pro-Derm, Dermazulene and Alyria. Formulations manufactured by or for Crescita include cosmetics, natural health products (“NHP”) and products with Drug Identification Numbers (“DIN”). For additional information, please visit www.crescitatherapeutics.com.
Pliaglis is a topical local anaesthetic cream that provides safe and effective local dermal analgesia on intact skin prior to superficial dermatological procedures. The formulation contains a eutectic mixture of 7% lidocaine and 7% tetracaine that utilizes the Company’s proprietary phase-changing topical cream Peel technology. The Peel technology consists of a drug-containing cream which, once applied to a patient’s skin, dries to form a pliable layer that releases drug into the skin. Pliaglis is applied to intact skin for 20 to 30 minutes prior to superficial dermatological procedures such as dermal filler injections, non-ablative laser facial resurfacing, or pulsed-dye laser therapy and 60 minutes prior to procedures such as laser-assisted tattoo removal. Following the application period, the pliable layer is easily removed from the skin allowing the procedure to be performed with minimal to no pain. In clinical studies, the mean duration of anesthesia has been shown to be in the range of 7 to 9 hours after the application of Pliaglis.
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