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NicOx SA (COX.PA) Pulls Drug Application for Beprana (Naproxcinod)


4/20/2011 7:17:06 AM

April 20, 2011. Sophia Antipolis, France -- NicOx S.A. today announced its decision to withdraw the Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for its osteoarthritis candidate naproxcinod from the centralized procedure in Europe. NicOx submitted the naproxcinod MAA to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in December 2009.

The decision to withdraw the European MAA was made following the feedback at the April meeting of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) that the CHMP would not adopt a formal positive opinion on the basis of the submitted information. NicOx has notified the EMA of its decision to withdraw the naproxcinod MAA, based on the CHMP considering that the data provided did not allow them to conclude on a positive benefit-risk balance. NicOx is now evaluating its options for the potential further development of naproxcinod in Europe, together with its advisors and with Grupo Ferrer Internacional S.A. which has an option for rights to naproxcinod in certain European countries (see NicOx press release dated March 18, 2011).

NicOx submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) for naproxcinod to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and received a Complete Response Letter in July 2010 stating that the FDA did not approve naproxcinod. NicOx has decided to appeal the FDA decision under the FDA's Formal Dispute Resolution process and is currently finalizing the submission of the supporting information for the appeal.

NicOx is developing a number of nitric oxide-donating New Molecular Entities (NMEs), both internally and with its partners Bausch + Lomb, Merck (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada) and Ferrer. The Company had €107.3 million in cash and cash equivalents as of December 2010 and is focused on a number of strategic priorities, including actively seeking appropriate M&A opportunities and new alliances on existing programs as well as targeting internal research resources on the most promising programs.

As per the EMA's guidelines, both a ‘Question and Answer' document summarizing the CHMP evaluation and the public Assessment Report will be made available on the agency's website at a later date.

About NicOx NicOx (Bloomberg: COX:FP, Reuters: NCOX.PA) is a pharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and future commercialization of drug candidates. NicOx is applying its proprietary nitric oxide-donating R&D platform to develop an internal portfolio of New Molecular Entities (NMEs) for the potential treatment of inflammatory, cardiometabolic and ophthalmological diseases.

NicOx's lead investigational compound is naproxcinod, an NME in development for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis. In addition to naproxcinod, NicOx's pipeline includes several nitric oxide-donating NMEs, which are in development internally and with partners, including Merck (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada) and Bausch + Lomb, for the treatment of select cardiovascular indications, eye diseases and dermatological diseases.

NicOx S.A. is headquartered in France and is listed on Euronext Paris (Compartment B: Mid Caps).


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