Aytu BioPharma Divests U.S. Rights to Natesto(R) to Acerus Pharma
Strategic Transaction Provides $7.5M in Non-Dilutive Capital and Enables Pediatric and ADHD Product Focus Following the Recently Closed Merger with Neos Therapeutics
ENGLEWOOD, CO / ACCESSWIRE / April 1, 2021 / Aytu BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:AYTU) a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing novel therapeutics and consumer healthcare products, today announced the signing of an agreement with Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation (ASP)(ASPCF) whereby Acerus will acquire all remaining rights to Natesto in the United States from Aytu. In consideration, Aytu will receive $7.5M in cash from Acerus, which is payable in $250,000 monthly payments over 30 months. Additionally, Acerus will assume all product responsibilities associated with Natesto following the April 1, 2021 effective date. Aytu will provide transition support to Acerus over a 120-day transition period.
"This strategic transaction is an important milestone for Aytu BioPharma as it solidifies our go-forward therapeutic focus on pediatric medicine and plan to become a leading specialty pediatrics company," said Josh Disbrow, Chief Executive Officer of Aytu BioPharma. He further commented, "In conjunction with finalizing and closing the merger with Neos Therapeutics, we conducted a strategic review of our legacy Rx business. Following that review, we believe focusing commercial efforts on our newly expanded portfolio of ADHD and pediatric products provides the best opportunity to increase shareholder value. As such we will deploy our resources and sales force accordingly against pediatricians and ADHD clinicians as the newly formed Aytu BioPharma." Along with receiving $7.5M in cash, Acerus will purchase all on-hand Natesto inventory from Aytu.
About Aytu BioPharma, Inc.
Aytu BioPharma is a specialty pharmaceutical company with a growing commercial portfolio of prescription therapeutics and consumer health products. The company's primary prescription products treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other common pediatric conditions. Aytu markets ADHD products Adzenys XR-ODT® (amphetamine) extended-release orally disintegrating tablets (see Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING), Cotempla XR-ODT® (methylphenidate) extended-release orally disintegrating tablets (see Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING), and Adzenys-ER® (amphetamine) extended-release oral suspension (see Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING). The company's other pediatric products include Karbinal® ER (carbinoxamine maleate), an extended-release carbinoxamine (antihistamine) suspension indicated to treat numerous allergic conditions, and Poly-Vi-Flor® and Tri-Vi-Flor®, two complementary fluoride-based prescription vitamin product lines containing combinations of fluoride and vitamins in various formulations for infants and children with fluoride deficiency. The company's evolution has been driven by strategic in-licensing, acquisition-based transactions and organic product growth. As Aytu continues this trajectory, the company is building a complimentary therapeutic development pipeline that will address significant unmet needs. For more information, please visit aytubio.com.
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