Nicox reports strong revenue growth in 2015 and provides corporate update
February 25, 2016
2015 annual revenues grew by 65% to €9.9 million
NDA filing for AC-170 expected in early Q2 2016
Sophia Antipolis, France
Nicox S.A. (Euronext Paris: FR0013018124, COX), the international ophthalmic company, today reported the unaudited revenues and cash position for the full year 2015 and provided an update on its corporate activities.
“Revenues from our European commercial operations continued to grow throughout 2015. We ended the year with €30 million in cash and are entering 2016 with strong sales momentum,” commented Michele Garufi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nicox. “We continue to see strong interest from potential partners in our European commercial business, and we are in active discussions with several parties that we believe could ensure the future growth and success of the business. Regarding our R&D pipeline, we are anticipating two potential product approvals this year, for latanoprostene bunod, which is licensed to Bausch + Lomb, and also for our proprietary cetirizine eye drop, AC-170, if a Priority Review is granted. We are also making significant progress with the advancement of our internal pipeline candidates.”
2015 estimated revenue and cash position
Nicox revenues amounted to approximately €9.9 million for the full year 2015, an increase of 65% over 2014, with both 2014 and 2015 sales comprised exclusively of European and International product sales.
Cash, cash equivalents and financial instruments at December 31, 2015 totaled approximately €29.6 million.
The Group’s full 2015 financial results will be released on April 15, 2016.
U.S. and global development programs
- Latanoprostene bunod, licensed to Bausch + Lomb (a wholly owned subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.), is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an intraocular pressure (IOP) lowering single-agent eye drop dosed once daily, for patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. The FDA has set an action date of July 21, 2016 to finalize its review, as per the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA).
- Nicox expects to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. FDA for AC-170 early in the second quarter 2016. AC-170 is a novel cetirizine eye drop formulation developed for the treatment of ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. The Company is planning to seek Priority Review for AC-170, which, if obtained, could result in an approval by the end of 2016 based on PDUFA performance goals.
- NCX 4251, a novel form of fluticasone propionate being developed for blepharitis, is now in formulation studies, with the goal of entering directly into Phase 2.
- NCX 470, a novel nitric-oxide donating bimatoprost, is now advancing through pre-IND development prior to entering first-in-man clinical studies.
European development programs
As previously reported in December 2015 (see Nicox Press Release December 3, 2015), Nicox is currently evaluating a number of strategic options for the European commercial business with different potential partners. Nicox’s European pipeline could potentially be included in these strategic discussions.
- AzaSite® for bacterial conjunctivitis and BromSite™ for pain and inflammation after cataract surgery are currently being prepared for European Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) submission, the date of which will be communicated in due course.
- NCX 4240, an innovative Carragelose® eye drop in development for viral conjunctivitis, is expected to be launched in mid 2018.
- The development of AAT (RPS-AP), a diagnostic test for the combined detection of adenoviral and allergic conjunctivitis, which was in-licensed from RPS®, has been discontinued, based on unsatisfactory clinical results obtained by RPS. Nicox continues to market AdenoPlus® in more than 15 markets.