MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Nuvo Research Inc. (TSX: NRI), a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to building a portfolio of products for the topical treatment of pain today announced that the European Patent Office has issued a notice of Intention to Grant a European Patent that provides protection for the Company's PENNSAID® 2% product. Upon grant by the European Patent Office, the patent can be officially validated in over 37 European countries.
PENNSAID 2% is protected by issued patents in the United States expiring April 21, 2028 and in New Zealand, South Africa and the Russian Federation with an expiration date of October 17, 2027. Patent applications covering PENNSAID 2% are currently pending in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan and Mexico and have an anticipated expiry date of October 17, 2027.
The Company is currently in discussions with potential marketing partners interested in licensing PENNSAID and/or PENNSAID 2% for Europe, Russia, China, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
"We are very pleased with the progress we are making to secure worldwide patent protection for our next generation topical NSAID, PENNSAID 2%," said Tina Loucaides, Nuvo's Vice-President and General Counsel. "This expanding patent portfolio supports our efforts to secure international licensing partners for PENNSAID 2% and additional sources of revenue for Nuvo."
About PENNSAID 2%
PENNSAID 2% is a topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) containing 2% diclofenac sodium compared to 1.5% for original PENNSAID. It is more viscous than original PENNSAID, is supplied in a metered dose pump bottle and was studied in clinical trials using twice daily dosing compared to four times a day for original PENNSAID.
About Nuvo Research Inc.
Nuvo is a publicly traded, Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. The Company is building a portfolio of products for the treatment of pain through internal research and development. The Company's product portfolio includes PENNSAID®, Pliaglis® and Synera®. PENNSAID, a topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is used to treat the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee(s). PENNSAID is sold in the United States by Mallinckrodt Inc., a Covidien company, in Canada by Paladin Labs Inc. and in several European countries. Pliaglis is a topical local anesthetic cream which provides topical local analgesia for superficial dermatological procedures. The Company has licensed worldwide marketing rights to Pliaglis to Galderma Pharma S.A., a global pharmaceutical company specialized in dermatology. Synera is a topical patch that combines lidocaine, tetracaine and heat, approved in the United States to provide local dermal analgesia for superficial venous access and superficial dermatological procedures and in Europe, for surface anaesthesia of normal intact skin. Nuvo currently markets Synera in the United States and its licensing partner, Eurocept International B.V., has initiated a pan-European launch of Synera (under the name Rapydan®) in several European countries. The Company is also developing WF10, for the treatment of immune related diseases.
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