Nuvo Research® and Horizon Pharma plc Extend Term of Manufacturing Agreement

Nuvo Research® and Horizon Pharma plc Extend Term of Manufacturing Agreement

MISSISSAUGA, ON , Feb. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - Nuvo Research Inc. (NRI.TO), a life sciences company with growing revenues and a diverse portfolio of topical products, today announced it has agreed with Horizon Pharma plc (HZNP) (Horizon) to extend the term of their manufacturing agreement for the production of PENNSAID® 2% for the U.S. market to December 31, 2029 , which extends the agreement by an additional seven years.  The amended agreement also provides for tiered pricing based on volumes of product supplied.

"This amendment secures the long-term future of the core business of Nuvo Pharmaceuticals, the commercial healthcare company to be 100% owned by Nuvo shareholders upon completion of our previously announced reorganization of Nuvo into two separate, publicly traded companies," said John London , Nuvo's President and Co-CEO.  "We intend to build upon that core business by out-licensing PENNSAID 2% internationally and by seeking to acquire complementary, accretive businesses or products."

About the Reorganization of Nuvo into two separate publicly traded companies
The Company will hold a special meeting of shareholders on February 18, 2016 , at which shareholders will be asked to approve the previously announced reorganization of Nuvo into two separate publicly traded companies.  If approved, one company, Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nuvo Pharma), would be a revenue and EBITDA generating commercial healthcare company to be owned 100% by Nuvo shareholders.  The second company, Crescita Therapeutics Inc. (Crescita), would be a drug development company also initially owned 100% by Nuvo shareholders.  Crescita would have a diversified pipeline of product candidates and sufficient cash resources to execute its current business plan for the next 24 months.  Completion of the reorganization is subject to a number of conditions including shareholder and court approval.  Kingsdale Shareholder Services (Kingsdale) has been retained as proxy solicitation agent on behalf of Nuvo.  If you have any questions regarding the voting of your shares, please contact Kingsdale, toll-free in North America at 1-866-581-0510 or call collect outside North America at 416-867-2272 or by email at [email protected]

If the proposed transaction is approved by shareholders and all other conditions are satisfied, Nuvo expects the transaction to be completed in Q1 2016.

PENNSAID 2% is a topical product containing 2% diclofenac sodium compared to 1.5% for original Pennsaid.  It is approved in the U.S. for pain of osteoarthritis of the knee(s).  It is more viscous than Pennsaid, is supplied in a metered dose pump bottle and has been approved in the U.S. for twice daily dosing compared to four times a day for Pennsaid.  PENNSAID 2% is protected by multiple U.S. patents that are listed in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations database or Orange Book.  PENNSAID 2% has not yet received regulatory approval outside of the U.S.  Patents protecting PENNSAID 2% have been issued or are pending in multiple major international territories.

About Nuvo Research Inc.
Nuvo (NRI.TO) is a growing specialty pharmaceutical company with a diverse portfolio of products and technologies for pain and topical indications.  Nuvo's products range from FDA approved, commercial products to development stage drug candidates and technology platforms.  For additional company information visit

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