NASHVILLE, Tenn. & MENDRISIO, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Harrow Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: HROW), an ophthalmic‑focused healthcare company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Sintetica, S.A., a growing pharmaceutical company focused on analgesics, local anesthetics and sterile injectable solutions, to acquire the marketing and supply rights in the U.S. and Canada for AMP-100, a patented ophthalmic surgical drug candidate. When approved, AMP-100 will provide ocular surface anesthesia during ophthalmic interventions such as cataract surgery and intravitreal injections, which are estimated to total over 10 million procedures annually in the U.S.(1)
AMP-100 is a patented, innovative ocular surface anesthetic drug candidate, with safety and efficacy supported by a robust pre-clinical and clinical program, including a recently completed Phase 3 study that successfully compared the efficacy and tolerability of AMP-100 to current standards of care. Sintetica intends to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late 2021. When approved, the active ingredient used in AMP-100 will be the first approved use of this active ingredient in the U.S. ophthalmic market.
Commenting on the acquisition, Mark L. Baum, CEO of Harrow Health, said, “This transaction reflects Harrow Health’s commitment to continued growth by adding new high-value products to our portfolio. The acquisition of rights to market and sell AMP-100 in the U.S. and Canada will further fortify our greatest commercial strength – providing thousands of U.S. eyecare professionals and their patients with novel ophthalmic surgical products. When approved, we expect to fully leverage our wholly owned, efficient, scalable, and tech-enabled ImprimisRx ophthalmic-focused commercial and distribution platform to market AMP-100 to our ‘front-of-the-eye-focused’ customer base, such as cataract and refractive surgeons. In addition, we intend to invest in expanding our commercial footprint to include retina-focused surgeons to fully leverage the market potential of AMP-100.”
“We have a sound business strategy for commercializing our promising and innovative products in countries around the world,” added Miro Venturi, Corporate CEO for Sintetica, S.A. “We are convinced that Harrow Health, with its knowledge and expertise in ophthalmology and commitment to providing high‑quality medications, is the optimal choice for Sintetica to partner with to bring AMP‑100 to the U.S. market.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Sintetica will be responsible for regulatory filings for the product in the U.S. The agreement provides for upfront and milestone payments to Sintetica as well as per unit royalties on sales of AMP-100, when successfully commercialized. Harrow Health will have marketing rights for the U.S. and Canada, while Sintetica will retain the marketing rights in other countries.
B. Riley Securities acted as financial advisors to Harrow Health for the transaction.
Based in Mendrisio, Switzerland, Sintetica is a growing privately held international pharmaceutical company focused on analgesics, local anesthetics and sterile injectable solutions in ampoules, vials and IV bags for hospitals. Sintetica develops medicines in concentrated and premixed formulations, which enables healthcare practitioners to administer these products without manipulation and dilution, increasing patient safety and improving convenience for patients and HCPs. Sintetica runs sales subsidiaries in selected European markets and partners with leading distributors around the world. In 2020, Sintetica employed 277 employees and produced 52.9 million products, with revenues of close to CHF 90 million. For more information about Sintetica, please visit the corporate website, sintetica.com.
About Harrow Health
Harrow Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: HROW) is an ophthalmic-focused healthcare company. The Company owns and operates ImprimisRx, one the nation’s leading ophthalmology-focused pharmaceutical businesses, and Visionology, a direct-to-consumer eye care subsidiary focused on chronic eye disease. Harrow Health also holds equity positions in Eton Pharmaceuticals, Surface Ophthalmics and Melt Pharmaceuticals, all of which started as Harrow Health subsidiaries. Harrow Health also owns royalty rights in four clinical stage drug candidates being developed by Surface Ophthalmics and Melt Pharmaceuticals. For more information about Harrow Health, please visit the Investors section of the corporate website, harrowinc.com.
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(1) Market Scope 2019, IOL Market Report, April 2019, and Ophthalmologica, 2018 Update on Intravitreal Injections, accessed 7/27/21