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Posted: February 20, 2008
pSivida Receives First R&D Payments from Pfizer
(Nanowerk News) pSivida Limited (NASDAQ:PSDV)(ASX:PSD)(Xetra:PSI) today announced the receipt of US$500k as the first quarterly research and development payment from Pfizer under the terms of the exclusive worldwide Collaborative Research and License Agreement signed in April 2007 for pSivida's controlled drug delivery technologies in ophthalmic applications.
Over the last 10 months pSivida has received US$12m from Pfizer, including equity investments,
under the terms of that agreement and will receive up to an additional US$153.5m in development and sales related milestones. Pfizer is the largest shareholder in Company holding approximately 10% of the outstanding shares.
"We are very pleased that the Pfizer licensing agreement is proceeding as expected," said pSivida's Managing Director, Dr Paul Ashton.
pSivida is a global drug delivery company committed to the biomedical sector and the development of drug delivery products. Retisert® is FDA approved for the treatment of uveitis. Vitrasert® is FDA approved for the treatment of AIDS-related CMV Retinitis. Bausch & Lomb owns the trademarks Vitrasert® and Retisert®. pSivida has licensed the technologies underlying both of these products to Bausch & Lomb. The technology underlying Medidur™ for diabetic macular edema is licensed to Alimera Sciences and is in Phase III clinical trials. pSivida has a worldwide collaborative research and license agreement with Pfizer Inc. for other ophthalmic applications of the Medidur™ technology.
pSivida owns the rights to develop and commercialize a modified form of silicon (porosified or nano-structured silicon) known as BioSilicon™, which has applications in drug delivery, wound healing, orthopedics, and tissue engineering. The most advanced BioSilicon™ product, BrachySil™ delivers a therapeutic, P32 directly to solid tumors and is presently in Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
pSivida's intellectual property portfolio consists of 64 patent families, 113 granted patents, including patents accepted for issuance, and over 300 patent applications. pSivida conducts its operations from facilities near Boston in the United States, Malvern in the United Kingdom and Perth in Australia.
pSivida is listed on NASDAQ (PSDV), the Australian Stock Exchange (PSD) and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on the XETRA system (PSI). pSivida is a founding member of the NASDAQ Health Care Index and the Merrill Lynch Nanotechnology Index.