Anacor Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ANAC) today announced that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., or Valeant, has agreed that the launch of efinaconazole, its topical product candidate for the treatment of onychomycosis, will not occur until after the September 2013 arbitration hearing to resolve our breach of contract dispute with Valeant. As a result, the preliminary injunction hearing which was scheduled for May 6-8, 2013 has been canceled.
As previously disclosed, in October 2012, we provided notice to Valeant, successor in interest to Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences, Inc., or DPS, seeking to commence arbitration with JAMS of a breach of contract dispute under a master services agreement dated March 26, 2004 between DPS and us related to certain development services provided by DPS in connection with our efforts to develop tavaborole, our topical antifungal product candidate for the treatment of onychomycosis. We have asserted claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional interference with prospective business advantage and unfair competition. We are seeking injunctive relief and damages of at least $215.0 million. The final arbitration hearing is currently scheduled for September 2013, and we expect the resolution of the arbitration to occur in the second half of 2013. We have carefully reviewed our position and believe that we have meritorious claims; however, we will need to prove such claims in the arbitration hearings.
About Anacor Pharmaceuticals
Anacor is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel small-molecule therapeutics derived from its boron chemistry platform. Anacor has discovered eight compounds that are currently in development. Its two lead product candidates are topically administered dermatologic compounds — tavaborole, an antifungal for the treatment of onychomycosis, and AN2728, an anti-inflammatory PDE-4 inhibitor for the treatment of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. In addition to its two lead programs, Anacor has discovered three other wholly-owned clinical product candidates — AN2718 and AN2898, which are backup compounds to tavaborole and AN2728, respectively, and AN3365 (formerly referred to as GSK2251052, or GSK ‘052), an antibiotic for the treatment of infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria, which previously was licensed to GlaxoSmithKline LLC, or GSK. GSK has returned all rights to the compound to us and we are considering our options for further development, if any, of this compound. We have also discovered three other compounds that we have out-licensed for further development — two are licensed to Eli Lilly and Company for the treatment of animal health indications and the third compound, AN5568, also referred to as SCYX-7158, is licensed to Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, or DNDi, for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT, or sleeping sickness). We also have a pipeline of other internally discovered topical and systemic boron-based compounds in development. For more information, visit http://www.anacor.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements that relate to future events including our arbitration with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. These forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual levels of activity, performance or achievement to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These statements reflect the views of Anacor as of the date of this press release with respect to future events and, except as required by law, it undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this press release.
DeDe Sheel, 650-543-7575
Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
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