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Photocure Announces New Commercial Strategy For Hexvix(R), The Innovative Product For Improved Detection Of Bladder Cancer

OSLO, Norway, September 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Strategic collaboration with Ipsen for marketing rights in Europe and the rest of the world except Nordics and the US
  • Photocure to commercialise the product directly in the US market

Photocure ASA (OSE: PHO), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on photodynamic technologies in dermatology and cancer, announces today the execution of a new commercial strategy for Hexvix, its flagship product  to aid in diagnosing bladder cancer.  Photocure has entered into a strategic collaboration with Ipsen, a global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical company focused on four franchises, including uro-oncology, to commercialise Hexvix worldwide, excluding the US and Nordic region. Additionally, to capitalise on the untapped US market opportunity, Photocure plans to launch the product, approved as Cysviewâ„¢ in the US, through its own commercial operations.  The new strategy will maximise the potential of Hexvix on a global basis.

Hexvix has been the first significant advance for the improved detection of bladder cancer.  It is designed to induce specific fluorescence in the malignant cells in the bladder during a cystoscopic procedure, making it easier for the urologist to detect bladder cancer. Hexvix, initially approved in Sweden in 2004, was approved across Europe by 2006 and as Cysview in the US in 2010. Since 2006, the product has been commercialized in Europe by GE Healthcare. Hexvix was initially approved in the EU based on strong clinical data showing improved detection of bladder cancer [1]. More recently, new clinical data has shown that improved detection using Hexvix makes local surgery more complete and leads to significant reduction in the recurrence of bladder cancer [2]. Based on this, Hexvix has the potential to transform the diagnosis of bladder cancer and may significantly improve patient outcomes.

Ipsen will be responsible for marketing and selling Hexvix worldwide, excluding the US and Nordic region. Ipsen has a strong and well established uro-oncology franchise and will commercialise Hexvix through its dedicated urology salesforce. Photocure retains the rights to the product in the Nordics and the US.  

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