MILAN, Italy and HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J., Dec. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Recordati (Milan:REC) and Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation (Nasdaq:NYMX) announced today the signing of a European licensing agreement for the development and commercialization of NX-1207, Nymox's Phase III investigational drug currently in clinical development in the U.S. for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Under the terms of the agreement, Recordati receives exclusive rights to develop and subsequently market and sell NX-1207 in Europe including Russia and the CIS, the Middle East, the Maghreb area of North Africa and South Africa (i.e. a total of 81 countries). The licensing agreement covers the use of NX-1207 for the treatment of BPH as the initial indication for development and commercialization. Recordati will make an upfront payment to Nymox of € 10 million (approximately $13 million); approval and sales milestones payments; and tiered supply and royalty payments of a minimum of 26% to increase progressively up to 40% of total net sales in the case specific contractual conditions are achieved.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC served as financial advisor and provided assistance to Nymox with respect to this transaction.

Giovanni Recordati, Chairman and CEO of Recordati said, "We are very pleased with our new partnership with Nymox and believe the inclusion of NX-1207 in our development pipeline to be very important and in line with our commitment to increase the availability of new effective treatments for urological disorders."

Dr. Paul Averback, CEO of Nymox said, "The Board and Management of Nymox consider Recordati to be an ideal partner in Europe for this potential major advance in the treatment of BPH. Recordati has a long history in Europe of clinical, regulatory and commercial expertise and has provided a strong commitment to the development and marketing of NX‑1207."

About BPH

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate is a common affliction of older men that causes difficulties with urination that can have a detrimental impact on health and quality of life and that can lead to acute urinary retention, incontinence, and other serious consequences. The disorder affects approximately half of men over age 50 and close to 90% of men by age 80, and is associated with growth in prostate size as men age. It is estimated that more than 100 million men worldwide suffer from the symptoms of BPH, including more than an estimated 20 million men in Europe alone. This market is anticipated to grow as the population ages.