Aachen, Germany / Morristown, New Jersey, USA, 14 November, 2018 – Grünenthal announced today that it has acquired the US-based pharmaceutical company Averitas Pharma, thereby extending its commercial footprint to the United States. Averitas Pharma will be commercialising the pain patch Qutenza® (8 % capsaicin) for Grünenthal in the US. Grünenthal had only recently acquired the remaining global rights, including the US rights, for the product from Acorda Therapeutics
Aachen, Germany, 30 October 2018 – Grünenthal today announced that it has agreed to acquire AstraZeneca’s European rights to Nexium and the global (ex US and Japan) rights to Vimovo for a total consideration of up to US$ 922 m (€ 811 m). Nexium (esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that helps to reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach in patients with gastroesophageal reflux conditions and ulcers. It has a number of indications, including the prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers induced by pain-relieving non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Vimovo is a fixed-dose combination tablet of naproxen, a pain-relieving non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and esomeprazole, the same gastroprotective active ingredient as in Nexium.
Aachen, Germany, 28 August 2018 – Today, Grünenthal announced that the European Commission has followed the positive opinion of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and granted Duzallo® marketing authorization for the EU/EEA. Duzallo® is a fixed-dose combination (FDC) therapy that combines allopurinol and lesinurad. It is indicated for the treatment of hyperuricaemia in adult gout patients who have not been able to reach target levels of uric acid serum with a dose of allopurinol alone. Lesinurad is the first innovative uricosuric in gout treatment for over 40 years.
Aachen, Germany, 15 June 2018 – Grünenthal has qualified as one of the 25 Best Multinational Workplaces in Europe this year. After 2012 and 2013, this is the third time that Grünenthal, a science-based pharmaceutical company headquartered in Germany, is being awarded in this category. National successes in Italy, Portugal and Spain were the reasons for the decision by the Great Place to Work® (GPtW®) Institute.
Aachen, Germany, June 12, 2018 – Grünenthal announced today that first patients have been enrolled in two trials of the company’s pivotal phase III program investigating neridronate for the treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). These two trials, KF7013-02 and KF7013-04, are investigating the efficacy and safety of neridronate in 360 patients with CRPS. Neridronate, a bisphosphonate, is an innovative investigational medicine discovered and developed by Abiogen Pharma and now being further developed by Grünenthal for the US territory.
Aachen, Germany, 23 April 2018 – Grünenthal announced today that Philip Just Larsen has been appointed Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Member of the Corporate Executive Board. He will assume leadership of Grünenthal’s research and development organization on 1 July 2018. Currently, Philip holds the role of Global Head of Diabetes Research and Translational Medicine and Chief Scientific Officer at Sanofi’s German Hub in Frankfurt.
Aachen, Germany and Leuven, Belgium, April 09, 2018 – Grünenthal, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven’s Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3) and the Laboratory of Ion Channel Research (LICR) announced today that they have entered into a research collaboration for the development of novel non-opioid drug candidates for the treatment of painful diseases with a high unmet medical need.
Aachen, Germany, February 01, 2018 – Grünenthal announced today that Adhesys Medical Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grünenthal, has been granted Expedited Access Pathway (EAP) designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for VIVO. VIVO is a surgical sealant proposed for being an adjunct to standard closure techniques in gastrointestinal procedures to reduce intestinal leakage. VIVO is a candidate from Grünenthal’s innovative development-pipeline of surgical sealants. Flix®, the first product from this portfolio, already obtained CE-Certification in Europe.
Aachen, January 23, 2018 – Grünenthal announced today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with MSD (tradename of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA) for distributing, promoting and selling MSD’s Women’s Health products in Brazil, Central America, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The portfolio comprises several Women’s Health products, including Zoely®, Nuvaring®, Cerazette® and Livial®. MSD will continue to commercialize Nexplanon®/Implanon NXT® throughout that region.
Aachen, Germany, January 19, 2018 – Grünenthal announced today that Adhesys Medical GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Grünenthal Group, has received CE-Certification for MAR-CUTIS (Flix®). Flix® is a topical skin adhesive for surgical use and the first product from Grünenthal’s innovative pipeline of surgical sealants. Further products, especially for use inside the body, are under development (MAR-VIVO product family).