VIVUS Announces License and Commercialization Agreement With Sanofi for Avanafil in Africa, Middle East, Turkey and CIS/Russia
VIVUS (Nasdaq: VVUS) today announced that it has entered into a License and Commercialization Agreement with Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) to commercialize avanafil on an exclusive basis in Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) including Russia. Sanofi will be responsible for obtaining regulatory approval in its territories. Sanofi intends to market avanafil under the tradename SPEDRA™ or STENDRA™.
Under the terms of the agreement, VIVUS is eligible to receive up to $61 million in upfront payments, regulatory and sales milestones. VIVUS will also receive escalating royalties based on net sales over the life of the agreement.
"Sanofi is an established leader in emerging markets and a valued partner for VIVUS," said Seth H. Z. Fischer, CEO of VIVUS, Inc.
In July 2013, VIVUS announced an exclusive license with the Menarini Group to commercialize avanafil in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In October 2013, VIVUS announced an exclusive license with Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to commercialize avanafil in the United States and Canada. Under the Menarini, Auxilium and Sanofi agreements, avanafil is expected to be commercialized in over 100 countries worldwide.
"We are pleased with the alliance we have forged with our partners