Medexus Enters into Expanded Licensing Agreement for Gliolan® in Canada

Prior Phase III study showed complete resection rates and doubling of 6-month progression-free survival in patients receiving Gliolan

MONTREAL, March 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Medexus Pharmaceuticals Inc.  (the “Company” or “Medexus”) (TSXV: MDP, OTCQB: PDDPF) today announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with photonamic GmbH & Co. KG (“photonamic”) for the exclusive rights to market and distribute Gliolan® in Canada, which assists neurosurgeons to better visualize and more completely remove malignant brain tumors (gliomas) by causing them to become fluorescent and glow during surgery.

Health Canada previously granted Medexus authorization to distribute Gliolan in Canada via the Special Access Program (“SAP”), which provides healthcare practitioners with access to non-marketed drugs to treat patients with serious or life-threatening conditions when conventional therapies have failed, are unsuitable, or unavailable. Under the original agreement, the Company had limited distribution rights to the product. Under the expanded license agreement, The Company now has the long-term exclusive rights to market and distribute Gliolan in Canada.  Medexus plans to file for registration of Gliolan with Health Canada in 2019 and expects to receive full registration within 12 to 18 month following application.

Every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumor, with the most common type of primary malignant brain tumor being glioblastoma multiforme. Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid cancer death in children under the age of 20, now surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia and they are the third leading cause of solid cancer death in young adults ages 20-391.

Gliolan is given to the patient as a drink two to four hours before surgery. During surgery, a neurosurgical microscope fitted with a specialized blue operating light is used, which causes cancerous tissue to glow fluorescent pink while normal brain tissue appears blue. This provides better visualization for the surgeon while performing the surgery, which has shown to provide a more complete removal of the tumor during surgery with the use of Gliolan.  Phase III studies have demonstrated complete resection rates and a doubling of 6-month progression-free survival in patients receiving Gliolan. (reference)

“We are very pleased with the addition of Gliolan to our expanding product portfolio, as we aim to execute on our vision of providing the best healthcare products to consumers and healthcare professionals across North America.  The response from the medical community has been extremely positive, as evidenced by strong market uptake.  This expanded, long-term exclusive agreement now provides us the opportunity to supply Gliolan in Canada, which we believe has the potential to improve patient survival.  We expect Gliolan will be a tremendous asset for clinicians in addressing their significant medical need for enhanced tumor visualization during surgery,” stated Ken d’Entremont, Chief Executive Officer of Medexus.

“We are happy to have partnered with Medexus to make Gliolan available to patients in Canada. Through this collaboration, photonamic is able to further expand the accessibility of this product globally,” Ulrich Kosciessa, CEO of photonamic explained.

The Company also announces that today, it has re-filed its interim financial statements and interim MD&A for the period ended December 31, 2018, as the originally filed financial statements and MD&A, which were filed on February 25, 2019, contained incorrect figures relating to selling and administrative expenses for the period ended December 31, 2017 as a result of an administrative error. The correction was made to both the financial statements and MD&A to reflect the numbers as previous disclosed accurately in 2017. The correction in the financial statements only impacted note 9 of the financial statements and does not impact any of the amounts in the Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss) and Comprehensive Income (Loss), Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders' Equity, the Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position, or any of the other notes to the financial statements.  No other significant changes have been made to the financial statements or MD&A.

About Medexus

Medexus is a leading specialty pharmaceutical company with a strong North American commercial platform. The Company’s vision is to provide the best healthcare products to healthcare professionals and patients, through our core values of Quality, Innovation, Customer Service and Teamwork.  Medexus Pharmaceuticals is focused on the therapeutic areas of auto-immune disease and pediatrics. The leading products are Rasuvo and Metoject, a unique formulation of methotrexate (auto-pen and pre-filled syringe) designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases; and Rupall, an innovative allergy medication with a unique mode of action.

About photonamic

photonamic is a German based life science company engaged in research and development of drugs that use 5-Aminolevulinic Acid (5-ALA). As a member of the SBI group, Tokyo Japan, photonamic’s parent company, SBI ALApharma, Hong Kong, is focused on developing and marketing 5-ALA based products globally. Gliolan®, as an intra-operative diagnostic drug, was launched for the visualization of brain tumors and approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2007, as well as by the FDA in 2017 under the name Gliolan. Today, Gliolan is sold in over 40 countries worldwide.

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Ken d’Entremont, Chief Executive Officer
Medexus Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Tel.: 905-676-0003

Roland Boivin, Chief Financial Officer
Medexus Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Tel.: 514-762-2626 ext. 202

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1 Source: Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada (



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