Elis granted exclusive rights to market Apricus Bio's Vitaros in the Gulf and part of the Middle East

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Apricus Biosciences, Inc. ("Apricus Bio") (Nasdaq:APRI) and Elis Pharmaceuticals ("Elis"), announced today that the two companies have entered into a licensing agreement granting Elis the exclusive rights to market Apricus Bio's new drug for erectile dysfunction, Vitaros®, in the Gulf and part of the Middle East. "This new agreement is the next step in our strategy of seeking to partner Vitaros in more than 100 countries around the world," said Dr. Bassam Damaj, President and Chief Executive Officer of Apricus Bio.

The agreement with Elis follows the December 22 announcement of a similar agreement granting Bracco SpA ("Bracco") the exclusive rights to market Vitaros in Italy.(http://www.apricusbio.com/press_12222010.html

The drug was approved by Health Canada in November as the first topical treatment for erectile dysfunction ("ED") for marketing in Canada. This validation will also make it possible to register the drug in other countries that recognize Canadian approval. The application for approval to market Vitaros in the territory licensed to Elis is scheduled to be filed in the first half of 2011. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Elis has exclusive rights in The Gulf Countries and part of the Middle East (including, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen) to commercialize and market Vitaros.  Apricus Bio is entitled to receive up to $2.1 million in payments for signing, regulatory and sales milestones. Further, Apricus Bio will receive tiered double digit royalties based on Elis's sales of the product. "We are delighted to reach another major milestone in the history of this product," said Dr. Damaj. "This is another partnership in a series of commercialization agreements which we plan to execute for Vitaros. With their proven success in building new markets, Elis is a great partner for launching this product in The Gulf Countries and part of the Middle East."

"This exciting collaboration allows Elis to expand into a complementary therapeutic area utilizing its proven sales and marketing expertise," said Rashed Assouma, Chief Executive Officer of Elis. "We believe that Vitaros has the potential to be an important new therapy for ED in our region."

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 Apricus Biosciences and Elis Pharmaceuticals Limited

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