Cerecor to Acquire Avadel Pharmaceuticals’ Pediatric Assets
BALTIMORE, MD–(Marketwired – February 12, 2018) – Cerecor, Inc. (NASDAQ: CERC) today announced it has entered into definitive agreements with Avadel U.S. Holdings, Inc., and certain of its subsidiaries, to purchase and acquire all rights to Avadel’s marketed pediatric products. The acquired products consist of Karbinal™ ER, AcipHex® Sprinkle™, Cefaclor for Oral Suspension, and Flexichamber™. Additionally, Avadel Ireland will develop and provide Cerecor with four stable product formulations of Cerecor’s choosing utilizing its proprietary LiquiTime™ and Micropump® technology. Three of these development projects are already underway. The acquisition of these assets aligns with Cerecor’s strategy to become a leading U.S. pediatric pharmaceutical company.
“The acquisition of Avadel’s pediatric assets solidifies our base business while providing multiple avenues for future growth,” said Steven Boyd, a director of Cerecor and Chief Investment Officer of its majority stockholder, Armistice Capital, LLC. “Importantly, our newfound scale should enable non-dilutive investment in our broad, innovative pipeline creating value for both patients and stockholders.”
“This is a significant step forward for Cerecor. With an expanded commercial footprint and diversified pediatric product portfolio, we expect meaningful revenue and cost synergies,” said Robert Moscato, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cerecor. “I welcome the team from Avadel and look forward to working together to improve the lives of children.”
Under the terms of the asset purchase agreement, Cerecor will purchase Avadel’s interest in the Avadel pediatric assets for nominal cash payment and will assume certain of Avadel’s financial obligations to Deerfield CSF, LLC, which include a $15 million loan due in January 2021 and certain royalty obligations through February 2026. Trailing twelve-month net sales for the acquired products were approximately $8 million.
Under the terms of the licensing and development agreement, Avadel will develop and provide Cerecor with four stable product formulations utilizing its LiquiTime™ and Micropump® platforms. Cerecor will reimburse Avadel for any costs associated with the development of these products in excess of $1.0 million in aggregate. Upon transfer of the product formulations, Cerecor will assume all remaining development and regulatory costs. Once approved and marketed, Cerecor will pay Avadel quarterly royalties on net sales of such products.
The transaction is anticipated to close before February 28, 2018.
Cerecor is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative therapies that make a difference in the lives of patients. The Company’s pipeline is led by CERC-301, which Cerecor currently intends to explore as a novel treatment for orphan neurological indications. Cerecor is also developing two pre-clinical stage compounds, CERC-611 and CERC-406. The Company’s R&D efforts are supported by revenues from its franchise of commercial medications led by Poly-Vi-Flor® (multivitamin and fluoride supplement tablet, chewable) and Tri-Vi-Flor® (multivitamin and fluoride supplement suspension/drops).
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