SOURCE: Cornerstone Therapeutics

Cornerstone Therapeutics

January 04, 2012 07:30 ET

Cornerstone Therapeutics Acquires Cardiokine

CARY, NC--(Marketwire - Jan 4, 2012) - Cornerstone Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CRTX)

  • Cornerstone acquires worldwide rights to investigational therapy for hyponatremia
  • Hyponatremia is one of the most common metabolic conditions affecting up to 6 million people in the U.S. with direct medical costs estimated to range between $1.6 and $3.6 billion annually
  • New Drug Application for lixivaptan filed Dec. 29, 2011; FDA approval expected in Q1 2013
  • Expected launch of the product in the U.S. hospital market in 2013

Cornerstone Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CRTX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing proprietary products for the hospital and respiratory markets, today announced that it has acquired Cardiokine Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing hospital products for cardiovascular indications. The merger was effective Dec. 30, 2011.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cornerstone will acquire all outstanding shares of Cardiokine which is located in Philadelphia. Cardiokine recently completed a series of phase III clinical trials for its lead compound, lixivaptan for treatment of hyponatremia, and filed a New Drug Application (NDA) with the FDA on Dec. 29, 2011. Lixivaptan is an orally active, selective vasopressin 2 receptor antagonist and has the potential to address a large unmet medical need as current treatment options have significant limitations that have impeded adoption by many hospitals.

"We are very excited about adding a hospital product to complement Curosurf, our neonatal lung surfactant. This is the first of several deals we hope to complete as we continue to execute the strategic plan that we initiated in 2011," said Craig A. Collard, Cornerstone's Chief Executive Officer. "The hyponatremia market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years and currently has limited treatment alternatives. The acquisition of Cardiokine allows Cornerstone to expand our pipeline into a new area of treatment and creates the potential to use our hospital specialty expertise to help meet the needs of patients with hyponatremia."

Mr. Collard continued, "Consistent with our stated strategic intent, we expect this transaction to be accretive within the first full year following launch. Additionally, we will continue the ex-U.S. licensing discussions initiated by Cardiokine, which present the opportunity for incremental revenue."

"The clinical trials of lixivaptan were conducted in addition to current standard care in patients with hyponatremia associated with heart failure and the syndrome of inappropriate hormone secretion (SIADH), and comprise the largest placebo-controlled dataset to date in these populations," said Cesare Orlandi, MD, former Cardiokine Chief Medical Officer, who will continue his work on lixivaptan as a consultant to Cornerstone.

About Hyponatremia
Hyponatremia is a metabolic condition that occurs when there is not enough sodium (salt) in the blood. It is the most common electrolyte disorder among hospitalized patients affecting up to six million people in the U.S. and is often diagnosed in patients with heart failure. In the U.S. alone, there are five million heart failure patients, and each year one fourth of them develop hyponatremia. Other causes of hyponatremia include burns, diuretic medications, kidney disease, liver cirrhosis, and syndrome of inappropriate hormone secretion (SIADH).

About Cornerstone Therapeutics
Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CRTX), headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing products for the respiratory, hospital and related specialty markets. Key elements of the Company's strategy are to focus on identifying therapeutic niches within respiratory, hospital and related specialty markets to leverage existing business and create new opportunities; promote the Company's current products to high prescribing physicians through the Company's respiratory sales force and to hospital-based healthcare professionals through the Company's hospital sales force; license or acquire rights to existing patent- or trade secret-protected, branded products, which can be promoted through the same channels to generate on-going high-value earnings streams; advance the Company's development projects and further build a robust pipeline; and generate revenues by marketing approved generic products through the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Aristos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For more information, visit www.crtx.com.

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