Bausch Health Licenses Eyenovia's Investigational Treatment for Pediatric Myopia

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LAVAL, Quebec and NEW YORK—Bausch Health Companies, Bausch + Lomb and Eyenovia, a clinical stage ophthalmic biopharmaceutical company, announced that an affiliate of Bausch Health has acquired an exclusive license in the U.S. and Canada to develop and bring to market an investigational microdose formulation of atropine ophthalmic solution, which is being investigated for the reduction of pediatric myopia progression in children ages 3 to 12. This investigational formulation of atropine is delivered with Eyenovia's proprietary Optejet dispenser technology.

“Progressive myopia is a serious eye disease that disproportionately affects children,” said Joseph C. Papa, chairman and CEO, Bausch Health. “If approved, this product could potentially change the treatment paradigm for the reduction of myopia progression in children ages 3 to 12, thus helping to fulfill a significant unmet medical need.”

Dr. Sean Ianchulev, CEO and chief medical officer, Eyenovia, commented, "This agreement with Bausch + Lomb, one of the premier eye health businesses in the world, is a significant milestone for our company and validation of thepotential of Eyenovia's proprietary Optejet technology to enable microdosing. We believe that Bausch + Lomb has the resources and commercialization excellence to advance our technology and make it available to the millions of myopic children in the United States, if approved. Eyenovia continues to develop the Optejet platform for use with other compounds to enable delivery of treatments for other indications."

Under the terms of the licensing agreement, Bausch Health will make an upfront $10 million payment to Eyenovia upon signing and will assume oversight and costs related to the ongoing Phase 3 Chaperone clinical trial. Eyenovia is eligible to receive up to $35 million in additional payments based on approval- and launch-based milestones, as well as royalties ranging from mid-single digit to mid-teen percentages of gross profit on sales in the U.S. and Canada.