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Crescita Therapeutics and STADA Enter 15-Country Exclusive Licensing Agreement for Pliaglis®

LAVAL, Québec & BAD VILBEL, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Crescita Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: CTX) (OTC US: CRRTF) (“Crescita”), a growth-oriented, innovation-driven Canadian commercial dermatology company, and STADA MENA DWC-LLC (“STADA”), a subsidiary of STADA Arzneimittel AG, a specialty pharma, generics and consumer healthcare group, today announced an exclusive commercialization and development license agreement (the “Agreement”) for the exclusive rights to the topical anaesthetic cream Pliaglis®, in 15 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region, comprising: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Libya and Yemen (the “Territories”).

Under the terms of the Agreement, STADA will be responsible for commercializing Pliaglis in the Territories utilizing its experienced sales force. Crescita will be eligible to receive an upfront payment and will be the exclusive supplier of Pliaglis at a defined price per unit. Crescita will also provide regulatory support to STADA for seeking approval for Pliaglis in the Territories. STADA expects to submit the requisite regulatory filings in the Territories as soon as practicable.

“With this agreement, I am proud to say that we have now been successful in licensing Pliaglis in 32 countries worldwide, a strategic goal toward which we have been working for the greater part of the last two years,” commented Serge Verreault, President and CEO of Crescita. “Selecting the right commercial partners for Pliaglis is key, and we could not have done better than STADA, a global pharma player with presence in over 120 countries, as well as the required network, resources and expertise to make Pliaglis a success in the MENA region. Pliaglis is currently sold in five countries, and we believe that as launches and sales ramp-up, we could see a meaningful impact on Crescita’s recurring revenue from 2024 onwards,” added Mr. Verreault.

“As a proprietary combination of 7% lidocaine and 7% tetracaine, Pliaglis will fit ideally with STADA MENA’s existing pain portfolio as well as with its growing pipeline of value-added products,” commented Carsten Cron, STADA’s Head of Emerging Markets. “We look forward to working closely with our expert partner, Crescita, to bring this therapeutic option to patients and healthcare professionals across the MENA region.”

About Crescita Therapeutics Inc.

Crescita (TSX: CTX and OTC US: CRRTF) is a growth-oriented, innovation-driven Canadian commercial dermatology company with in-house R&D and manufacturing capabilities. The Company offers a portfolio of high-quality, science-based non-prescription skincare products and early to commercial stage prescription products. In addition, we own multiple proprietary transdermal delivery platforms that support the development of patented formulations that facilitate the delivery of active ingredients into or through the skin.

About STADA Arzneimittel AG

STADA Arzneimittel AG is headquartered in Bad Vilbel, Germany. The company focuses on a three-pillar strategy consisting of generics, specialty pharma and non-prescription consumer healthcare products. Worldwide, STADA Arzneimittel AG sells its products in approximately 120 countries. In financial year 2020, STADA achieved group sales of EUR 3,010.3 million and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of EUR 713.3 million. As of December 31, 2020, STADA employed 12,301 people worldwide.

About Pliaglis®

Pliaglis is a topical local anaesthetic cream that provides safe and effective local dermal analgesia on intact skin prior to superficial dermatological procedures. The formulation contains a eutectic mixture of 7% lidocaine and 7% tetracaine that utilizes Crescita's proprietary phase-changing topical cream Peel technology. The Peel technology consists of a drug-containing cream which, once applied to a patient's skin, dries to form a pliable layer that releases drug into the skin. Pliaglis is applied to intact skin 20 to 30 minutes prior to superficial dermatological procedures such as dermal filler injections, non-ablative laser facial resurfacing, or pulsed-dye laser therapy and 60 minutes prior to procedures such as laser-assisted tattoo removal. Following the application period, the pliable layer is easily removed from the skin allowing the procedure to be performed with minimal to no pain. In clinical studies, the mean duration of anesthesia has been shown to be in the range of 7 to 9 hours after the application of Pliaglis. Pliaglis is currently approved in over 25 different countries and sold by commercial partners in various countries.

Forward-looking Statements

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Crescita Therapeutics
Investor Relations
Linda Kisa, CPA, CA

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