Heidelberg, Germany – January 8, 2018 – Novaliq GmbH, a specialty pharmaceutical company with a disruptive drug delivery platform that transforms poorly soluble drugs into effective therapeutics for ophthalmology, today announced the formation of its new subsidiary, Novaliq Inc., which will be located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
As an emerging leader in the field of ophthalmology, Novaliq is currently pursuing two late-stage clinical trials in the United States:
- Novaliq’s ESSENCE phase 2b/3 clinical trial (NCT 03292809) is a pivotal randomized, double-masked, vehicle-controlled, multi-center trial, designed to evaluate the safety, efficacy and tolerability of topical CyclASol® for the treatment of dry eye disease (DED). CyclASol®, has demonstrated better efficacy and tolerability versus current gold-standard Restasis™ in a US Phase 2 trial.
- Novaliq’s SEECASE clinical trial (NCT 03333057) is a phase 2, multi-center, randomized, double-masked, saline-controlled study to evaluate the effect of NOV03 at two different dosing regimens on the signs and symptoms of evaporative DED. NOV03 is potentially the first DED drug treatment addressing Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and evaporative-caused DED.
The new Cambridge-based office will be headed by Novaliq’s founder and current chief innovation officer (CIO), Bernhard Günther. Mr. Günther will build the new U.S. organization to leverage the advantages and the potential of the water-free EyeSol® drug delivery technology and innovative products in the U.S. Novaliq Inc. is a 100% subsidiary of Novaliq GmbH.
“Over the past two years, Novaliq has gained significant momentum,” says Mr. Günther. “With the opening of our new U.S. subsidiary, we can better serve the important and growing U.S. eye care market. I am excited to take on this new challenge and to lead the internationalization of the Novaliq group.”
“As a leader in DED with first and best-in-class products, we see our role in redefining how this disease is treated,” says Christian Roesky, PhD, CEO of Novaliq GmbH. “In the U.S., more than 16 million patients are diagnosed with DED; however, only approximately 10 percent are being treated. This significant gap is a clear indication that new DED therapies are needed. A strong presence in the United States will assist us to better serve this vital pharma market.”