Evoke Pharma Enters Commercialization Agreement with EVERSANA Life Sciences for Gimoti™
EVERSANA to commercialize and distribute Gimoti in the U.S.
EVERSANA to provide $5 million revolving credit facility upon FDA approval
SOLANA BEACH, Calif. and CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Evoke Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOK), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on treatments for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, and EVERSANA™, an independent provider of global commercial services to the life science industry, today announced a collaboration to utilize EVERSANA’s integrated suite of outsourced services to commercialize and distribute Gimoti™ in the United States (U.S.).
Gimoti is Evoke’s nasal spray product candidate for the relief of symptoms in adult women with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a target goal date under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) of June 19, 2020. Subject to FDA approval, EVERSANA will fund and commercialize Gimoti and manage substantially all activities related to marketing, market access, distribution, sales team, patient reimbursement, and provide related support services.
“We are excited to partner with EVERSANA, which will allow us to efficiently and rapidly prepare to commercialize Gimoti without the need to invest in a large corporate infrastructure and build out of a sales force. Under the agreement, we will leverage EVERSANA’s integrated suite of capabilities, including highly experienced personnel with proficiency in all key facets of pharmaceutical product commercialization,” commented Dave Gonyer, President and CEO. “We will continue to work with FDA in their review of our NDA while simultaneously coordinating with EVERSANA for a potential product launch this year.”
Jim Lang, CEO of EVERSANA added, “Innovative therapies like Gimoti allow innovative commercialization strategies. That’s why we’ve built a comprehensive integrated commercial services platform, powered by more than 2,000 employees, to bring innovative products to the market, reducing cost and risk while simultaneously improving outcomes. We are very pleased to enter into a strategic partnership with Evoke and look forward to supporting all aspects of commercialization to ensure a smooth and successful launch of Gimoti.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Evoke maintains ownership of the Gimoti New Drug Application (NDA) as well as all legal, regulatory, and manufacturing responsibilities. Evoke will record sales for Gimoti to EVERSANA’s third party logistics division and retain more than 80% of product profits. EVERSANA will utilize its internal sales organization along with other commercial functions for market access, marketing, distribution and patient support services. EVERSANA will receive reimbursement of certain costs and a percentage of product profits in the mid to high teens when Gimoti net sales surpass certain administrative, manufacturing and commercialization costs. In addition, EVERSANA has agreed to provide up to $5.0 million revolving credit facility to Evoke subject to NDA approval, and certain other conditions. Evoke and EVERSANA retain the right to terminate the agreement upon certain events, including any change of control of Evoke. The term of the agreement is five years following FDA approval, after which Evoke will recapture all product sales and corresponding commercialization responsibilities. Gimoti is under patent protection in the United States until 2030 and upon approval would be the only non-oral out-patient treatment for women suffering from diabetic gastroparesis in the United States.
In addition, Evoke and Novos Growth Partners have mutually agreed to terminate the commercialization agreement dated January 5, 2019.
Gastroparesis is a debilitating, episodic condition that disproportionately affects adult women and is characterized by slow or delayed gastric emptying of the stomach’s contents after meals, often resulting in flares of symptoms that include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and bloating. Vomiting and gastric emptying delays can cause unpredictable absorption of food and oral medications, which complicate glucose control and can lead to dehydration and malnutrition. These clinical manifestations of gastroparesis also potentially render existing oral drug treatment options ineffective. If approved, Gimoti would be the first non-oral drug treatment for symptoms associated with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis in adult women and would represent the first significant advancement in the treatment of gastroparesis in 40 years.
About Evoke Pharma, Inc.
Evoke is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused primarily on the development of drugs to treat GI disorders and diseases. The Company is developing Gimoti, a nasal spray formulation of metoclopramide, for the relief of symptoms associated with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis in adult women.
Diabetic gastroparesis is a GI disorder affecting millions of patients worldwide, in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents resulting in serious digestive system symptoms. The gastric delay caused by gastroparesis can compromise absorption of orally administered medications. Metoclopramide is currently available only in oral and injectable formulations and is the only drug currently approved in the United States to treat gastroparesis. Visit www.EvokePharma.com for more information.
About EVERSANA Life Science Services, LLC
EVERSANA™ is an independent provider of global services to the life science industry. The company’s integrated solutions are rooted in the patient experience and span all stages of the product lifecycle to deliver long-term, sustainable value for patients, prescribers, channel partners and payers. The company serves more than 500 organizations, including innovative start-ups and established pharmaceutical companies to advance life science solutions for a healthier world. To learn more about EVERSANA, visit eversana.com or connect through LinkedIn and Twitter.
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