Quoin Pharmaceuticals Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Er-Kim for its Lead Asset, QRX003
ASHBURN, Va., Feb. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: QNRX) (the “Company” or “Quoin”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on rare and orphan diseases, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Quoin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has entered into an exclusive Distribution Agreement with ER-Kim, a partner for biotech companies in Central and Eastern Europe (“CCE”), for QRX003, the Company’s investigational treatment for Netherton Syndrome, a rare and devastating genetic disease for which there is currently no available treatment or cure.
Under the terms of the revenue sharing agreement, ER-Kim gains exclusive rights to commercialize QRX003 in fifteen countries throughout the CEE including Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Quoin will be the exclusive supplier of QRX003 to ER-Kim.
Dr. Michael Myers, Chief Executive Officer of Quoin, commented, “This is Quoin’s fifth distribution agreement for QRX003 since we went public four months ago. The agreement with ER-Kim covers a number of important countries for rare and orphan diseases in Central and Eastern Europe. ER-Kim has been a leading commercial partner for global biotech and pharma companies in its markets for over forty years and we’re excited to work with them.”
“This agreement follows the announcements of four others that encompass Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Russia and the CIS countries, and Australia and New Zealand. As of now, the total number of countries covered by our partnership agreements for QRX003 is 53, underscoring Quoin's absolute commitment to ensuring that every patient, everywhere, who is suffering from this devastating disease, will have access to it,” concluded Dr. Myers.
About Netherton Syndrome
Netherton Syndrome, a form of Ichthyosis, is a rare, hereditary skin disorder caused by a mutation in the SPINK5 gene (serine protease inhibitor, Kazal Type 5) that leads to severe skin barrier defects and recurring infections, as well as a pronounced predisposition to allergies, asthma, and eczema. Patients also often suffer from severe dehydration, chronic skin inflammation and stunted growth.
Currently, there is no cure for Netherton Syndrome, nor are there any approved therapeutic treatments.
ER-Kim has been serving as the regional affiliate for the world's most important pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies since 1981. Today, ER-Kim remains one of the oldest and largest companies delivering novel treatments to patients in CEE, the Mediterranean and Turkey. For more information, go to: www.er-kim.com.
About Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutic products that treat rare and orphan diseases. We are committed to addressing unmet medical needs for patients, their families, communities and care teams. Quoin’s innovative pipeline comprises three products in development that collectively have the potential to target a broad number of rare and orphan indications, including Netherton Syndrome, Peeling Skin Syndrome, Palmoplantar Keratoderma, Epidermolysis Bullosa and others. For more information, go to: www.quoinpharma.com.
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