North American expansion and committed funding to drive medium term
LONDON, June 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Pro Bono Bio, the world's leading nanotechnology company offering health and
lifestyle products, has launched its North American operations with
headquarters based in Toronto, Canada and secured US$15M in funding to
accelerate the global launches of FLEXISEQ™ and SEQUADERMA™ as well as help fund its ambitious research and development programs
that continue to place Pro Bono Bio at the forefront of nanotechnology
In the last three years, Pro Bono Bio has successfully launched and grown FLEXISEQ™ and FLEXISEQ SPORT™ across the UK and other global markets including Europe, Asia and Africa
where it has addressed the growing need for a highly effective,
drug-free, topical biolubricant treatment for joint-pain due to
osteoarthritis and sports injuries. Along with the FLEXISEQ™ product range, the company intends to launch its derma-cosmetic range
of products, SEQUADERMA™, to treat a wide range of skin conditions that incorporate the same
Entering the North American market represents a major international
milestone for Pro Bono Bio in the company's pursuit of commercializing its innovative health and
lifestyle products. Pro Bono Bio has recently appointed a North
American CEO, Jason Flowerday, to build-out the North American
operations and set its strategy for entering both the Canadian and US
markets over the next three quarters. One of the first strategic
decisions Pro Bono Bio took was the selection of Knight Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: GUD) as its
distribution partner for some of its key products across parts of
Canada and Israel and $15M in funding that Knight Therapeutics Inc. has
injected into Pro Bono Bio.
John Mayo, Chairman and CEO of Pro Bono Bio, said "We are delighted to have Jason leading our launch into North
America and to have quickly identified Knight Therapeutics as the
preferred distribution partner in Canada as well as a strategic funding
partner for our company that understands how investments in innovation
drive business growth."
Pro Bono Bio will launch FLEXISEQ™, FLEXISEQ SPORT™ and SEQUADERMA™ as its lead product offerings into Canada and the US over the coming
year and the company is already in active discussions with retailers to
establish an extensive distribution network across each market. The
osteoarthritis market alone affects over 30m adults in North America
and over 1 billion people worldwide, while the skin care market in
North America exceeds US$20B annually and each continues to grow year
The agreement between Pro Bono Bio and Knight Therapeutics Inc. provides Knight Therapeutics Inc. with the
immediate and exclusive distribution rights to FLEXISEQ™, FLEXISEQ SPORT™ and SEQAUDERMA within the province of Quebec and Israel, as well as the exclusive
rights to Pro Bono Bio's pipeline of haematology and diagnostic device products across all of
Canada and Israel.
Jonathan Ross Goodman, President and CEO of Knight Therapeutics Inc.,
commented that "We are thrilled to help fuel Pro Bono Bio's global
expansion and we are excited by this new strategic partnership." Knight
Therapeutics Inc. is a leading speciality pharmaceutical company
focused on acquiring or in-licensing innovative pharmaceutical products
for the Canadian and select international markets.
FLEXISEQ™ is a topically applied drug-free gel which is clinically proven to
safely relieve the pain and improve the joint stiffness associated with
osteoarthritis (OA). There is extensive clinical data available from a
number of randomised, double-blind clinical trials and FLEXISEQ™ is approved as a medical device for the treatment of all joints
affected by OA.
FLEXISEQ™ is unique - it lubricates your joints to address joint damage. Pain is
relieved and joint function improved because it lubricates away the
friction and associated wear and tear on a user's joints.
SEQUADERMA™ Dermatology Products are a unique range of active dermatology solutions
specifically designed to address the symptoms and, in some cases, the
causes of the targeted conditions, leading to reduced recurrence.
SEQUADERMA™ Dermatology Products are suitable for long term use and can be used on
their own or in between drug treatments to reduce exposure to adverse
events; they will not compromise any other medication and are suitable
for those with multiple conditions.
About Pro Bono Bio:
Pro Bono Bio plc is the world's leading nanotechnology company offering
health and lifestyle products, headquartered in London with presence in
Europe, Africa and Asia and now launching in North America.
About Knight Therapeutics Inc.:
Knight Therapeutics Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Canada, is a
specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring or in-licensing
innovative pharmaceutical products for the Canadian and select
international markets. Knight Therapeutic Inc.'s shares trade on TSX
under the symbol GUD. For more information about Knight Therapeutics
Inc., please visit the company's web site at www.gud-knight.com or www.sedar.com.
Pro Bono Bio and Flexiseq are trademarks of the Pro Bono Bio Group.
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