BioDelivery Sciences Announces Commercial Partnership for BEMA Fentanyl in Taiwan

RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BDSI) announced a license and supply agreement with TTY Biopharm Co., Ltd., for the exclusive rights to develop and commercialize BEMA Fentanyl (marketed as ONSOLIS in the U.S.) in the Republic of China, Taiwan. The agreement results in potential milestone payments to BDSI of up to $1,300,000, which includes an upfront payment of $300,000. In addition, BDSI will receive an ongoing royalty based on net sales.

“We are very pleased to have TTY as our commercialization partner for Taiwan to introduce BEMA Fentanyl into this rapidly growing market,” said Dr. Mark A. Sirgo, President and Chief Executive Officer of BDSI. “TTY has a strong market presence in Taiwan and a significant product portfolio in oncology, making BEMA Fentanyl an excellent fit for their organization.”

TTY will be responsible for the regulatory filing of BEMA Fentanyl in Taiwan as well as future commercialization in that territory. BEMA Fentanyl is approved in the U.S. and Canada, under the trade name ONSOLIS, for the treatment of breakthrough pain in opioid-tolerant adult patients with cancer. BEMA Fentanyl is licensed to Meda for all territories with the exception of Taiwan and South Korea. In South Korea, BEMA Fentanyl is licensed to Kunwha Pharmaceutical Co.

About BioDelivery Sciences International

BioDelivery Sciences (NASDAQ: BDSI) is a specialty pharmaceutical company that is leveraging its novel and proprietary patented drug delivery technologies to develop and commercialize, either on its own or in partnerships with third parties, new applications of proven therapeutics. The Company is focusing on developing products to meet unmet patient needs in the areas of pain management and oncology supportive care. BDSI’s pain franchise currently consists of two products utilizing the Company’s patented BEMA buccal soluble film technology. ONSOLIS (fentanyl buccal soluble film) is approved in the U.S. and Canada for the management of breakthrough pain in opioid tolerant, adult patients with cancer. The commercial rights are licensed to Meda for all territories worldwide except to TTY Biopharm in Taiwan and Kunwha Pharmaceutical Co. in South Korea. BDSI’s second pain product, BEMA Buprenorphine, just completed Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of pain and is in development in a higher dose formulation for the treatment of opioid dependence. Additional product candidates are being developed utilizing the BEMA technology for conditions such as nausea/vomiting (BEMA Granisetron) and migraine (BEMA “Triptan”). The Company’s headquarters is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information please visit

BDSI® and BEMA® are registered trademarks of BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. ONSOLIS® is a registered trademark of Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and the statements of representatives and partners of BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (the “Company”) related thereto contain, or may contain, among other things, certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties. Such statements may include, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company’s plans, objectives, projections, expectations and intentions and other statements identified by words such as “projects,” “may,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” or similar expressions. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results (including, without limitation, results relating to the regulatory approval and commercialization of BEMA Fentanyl in the Republic of China, Taiwan) may differ significantly from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on various factors (many of which are beyond the Company’s control). The Company undertakes no obligation to publically update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.


BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc.
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Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development
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