Columbia Laboratories Licenses STRIANT Canadian Trademark and Marketing Rights to Invaron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

LIVINGSTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Columbia Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRX) has entered into a license agreement with Invaron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Invaron”), a privately-held Canadian pharmaceutical company, for STRIANT® (testosterone buccal system) in Canada.

Under the terms of the agreement, Invaron will seek regulatory approval for and will market STRIANT in Canada. Columbia will receive a royalty on annual net sales of STRIANT in Canada, assuming Invaron receives Health Canada regulatory approval. Revenues to Columbia are not expected to be material.

About Invaron

Invaron is a Canadian based pharmaceutical company focusing exclusively on the acquisition of niche drugs and medical devices registered in other countries but not in Canada. By facilitating local registration, bridging clinical gaps, and launching with innovative marketing strategies Invaron will effectively meet the under serviced needs of Canadian patients in a wide variety of therapeutic areas.

Invaron’s press releases and other company information are available online at Invaron encourages patients, physicians, potential pharmaceutical partners and other stakeholders to visit to request that Invaron examine the regulatory approval for a particular drug or medical device.

About Columbia Laboratories

Columbia Laboratories, Inc. is developing products that utilize its novel bioadhesive drug delivery technologies to optimize drug delivery in a controlled, sustained manner. The Company has developed and sold six products for the U.S. market including CRINONE® (progesterone gel), for which Columbia receives royalties on annual net sales from Watson Pharmaceuticals. CRINONE is commercialized outside the U.S. by Merck Serono. STRIANT® (testosterone buccal system) is marketed by Actient Pharmaceuticals (U.S.) and The Urology Company (Europe). The Company’s New Drug Application (NDA) for PROCHIEVE® (progesterone gel) for the reduction of risk of preterm birth in women with short uterine cervical length in the mid-trimester of pregnancy was accepted for filing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a PDUFA date of February 26, 2012.

Columbia's press releases and other company information are available online at

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STRIANT® is a registered trademark of Actient Pharmaceuticals, LLC., in the U.S.

STRIANT® SR is a registered trademark of The Urology Company in the United Kingdom and the E.U.

CRINONE® and PROCHIEVE® are registered trademarks of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Columbia Laboratories, Inc.
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Senior Vice President, CFO & Treasurer
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Vice President

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