GSK informs Basilea that it has elected not to continue its U.S. alitretinoin program

Basel, Switzerland, January 21, 2016 - GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) informed Basilea today that it has elected to discontinue its U.S. alitretinoin program. Global rights to Toctino (alitretinoin) were transferred to Stiefel, a GSK company, in July 2012. Basilea has the option to re-acquire the U.S. alitretinoin rights. GSK continues to commercialize Toctino in its current markets.

About Basilea

Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. is a biopharmaceutical company developing products that address increasing resistance and non-response to current treatment options in the therapeutic areas of bacterial infections, fungal infections and cancer. The company uses the integrated research, development and commercial operations of its subsidiary Basilea Pharmaceutica International Ltd. to discover, develop and commercialize innovative pharmaceutical products to meet the medical needs of patients with serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: BSLN). Additional information can be found at Basilea's website


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