VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLT Inc. (NASDAQ:QLTI) (TSX:QLT) (“QLT” or the “Company”) today announced that it has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (“Valeant”) in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. QLT alleges that Valeant has failed to pay the $5 Million laser earn-out milestone required under the terms of its 2012 Asset Purchase Agreement with Valeant.
Under the Asset Purchase Agreement, Valeant purchased QLT’s pharmaceutical drug, Visudyne®, and also QLT’s assets and rights in its Qcellus™ laser under development. Valeant agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly obtain the laser registrations necessary to commercialize the Qcellus laser in the United States. Under the Asset Purchase Agreement, receipt of the laser registrations by December 31, 2013 triggered a $5 Million milestone payment and receipt of the laser registrations between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015 triggered a $2.5 Million milestone payment. In September 2013, the supplemental Premarket Approval for the Qcellus laser in the United States was received, which QLT alleges triggered the $5 Million milestone. Valeant has refused to pay the $5 Million.
QLT seeks to recover damages of $5 Million and also claims failure of Valeant to use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly obtain laser registrations for the Qcellus laser in the United States.
QLT is a biotechnology company dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative ocular products that address the unmet medical needs of patients and clinicians worldwide. We are focused on developing our synthetic retinoid program for the treatment of certain inherited retinal diseases.
QLT’s head office is based in Vancouver, Canada and the Company is publicly traded on NASDAQ Stock Market (symbol: QLTI) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: QLT). For more information about the Company’s products and developments, please visit our website at www.qltinc.com.
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Visudyne® is a registered trademark of Novartis AG
Qcellus™ is a trademark of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
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