Appointment of L. Martin as Chief Pharmaceutical Affairs Officer

Paris and Lyon, March 11th, 2020ORPHELIA Pharma, a French biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and marketing of paediatric drugs in the fields of oncology and neurology, announces the appointment of Laurent Martin as Chief Pharmaceutical Affairs Officer, effective January 6th, 2020.

Pharmacist and scientist by background, Laurent has got more than 25 years of experience in drug development, especially in rare and serious pathologies. Laurent contributed to the development, the European approval and the marketing of several orphan drugs at Orphan Europe (now Recordati Rare Diseases). More recently, he was Chief Development Officer and Qualified Person at DBV Technologies, where he led global developments (USA, Europe) of innovative biological drugs mainly for children.

« Laurent’s large experience in the development of drugs for rare and paediatric diseases is a significant asset for ORPHELIA Pharma » comments Hugues Bienaymé, Founder and General Manager. « Laurent will be instrumental in strengthening ORPHELIA Pharma’s pharmaceutical structure. We plan to file an application to operate as a pharmaceutical licensed company (the French “Exploitant” status) in order to market our products in France. »

« I was convinced by ORPHELIA Pharma’s model, which I am very happy to join at this period of strong development of the company » says Laurent Martin. « The essential paediatric products developed by ORPHELIA Pharma perfectly match with my regulatory expertise and my wish to work on the marketing of medicines with high medical benefit.»

Orphelia Pharma fund raising

ORPHELIA Pharma raises 4 m€ to fund its commercial operations and clinical developments

French family offices join as new shareholders and Board members

Paris and Lyon, January 28th , 2020 – ORPHELIA Pharma, a French biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and marketing of paediatric drugs in the fields of oncology and neurology, announces it has raised 4 million € in December 2019. The proceeds will be used to grow the company’s team, develop its commercial and clinical infrastructure and advance its projects.

Initiative OCTALFA led this financing round and was joined by three French family offices managed by serial entrepreneurs, namely Ravenala holding (Alain Tornier), PAF Kapital (Christophe Pasik, Jean-François Auffret and Pierre Ferran) and Cemag (André Ulmann).

« We thank all our shareholders for their confidence in our venture and our programs », said Hugues Bienaymé, founder and CEO of ORPHELIA Pharma. « In 2020, we plan to record our first revenues with the launch of Kigabeq® and Ivozall® and initiate two clinical trials. We will also apply for a pharmaceutical establishment license in France and we anticipate to hire 7 new people. »

In addition, the company announced that André Ulmann and Christophe Pasik have joined ORPHELIA Pharma’s Board of Directors.

« We are particularly pleased to have Alain, André and Christophe with us. Their track record as successful entrepreneurs will be of invaluable help in guiding ORPHELIA Pharma to building a portfolio of paediatric medicines for rare and severe diseases » added Gilles Alberici, Chairman of ORPHELIA Pharma. « We look forward to working with them to accelerate the structuring of the company and to develop and launch new effective medicines for children. »

About ORPHELIA Pharma

ORPHELIA Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company based in Paris and Lyon that develops and markets drugs for the treatment of rare and serious paediatric diseases.

Our mission is to provide patients with essential hospital products in the fields of epilepsy and oncology with formulations adapted to the paediatric population. Our first product, Kigabeq®, obtained its Marketing Authorization in September 2018 and is being launched in Europe. Our second product, Ivozall®, was granted a European marketing authorization in November 2019 for the treatment of Acute lymphoblastic Leukaemia. ORPHELIA Pharma also conducts research projects through academic and industrial collaborations.

Launch of Kigabeq® in France

ORPHELIA Pharma announces the commercial launch of Kigabeq® in France

Paris and Lyon, January 7th, 2020 – ORPHELIA Pharma, a French biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and marketing of paediatric drugs in the fields of oncology and neurology, announces today the preparation of Kigabeq® launch in France after having reached an agreement with the Comité Economique des Produits de Santé (CEPS).

Kigabeq® is the first pediatric formulation of vigabatrin, an essential antiepileptic drug. Available as 100 mg and 500 mg scored soluble tablets for oral and (naso)gastric administration, Kigabeq® is indicated in the first-line treatment of infantile spasms, an extremely severe early childhood encephalopathic epilepsy. Kigabeq® has been developed exclusively for children aged  between 1 month and 6 years and was granted a Paediatric Use Marketing Authorization (PUMA).

« The price fixing in France highlights the clinical significance of Kigabeq® from the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) and CEPS perspectives, is the ultimate step prior to effective market launch in France », comments Hugues Bienaymé, general Manager of ORPHELIA Pharma. « We are working hard with our manufacturer and our wholesaler to make Kigabeq® available to neuropediatricians from April 2020 ».

« Vigabatrin is an essential component of the treatment of infantile spasms or West syndrome », adds Pr. Stéphane Auvin, neuropediatrician at Robert Debré hospital. « For this population of very young children, the accuracy of delivered dose and the ease of use allowed by Kigabeq® will facilitate therapeutic management ».

« The upcoming launch of Kigabeq® is the culmination of several years of research and efforts carried out in collaboration with ORPHELIA Pharma » concludes Dr. Catherine Chiron, neuropediatrician at Necker-Enfants-Malades Hospital and Research Director at Inserm. « We are particularly pleased that this collaboration now provides an optimized solution to our young patients ».

About infantile spasms

West Syndrome, or infantile spasms, is an early childhood epileptic encephalopathy which combines axial spasms in cluster, a marked psychomotor retardation and an hypsarrhythmic electroencephalogram. It is a rare disease with an estimated incidence of around 5 per 10,000 living births. It affects infants whose development was normal or children with impaired cognitive development prior to spasms. Children with infantile spasms must be treated as soon as possible to stop spasms and improve prognosis.

About ORPHELIA Pharma

ORPHELIA Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company based in Paris and Lyon that develops and markets drugs for the treatment of rare and serious paediatric diseases. Our mission is to provide patients with essential hospital products in the fields of epilepsy and oncology with formulations adapted to the paediatric population. Our first product, Kigabeq®, obtained a Marketing Authorization in September 2018 and is being launched in Europe. Our second product, Ivozall®, was granted a European Marketing Authorization in November 2019. ORPHELIA Pharma also conducts research projects through academic and industrial collaborations.

ODD for temozolomide in the treatment of neuroblastoma

ORPHELIA Pharma announces Orphan Drug Designation granted by FDA for temozolomide in the treatment of neuroblastoma

Paris and Lyon, December 10th, 2019 – ORPHELIA Pharma, a French biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and marketing of pediatric drugs in the fields of oncology and neurology, announces today that the Office for Orphan Products of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a positive opinion for the Orphan Drug Designation of temozolomide in the treatment of neuroblastoma.

« We are particularly pleased with the grant of this Orphan Designation », comments Jérémy Bastid, Chief Development Officer of ORPHELIA Pharma. « Temozolomide is an important part of the treatment armamentarium for high-risk neuroblastoma patients who relapse or face disease recurrence, albeit used off‑label. Existing formulations of temozolomide-containing products are not adapted to young children. Our formulation Kimozo® aims at providing these young patients with a pharmaceutical form adapted to their age », he concludes.

Kimozo® is the first presentation of the anticancer drug temozolomide developed for the treatment of relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma, a pediatric disease affecting young patients with dismal prognosis. Kimozo® is being developed as a taste-masked oral suspension and will be the first pediatric formulation of temozolomide.

« Temozolomide has become an integral component of established regimens for relapsed and refractory neuroblastoma. Patients with neuroblastoma are usually younger than 5 years of age and unable to tolerate the currently available temozolomide tablet formulations, presenting barriers to administration. The liquid formulation of Kimozo® is therefore a welcome and needed resource for treating patients with neuroblastoma », highlights Dr. Julie Park, Department of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

« The Office for Orphan Products of the FDA has acknowledged the benefit of temozolomide in the treatment of neuroblastoma patients with relapsed of refractory disease. The pediatric formulation that we are developing addresses significant unmet medical needs for young children with neuroblastoma », comments  Hugues Bienaymé, Founder and General Manager of ORPHELIA Pharma. « We expect to file Kimozo® Marketing Authorization Application with the FDA as soon as the dossier is complete ».

About temozolomide in neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma is the most frequent extra-cranial solid tumor in children. It is a rare disease with an incidence of 1.3/100,000. Prognosis is extremely variable, from spontaneously regressing tumors in low-risk neuroblastomas to highly aggressive disease with dismal prognosis in high-risk patients. Half of neuroblastomas are classified as high-risk, among which half being refractory to treatment or relapsing thereafter. Temozolomide has become the mainstay of rescue treatment of relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma, without being authorized in this condition.

About ORPHELIA Pharma

ORPHELIA Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company based in Paris and Lyon (France) that develops and markets drugs for the treatment of rare and serious pediatric diseases. Its mission is to provide patients with essential hospital products in the fields of epilepsy and oncology with formulations adapted to the pediatric population. Its first product, Kigabeq®, obtained its Marketing Authorization in Europe in October 2018 and has been launched in Europe. Its second product, Ivozall®, has recently been granted approval by the EMA for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. ORPHELIA Pharma also conducts research projects through academic and industrial collaborations. The main investors are initiative OCTALFA and Pierre Fabre Medicament.

Granting of the Marketing Authorisation for Ivozall

ORPHELIA Pharma announces the granting of the Marketing Authorisation for Ivozall® from the European Commission

Paris and Lyon, November 26th, 2019 – ORPHELIA Pharma, a French biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and marketing of paediatric drugs in the fields of oncology and neurology, announces today that the European Commission has granted Ivozall® an European Marketing Authorisation (MA).

Ivozall® is a solution for infusion containing 1 mg/ml of clofarabine and is supplied in 20 ml-vials. Clofarabine is an essential medicine for the treatment of relapsed or refractory Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in children. Ivozall® will be the first generic form of clofarabine to be authorised under the European centralized procedure.

« This approval is a significant milestone for ORPHELIA Pharma as Ivozall® is the first medicine in a series of oncology products we plan to launch. We believe it addresses important pediatric needs and will meaningfully improve children’s care », comments Jeremy Bastid, Chief Development Officer. « We will now focus on launching Ivozall® throughout Europe and building relationships with distribution partners to bring Ivozall® to patients with ALL ».

« This MA will allow the company to strengthen its product portfolio with this first oncology medicine in which we have great expectations » says Hugues Bienaymé, Founder and General Manager. « We anticipate to make Ivozall® available to hospital centres treating ALL patients in some countries from March 2020. Other countries will be handled by ORPHELIA’s distributors, to be selected in the course of 2020 ».

About Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

ALL is a cancer associated with the uncontrolled proliferation of lymphoblasts that invade the bone marrow. The disease progresses rapidly and aggressively and requires immediate treatment. ALL is a rare disease, with around 7,000 people diagnosed each year in Europe. The majority of ALL cases occurs in children. Although rare, ALL is the most common type of childhood cancer. Clofarabine is indicated for the treatment of ALL in paediatric patients who have relapsed or are refractory after receiving at least two prior regimens and where there is no other treatment option anticipated to result in a durable response.

About ORPHELIA Pharma

ORPHELIA Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company based in Paris and Lyon that develops and markets drugs for the treatment of rare and serious paediatric diseases. Our mission is to provide patients with essential hospital products in the fields of epilepsy and oncology with formulations adapted to the paediatric population.

Our first product, Kigabeq®, obtained its MA in September 2018 and is being launched in Europe. ORPHELIA Pharma also conducts research projects through academic and industrial collaborations. The main investors are initiative OCTALFA and Pierre Fabre Medicament.

ORPHELIA Pharma will be present at CPhI in Frankfurt

Caroline Lemarchand, Pharmaceutical Development Director of ORPHELIA Pharma will be present to the 2019 CPhI to be held in Frankfurt (Germany), November 5 – 7, 2019.

Please meet us there (contact: caroline.lemarchand@orphelia-pharma.eu).

License and distribution agreement for Kigabeq in the United Kingdom

ORPHELIA Pharma and Veriton Pharma execute a license and distribution agreement for Kigabeq® in the United Kingdom

Paris/Lyon and Weybridge, October 29th, 2019 – ORPHELIA Pharma, a French biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and marketing of pediatric drugs in the fields of oncology and neurology, announces today that it has entered into a license and distribution agreement with Veriton Pharma to market Kigabeq® in the United Kingdom.

Kigabeq® is the first pediatric formulation of vigabatrin, an essential antiepileptic drug, available as scored 100 mg and 500 mg soluble tablets for oral and (naso)gastric administration. Kigabeq® has been developed exclusively for children aged between 1 month and 6 years and was granted a Paediatric Use Marketing Authorization (PUMA) in September 2018. Kigabeq® is indicated in the first-line treatment for infantile spasms, an extremely severe early childhood encephalopathic epilepsy.

« As a renowned specialist in the treatment of epilepsy, Veriton Pharma is an outstanding partner for Kigabeq® in the United Kingdom » comments Hugues Bienaymé, founder and General Manager of ORPHELIA Pharma. « After Germany, the UK is the second country where Kigabeq® will be offered to patients. We are now actively preparing launch of Kigabeq® in France and in other European countries with dedicated distribution partners. This new agreement confirms the continued attractiveness for Kigabeq® in Europe ».

« At Veriton Pharma, we are dedicated to providing tailored therapy options for people with special medical needs. We are excited to be the exclusive partner working alongside ORPHELIA in the UK and this collaboration aligns with Veriton’s core strategy to continuously deliver products to help support UK healthcare.», says Chris Grimes, Chief Commercial Officer of Veriton.

« This agreement with Veriton Pharma is an important step forward for Kigabeq®, our first product to receive EU approval and to reach the market. Kigabeq® addresses a significant unmet medical need in a rare and potentially devastating form of epilepsy and it aims at improving the life of children affected by this condition » adds Gilles Alberici, Chairman of ORPHELIA Pharma.

About infantile spasms

West Syndrome, or infantile spasms, is an early childhood epileptic encephalopathy which combines axial spasms in cluster, a marked psychomotor retardation and an hypsarrhythmic electroencephalogram. It is a rare disease with an estimated incidence of around 5 per 10,000 living births. It affects infants whose development was normal or children with impaired cognitive development prior to spasms. Children with infantile spasms must be treated as soon as possible to stop spasms and improve prognosis.

About ORPHELIA Pharma

ORPHELIA Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company based in Paris and Lyon that develops and markets drugs for the treatment of rare and serious paediatric diseases. Our mission is to provide patients with essential hospital products in the fields of epilepsy and oncology with formulations adapted to the paediatric population.

Our first product, Kigabeq®, obtained its Marketing Authorization in October 2018 and is being launched in Europe. Our second product, Ivozall®, received a positive opinion from the CHMP in September 2019 recommending the issuance of a European marketing authorization. ORPHELIA Pharma also conducts research projects through academic and industrial collaborations. The main investors are initiative OCTALFA and Pierre Fabre Medicament.

For more information, please visit www.orphelia-pharma.eu

About Veriton Pharma

Veriton Pharma is a private pharmaceutical company founded in 1997. The company is based in Weybridge UK with regional offices in The Middle East and Australia where it supplies products to over 25 countries worldwide. Veriton Pharma focuses on the development of licensed medicines, predominantly for CNS, and unlicensed medicines for patients with special requirements that licensed products cannot meet.

The company has a portfolio of more than 60 specialised formulations for treating conditions across a range of therapeutic areas. Veriton Pharma’s products are supported in the UK by a team of Regional Account Managers who are able to access the NHS at all critical levels. Similarly, both the MEA and Australian offices are able to provide experienced sales support within each of these areas.

For more information, please visit www.veritonpharma.com

ORPHELIA at the Rare Diseases Meeting Days

ORPHELIA Pharma will be present in Paris on November, 5th and 6th, for the Rare Diseases Meeting Days. This event is organized by the French Foundation for Rare Diseases every other year, and allows to assist during two days to plenary conferences and scientific round tables on current topics, poster presentations and meetings with researchers, meeting with companies and stakeholders of the sector.  

The organizing committee of the Foundation selected ORPHELIA’s poster entitled “Multicentre retrospective study of temozolomide use in paediatric refractory or relapsed neuroblastoma : Results from analysis of data from French centres”, to be presented during the Rare Diseases Meeting Days.

Do not hesitate to contact us in order to meet at this occasion (hugues.bienayme@orphelia-pharma.eu).

ORPHELIA at the annual SIOP Congress

ORPHELIA Pharma will be present in Lyon on October, 23th to 26th, for the annual SIOP Congress (the 51st Congress of the International Society for Paediatric Oncology). This event aims to bring together the oncology community and share latest advances in paediatric oncology. Do not hesitate to contact us in order to meet at this occasion (jeremy.bastid@orphelia-pharma.eu).