Milestone payment highlights ongoing clinical progress of Oral KORSUVA™
DALLAS, Oct. 10 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- SWK Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: SWKH), a life sciences focused specialty finance company catering to small- and mid-sized commercial-stage companies, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Enteris BioPharma, received a $5 million clinical progression milestone payment from Cara Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CARA) related to the license agreement for the Peptelligence® oral formulation technology utilized in Oral KORSUVA™, the oral formulation of Cara's first-in-class KOR agonist, CR845/difelikefalin. Enteris is entitled to retain $2.5 million of this payment per the contractual splits agreed to in the Enteris acquisition agreement.
This milestone payment is related to continued clinical progress of Oral KORSUVA, which is currently the subject of four separate clinical programs for pruritus in patients with hepatic impairment due to primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), stage 4-5 chronic kidney disease (CKD), atopic dermatitis, and notalgia paresthetica (NP). Since license inception, Enteris has received $33 million of payments from Cara. Enteris is eligible to receive additional milestone payments and sales-based royalties from Cara subject to the achievement of certain development and sales milestones for Oral KORSUVA.
SWK Holdings Corporation is a life science focused specialty finance company partnering with small- and mid-sized commercial-stage healthcare companies. SWK provides non-dilutive financing to fuel the development and commercialization of lifesaving and life-enhancing medical technologies and products. SWK's unique financing structures provide flexible financing solutions at an attractive cost of capital to create long-term value for all SWK stakeholders. SWK's solutions include structured debt, traditional royalty monetization, synthetic royalty transactions, and asset purchases, and typically range in size from $5.0 million to $25.0 million. SWK also owns Enteris BioPharma, whose Peptelligence® and ProPerma® drug delivery technologies create oral formulations of peptide-based and BCS class II, III, and IV small molecules. Additional information on the life science finance market is available on the Company's website at www.swkhold.com.
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