First state license is a key achievement as Blue Water continues to expand its business into commercial activities
CINCINNATI, July 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blue Water Biotech, Inc. (“Blue Water” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: BWV), a biotechnology and pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing transformational therapies to address significant health challenges globally, today announced that the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy has granted Blue Water a license to operate as a pharmaceutical wholesaler in the State of Ohio.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, Blue Water recently acquired multiple FDA-approved pharmaceutical assets across various indications, including urology, cardiology, inner ear infections, and pain management to establish itself as a commercial stage pharmaceutical company. This license allows Blue Water to conduct business in the State of Ohio and is the first granted to the Company since its establishment as a commercial state company.
“Securing this license in our home state is a very important first step for patients and providers to access Blue Water products nationwide,” said Joseph Hernandez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Water. “We are keenly focused on building out our sales team and aligning ourselves with the right commercial partners as we prepare for launch, and these licenses are critical for us to deliver on our proposed strategies. We look forward to securing additional state licenses and expanding further to maximize availability and access to our products.”
In April 2023, Blue Water acquired ENTADFI®, an FDA-approved treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (“BPH”) that counteracts negative sexual side effects seen in men on alternative BPH therapies. Following this acquisition, Blue Water recently announced an Asset Purchase Agreement with WraSer, LLC and Xspire Pharma, LLC for the purchase of six FDA-approved assets across various treatment areas.
In recent months, Blue Water has signed key agreements to work towards commercialization of its products, including an agreement with IQVIA to establish a medical sales representative team to market Blue Water’s products. Additionally, the Company yesterday announced the signing of a Master Services Agreement with bfw Advertising Inc. to generate marketing and advertising material for its portfolio and expects to launch these materials in the coming months. These agreements, along with the granted license in Ohio and any future state licenses, will help ensure proper awareness and access to all of Blue Water’s products.
About Blue Water Biotech
Blue Water Biotech, Inc. is a biotechnology and pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing transformational therapies to address significant health challenges globally. Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, the Company owns ENTADFI®, an FDA-approved, once daily pill that combines finasteride and tadalafil for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. This combination allows men to receive treatment for their symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia without the negative sexual side effects typically seen in patients on finasteride alone. The Company also has a robust vaccine pipeline. Blue Water holds the rights to proprietary technology developed at the University of Oxford, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Blue Water is developing a Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccine candidate, designed to specifically prevent highly infectious middle ear infections, known as AOM, in children, and prevention of pneumonia in the elderly. The Company is also developing a universal flu vaccine that will provide protection from all virulent strains in addition to licensing a novel norovirus S&P nanoparticle versatile virus-like particle vaccine platform from Cincinnati Children’s to develop vaccines for multiple infectious diseases, including Marburg and monkeypox, among others. Additionally, the Company is developing a Chlamydia vaccine candidate with UT Health Science Center San Antonio to prevent infection and reduce the need for antibiotic treatment associated with contracting Chlamydia disease. For more information about Blue Water, visit www.bwbioinc.com.
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