Aequus Pharmaceuticals

A specialty pharmaceutical company.

Aequus is a growing, specialty pharmaceutical company focused on bringing proven medications to Canadian patients.
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About Aequus

We are a growing specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing high quality, differentiated products. Aequus’ sales and marketing efforts are based in Canada, targeting highly specialized therapeutic areas including ophthalmology and transplant.

We continue to build pipeline in ophthalmology and we have recently added a number of commercial stage products through in-licensing agreements. Our commercial infrastructure with specialty sales representatives is currently promoting two specialty medicines to physicians and two over the counter (“OTC”) products to eye care professionals.

Our commercial programs are supported and validated by insights from patients, physicians, and payers to ensure there is a realizable benefit for them from our work in advancing these products. Aequus’ management team has a proven track record of successfully managing the required clinical development, regulatory approval processes, and marketing of products either directly or through collaborations. We continue to leverage our internal capabilities and know-how to execute an efficient commercial strategy and development plan to drive shareholder value.
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Vistitan™
Glaucoma | Marketed

Launched

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Bimatoprost 0.03%, ophthalmic solution

Bimatoprost 0.03% is a prostaglandin approved for the reduction of elevated IOP in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Vistitan™ is currently the only marketed version of 0.03% bimatoprost ophthalmic solution for this indication in Canada and demonstrates that best ratio of safety to efficacy for this strength of the molecule. Aequus began Canadian promotional activities on behalf of its partner, for Vistitan™ in May 2016.

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Status
Currently marketed in Canada
Tacrolimus IR
Transplant | Marketed

Launched

Launched

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Launched

Immediate-release oral tablet

Aequus began promotional activities on Tacrolimus IR in December 2015. It was and remains the only lower cost alternative to the brand Prograf® currently marketed in Canada. Tacrolimus IR is indicated for the treatment and prevention of acute rejection following solid organ transplantation (liver, kidney and heart). Tacrolimus is part of a patient's immunosuppressive therapy prescribed chronically in their lifelong management to prevent graft rejection.

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Currently marketed in Canada
Evolve™ Intensive Gel
Dry Eye | Marketed

Launched

Launched

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Launched

Hyaluronate 0.2%, Carbomer 980, Glycerol

Contains lubricating eye drops intended for use in the relief of discomfort that arises from dry eye sensations, including dryness, soreness, feelings of grit, and irritation. They are ideal for sensitive eyes and provide intensive, durable lubrication.

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Currently marketed in Canada
Evolve™ Daily Intensive
Dry Eye | Marketed

Launched

Launched

Launched

Launched

Hyaluronate 0.2%

Contains lubricating eye drops intended for use in the relief of discomfort that arises from dry eye sensations, including dryness, soreness, feelings of grit, and irritation. They are ideal for sensitive eyes and intensive dry eye symptoms.

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Status
Currently marketed in Canada
SCOPE Portfolio
Dry Eye | Pipeline

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Pre-Registration

Pre-Registration

Pre-Registration

Under the distribution agreement, Aequus will receive the Canadian commercial rights to 10 unique products of SCOPE’s portfolio of over-the-counter ophthalmology products including the OPTASE® range of preservative free dry eye products. 

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Pre-Registration
ZIMED™ PF
Glaucoma | Pipeline

Pre-Registration

Pre-Registration

Pre-Registration

Pre-Registration

Preservative-free Bimatoprost 0.03%, ophthalmic solution.
Bimatoprost 0.03% is a prostaglandin approved for the reduction of elevated IOP in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. ZIMED™ PF is the first available multi-dose, preservative free, bimatoprost containing product in Canada. The anticipated timing for approval is December 2022.

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Pre-Registration
REV-0100 / ReVision
Stargardt Disease | Collaboration

Pre-Clinical

Pre-Clinical

Pre-Clinical

Pre-Clinical

REV-0100 is in preclinical development as a treatment for Stargardt disease. It was awarded both Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) and Rare Pediatric Disease (RPD) designation by the US Food and Drug Administration. REV-0100 works by reducing levels of a toxic lipid called lipid bisretinoid, which accumulates within the retina in material called lipofuscin.

Aequus has entered into a partnership with ReVision on the development program and holds the exclusive right to negotiate North American commercial rights.

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Pre-Clinical

Our Leadership Team

Doug Janzen

Doug Janzen

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Has been involved in the Life Sciences industry for the past 19 years.

Currently the Founder and President of Northview Ventures, an organization which invests in and provides strategic advisory services to a number of technology companies.

President and CEO of Cardiome Pharma, a NASDAQ listed drug development company that raised over $300 million from investors, and completed over $1 billion in licensing deals during his tenure. In 2010, Cardiome’s lead product, Brinavess, was approved and launched in Europe by Merck.

Investment banker with Cormark Securities, acting as Managing Director of Life Sciences.

Past Chair of LifeSciences BC, has served as a Director with Biotech Canada and currently sits as a Director on a number of public and private boards.

Past winner of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.

Stu Fowler

Stu Fowler

Strategic Commercial Advisor & Director

Background of operational and leadership experience in ophthalmology, with two of the largest ophthalmology companies in Canada and globally.

Worked with Allergan Canada for over 23 years, in a variety of roles across sales, marketing and management. Hi Last role at Allergan was Vice President, Regional President and General Manager, Canada.

Lead role as President and General Manager at Alcon Canada, the country’s leading ophthalmic med-device organization.

Ann Fehr

Ann Fehr

Chief Financial Officer

Principal at Fehr & Associates.

Served as CFO of Carrus Capital Corporation (formerly BioWest Therapeutic Inc.), Global Minerals Ltd., and other companies listed on the TSX.

Has led a number of companies through significant change and corporate milestones such as public listing applications, mergers and acquisitions, as well as strategic planning and execution.

Treasurer and a Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC since 2013.

Grant Larsen

Grant Larsen

Chief Commercial Officer

Joined the Aequus team in August of 2020 in the role of Chief Commercial Officer.  

Close to 20 years of senior management positions in North American eye care industry.

In-depth knowledge of Canadian Optometry, direct to consumer marketing, online technology, and medical devices, brings important experience to accelerate growth for Aequus’ expanding portfolio of products.

Past CEO of Eye Recommend, one of Canada’s largest cooperatives of optometrists.

Held senior leadership positions at Allergan, Nikon Optical Canada, and Digital ECP.

Anne Stevens

Anne Stevens

Director

Over ten years of progressive experience in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device industry.

Co-Founder and Senior Partner of Northview Ventures, an entity which invests in and provides strategic advisory services to a number of life sciences companies.

Part of the founding group of Aequus Pharmaceuticals and previously held the title of VP of Corporate Development.

Served as the Corporate and External Affairs Analyst for Cardiome Pharma, where she was responsible for strategic planning and value analysis of internal R&D.

5 years with Bayer HealthCare, where she was responsible for the commercial success and business development of a portfolio of products within several key therapeutic areas.

Chris Clark

Chris Clark

Director

Over 20 years finance and accounting experience in public practice and in public and private companies, most recently focused in the medical device sector.

Financial leadership roles with large automotive and telecom firms in which he developed deep expertise in the development and management of sophisticated financial systems.

Chief Financial Officer at Neovasc Inc. and was instrumental in the initial and ongoing development of Neovasc as a publicly traded company.

Received his designation as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and articled with KPMG before moving to Canada from England in 1998.

Honors degree in Economics from Swansea University and a post graduate diploma from Keble College, Oxford.

Marc Lustig

Marc Lustig

Director

Marc Lustig joined the Aequus team in February of 2021 as a Director.  Marc Lustig holds MSc and MBA degrees from McGill University.

He began his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck & Co. In 2000, he started his capital markets career in institutional equity research in the Life Sciences sector at Orion Securities. For the next 14 years, Mr. Lustig worked at GMP Securities L.P. and as Head of Capital Markets at Dundee Capital Markets before becoming a Principal at KES7 Capital.

In 2015 Mr. Lustig founded CannaRoyalty Corp. (Origin House). Origin House was sold to Cresco Labs in January 2020.  Mr. Lustig is currently a Director of Cresco Labs and Pharmacielo Ltd. He is also Chairman of both Trichome Financial Corp. and IMC Cannabis.

Annual General Meeting Materials

The Annual General Meeting of shareholders of Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. will be held at the offices of Blake, Cassels, & Graydon LLP.

Address: 595 Burrard Street, Suite 2600, Vancouver, British Columbia, V7X 1L3
Date: August 4, 2022
Time: 10:00am (PDT)

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