Gour Adapts Drug for Veterinary Development

Gour Medical SA, a veterinary biomedical company founded by Israeli entrepreneur Serge Goldner, has entered into a definitive worldwide license agreement with Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd for the veterinary development of one of Actelion’s early-stage clinical dual orexin receptor antagonists, which the company had decided not to pursue further.

Gour plans to develop the compound and eventually bring to the market a new treatment to reduce anxiety, hypervigilance and restlessness in dogs during stress situations related to transport, loud noises and separation, a very large and still highly unmet medical need.

Under the terms of the agreement Actelion will receive an upfront payment and will be eligible to receive further payments subject to potential development and regulatory milestones, as well as royalties on sales if the compound is commercialized. Gour plans to conduct a proof-of-concept study to establish the efficacy of the compound in reducing anxiety, hypervigilance and restlessness in dogs during transport.

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