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Mercia Asset Mgt PLC - Medherant partners with Cycle Pharmaceuticals

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Mercia Asset Management PLC
14 May 2020

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14 May 2020


Mercia Asset Management PLC


("Mercia" the "Company" or the "Group")


Medherant partners with Cycle Pharmaceuticals to develop new products using TEPI® Patch technology


Mercia Asset Management PLC (AIM: MERC), the proactive regional specialist asset manager, is pleased to announce that Medherant Ltd ("Medherant"), the transdermal drug delivery company in which it holds a 30.1% direct stake, has entered into a partnership with Cycle Pharmaceuticals ("Cycle") to develop new products using Medherant's proprietary TEPI Patch® technology.


Under the terms of the partnership, Medherant will receive an initial upfront licence payment with an additional upfront payment for each candidate drug targeted. Medherant will also receive royalty payments on future sales of the products developed under the partnership, using the TEPI® Patch platform. 


Work will commence immediately on the first two products, which will be reformulations of medicines used to treat rare neurological disorders, an area where improvements in ease of use are vital for compliance and quality of life. Some of the benefits of the TEPI® Patch technology include less frequent drug administration, reduced side effects and improved patient compliance.  Following TEPI Patch® formulation development by Medherant, Cycle will be responsible for clinical development and registration, and will commercialise the products arising from this collaboration.


About Medherant and Mercia's investment


Medherant is a University of Warwick spinout.  Mercia first invested in Medherant through its third-party managed funds in 2015, and then subsequently via its own balance sheet. Since then Medherant has built out its board and management team, expanded its intellectual property estate, demonstrated the broad applicability of its technology and developed scalable production. The company has two unpartnered lead products of its own: an Ibuprofen patch at clinical stage and a pre-clinical product addressing smoking cessation.


Dr Mark Payton, CEO, Mercia Asset Management and NED on the board of Medherant, said:


"The collaboration with Cycle is an important development for Medherant and one which could ultimately help improve the lives of many patients suffering with rare neurological disorders. This is a great example of how Medherant's innovative technology for the administering of medicines can create significant benefit for end-users. We are pleased to have supported Medherant for a number of years and look forward to them building on this success."





For further information, please contact:


Mercia Asset Management PLC

Mark Payton, Chief Executive Officer

Martin Glanfield, Chief Financial Officer



+44 (0)330 223 1430


Canaccord Genuity Limited (NOMAD and Joint Broker)

+44 (0)20 7523 8000

Simon Bridges, Richard Andrews




N+1 Singer (Joint Broker)


Harry Gooden, James Moat

+44 (0)20 7496 3000



FTI Consulting

+44 (0)20 3727 1051

Tom Blackwell, Louisa Feltes, Antonia Powell


[email protected]


About Mercia Asset Management PLC

Mercia is a proactive, specialist asset manager focused on supporting regional SMEs to achieve their growth aspirations. Mercia provides capital across its four asset classes of balance sheet, venture, private equity and debt capital: the Group's 'Complete Capital Solution'. The Group initially nurtures businesses via its third-party funds under management, then over time Mercia can provide further funding to the most promising companies, by deploying direct investment follow-on capital from its own balance sheet.


The Group has a strong UK regional footprint through its eight offices, 19 university partnerships and extensive personal networks, providing it with access to high-quality deal flow. Mercia currently has c.£800million of assets under management and, since its IPO in December 2014, has invested over £90million across its direct investment portfolio.


Mercia Asset Management PLC is quoted on AIM with the epic "MERC".


About Cycle Pharmaceuticals

Cycle Pharmaceuticals is a pioneering pharmaceutical company, reimagining how drugs can benefit patients, to improve the efficacy of their treatments and their quality of life at every stage. Cycle then delivers these patient benefits through cutting-edge, patent-protected pharmaceutical technologies.

Cycle is headquartered in Cambridge, UK and has an office in Boston, Mass. (USA).



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