Sol-Gel and Searchlight Pharma Announce Licensing Agreements to Commercialize TWYNEO® and EPSOLAY® in Canada

June 6, 2023 at 7:00 AM EDT
  • Sol-Gel to receive up to $11 million in upfront payments and regulatory and sales milestones for both drugs, combined, plus additional royalties ranging from low double-digits to high-teens
  • Non-dilutive capital strengthens Sol-Gel’s balance sheet
  • Searchlight Pharma anticipates filing of Canadian regulatory submissions in early 2024, and for both products to become foundational pieces of its dermatology pipeline and portfolio

NESS ZIONA, Israel and MONTREAL, June 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sol-Gel Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLGL) (“Sol-Gel”), an Israel-based dermatology company and Searchlight Pharma Inc. (“Searchlight”), a private Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced the signing of exclusive license agreements for TWYNEO and EPSOLAY for the Canadian market. TWYNEO and EPSOLAY are two innovative, large-market, dermatology products that were developed by Sol-Gel. Both products recently launched in the U.S., and Searchlight is to commercialize them in Canada over a fifteen-year term that is renewable for subsequent five-year periods.

  • TWYNEO (tretinoin, 0.1%, and benzoyl peroxide, 3%, cream) is used for the treatment of acne vulgaris in adults and pediatric patients 9 years of age and older.
  • EPSOLAY (benzoyl peroxide, 5%, cream) is used for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea in adults.

“We are pleased to partner with a leading and dynamic specialty pharmaceutical company, Searchlight Pharma, to introduce our two innovative dermatology drugs to Canadian patients and to generate non-dilutive capital for our shareholders,” stated Alon Seri-Levy, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Sol-Gel. “With this partnership, we look forward to expanding our strong commercial presence in North America and further strengthening our growing revenue base.”  

As part of the agreement terms, Sol-Gel will receive up to $11 million in potential upfront payments and regulatory and sales milestones for both drugs, combined. In addition, Sol-Gel will be entitled to royalty percentages of all Canadian net sales ranging from low-double-digits to high teens.

Mark Nawacki, President and Chief Executive Officer, of Searchlight Pharma Inc., commented, “TWYNEO and EPSOLAY are valuable additions to our growing portfolio in line with our philosophy to acquire innovative and unique specialty healthcare products in therapeutic areas within our strategic interest. Both products have had encouraging uptake by physicians in the U.S. over the past year, and we look forward to commercializing them for patients in Canada.”

Searchlight will be responsible for obtaining and maintaining any regulatory approvals required to market and sell the drugs in Canada, with support from Sol-Gel.

Dr. Seri-Levy continued, “Searchlight has repeatedly ranked among the top growth companies in Canada and is dedicated to improving health through the acquisition and commercialization of differentiated and unique healthcare products. We look forward to collaborating with Searchlight to maximize the presence of our two unique drugs, TWYNEO and EPSOLAY, in Canada, a leading commercial territory.”


TWYNEO (tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide) Cream, 0.1%/3% is used for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in adults and pediatric patients 9 years of age and older.

TWYNEO utilizes a proprietary, patented technology where tretinoin and BPO are encapsulated within silica-based microcapsules to create a barrier between the medication and the skin. The patented microencapsulation technology in TWYNEO Cream segregates and envelopes the active ingredients in silica core shells (microcapsules) so that tretinoin is protected from the oxidizing effects of BPO, allowing the combination of both drugs into one product and gradual release onto the skin.

Sol-Gel Technologies received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approval for TWYNEO Cream on July 27, 2021, and has granted exclusive rights to Galderma to commercialize the treatment in the U.S.


EPSOLAY is a topical cream containing encapsulated benzoyl peroxide (BPO), 5%, for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea in adults. EPSOLAY utilizes a proprietary, patented technology to encapsulate BPO within silica-based microcapsules to create a barrier between the medication and the skin. The silica-based shell is designed to slowly release BPO over time to provide a tolerable and effective treatment.

Sol-Gel Technologies received FDA approval for EPSOLAY Cream on April 22, 2022, and has granted exclusive rights to Galderma to commercialize the treatment in the U.S.

About Searchlight Pharma Inc. 

Searchlight Pharma Inc., headquartered in Montreal, is a leading Canadian-based specialty healthcare company that executes best-in-class search, acquisition, commercialization, and focused development of innovative and unique specialty healthcare products. Following its acquisition of Miravo Healthcare in March 2023, Searchlight’s core promoted products now focus on women’s health, dermatology, allergy, pain management and hospital specialty markets, and its team is committed to improving people’s lives by bringing the right products to market. Follow Searchlight, learn more about what it does, and get to know its product portfolio at

About Sol-Gel Technologies

Sol-Gel Technologies, Ltd. is a dermatology company focused on identifying, developing and commercializing or partnering drug products for the treatment of skin diseases. Sol-Gel developed TWYNEO which is approved by the FDA for the treatment of acne vulgaris in adults and pediatric patients nine years of age and older; and EPSOLAY, which is approved by the FDA for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea in adults. Both drugs are exclusively licensed to and commercialized by Galderma in the U.S.

The Company’s pipeline includes Orphan Drug candidate, SGT-610 under investigation for the prevention of new basal cell carcinomas in Gorlin syndrome patients, and also includes topical drug candidate SGT-210 under investigation for the treatment of rare skin keratodermas.

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Irina Koffler
Investor relations, LifeSci Advisors
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Sol-Gel Technologies

Gilad Mamlok
Chief Financial Officer
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Searchlight Pharma Inc.

Mark Nawacki
President & CEO

Jesse Ledger
Chief Strategy & Corporate Development Officer

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