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Report of Foreign Private Issuer
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the month of February 2020
Commission File Number 001-38367
SOL-GEL TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
7 Golda Meir Street
Ness Ziona 7403650, Israel
(Address of principal executive offices)
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INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT ON FORM 6-K
On February 13, 2020, Sol-Gel Technologies Ltd. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing positive topline results from its open-label, long-term safety study of Epsolay® for treatment up to
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This Report on Form 6-K is hereby incorporated by reference into the Company's Registration Statement on Form F-3 (Registration No. 333-230564) and Registration Statement on Form S-8 (Registration
Sol-Gel Announces Positive Topline Results from Open-Label, Long-Term Safety
Study of Epsolay® for Treatment up to 52 Weeks
Successful topline results, strengthens Epsolay’s long-term safety and tolerability profile in the
treatment of papulopustular rosacea
Results pave the way for NDA submission in the second quarter of 2020
Ness Zionna, Israel– February 13, 2020 – Sol-Gel Technologies (NASDAQ: SLGL), (“Sol-Gel”), today announced positive topline data for its
open-label, long-term safety study, evaluating Epsolay®, microencapsulated benzoyl peroxide cream, 5%, in papulopustular rosacea for a treatment duration up to 52 weeks.
The study enrolled 547 subjects, all of whom had completed 12 weeks of treatment with Epsolay or vehicle in the preceding double-blind
Phase 3 studies. Patients continued onto open-label treatment with Epsolay once-daily for up to an additional 40 weeks. The safety population of 535 subjects received Epsolay therapy for an overall period of at least 28 weeks. Of these 535 subjects,
209 subjects completed 52 weeks of treatment with Epsolay, exceeding the sample size requirements previously defined by the FDA for the one-year safety evaluation.
Non-cutaneous adverse events were similar in frequency and type to those observed in the preceding Phase 3 trials. The most common adverse
event reported was nasopharyngitis (5.4%). Less than 3% of patients experienced application site adverse events that were considered to be drug-related, and no serious drug-related adverse events were reported.
At every study visit, the investigator conducted Local Tolerability and Cutaneous Safety Assessments. At the end of 52 weeks more than 90%
of subjects had “none” or “mild” signs or symptoms (burning or stinging, itching, dryness and scaling) and no “severe” tolerability scores were recorded.
Although the study was designed to evaluate long-term safety, subjects also continued to undergo evaluation according to the Investigator
Global Assessment (IGA) 5-point scale. Of the 209 patients treated with Epsolay for 52 weeks, 73.2% reported a score of 0 (“clear”) or 1 (“almost clear”) at 52 weeks.
“We are very pleased that these long-term use results further support and strengthen the positive safety and tolerability data we
previously observed in our Phase 3 program for Epsolay,” said Alon Seri-Levy, Sol-Gel’s Chief Executive Officer. “It is our hope that this data can provide patients, seeking long term control of their chronic condition, the confidence in a treatment
that has demonstrated a favorable safety and tolerability profile. We believe these results will complete the data required to finalize our NDA submission, which is planned for the second quarter of this year.”
Epsolay is an innovative topical cream containing encapsulated benzoyl peroxide, 5%, that Sol-Gel is developing for the treatment of
inflammatory lesion of rosacea (Papulopustular Rosacea). Epsolay, if approved, is intended to be applied to the face once a day. Sol-Gel uses a patented process to encapsulate benzoyl peroxide in silica-based microcapsules. The silica shell is aimed
to serve as a barrier between the benzoyl peroxide and the epidermis, reducing the ability of the benzoyl peroxide to induce strong oxidation processes that may result in cutaneous adverse events such as erythema, burning and stinging. The slow
migration of benzoyl peroxide from the microcapsules is aimed to deliver effective doses of benzoyl peroxide onto the skin, while the barrier improves the tolerability of benzoyl peroxide. Silica is chemically inert, photochemically and physically
stable, and safe for topical use. If approved, Epsolay has the potential to be the first FDA-approved single-active benzoyl peroxide prescription drug product.
About Papulopustular Rosacea
Papulopustular rosacea also known as inflammatory lesion of rosacea, is a chronic and recurrent inflammatory skin disorder that affects nearly 5 million Americans. The condition is common, especially in fair-skinned people of Celtic and
northern European heritage. Onset is usually after age 30 and typically begins as flushing and subtle redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. If left untreated, rosacea can slowly worsen over time. As the condition progresses the redness
becomes more persistent, blood vessels become visible and pimples often appear. Other symptoms may include burning, stinging, dry skin, plaques and skin thickening.
About Sol-Gel Technologies
Sol-Gel is a clinical-stage dermatology company focused on identifying, developing and commercializing branded and generic topical drug
products for the treatment of skin diseases. Sol-Gel leverages its proprietary microencapsulation technology platform for Twyneo, for the treatment of acne vulgaris, and Epsolay, for the treatment of papulopustular rosacea. The Company’s pipeline
also includes SGT-210, an early-stage topical epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor, erlotinib, for the treatment of punctate palmoplantar keratoderma, and preclinical assets tapinarof and roflumilast. For additional information, please visit www.sol-gel.com.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the clinical progress of our product
candidates and the plans and timing of submitting an NDA for Epsolay with the FDA. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of our business, financial condition, results of operations, liquidity,
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results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the following factors: (i) the adequacy of our financial and
other resources, particularly in light of our history of recurring losses and the uncertainty regarding the adequacy of our liquidity to pursue our complete business objectives; (ii) our ability to complete the development of our product candidates;
(iii) our ability to find suitable co-development partners; (iv) our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for our product candidates in our target markets and the possibility of adverse regulatory or legal actions relating to our
product candidates even if regulatory approval is obtained; (v) our ability to commercialize our pharmaceutical product candidates; (vi) our ability to obtain and maintain adequate protection of our intellectual property; (vii) our ability to
manufacture our product candidates in commercial quantities, at an adequate quality or at an acceptable cost; (viii) our ability to establish adequate sales, marketing and distribution channels; (ix) acceptance of our product candidates by healthcare
professionals and patients; (x) the possibility that we may face third-party claims of intellectual property infringement; (xi) the timing and results of clinical trials that we may conduct or that our competitors and others may conduct relating to
our or their products; (xii) intense competition in our industry, with competitors having substantially greater financial, technological, research and development, regulatory and clinical, manufacturing, marketing and sales, distribution and
personnel resources than we do; (xiii) potential product liability claims; (xiv) potential adverse federal, state and local government regulation in the United States, Europe or Israel; and (xv) loss or retirement of key executives and research
scientists. These and other important factors discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 21, 2019 and our other reports filed with the SEC could cause actual results to
differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, we undertake no
obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to changes in our expectations.
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