Zogenix, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company and Astellas Pharma US, Inc., announced today their exclusive co-promotion agreement for Sumavel DosePro (sumatriptan injection) needle-free delivery system. Sumavel DosePro received FDA approval in July 2009 and is a first-of-its-kind needle-free delivery system for subcutaneous sumatriptan, a treatment that provides migraine relief within 10 minutes for some patients. “Partnering with Astellas is a significant milestone for Zogenix which will allow us to bring this cutting edge treatment to a broader number of people suffering from migraines,” said Roger Hawley, CEO and director of Zogenix, Inc. “It was essential that we found the right partner for the introduction of our first product, Sumavel DosePro. Astellas will bring significant sales and marketing experience to our promotional efforts and help ensure the successful launch of Sumavel DosePro.” According to the National Headache Foundation, acute migraines affect nearly 30 million Americans, primarily women between the ages of 25 and 40, who are treated by primary care physicians and neurologists. Tablets are a treatment option for some of these migraine sufferers, but not all patients are satisfied with tablet therapy. Fast-acting, non-oral options are needed particularly for those who experience migraine episodes associated with sudden onset, waking, nausea or vomiting. “Part of Astellas’ corporate strategy is to continue establishing successful partnerships, so we are especially pleased to bring Sumavel DosePro to market with Zogenix,” said Seigo Kashii, president and CEO of Astellas. “We believe this innovative product will have a broad appeal which complements our current primary care efforts and enriches our local portfolio. We look forward to our collaboration with Zogenix to further meet the needs of patients.” Sumavel DosePro is expected to be commercially available in January 2010. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will collaborate on the promotion and marketing of Sumavel DosePro with Zogenix focusing their sales activities primarily on the neurology market while Astellas will focus mostly on primary care physicians. Zogenix will have responsibility for manufacturing and distribution of the product. Product sales will be booked by Zogenix and Astellas will be compensated based on sales performance within their prescriber audience.