Melbourne, Australia: Starpharma Monday announced achievement of a major milestone with the receipt of Conformity Assessment Certification for the VivaGel® condom by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This TGA certification is similar to CE certification of devices (CE Mark) in Europe.
Starpharma’s marketing partner, Ansell (ASX:ANN) plans to launch the VivaGel® condom under their brand, LifeStyles Dual Protect™, in the coming months, following listing on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). TGA certification will also support certain regulatory processes in other markets.
The VivaGel® condom is a world-first product based on innovative Australian technology. It is the only condom of its type, providing barrier protection and incorporating a proprietary antiviral compound (VivaGel®) in the lubricant.
LifeStyles Dual Protect™ condoms to be marketed by Ansell will carry the VivaGel® brand and Starpharma will receive royalties based on sales.
Ansell President & General Manager, Sexual Wellness Global Business Unit, Peter Carroll, said:
“Ansell looks forward to rolling out its marketing and sales campaign to support the launch of LifeStyles Dual Protect™ over the coming months with the first product expected to be available on shelves soon.
“Our partnership with Starpharma is a great example of two highly innovative Australian businesses working together to bring to market a ground-breaking new sexual health product. New product development is central to Ansell’s business strategy and this highly innovative product is exciting for both companies.”
Ansell is a global leader in protection solutions, manufacturing and marketing condoms across the world and ranked number two globally. In Australia, Ansell’s share of the condom market is around 70%. The global branded condom market is estimated to be worth approximately $1.1 billion.
“With the launch of LifeStyles Dual Protect™ expected in the near future, certification by TGA marks another major milestone for the VivaGel® condom and our partnership with Ansell, one of the world’s leading condom companies and healthcare innovators,” said Starpharma Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jackie Fairley.
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