For anyone who thought that instead of calling Dr. Perez directly we should just sit around and wonder what is going on indefinitely, I guess you should skip this message.
I spoke with Dr. Perez on the phone on Friday. He told me that Signum is aiming to license Arazine out to both a US and European firm in the 3rd quarter of this year. Once the product is licensed, the company that owns the license will then need to decide what product they want to create and mix Arazine with, perform internal quality control, marketing studies, manufacturing, distribution, ect. It will take at least 2 years from the time the license is sold to the time a product containing Arazine hits the market. (The licensing agreement between Rohto and Signum was signed in September 2008 and the product was released in July 2010).
By the time something containing Arazine is released in the US in a couple years, hopefully Signum's SIG990 treatment will be in the Phase III period and that will be the product we are looking for instead of some kind of Arazine product mixed with other cosmetics. Bottom line, if you are waiting for Arazine, check back in a couple years. For now we need to focus on other treatments.