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HALLE/SAALE, Germany, 5 November 2015 – Probiodrug AG (the “Company“) (Euronext Amsterdam: PBD), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutic solutions to treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD), announced today that it has priced 676,589 new shares, with a notional par value of EUR 1.00 per share, issued through a private placement, at an aggregate value of EUR 13.5 million. As a result, the management board of the Company has resolved, with approval of the Company’s supervisory board, to increase its share capital by EUR 676,589, from EUR 6,765,898 to EUR 7,442,487, by issuing 676,589 new shares with a notional par value of EUR 1.00 per share.
The order book was well covered based on strong demand from European and US investors. The new shares have been placed with selected qualified institutional investors at a price of EUR 20.00 per share, representing a 0% discount to today’s closing price. The issued shares represent approximately 10% of the Company’s currently issued share capital. Trading in the Company’s new shares on Euronext Amsterdam is expected to commence on 6 November 2015.
The net proceeds from the transaction will be used primarily to support preparations of further clinical development of lead product PQ912 beyond the ongoing Phase 2a (SAPHIR) trial, support further development of PBD-C06 and PQ1565 and exploration of other mechanism-related indications, strengthen the financial position of the Company and support exploration of business opportunities.
In relation to the private placement, the Company has agreed with the Joint Bookrunners to a market customary 90-day standstill period on future share issuances waivable by the Joint Bookrunners.
Kempen & Co and Bank am Bellevue acted as Joint Bookrunners in the Offering.
For more information, please contact:
Dr Konrad Glund, CEO
Mary Clark, Supriya Mathur, Alexia Faure
Tel: +44 (0) 203 440 5657
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About Probiodrug AG
Headquartered in Halle, Germany, Probiodrug AG (Euronext Amsterdam: PBD) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of new therapeutic products for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Founded in 1997, the company successfully developed a novel therapeutic concept for diabetes – the DP4 inhibitors – which provided the basis for a novel class of antidiabetics – the gliptins. Its core capabilities are based on its long-standing expertise in the elucidation of the structure and function of enzymes involved in the modification of proteins and peptides, which play a central role in pathological conditions.
Today Probiodrug’s aim is to become a leading company in the development of Alzheimer’s disease treatments and to thereby provide a better life for Alzheimer’s disease patients. It has identified a new therapeutic concept linked to disease initiation and progression. The development approaches are targeting pyroglutamate-Abeta (pGlu-Abeta) as a therapeutic strategy to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The Company has medical use and composition of matter patents related to the inhibition of Glutaminyl Cyclase (QC) and anti-pGlu-Abeta- specific monoclonal antibodies, providing it, in the Company’s view, with a leading position in this field of research.
About Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder, which is the most common form of dementia, and ultimately leads to death. Because Alzheimer’s disease cannot be cured and is degenerative, the affected patients must increasingly rely on others for assistance. Today, 44 million people worldwide currently live with dementia and this number is expected to almost double by 2030 and to more than triple by 2050 to over 132 million. Alzheimer’s also has an estimated, global societal cost of over $600 billion (World Alzheimer Report 2014).
Forward Looking Statements
Information set forth in this press release contains forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent the judgment of Probiodrug AG as of the date of this press release. Such forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
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