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Destiny Pharma plc
(“Destiny Pharma” or “the Company”)
Admission and First Day of Dealings on AIM
Successful placing raising £15.3 million
Brighton, United Kingdom – 4 September 2017 – Destiny Pharma, a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel anti-microbial drugs, which address the global problem of anti-microbial resistance (AMR), is pleased to announce the admission (“Admission”) of its ordinary shares (“Ordinary Shares”) to trading on AIM, a market operated by London Stock Exchange plc, from 8:00am today under the ticker “DEST” (ISIN GB00BDHSP575).
The Company has raised gross proceeds of £15.3 million through a placing (“Placing”) with existing and new institutional and other investors of 9,733,770 Ordinary Shares at a placing price of 157 pence per Ordinary Share (“Placing Price”). The Company is very pleased to have raised an additional £1.8 million to the £13.5 million published in the admission document on 29 August due to increased institutional demand. Pursuant to the Placing a total of 41,651,770 Ordinary Shares will be in issue immediately following Admission, giving a market capitalisation of approximately £65.4 million at the Placing Price.
Destiny Pharma has also entered into a binding framework agreement detailing a collaboration with a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Medical System Holdings Ltd (“CMS”) to enable the development and commercialisation of the Company’s assets in China and certain other Asian countries, excluding Japan (see separate release announced today). A&B (HK) Company Ltd, a company with a controlling shareholder in common with CMS, has invested £3 million in the Placing.
Neil Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Destiny Pharma, commented:
“The successful placing and admission of our shares to trading on AIM are major milestones for Destiny Pharma. The funds raised will primarily be used to progress our lead drug candidate, XF-73, through an important Phase IIb clinical trial in the prevention of post-surgical Staphylococcus aureus infections (including MRSA) over the next two years. If successful, XF-73 will then be ready for Phase III clinical development which will be a major value inflection point.
“XF-73 could be the first drug to be specifically labelled for a new US FDA sanctioned indication, namely the prevention of post-surgical infections; a market we believe to be worth a billion dollars in the US alone and growing.
“We would like to thank our new and existing shareholders for their support and we look forward to updating the market with our progress as we continue to advance XF-73 and our proprietary XF drug development platform.”
Highlights of Destiny Pharma
- A clinical stage biotechnology company – lead asset (XF-73) targets post-surgical bacterial infections in hospitals
- XF drugs have shown in studies to be safe, fast acting and have a unique low/no resistance profile
- XF-73 has multiple drivers for adoption in an area of global unmet medical need, with a potentially “fast track” route to regulatory approval in the US market
- XF-73 is significantly de-risked – five successful Phase I/IIa clinical trials completed to date showing rapid antibacterial action combined with evidence of a no/low resistance profile; next major clinical trial is Phase IIb in the US
- XF-73 is part of the Company’s proprietary, anti-microbial drug platform “XF Drugs” with a new mechanism of rapid action – Destiny Pharma also has several earlier stage programmes
- Destiny Pharma has market exclusivity, including robust IP protection that potentially extends into 2030
- Clearly defined value creation opportunity, significant addressable markets, including blockbuster potential for XF-73’s lead indication
- £15.3 million gross proceeds will be used primarily to advance XF-73 to complete a Phase IIb clinical trial
The admission document and supplementary admission document, along with the information required by AIM Rule 26, are available on the Company’s website, www.destinypharma.com.
Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (“Cantor Fitzgerald”), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting as nominated adviser and broker to the Company.
For further information, please contact:
Neil Clark, CEO
Simon Sacerdoti, CFO
+44 (0)1273 704 440
Simon Conway / Victoria Foster Mitchell / Hanna Skeppner
+44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Cantor Fitzgerald Europe
Philip Davies / Will Goode, Corporate Finance
+44 (0)20 7894 8337
About Destiny Pharma
Destiny Pharma is an established, clinical stage, innovative biotechnology company focused on the development of novel medicines that represent a new approach to the treatment of infectious disease. These potential new medicines are being developed to address the need for new drugs for the prevention and treatment of life-threatening infections caused by antibiotic resistant (AR) bacteria, often referred to as “superbugs”. Tackling anti-microbial resistance has become a global imperative recognised by the WHO and the United Nations, as well as the G7 and the G20 countries. For more information, please visit https://www.destinypharma.com
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