NeoStem, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NBS) (“NeoStem” or the “Company”), an international biopharmaceutical company, today announced the closing of an underwritten public offering of 13,750,000 units at $1.20 per unit.
Each unit consists of one share of common stock and a warrant to purchase 0.75 of a share of common stock with a per share exercise price of $1.45. Lazard Capital Markets LLC and JMP Securities LLC acted as joint bookrunners. Morgan Joseph TriArtisan LLC, Maxim Group LLC and National Securities Corporation acted as co-managers of the offering.
Gross proceeds were $16,500,000, prior to deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by the Company. These funds will be used for working capital purposes, including research and development of cell therapeutic product candidates, expansion of business units and other general corporate purposes.
Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem stated, “This financing and recent signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Amorcyte with a Phase II-ready asset for acute myocardial infarction mark the beginning of our transition to a developer of cell therapeutics and capitalizes on our purchase of Progenitor Cell Therapy (PCT) earlier this year.”
About NeoStem, Inc.
NeoStem, Inc. (“NeoStem”) is engaged in the development and manufacturing of cell-based therapies. Its January, 2011 acquisition of Progenitor Cell Therapy (“PCT”), and its July 14, 2011 announcement of the signing of a merger agreement to acquire Amorcyte, Inc. (“Amorcyte”), position NeoStem to achieve its mission of capturing the paradigm shift to cell therapy.
PCT gives NeoStem not only access to a world class contract manufacturing cell therapy company but provides NeoStem a platform and expertise around the evaluation, development and regulatory requirements to develop autologous, allogeneic, immunomodulatory and vaccine-based therapeutics.
NeoStem also holds the worldwide exclusive license to VSEL™ Technology, which uses very small embryonic-like stem cells, shown to have several physical characteristics that are generally found in embryonic stem cells, and is pursuing the licensing of other technologies for therapeutic use. NeoStem owns 80% of Athelos Corporation, a company developing a T-cell therapeutic with potential in a range of auto-immune conditions such as graft versus host disease, asthma and diabetes. NeoStem’s acquisition of Amorcyte, once the transaction is completed, will give the Company a Phase 2 asset for the treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarctions and a Phase 1 asset for Congestive Heart Failure. NeoStem will own 100% of the worldwide rights to the Amorcyte programs.
Furthermore, NeoStem is building its Chinese presence by establishing an operations lab for cell-based manufacturing in Beijing, as well as commercializing cellular therapies in China through the establishment of relationships with a network of hospitals.
NeoStem also owns a majority-interest in Suzhou Erye Pharmaceutical Company Limited, a world class manufacturing and distribution operation of generic antibiotics in China, with reported revenues of $69 million in 2010.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current expectations, as of the date of this press release, and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Forward looking statements include statements herein with respect to successful execution of the Company’s strategy, including the integration of PCT’s operations, the successful closing of the Amorcyte acquisition and the successful development of any cell therapeutic product, about which no assurances can be given. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward- looking statements as a result of various factors.
Factors that could cause future results to materially differ from the recent results or those projected in forward-looking statements include the “Risk Factors” described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 6, 2011, its Prospectus Supplement dated on July 19, 2011 as well as other periodic filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company’s further development is highly dependent on future medical and research developments and market acceptance, which is outside its control.
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