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The Board of Directors of Elicera Therapeutics AB (publ) ("Elicera" or the "Company") has today, subject to the shareholders' subsequent approval on the extraordinary general meeting on February 20, 2024, decided to carry out an issue of units consisting of shares and warrants with preferential rights for existing shareholders of approximately SEK 64 million (the "Rights Issue"). Upon full exercise of all warrants of series TO2 issued in the Rights Issue, the Company can be provided with an additional approximately 74.8 million SEK before issuance costs. The Rights Issue is covered to approximately 43 percent through subscription commitments and underwriting commitments. Notice to the extraordinary general meeting will be published in a separate press release.
Comment from management
- Since the IPO in 2021, Elicera Therapeutics' team, as a validation of the world-class nature of our research, has secured significant direct and indirect research grants totaling nearly 40 million SEK, including funds to prepare for new clinical studies. With the planned capital raise, we aim to secure funding to advance our CAR T-cell program ELC-301 into the clinical phase, in addition to the AdVince program. Concurrently, we continue working on the commercialization of our platform technology, iTANK.
Jamal El-Mosleh, CEO for Elicera Therapeutics
Background and rationale in summary
The clinical phase I/IIa study for Elicera's drug candidate ELC-301 received conditional approval from the Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) in the spring of 2023. Elicera submitted additional GMP validation data in December 2023 and final approval for the CARMA study is now expected shortly. In order to demonstrate full funding for the study and ensure the continued development of the Company's other drug candidates and the iTANK platform, the board has decided to carry out the Rights Issue. The CARMA study is already partially funded through contributions from the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Program and Vinnova.
The proceeds from the Rights Issue and warrants of series TO2 shall be primarily used for:
Terms for the Rights Issue
The board of Elicera has decided, subject to approval from the extraordinary general meeting on February 20, 2024, to carry out the Rights Issue of units consisting of shares and warrants in accordance with the following main conditions:
Terms for the warrants of series TO2
Subscription commitments and underwriting
The rights issue is covered to approximately 1.1 percent by subscription obligations from existing shareholders, including members of the board and management, and in addition, underwriters have undertaken to guarantee up to 43 percent of the rights issue. The subscription and underwriting commitments are not secured through bank guarantees, pledge or similar arrangements. The underwriting commitments have been provided by external investors. For the underwriting commitments, an underwriting compensation of fifteen (15) percent of the guaranteed amount in cash compensation or twenty (20) percent of the guaranteed amount in the form of units. The respective party that has provided an underwriting guarantee has the right to choose whether the underwriting compensation shall be paid in cash or in the form of units at a subscription price that corresponds to the Rights Issue, which the board deems to be fair. No compensation is paid for the subscription commitments.
In connection with the Rights Issue the board and management with shareholdings in Elicera, representing approximately 49 percent of the outstanding shares in the Company, have through agreements committed to Mangold Fondkommission AB that, subject to customary exceptions, they will not sell or undertake other transactions with equivalent effect to a sale. The lock-up commitments apply to both the shares held before and those acquired in connection with the Rights Issue, and the lock-up period lasts for twelve months after the announcement of the Rights Issue.
An EU growth prospectus and application form will be available before the beginning of the
subscription period on the Company's website, www.elicera.com
February 19, 2024
Last day of trading in Elicera’s shares including the right to receive unit rights
February 20, 2024
First day of trading in Elicera’s shares excluding the right to receive unit rights
February 21, 2024
Record date for obtaining unit rights. Shareholders who are registered in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB on this day, receive unit rights for participation in the Rights Issue
February 23 – March 5, 2024
Trading with unit rights on Nasdaq First North
February 23 – March 8, 2024
Subscription period for the Rights Issue
February 23 – Week 12, 2024
Trading with BTU on Nasdaq First North
March 12, 2024
Estimated date for publication of issue results
Mangold Fondkommission AB is the financial advisor to Elicera in connection with the Rights Issue. Advokatfirman Delphi i Stockholm AB is the legal advisor to the Company in connection with the Rights Issue.
For more information, please contact:
Jamal El-Mosleh, CEO at Elicera Therapeutics AB
Phone: +46 (0) 703 31 90 51
The Company’s Certified Advisor is Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ)
About the iTANK platform
The company's own fully developed and commercially available iTANK technology platform has been developed for arming and enhancing CAR T-cells to meet two of the major challenges CAR T-cell therapies face in the treatment of solid tumors: tumor antigen heterogeneity and a hostile tumor microenvironment. The technology is used to incorporate a transgene into CAR T-cells encoding a neutrophil activating protein (NAP) from the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. NAP secreted from the CAR(NAP) T-cells has been shown to be able to enhance the function of CAR T-cells and importantly activating a parallel bystander immune response against the cancer via CD8+ killer T-cells. This is expected to lead to a broad attack against most antigen targets on cancer cells. The iTANK platform is used to enhance the company's own CAR T-cells but can also be universally applied to other CAR T-cell therapies under development. Proof-of-concept data was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering in April 2022. The publication, titled "CAR T cells expressing a bacterial virulence factor trigger potent bystander antitumour responses in solid cancers" (DOI number: 10.1038/s41551-022-00875-5) can be found here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41551-022-00875-5. More information about iTANK platform is available here: https://www.elicera.com/technology.
About Elicera Therapeutics AB
Elicera Therapeutics AB (publ) has developed the patented genetic engineering method iTANK, which makes it possible to develop completely new treatments and refine existing CAR T-cell therapies against aggressive and recurrent cancers. Elicera Therapeutics thus has access to a well-defined and extensive market. The company's CAR T-cell therapies have shown in preclinical studies a potent effect against solid tumors, which are known to be difficult to treat and constitute the majority of cancers. The company addresses an international market worth billions in cell therapy development by offering non-exclusive out-licensing of iTANK to players in the pharmaceutical industry. In parallel, Elicera Therapeutics is running four internal immunotherapy development projects, all of which have the potential to generate significant revenues in the form of exclusive licensing agreements. The company's shares are traded on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. For more information, visit www.elicera.com.
This information is information that Elicera Therapeutics AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU no. 596/2014). The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, on 2024-01-18 at 08:46 CET.
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