ORYZON Announces a New Financing Through a Convertible Bond Program For a Total Amount of Up To €45 Million
News provided byOryzon Genomics, S.A.
Nov 21, 2023, 12:19 PM ET
- Funding provided by Nice & Green SA, a Swiss private investor
- This CB Program supersedes the previous one
- To extend its cash runway and continue the ongoing clinical trials in CNS and oncology
- Initial execution of €8 million in two tranches of €4 million each, plus optional additional tranches of up to €5 million each to be executed in the future, at Oryzon’s request, subject to customary conditions
MADRID, Spain and BOSTON, Nov. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oryzon Genomics, S.A. (ISIN Code: ES0167733015, ORY), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company leveraging epigenetics to develop therapies in diseases with strong unmet medical need, announced today the entry into a new convertible bonds financing agreement with Nice & Green in bonds convertible into new shares for a total amount of €45 Million. The financing program consists of several tranches of up to €5 million each to be drawn at the discretion of Oryzon, subject to customary conditions and to the progress of the ongoing clinical trials and the liquidity of the Oryzon share.
The Convertible Notes (CN) have a maturity of 48 months, zero interest rate, and have no warrants associated. The conversion price at which the new shares shall be issued will be 94% (ninety-four percent) of the average daily VWAP of the period between conversions, but will never exceed a 9.99% discount compared to the closing price preceding the date of conversion of the relevant CN. Oryzon has the right to execute the redemption of any or all Notes at a premium of 3%.
Dr. Carlos Buesa, Oryzon’s CEO, said: "The current macroeconomic head-winds are a challenge for the stock markets, and the biotechnological sector has been particularly affected. In this unpredictable market situation, we are excited to have secured this financial support from Nice & Green. This funding allows us to strengthen our balance sheet, extend our cash runway, and laser focus on the final execution of PORTICO, our vafidemstat’s Phase 2b in Borderline Personality Disorder. We expect PORTICO Topline data in 1Q2024, and if positive, we believe it may be a transformational event for the company. This Financing is relevant in a moment that we plan to start a structured dialogue with industry partners in an indication with multibillion-dollar potential.”
Marc Cattelani, CEO of Nice & Green, stated: “We are pleased to embark on this journey with Oryzon to help strengthen their equity capital and support the advancement of their clinical trials. As a responsible and loyal financial partner, Nice & Green will remain attentive to the evolving financing needs of Oryzon in the near and long term.”
Founded in 2000 in Barcelona, Spain, Oryzon (ISIN Code: ES0167733015) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company and the European leader in epigenetics, with a strong focus on personalized medicine in CNS disorders and oncology. Oryzon’s team is composed of highly qualified professionals from the pharma industry located in Barcelona, Boston, and San Diego. Oryzon has an advanced clinical portfolio with two LSD1 inhibitors, vafidemstat in CNS and iadademstat in oncology, in several Phase II clinical trials. The company has other pipeline assets directed against other epigenetic targets. In addition, Oryzon has a strong platform for biomarker identification and target validation for a variety of malignant and neurological diseases. For more information, visit www.oryzon.com
About Nice & Green
Nice & Green is a leading privately held Swiss investment firm, active in the European market providing smart funding solutions to listed Micro-, Small- and Mid-Cap companies supporting their growth as partners. Find out more at nicengreen.ch.
Iadademstat (ORY-1001) is a small oral molecule, which acts as a highly selective inhibitor of the epigenetic enzyme LSD1 and has a powerful differentiating effect in hematologic cancers (see Maes et al., Cancer Cell 2018 Mar 12; 33 (3): 495-511.e12.doi: 10.1016 / j.ccell.2018.02.002.). A FiM Phase I/IIa clinical trial with iadademstat in R/R AML patients demonstrated the safety and good tolerability of the drug and preliminary signs of antileukemic activity, including a CRi (see Salamero et al, J Clin Oncol, 2020, 38(36): 4260-4273. doi: 10.1200/JCO.19.03250). In a recently completed Phase IIa trial in elder 1L-AML patients (ALICE trial), iadademstat has shown encouraging safety and efficacy data in combination with azacitidine (see Salamero et al., ASH 2022 oral presentation). Iadademstatis currently being evaluated in combination with gilteritinib in the Phase Ib FRIDA trial in patients with relapsed/refractory AML with FLT3 mutations. Beyond hematological cancers, the inhibition of LSD1 has been proposed as a valid therapeutic approach in some solid tumors such as small cell lung cancer (SCLC), neuroendocrine tumors (NET), medulloblastoma and others. In a Phase IIa trial in combination with platinum/etoposide in second-line ED-SCLC patients (CLEPSIDRA trial), preliminary activity and safety results have been reported (see Navarro et al., ESMO 2018 poster). Iadademstat is being evaluated in a collaborative Phase II basket study with the Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) in combination with paclitaxel in R/R neuroendocrine carcinomas, and the company is preparing a new trial in combination in SCLC. Oryzon has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) to collaborate on potential further clinical development of iadademstat in different types of solid and hematological cancers. In total iadademstat has been dosed so far to more than 100 cancer patients in four clinical trials. Iadademstat has orphan drug designation for SCLC in the US and for AML in the US and EU.
Vafidemstat (ORY-2001) is an oral, CNS-optimized LSD1 inhibitor. The molecule acts on several levels: it reduces cognitive impairment, including memory loss and neuroinflammation, and at the same time has neuroprotective effects. In animal studies vafidemstat not only restores memory but reduces the exacerbated aggressiveness of SAMP8 mice, a model for accelerated aging and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), to normal levels and also reduces social avoidance and enhances sociability in murine models. In addition, vafidemstat exhibits fast, strong, and durable efficacy in several preclinical models of multiple sclerosis (MS). Oryzon has performed two Phase IIa clinical trials in aggressiveness in patients with different psychiatric disorders (REIMAGINE) and in aggressive/agitated patients with moderate or severe AD (REIMAGINE-AD), with positive clinical results reported in both. Additional finalized Phase IIa clinical trials with vafidemstat include the ETHERAL trial in patients with Mild to Moderate AD, where a significant reduction of the inflammatory biomarker YKL40 has been observed after 6 and 12 months of treatment, and the pilot, small-scale SATEEN trial in Relapse-Remitting and Secondary Progressive MS, where anti-inflammatory activity has also been observed. Vafidemstat has also been tested in a Phase II in severe Covid-19 patients (ESCAPE) assessing the capability of the drug to prevent ARDS, one of the most severe complications of the viral infection, where it showed significant anti-inflammatory effects in severe Covid-19 patients. Currently, vafidemstat is in two Phase IIb trials in borderline personality disorder (PORTICO) and in schizophrenia patients (EVOLUTION). The company is also deploying a CNS precision medicine approach with vafidemstat in genetically-defined patient subpopulations of certain CNS disorders and is preparing a clinical trial in Kabuki Syndrome patients. The company is also exploring the clinical development of vafidemstat in other neurodevelopmental syndromes.
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