NEW YORK, May 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BeyondSpring Inc. (NASDAQ:BYSI) (“BeyondSpring”), a global, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative cancer therapies, today announced that it has raised aggregate gross proceeds of $20 million through a registered direct offering of its ordinary shares to certain strategic investors (the “Investors”).
On May 29, 2018, BeyondSpring entered into a series of securities purchase agreements (collectively, the “Purchase Agreements”) with the Investors pursuant to which the Company agreed to issue and sell, in a registered offering by the Company, an aggregate of 739,095 shares of the Company’s ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Shares”), at a purchase price of $27.06 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds of $20 million, before deducting offering expenses. The closing price of BeyondSpring’s ordinary shares on May 25, 2018, as reported on NASDAQ was $26.90.
Investors participating in this registered direct offering included New China Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited; Everbright Sun Hung Kai Co., Ltd.; CSOP Asset Management Limited, one of the largest Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) asset managers globally; and Tianyi HongKong Development Ltd., an investment firm which owns a leading pharmacy retail chain in China.
Under the terms of the Purchase Agreements, the Shares were offered pursuant to a registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-224437), which was filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on April 25, 2018, and was declared effective on May 3, 2018.
The Investors agreed to a lock-up period for sixty (60) days from the date of closing, during which time the Investors agreed not to sell the Shares, enter into any derivative transactions with respect to the Shares or publicly disclose the intention to do any of the foregoing, in each case without the Company’s prior written consent, subject to certain exceptions.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
BeyondSpring is a global, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative immuno-oncology cancer therapies with a robust pipeline from internal development and from collaboration with University of Washington in de novo drug discovery using ubiquitination platform. BeyondSpring’s lead asset, Plinabulin, is in a Phase 3 global clinical trial as a direct anticancer agent in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and two Phase 2/3 clinical programs in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN). BeyondSpring has a seasoned management team with many years of experience bringing drugs to the global market.
Plinabulin, a marine-derived small-molecule, is BeyondSpring’s lead asset and is currently in late-stage clinical development for the prevention of CIN and as an anticancer therapy in NSCLC. Studies of Plinabulin's mechanism of action indicate that Plinabulin activates GEF-H1, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor. GEF-H1 activates downstream transduction pathways leading to the activation of the protein c-Jun. Activated c-Jun enters the nucleus of dendritic cells to up-regulate immune-related genes, which contributes to the up-regulation of a series of genes leading to dendritic cell maturation, T-cell activation and other effects that prevent neutropenia by reducing the neutrophil breakdown.
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