NephroGenex, Inc. Commences Voluntary Chapter 11 Proceeding; Seeks To Initiate Sale Process Under Section 363

RALEIGH, N.C.--()--NephroGenex, Inc. (Nasdaq:NRX), a pharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics to treat kidney disease, today announced that it filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Court”).

In connection with its decision to seek Chapter 11 protection, NephroGenex has retained the investment banking firm of Cassel Salpeter & Co., LLC, to assist with the anticipated sale of its assets through a sale process under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. To that end, NephroGenex anticipates that it will seek approval by the Court of appropriate bidding and sale procedures in the early weeks of its Chapter 11 case.

“The Board and management team have conducted a rigorous assessment of all of our strategic alternatives and believe that this process represents the best possible solution for NephroGenex, taking into account our financial situation,” said Richard J. Markham, Chairman of the Board of NephroGenex. “We are committed to an outcome that maximizes value and believe that a bankruptcy sale process will enable us to meet that objective.”

NephroGenex has filed a series of customary motions with the Court seeking to ensure the continuation of normal operations during this process, including the timely payment of future employee wages and salaries, as well as maintaining employee benefits.

Additional information about this process, as well as court filings and other documents related to the Chapter 11 proceedings, are available through NephroGenex’s claims agent, Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC, at www.kccllc.net/NephroGenex.

Cole Schotz P.C. is serving as the Company’s legal advisor for the bankruptcy proceedings and Cassel Salpeter & Co., LLC is serving as its financial advisor for the bankruptcy proceedings.

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Contacts

BMC Communications
Amy Bonanno, 646-513-3117
abonanno@bmccommunications.com

Contacts

BMC Communications
Amy Bonanno, 646-513-3117
abonanno@bmccommunications.com