THE WOODLANDS, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPXA), a biopharmaceutical company developing personalized immunotherapies for autoimmune disorders including multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO), today announced that its Board of Directors approved a 1-for-8 reverse stock split of its common stock which will become effective immediately following the close of trading September 28, 2015. The consolidated common shares will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis on September 29, 2015 on the NASDAQ Capital Market.
The Company’s shareholders approved the reverse stock split at its annual meeting of shareholders on August 28, 2015, as determined by the Board of Directors in its discretion, at a ratio of not less than 1-for-4 and not more than 1-for-8. The reverse stock split is being implemented by Opexa to maintain the listing of its common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market. Opexa received a deficiency notice from NASDAQ in December 2014 and, following a 180-day cure period, received an additional 180 days from NASDAQ in June 2015 to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement. To regain compliance, the closing bid price of the Company’s common stock must be at least $1.00 per share for a minimum of ten consecutive business days (or such longer period of time as the NASDAQ staff may require) before November 30, 2015. There can be no assurance that the reverse stock split will have the desired effect of raising the closing bid price of Opexa’s common stock prior to such date to meet this requirement.
The reverse split reduced the number of shares of Opexa’s outstanding common stock from approximately 54.3 million shares to approximately 6.8 million shares. Fractional shares created as a result of the stock split will be settled in cash. Informational letters will be sent to all shareholders of record by Opexa’s transfer agent, Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company. Additional information about the reverse stock split can be found in the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Opexa is a biopharmaceutical company developing a personalized immunotherapy with the potential to treat major illnesses, including multiple sclerosis (MS) as well as other autoimmune diseases such as neuromyelitis optica (NMO). These therapies are based on Opexa’s proprietary T-cell technology. The Company’s leading therapy candidate, Tcelna®, is a personalized T-cell immunotherapy that is in a Phase IIb clinical development program (the Abili-T trial) for the treatment of secondary progressive MS. Tcelna consists of myelin-reactive T-cells, which are expanded ex vivo from the patient’s peripheral blood and reintroduced into the patient in an attenuated form via subcutaneous injections. This process triggers a potent immune response against specific subsets of autoreactive T-cells known to attack myelin for each individual patient.
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