RICHMOND, British Columbia & GUILFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BIOASIS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (TSX.V:BTI)(OTCQB:BIOAF) (“Bioasis” or the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical company developing its xB3 proprietary platform technology for the delivery of therapeutics across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) for the treatment of CNS disorders in areas of high unmet medical-need, including brain cancers and neurodegenerative diseases, is pleased to announce today a private placement of units (the "Units") at a price of C$0.552 per Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of up to C$2.8 million. The private placement consists of a brokered private placement to U.S.-based investors through its exclusive placement agent Roth Capital Partners (the “Agent”) along with a concurrent non-brokered private placement of Units to Canadian-based investors. The Company has agreed to pay the Agent a cash commission equal to 7.0% of the gross proceeds of the private placement raised from U.S.-based investors.
Each Unit consists of one common share of the Company (a "Common Share") and one Common Share purchase warrant (each whole Common Share purchase warrant, a "Warrant"). Each Warrant entitles the registered holder to purchase one Common Share (a “Warrant Share”) at an exercise price of C$0.69 per Warrant Share for a period of 60 months from the date of closing of the private placement, subject to the terms and conditions set out in the Warrant. All securities issued pursuant to the private placement will be subject to a four month hold period in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws.
The Company will use the net proceeds from the private placement to support ongoing research and development, clinical development, manufacturing and other activities in respect of the Company’s clinical development pipeline and for working capital and general corporate purposes. Closing of the private placement is subject to the final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) as well as other customary closing conditions.
Pursuant to the terms of the private placement, the Company has agreed, among other things, to use its commercially reasonable efforts to list the Common Shares on the NASDAQ Capital Market within two years. Consistent with its obligations under the private placement and its longer-term capital markets strategy, the Company is pleased to announce that it intends to pursue a NASDAQ listing of the Common Shares as soon as reasonably possible, with the objective of commencing trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market in the second half of 2018. Listing will be subject to the Company satisfying all applicable NASDAQ and U.S. securities law standards and requirements. There is no assurance that the Company will be able to do so.
“We are delighted to announce this enabling financing, which addresses our near-term working capital requirements and provides us with additional capital to move forward with the continued advancement of our pipeline,” said Mark Day, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Bioasis. “We will pursue additional financing opportunities to further fund a number of the important development activities. From a capital markets perspective, we are excited to announce our intention to pursue a NASDAQ listing, which we believe will increase our visibility in the broader investment community, give us access to a more diverse investment base and over time provide more liquidity for our shareholders.”
Pursuant to the private placement, the Company issued Units to purchasers that are considered “related parties” (within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”)), making the private placement a “related party transaction” (within the meaning of MI 61-101). The Company was exempt from obtaining a formal valuation for, and minority approval of, the subscriptions from related parties pursuant to Section 5.5(b) and 5.7(b) of MI 61-101, respectively.
Bioasis also advises investors that an updated version of its corporate presentation is available for review on its website at www.bioasis.us/investors.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in any jurisdiction. The securities will not be and have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or applicable exemption from the registration requirements.
Bioasis Technologies Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing xB3, a proprietary platform technology for the delivery of therapeutics across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the treatment of CNS disorders, including brain cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. The delivery of therapeutics across the BBB represents the final frontier in treating neurological disorders. The in-house development programs at Bioasis are designed to develop symptomatic and disease-modifying treatments for brain-related diseases and disorders. The company maintains headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada with offices in Guilford, Conn., United States. Bioasis trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “BTI” and on the OTCQB under the symbol “BIOAF.” For more information about the company please visit www.bioasis.ca or www.bioasis.us.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Bioasis Technologies Inc.
Mark Day, Ph.D., President & Chief Executive Officer
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