CHICAGO & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Exicure, Inc. (Nasdaq: XCUR), a pioneer in gene regulatory and immunotherapeutic drugs utilizing spherical nucleic acid (SNA™) constructs, today announced the pricing of the previously announced underwritten public offering of 10,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $2.75 per share. Exicure has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,500,000 shares of common stock to cover overallotments, if any, at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. The offering is expected to close on or about December 23, 2019 subject to customary closing conditions.
Exicure expects to receive gross proceeds of $27.5 million from the sale of common stock in the offering, prior to deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by it. Exicure intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to advance AST-008 through a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial; to initiate a second arm in its Phase 1b/2 clinical trial in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma; to develop an SNA-based therapeutic candidate for the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia, initiate IND-enabling studies and advance it into Phase 1 clinical trials; to develop a second SNA therapeutic candidate for a neurology condition and initiate IND-enabling studies; and for general corporate purposes.
Guggenheim Securities is acting as sole book-running manager for the offering. Chardan is acting as lead manager for the offering. H.C. Wainwright & Co. and Ladenburg Thalmann are acting as co-managers for the offering.
The securities described above are being offered by Exicure pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (No. 333-230175) that was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 24, 2019. A preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering were filed with the SEC and are available on the SEC’s website located at www.sec.gov. A final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus describing the terms of the offering will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC’s website. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to this offering may also be obtained, when available, from: Guggenheim Securities, LLC Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, 330 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017 or by telephone at (212) 518-5548, or by email at GSEquityProspectusDelivery@guggenheimpartners.com.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that state or jurisdiction.
About Exicure, Inc.
Exicure, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing therapeutics for immuno-oncology, inflammatory diseases and genetic disorders based on our proprietary Spherical Nucleic Acid, or SNA technology. Exicure believes that its proprietary SNA architecture has distinct chemical and biological properties that may provide advantages over other nucleic acid therapeutics and may have therapeutic potential to target diseases not typically addressed with other nucleic acid therapeutics. Exicure's lead program is in a Phase 1b/2 trial in patients with advanced solid tumors. Exicure is based outside of Chicago, IL and in Cambridge, MA.
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