DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IMV Inc. (NASDAQ: IMV; TSX: IMV), a clinical-stage company developing a portfolio of immune-educating therapies based on its novel DPX® platform to treat solid and hematologic cancers, today announced the drawdown of the remaining US$10 million available under its existing US$25 million debt facility led by Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (Nasdaq: HRZN) ("Horizon"). This drawdown has been made available as the Company achieved a predetermined milestone following site activation in its Phase 2b AVALON trial in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
“The execution of our clinical team to launch the AVALON trial has permitted us to access this capital in a timely manner,” said Andrew Hall, Chief Executive Officer of IMV. “Our balance sheet has been strengthened by this debt facility. It provides operating cash into the second quarter of 2023, as per our current business plan, to continue to advance the development of our lead compound in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) and ovarian cancer, while building incremental value through our DPX technology platform.”
“Horizon is pleased to continue supporting IMV as the company makes important progress with the AVALON trial,” said Gerald A. Michaud, President of Horizon. “We believe in IMV’s mission of building a new class of effective cancer immunotherapies that preserve patients’ quality of life.”
US$15 million of the US$25 million facility was already drawn down in December 2021, of which CAD$4.5 million was used to pay off IMV’s existing term loan with the government of Nova Scotia. The remaining proceeds from this facility are being used to support the ongoing clinical development of key investigational product candidates within IMV’s pipeline and for general working capital purposes.
In connection with this financing, IMV has agreed to issue warrants (the “Loan Warrants”) to purchase up to 568,180 common shares of the Company (the “Shares”) at an exercise price of US$1.32 per Share until December 17, 2031. 454,544 Loan Warrants were issued on December 17, 2021, and the balance of 113,636 Loan Warrants have been issued in connection with the drawdown of the additional US$10 million available under this facility. The Loan Warrants and the Shares issuable upon exercise thereof will be subject to a statutory hold period of four months following the issuance of the Loan Warrants in accordance with applicable securities laws. For the purpose of Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) approval, the Company is relying on the exemption set forth in Section 602.1 of the TSX Company Manual, which provides that the TSX will not apply its standards to certain transactions involving eligible interlisted issuers on a recognized exchange, such as NASDAQ, provided that the transaction is being completed in compliance with the requirements of such other recognized exchange.
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IMV Inc. is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company advancing a portfolio of therapies based on the Company’s immune-educating platform: the DPX® technology. Through a differentiated mechanism of action, the DPX platform delivers instruction to the immune system to generate a specific, robust, and persistent immune response. IMV’s lead candidate, maveropepimut-S (MVP-S), delivers antigenic peptides from survivin, a well-recognized cancer antigen commonly overexpressed in advanced cancers. MVP-S also delivers an innate immunity activator and a universal CD4 T cell helper peptide. These elements foster maturation of antigen presenting cells as well as robust activation of CD8 T cell effector and memory function. MVP-S treatment has been well tolerated and has demonstrated defined clinical benefit in multiple cancer indications as well as the activation of a targeted and sustained, survivin-specific anti-tumor immune response. MVP-S is currently being evaluated in clinical trials for hematologic and solid cancers, including Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) as well as ovarian, bladder and breast cancers. IMV is also developing a second immunotherapy leveraging the DPX immune delivery platform, DPX-SurMAGE. This dual-targeted immunotherapy combines antigenic peptides for both the survivin and MAGE-A9 cancer proteins to elicit immune responses to these two distinct cancer antigens simultaneously. A Phase 1 clinical trial in bladder cancer was initiated in early 2022. For more information, visit www.imv-inc.com and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Horizon Technology Finance
Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: HRZN) is a leading specialty finance company that provides capital in the form of secured loans to venture capital backed companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and sustainability industries. The investment objective of Horizon is to maximize its investment portfolio’s return by generating current income from the debt investments it makes and capital appreciation from the warrants it receives when making such debt investments. Headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, Horizon also has regional offices in Pleasanton, California and Reston, Virginia. To learn more, please visit horizontechfinance.com.
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