Alliqua, Inc. (OTCQB:ALQA) (“Alliqua” or the “Company”) entered into a licensing agreement with Celgene Cellular Therapeutics (“CCT”), a subsidiary of Celgene Corporation (CELG) (“Celgene”), whereby Alliqua received the right to develop and market the advanced wound care products Biovance® and Extracellular Matrix (ECM). Concurrently with the license agreement, Alliqua entered into an agreement with Celgene to sell to Celgene 1,672,474 shares of common stock of Alliqua, at a purchase price of $3.59 per share and a five year warrant to purchase an additional 836,237 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.69, in exchange for $6.0 million. In connection with this agreement to invest in Alliqua’s securities, Celgene received a right to appoint a director to Alliqua’s Board of Directors. Concurrent to this transaction, several unrelated funds led by Broadfin Capital LLC and Perceptive Advisors LLC, invested an additional $7 million on comparable financial terms. Alere Financial Partners, a division of Summer Street Research Partners, acted as placement agent for the transaction with these investors.
Elaborating on the impact of this series of transactions, David Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Alliqua, said, “Celgene is recognized as a leader in the biopharmaceutical sector. We welcome Celgene’s investment in Alliqua and the expertise we expect to gain from the representative they will appoint to join our Board of Directors. Today, our investors can see a much clearer picture of our business focus, which remains firmly fixed on building a company in the wound care space that is capable of offering a superior suite of technological solutions for wound care practitioners and their patients. Biovance® and ECM are complementary additions to our already well-received wound care portfolio that includes SilverSeal, Hydress and our other hydrogel-based products, as well as sorbion’s hydration response technology that was licensed earlier this year.”
Johnson concluded: “With the further addition of $7 million from an unrelated group of aligned investors, Alliqua now has significant capital to bring our business plans to fruition.”
Perry Karsen, Chief Executive Officer of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, said, “Alliqua possesses the strength of leadership and the technical expertise necessary to convey the specific benefits of Biovance® to wound care practitioners and their patients, and to help us further advance ECM. Our agreement positions us to work in tandem as we communicate the benefits of these products. We greatly look forward to working with David and the rest of the Alliqua team to bring these important products to patients.”
Biovance® is a collagen-based decellularized and dehydrated topical wound covering produced from human amniotic membrane that is indicated for the management of non-infected partial- and full-thickness wounds. The product, which is ready for commercial use, is expected to be launched during the latter part of the second quarter 2014.
ECM is a suite of advanced wound management products made from extracellular matrix derived from the human placenta.
The investment by Celgene in Alliqua shares reflects the adjusted capitalization of the Company following a 43.75-for-1 reverse stock split that was effectuated on November 18, 2013. As recently announced, Alliqua is pursuing an uplisting to a national market.
About Alliqua, Inc.
Alliqua, Inc. (ALQA) (“Alliqua”) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing, and distribution of proprietary transdermal wound care and drug delivery technologies. Alliqua’s technology platform produces hydrogels, a 3-dimensional cross-linked network of water soluble polymers capable of numerous chemical configurations.
Alliqua currently markets its line of 510(k) FDA-approved hydrogel products for wound care under the SilverSeal® brand, as well as the sorbion sachet S and sorbion sana wound care products. Alliqua’s electron beam production process, located at its 16,000 square foot GMP manufacturing facility in Langhorne, PA, allows Alliqua to develop and custom manufacture a wide variety of hydrogels. Alliqua’s hydrogels can be customized for various transdermal applications to address market opportunities in the treatment of wounds as well as the delivery of numerous drugs or other agents for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Additionally, Alliqua’s drug delivery platform, in combination with certain active pharmaceutical ingredients, can provide pharmaceutical companies with a transdermal technology to enhance patient compliance and potentially extend the patent life of valuable drug franchises.
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