TEL AVIV, Israel, June 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq:VBLT), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for cancer, today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements with several institutional and accredited investors for the purchase, in a registered direct offering priced at-the-market, of units consisting of 5,904,762 of its ordinary shares, at a purchase price per share of $2.50, and accompanying short term warrants to purchase up to 2,952,381 ordinary shares and long term warrants to purchase up to 2,952,381 ordinary shares (collectively, the “warrants”), at an additional purchase price per warrant combination of $0.125, for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $15.5 million. The ordinary shares and the warrants will be immediately separable and will be issued separately. The closing of the offering is expected to take place on or about June 27, 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
H.C. Wainwright & Co. is acting as the exclusive placement agent for the offering.
The short term warrants have an exercise price of $2.51 per ordinary share, will be exercisable immediately and will expire on January 6, 2020, and the long term warrants have an exercise price of $3.00 per ordinary share, will be exercisable immediately and will expire four years following the issuance date.
The gross proceeds of the offering are expected to be approximately $15.5 million. VBL intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for clinical and product development activities, and for other working capital and general corporate purposes.
The securities described above are being offered by VBL pursuant to a "shelf" registration statement on Form F-3 that was originally filed on October 2, 2015 and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on October 19, 2015 and the base prospectus contained therein (File No. 333-207250). The offering of the securities will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement that forms a part of the registration statement. A final prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to the securities being offered will be filed with the SEC. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus may be obtained, when available, on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov or by contacting H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC at 430 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022, by phone at 646-975-6996 or e-mail at email@example.com.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for cancer. The Company’s lead oncology product candidate, ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111), is a first-in-class, targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent that is positioned to treat a wide range of solid tumors. It is conveniently administered as an IV infusion once every two months. It has been observed to be well-tolerated in >300 cancer patients and demonstrated efficacy signals in an “all comers” Phase 1 trial as well as in three tumor-specific Phase 2 studies. Ofranergene obadenovec is currently being studied in a Phase 3 trial for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
Forward Looking Statements
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