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enGene raises $200 Million to advance a pivotal study for BCG-unresponsive non-muscle invasive bladder cancer

  • Financing included participation from new and existing investors

  • Pro forma cash and cash equivalents expected to fund current operating plan into 2027

enGene Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ENGN or "enGene" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage genetic medicines company whose non-viral lead program EG-70 is in a pivotal study for BCG-unresponsive non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC), today announced that it has agreed to sell 20 million of its common shares at a price per share of $10.00, representing a 31% premium over the closing price on February 13, 2024. The financing is expected to close on February 16, 2024, subject to customary closing conditions. enGene anticipates the gross proceeds from the private placement to be $200 million, before deducting any offering-related expenses.

The financing included participation from new and existing investors, including Adage Capital Partners, LP, Blue Owl Healthcare Opportunities, Boxer Capital, Commodore Capital, Cormorant Asset Management, Deep Track Capital, an affiliate of Deerfield Management Company, Foresite Capital, Janus Henderson Investors, Logos Capital, Lumira Ventures, Marshall Wace, Perceptive Advisors, Soleus Capital, Surveyor Capital (a Citadel company), Venrock Healthcare Capital Partners, and a large investment management firm.

enGene intends to use the proceeds from this financing to fund the continued development of EG-70, the Company's genetic medicine therapeutic candidate being evaluated in an ongoing pivotal study for BCG-unresponsive NMIBC, evaluation of expanded EG-70 development opportunities, potential new R&D programs and for working capital and general corporate purposes. The proceeds from this financing, combined with current cash and cash equivalents are expected to be sufficient to fund the current operating plan into 2027.

Leerink Partners, Guggenheim Securities and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as placement agents on the offering.

The securities described above have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Accordingly, these securities may not be offered or sold in the United States, except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. enGene has agreed to file a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") registering the resale of the common shares issued in this private placement. Any offering of the securities under the resale registration statement will only be made by means of a prospectus.

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 jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

About enGene

enGene is a late-stage biotechnology company mainstreaming genetic medicines through the delivery of therapeutics to mucosal tissues and other organs, whose lead program EG-70 is being evaluated in an ongoing pivotal study for patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) with carcinoma in situ (Cis) who are unresponsive or naïve to treatment with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). EG-70 was developed using enGene's proprietary Dually Derivatized Oligochitosan (DDX) platform, which enables penetration of mucosal tissues and delivery of a wide range of sizes and types of cargo, including DNA and various forms of RNA. enGene became a publicly traded company effective November 1, 2023, upon the completion of a business combination with Forbion European Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company.

Source: eGene


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