SAN CARLOS, Calif., Sept. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:IOVA), a biotechnology company developing novel cancer immunotherapies based on tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) technology, today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 7,692,308 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $6.50 per share. The gross proceeds from the offering, before deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other estimated offering expenses payable by Iovance, are expected to be $50 million. In addition, Iovance has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,153,846 additional shares of common stock at the public offering price, less the underwriting discounts and commissions. The offering is expected to close on or about September 25, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.
Iovance intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to fund its current and future clinical trials for its product candidates, including its ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials of LN-144, TIL for treatment of metastatic melanoma, and LN-145, TIL for the treatment of cervical and head and neck cancers, to fund activities related to commercial scale-up of the Company’s TIL product manufacturing operations; and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.
Jefferies LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. is acting as the lead manager, and H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC and Chardan, LLC are acting as co-managers for the offering.
The shares of common stock described above were offered by Iovance pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 previously filed and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to the shares of common stock sold in this offering was filed with the SEC on September 19, 2017. A final prospectus supplement relating to the offering will be filed with the SEC. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained from Jefferies LLC, 520 Madison Avenue, New York, New York, 10022, by email to Prospectus_Department@Jefferies.com, or by phone at (877) 821-7388; or from Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, 375 Park Avenue, New York, New York, 10152, by email to email@example.com, or by phone at (800) 326-5897.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a 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 any such state or jurisdiction.
About Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (the Company) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of cancer immunotherapy products for the treatment of various cancers. The Company's lead product candidate is an adoptive cell therapy using tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) technology being investigated for the treatment of patients with metastatic melanoma, recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck and recurrent and metastatic or persistent cervical cancer. For more information, please visit http://www.iovance.com.
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