SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Cell Biosciences, Inc. and Alpha Innotech Corp. (OTC BB: APNO.OB) today
announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement providing for the
acquisition of Alpha Innotech by Cell Biosciences for $1.50 per share, or
approximately $17.9 million in cash. This acquisition would significantly expand
Cell Biosciences` protein analysis business to include a global infrastructure
and a broad protein analysis product portfolio.
Founded in 1992, Alpha Innotech is a pioneer in the use of high-sensitivity
digital imaging systems for genomic and proteomic research. The company offers a
broad range of best-in-class products, from entry-level gel documentation
systems to premier systems for multiplexed fluorescence and proteomics
applications. The company has sold over 10,000 systems worldwide. In 2008, Alpha
Innotech achieved revenues of $17.6 million and was profitable on both an
operating and a net income basis. Alpha Innotech employs 62 people, primarily at
its San Leandro, California headquarters.
Cell Biosciences is a private life sciences company established in 2004, and is
focused on revolutionizing protein and biomarker research. The company`s lead
product is the CB1000, a nanofluidic immunoassay platform designed for
ultrasensitive detection and characterization of oncoproteins and other
signaling proteins in ultra-small biological samples, such as small tumor
biopsies and stem cells. Cell Biosciences is headquartered in Santa Clara,
California, and has 49 employees located in North America and Europe.
The combination of Cell Biosciences and Alpha Innotech would create a global
protein analysis business with a broad product line featuring both traditional
and novel protein analysis technologies. Virtually every protein research
laboratory worldwide would become a potential customer for the combined entity.
Commenting on the transaction, Tim Harkness, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Cell Biosciences, said, "This strategic acquisition marks an
important milestone in our plan to create a profitable, high-growth protein
analysis business with global reach. There is a great strategic fit in people,
products, technologies, and customers between Cell Biosciences and Alpha
Innotech. I am particularly excited by the critical mass of talent and industry
experience this combination creates."
Ron Bissinger, Chief Executive Officer at Alpha Innotech, added, "The innovative
technology of Cell Biosciences makes it an ideal partner for Alpha Innotech. I
expect the combined company to create great value for our customers and
employees, and to generate exceptional products for the protein research
Under the terms of the agreement, Cell Biosciences will acquire Alpha Innotech
for approximately $17.9 million, or $1.50 per share, and will assume $2.1
million of outstanding debt, net of cash. The completion of the transaction is
subject to customary terms and conditions, including approval by the
stockholders of Alpha Innotech. The directors, executive officers and certain
stockholders of Alpha Innotech, who collectively hold approximately 33% of Alpha
Innotech's outstanding common stock, have entered into agreements with Cell
Biosciences pursuant to which they have agreed to vote their shares of Alpha
Innotech common stock in favor of the transaction. The parties expect the
transaction to be completed in approximately 60 days.
In connection with the transaction, Cell Biosciences has entered into agreements
to raise an additional $19 million in cash in a second closing of a Series C
Preferred Stock financing and a Series D Preferred Stock financing led by its
largest investor, The Wellcome Trust. Existing investors Domain Associates, Novo
A/S, Latterell Venture Partners, The Vertical Group and Royal Bank of Canada
have agreed to participate in the financing.
BroadOak Partners served as financial advisor to Alpha Innotech in connection
with the transaction.
ABOUT CELL BIOSCIENCES
Cell Biosciences is a private life sciences company focused on nanoproteomics.
The Company develops instrumentation systems, software, and assay products that
reveal previously undetectable information about cellular control pathways. Its
customers include leading institutions in the fields of cancer research, stem
cell biology, and diabetes. Cell Biosciences` products enable researchers to
uncover fundamental mechanisms controlling cell proliferation and cell death, to
accelerate the development of new therapeutics, and to help identify new
prognostic and diagnostic disease biomarkers. Cell Biosciences is located in
Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit www.cellbiosciences.com.
ABOUT ALPHA INNOTECH CORP.
With over 10,000 systems sold worldwide, Alpha Innotech is a leading developer,
manufacturer, and marketer of digital imaging and analysis systems for the life
science research and drug discovery markets. Its goal is to combine instruments,
reagents and bioinformatics software in order to offer integrated modular
technology platforms for functional genomics, proteomics, and cell analysis
markets. Customers of Alpha Innotech include pharmaceutical and biotechnology
companies, as well as universities, medical centers, government research
institutes, and agencies worldwide. Visit www.alphainnotech.com for more
Some statements set forth in this release, including those regarding Cell
Biosciences` proposed acquisition of Alpha Innotech and the expected impact of
the acquisition on Cell Biosciences` strategic and operational plans and
financial results, contain forward-looking statements that are subject to
change. Statements including words such as "anticipate", "believe", "estimate"
or "expect" and statements in the future tense are forward-looking statements.
These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual events or actual future results to differ materially from the
expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors
which could cause results to differ materially from the expectations expressed
in these forward-looking statements include the following: the requirement that
Alpha Innotech`s stockholders must approve the transaction; the completion of
Cell Biosciences` Series D Preferred Stock financing; the possibility that the
transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed; the effect of the
announcement of the acquisition on Alpha Innotech`s strategic relationships,
operating results and business generally, including the ability to retain key
employees and other factors described in Alpha Innotech`s SEC filings (including
Alpha Innotech`s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008
and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009). If any
of these risks or uncertainties materializes, the acquisition may not be
consummated, the potential benefits of the acquisition may not be realized,
Alpha Innotech`s operating results and financial performance could suffer, and
actual results could differ materially from the expectations described in these
forward-looking statements. Neither Cell Biosciences nor Alpha Innotech assume
any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT
In connection with the proposed transaction, Alpha Innotech intends to file a
proxy statement and other relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange
Commission ("SEC"). BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE
PROPOSED TRANSACTION, STOCKHOLDERS OF ALPHA INNOTECH ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY
STATEMENT, WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, AND THE OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS FILED BY
ALPHA INNOTECH WITH THE SEC BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. The proxy statement and the other relevant
materials, when available, and any other documents filed by Alpha Innotech with
the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC`s website at www.sec.gov. In
addition, stockholders of Alpha Innotech may obtain free copies of the documents
filed with the SEC by contacting Alpha Innotech Investor Relations at (510)
483-9620 or Alpha Innotech Corp., 2401 Merced Street, San Leandro, California
94577. You may also read and copy any reports, statements and other information
filed by Alpha Innotech with the SEC at the SEC public reference room at 100 F
Street, N.E. Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at
1-800-SEC-0330 or visit the SEC`s website for further information on its public
Alpha Innotech and its executive officers and directors may be deemed to be
participants in the solicitation of proxies from Alpha Innotech stockholders in
favor of the proposed transaction. Certain executive officers and directors of
Alpha Innotech have interests in the transaction that may differ from the
interests of stockholders generally, including without limitation acceleration
of vesting of stock options and restricted stock units, benefits conferred under
retention, severance and change in control arrangements, and continuation of
director and officer insurance and indemnification. These interests will be
described in the proxy statement when it becomes available.
Tim Harkness, CEO, 408-510-5501
Alpha Innotech Corp.
Ron Bissinger, CEO, 510-904-5577
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