TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm Exchange and OTCQX: IMNP) ("IMMUNE" or the "Company") announced today that following the recent merger of Immune Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and EpiCept Corporation, the Company will focus its capital raising efforts in the United States to support its objective to up-list to a U.S. national securities exchange (NASDAQ or NYSE MKT), with the intention of that becoming its primary listing. As a result of the merger, NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB has advised, and the Company has agreed, to seek the transition of its Swedish listing to NASDAQ OMX First North Premier, which maintains access to Nordic country capital and liquidity for existing shareholders, while requiring less market specific regulation.
As a result of the merger, the percentage of the Company's outstanding shares traded on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm has been reduced from more than 80% to approximately 18%. The Company concluded that maintaining a primary listing on the OMX Stockholm Exchange was no longer appropriate.
Dr. Daniel Teper, IMMUNE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer explained, "IMMUNE is positioned to access capital available for biotech companies amid the current momentum for financing in the U.S. public markets. We believe a primary listing on a national exchange in the U.S. will benefit all shareholders, including our Swedish shareholders. IMMUNE is committed to the execution of its operational plan to achieve multiple clinical and business milestones in the next 18 months."
About Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm Exchange and OTCQX: IMNP) applies a personalized approach to treatment, developing novel, highly targeted antibody therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer. The Company's lead product candidate, bertilimumab, is entering Phase II clinical studies for moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis and bullous pemphigoid, with additional studies planned for Crohn's disease and severe asthma. The Company is evaluating the use of its NanomAb® platform, a second generation antibody drug conjugate technology, with chemotherapeutics in order to enhance their safety and efficacy profiles by delivering the medicines directly to cancer cells. The Company's growing oncology pipeline also includes proprietary antibodies and, clinical-stage small molecules that have been shown activity in a variety of solid tumors.
Immune is headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, with its primary research and development facilities in Herzliya-Pituach, Israel.
For more information, visit Immune's website at www.immunepharmaceuticals.com.
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