Newron Receives First Tranche from Financing Agreement with European Investment Bank (EIB)
MILAN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Newron Pharmaceutical S.p.A. (“Newron”) (SIX: NWRN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapies for patients with diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system, announces that it has received Tranche 1 under its financing agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) that was signed in October 2018 and comprises up to EUR 40 million, subject to achieving a set of agreed performance criteria. The EIB loan is backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the central pillar of the Investment plan for Europe, the Juncker plan. Tranche 1 under this financing agreement consists of EUR 10 million and will primarily be used to support the Company’s development programs in diseases of the central nervous system.
Stefan Weber, CEO of Newron, comments: “We are very pleased that the EIB has recognised the potential of Newron’s current R&D activities. This funding provides us with additional financial flexibility over the coming years and significantly enhances our cash resources. It will be used to further advance our key assets to market and will help in maximizing their market potential.” Roberto Galli, Vice President Finance of Newron, adds: “We also take this opportunity to reiterate the guidance we gave at our full year results on March 5, 2019, that Newron’s development programs and operations, as currently planned, are funded beyond 2020.”
In connection with Tranche 1, EIB has received warrants entitling EIB to purchase up to 201,793 ordinary shares of Newron at an exercise price of EUR 9.25 per share.
About Newron Pharmaceuticals
Newron (SIX: NWRN) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapies for patients with diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. The company is headquartered in Bresso near Milan, Italy. Xadago® (safinamide) has received marketing authorization for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease in the European Union, Switzerland, the US, Australia, Canada, Brazil, and Colombia and is commercialized by Newron’s partner Zambon. US WorldMeds holds the commercialization rights in the USA. Meiji Seika has the rights to develop and commercialize the compound in Japan and other key Asian territories. In addition to Xadago® for Parkinson’s disease, Newron has a strong pipeline of promising treatments for rare disease patients at various stages of clinical development, including sarizotan for patients with Rett syndrome and ralfinamide for patients with specific rare pain indications. Newron is also developing Evenamide as the potential first add-on therapy for the treatment of patients with positive symptoms of schizophrenia. For more information, please visit: www.newron.com
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