IntelliPharmaCeutics and Vasogen Complete Arrangement to Create Publicly-traded Specialty Pharmaceutical Company
Published: Oct 22, 2009
Close Cdn$7.5 Million Non-Diluted Financing with Cervus LP
TORONTO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. , is pleased to announce the completion of its previously announced plan of arrangement with Vasogen Inc. effective today. The shareholders of IntelliPharmaCeutics Ltd. and Vasogen Inc. approved this transaction at their respective shareholder meetings on October 19, 2009, and all court and regulatory approvals required to effect the arrangement have been received. The arrangement resulted in Intellipharmaceutics Ltd. and Intellipharmaceutics Corp. combining with 7231971 Canada Inc., a new Vasogen company, that acquired substantially all of the assets of Vasogen, including the proceeds from its non-dilutive financing transaction with Cervus LP as described further below. The completion of the arrangement results in a new publicly-traded company, Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. ("IPC")
Separately, Vasogen completed its arrangement with Cervus LP, an Alberta based limited partnership, that reorganized Vasogen Inc. (now renamed Cervus Equipment Corporation) prior to completion of the IPC transaction and which provided gross proceeds of approximately Cdn$7.5 million in non-dilutive capital to IPC.
"We are very pleased to have completed this transaction and appreciate the confidence and support of the shareholders of both IntelliPharmaCeutics Ltd. and Vasogen as evidenced by their votes," stated Dr. Isa Odidi, Chairman and CEO of IPC. "With a diversified portfolio of potential products at varying development stages, we anticipate that shareholders of both organizations should benefit from the value-creating opportunities resulting from the transaction. The resources of the combined companies will allow us to focus on and accelerate the near-term commercialization of our lead product candidates, Dexmethylphenidate XR and Carvedilol CR, as well as a number of other important compounds in our product pipeline, including an early-stage innovation directed to long-acting, abuse- resistant narcotics."
As a result of these transactions, former shareholders of Intellipharmaceutics Ltd. own approximately 86% of the outstanding common shares of IPC and former shareholders of Vasogen own approximately 14% of the outstanding common shares of IPC. Each former Vasogen shareholder will receive 0.065963061 common shares of IPC, and each former Intellipharmaceutics Ltd. shareholder will receive 0.552788117 common shares of IPC, for each share they exchange in the transaction. Following completion of the arrangement, IPC now has 10,907,060 common shares outstanding.
Beginning today, the shares of IPC are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "I" and are listed for quotation on the NASDAQ under the symbol "IPCI".
In order to receive certificates for IPC shares, registered shareholders who formerly held Vasogen shares or Intellipharmaceutics Ltd. shares must submit a letter of transmittal along with their share certificate(s) to CIBC Mellon Trust Company, the transfer agent and registrar for IPC.
JMP Securities LLC acted as Vasogen's financial advisors for the transaction with Intellipharmaceutics and PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance Inc. acted as Vasogen's financial advisor for the transaction with Cervus LP.
IPC is a drug delivery innovator, whose predecessor in name was founded in 1998, which develops both new and generic controlled-release pharmaceutical products. IPC operates from a state-of-the-art R&D and approved cGMP Solid Oral Dosage Form manufacturing facility in Toronto.
Using its proprietary technologies, IPC's strategy involves the development of products for partners and the development and manufacture of its own proprietary products. Currently, IPC has 15 products in its pipeline at varying stages of development and regulatory review. Several of these product candidates have been partnered under drug development arrangements with third parties which have or provide for milestone and success fees, support for internal development costs, coverage of clinical trial costs, coverage of patent litigation costs, and royalties or profit sharing on product sales. IPC applies its proprietary delivery platform technology and expertise in pharmaceutics, drug delivery, and drug manufacture with the goal of minimizing the risk, time, and manufacturing cost of bringing the finished product to market.
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