ObsEva Announces Progress on Cost Reduction Initiatives and Stay of Moratorium Proceedings
- Transition of linzagolix program to Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. substantially complete with approximately$16.0million savings expected from assignment of program contracts, including $3.7million of accounts payable assigned to date
- Company extends forbearance agreement with JGB through December 1, 2022
- Swiss court grants stay of moratorium proceedings through November 30, 2022, as ObsEva progresses restructuring initiatives
Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR of the SIX Swiss Exchange
GENEVA, Switzerland – October 26, 2022 – ObsEva SA (NASDAQ: OBSV; SIX: OBSN), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for women’s health, today announced that the transition of the linzagolix program to Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is substantially complete following the assignment of substantially all clinical, manufacturing, and scientific contracts related to the development of linzagolix. These assignments represent savings of approximately $16.0 million in contractual commitments, including $3.7 million of accounts payable.
The Company also extended its previously announced forbearance agreement with respect to outstanding debt held by certain funds and accounts managed by JGB Management, Inc. (JGB). JGB has now agreed to forbear through December 1, 2022 enforcement of any rights or remedies under the outstanding convertible notes held by JGB arising in connection with certain events of default by the Company related to the Company’s previously announced application to the Swiss court for a preliminary moratorium to facilitate the Company’s ongoing restructuring. In exchange, the Company lowered the conversion price of $1.5 million of debt from $0.26 per share to $0.19 per share and converted an additional $500,000 of outstanding principal and accrued and unpaid interest on the notes at the new conversion price of $0.19 per share. The outstanding debt balance under the convertible notes following this conversion is approximately $6.7 million.
On October 20, 2022, ObsEva attended its first hearing with the competent court in Geneva, Switzerland. At the hearing, the Company’s request to suspend proceedings through November 30, 2022 was granted. The Company continues to progress various corporate initiatives intended to resolve its over-indebtedness and support future pipeline development.
“These are important milestones for ObsEva as we pivot the Company’s resources towards nolasiban, a novel, oral oxytocin receptor antagonist being developed to improve clinical pregnancy and live birth rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization,” said Brian O’Callaghan, CEO of ObsEva. “With our partner’s recent IND acceptance in China, we are looking forward to the start of the Phase 1 trial and subsequent data which will inform our US development plans.”
Nolasiban is a novel, oral oxytocin receptor antagonist being developed for improving clinical pregnancy and live birth rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization. ObsEva retains worldwide, exclusive, commercial rights, except for the Peoples Republic of China which has been sub-licensed to YuYuan BioScience. Under the sublicense agreement with Yuyuan BioScience for nolasiban, ObsEva is entitled to receive aggregate milestone payments of up to $17 million upon the achievement of specified development, regulatory, and first sales milestones, and aggregate milestone payments of up to $115 million upon the achievement of additional, tiered sales milestones. In addition, Yuyuan BioScience has agreed to pay tiered royalties on net sales at percentages ranging from high-single digit to low-second digits.
ObsEva is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies to improve women’s reproductive health and pregnancy. Through strategic in-licensing and disciplined drug development, ObsEva has established a clinical pipeline with development programs focused on new therapies for the treatment of preterm labor and improving clinical pregnancy and live birth rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization. ObsEva is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and is traded under the ticker symbol “OBSV” and on the SIX Swiss Exchange where it is traded under the ticker symbol “OBSN”. For more information, please visit www.ObsEva.com
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