Wize Pharma Completes Bonus BioGroup Strategic Transaction
HOD HASHARON, Israel, Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Wize Pharma, Inc. (OTCQB: WIZP), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of ophthalmic disorders, today announced it has completed its previously announced strategic transaction with Bonus BioGroup Ltd. (TASE: BONS.TA), a biotechnology company applying proprietary, innovative technology to supply tissue-engineered viable bone grafts. In addition, Wize announced it has completed its previously announced financing transaction for the sale of $7.5 million in Series B Non-Voting Redeemable Preferred Stock of Wize.
As previously announced, Bonus BioGroup issued to Wize new ordinary shares valued at $16.4 million, based on a per share purchase price of $0.15 (NIS 0.50), of which $3.7 million worth of Bonus BioGroup shares will be held in escrow until the timely satisfaction of certain conditions, primarily that Bonus BioGroup lists its ordinary shares or American Depositary Shares on Nasdaq. While 80% of the Bonus BioGroup shares purchased by Wize will be allocated to the Wize Series B shareholders upon redemption of the Wize Series B shares, Wize will receive 20% of the Bonus stock acquired in the transaction, which is currently valued at approximately $2.5 million based on the last reported sale price of Bonus stock on the TASE on February 19, 2020.
"We are very excited about Wize's strategic transaction with Bonus BioGroup. Upon redemption of the Series B stock, Wize will own approximately 2.4% in Bonus, which is currently valued at approximately $2.5 million," stated Noam Danenberg, CEO of Wize.
Wize recently strengthened its balance sheet by eliminating $1.52 million in convertible loans through a combination of converting $760,000 into equity and the repayment of $760,000 of such loans in November 2019. In addition, in December 2019 Wize raised funds through a $550,000 PIPE.
About Bonus BioGroup
Bonus BioGroup is an Israeli biotechnology company whose highly innovative, proprietary therapeutic platform for healing severe bone defects is strongly positioned to break into the $8 billion global bone rehabilitation market. The company's BonoFill™ solution which employs novel tissue engineering technology for growing live human bone grafts has been selected by the Israeli Ministry of Science as a technology that will change the world forever, and it is already achieving outstanding success rates in Phase I/II clinical trials. The BonoFill™ solution is a revolutionary approach for personalized treatment of bone defects using live bone grafts created from the patient's own cells. Patients undergo a simple liposuction procedure to harvest fat tissue, which is then engineered into live bone graft, using Bonus' proprietary technology. Upon injection into the bone defect, the bone graft grows, connects and matures to become healthy new autologous live bone, while reducing the risk of rejection.
About Wize Pharma
Wize Pharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company currently focused on the treatment of ophthalmic disorders, including DES. Wize has in-licensed certain rights to purchase, market, sell and distribute a formula known as LO2A, a drug developed for the treatment of DES, and other ophthalmological illnesses, including CCh and Sjögren's syndrome (Sjögren's) in the US and other territories.
LO2A is currently registered and marketed by its inventor in Germany and Switzerland for the treatment of DES, in Hungary for the treatment of DES, CCH and Sjögren's and in the Netherlands for the treatment of DES and Sjögren's. Wize's strategy involves engaging local or multinational distributors to handle the distribution of LO2A. Wize has finished a Phase II trial of LO2A for patients with CCH ups), demonstrated a statistical significance result enrolled, using a mixed model with repeated measures (MMRM), and is currently conducting a Phase IV study for LO2A for DES in patients with Sjögren's, expected to publish results in Q1/2020.
Forward Looking Statements
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