PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Soligenix, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SNGX) (Soligenix or the Company), a development stage biopharmaceutical company, announced today that it has recently received approximately $574,000, net of transaction costs, in non-dilutive financing via the State of New Jersey's Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program (the Program).
This Program enables approved, unprofitable biotechnology businesses to sell their unused Net Operating Loss Carryovers (NOLs) and unused Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits for at least 80% of the value of the tax benefits to unaffiliated, profitable corporate taxpayers in the State of New Jersey. This allows biotechnology businesses with NOLs to turn their tax losses and credits into cash proceeds to fund more R&D, buy equipment and/or facilities, or cover other allowable expenditures. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) determines eligibility for the Program, the New Jersey Division of Taxation determines the value of the available tax benefits (NOLs and R&D Tax Credits), and the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology evaluates the technology and its viability. The state of New Jersey was the originator of this Program and the first state to implement and fund it.
"As we are always looking for non-dilutive ways to fund our company, we are once again very pleased with NJEDA's decision to approve our application in this year's program," stated Christopher J. Schaber, PhD, President and CEO of Soligenix. "This NOL funding increases our cash position to about $6.2 million or roughly $0.028 cents per common share outstanding with no debt or preferred stock outstanding. We expect this cash will last us until the third quarter of 2013. We are very thankful for New Jersey's continued support of its biotechnology industry."
About Soligenix, Inc.Soligenix is a development stage biopharmaceutical company developing products to treat life-threatening side effects of cancer treatments and serious gastrointestinal diseases, and vaccines for certain bioterrorism agents. Soligenix's lead product, orBec® (oral beclomethasone dipropionate), is a potent, locally acting corticosteroid that has been initially developed for the treatment of acute gastrointestinal Graft-versus-Host disease (GI GVHD), a common and potentially life-threatening complication of hematopoietic cell transplantation. Soligenix is also conducting a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-supported Phase 1/2 clinical trial of SGX201 in the prevention of acute radiation enteritis. Additionally, Soligenix is developing SGX203 for the treatment of pediatric Crohn's disease.