Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPXA), a biotechnology company developing a novel T-cell therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS), today announced the closing of a private offering of convertible secured promissory notes and warrants to purchase shares of common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $4 million. Opexa expects to use proceeds from the financing to commence its planned Phase IIb clinical study of Tcelna™ in patients with Secondary Progressive MS (SP-MS). Participating in the financing were new investors and existing shareholders, including members of Opexa’s Board of Directors.
“We are grateful for the support of our existing shareholders and their continued belief in the Company, along with the new investors who have joined this offering,” commented Neil K. Warma, Opexa’s President and CEO. “This capital should allow us to commence our planned Phase IIb clinical trial in SP-MS patients following the final review of our CMC submission by the FDA, which is expected shortly. The enthusiasm that has been generated by the MS community anticipating the start of this trial has been remarkable. It is a testament to what we believe is the true potential of the novel therapy we are developing and the impact it could have in addressing the significant unmet need of MS patients.”
Mr. Warma added, “Initiating the trial will be a key milestone for the Company, allowing us to implement the many improvements we have made to the manufacturing process and clinical trial design. This financing should allow us to make meaningful progress with patient recruitment as well as continue to advance ongoing discussions with potential partners. Our planned clinical trial is expected to involve 180 patients, each receiving two annual courses of Tcelna treatment, with each course consisting of five subcutaneous injections per year. In order to continue the clinical study once commenced, we will need to secure a substantial amount of additional financing through a potential partnership or additional capital raises, or both.”