Isotechnika Merger With Aurinia To Create Leading Nephrology Company
The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions including, among others, the negotiation and completion of a merger agreement, acceptance and approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX"), the approval of Isotechnika's shareholders and Isotechnika securing a minimum of C$3 million in debt or equity financing satisfactory for it to fulfill its obligations as contemplated by the Term Sheet. The companies currently expect that a formal merger agreement will be negotiated and executed before March 15, 2013. The merged entity will adopt Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. as its new corporate name.
Leading the combined company as Chief Executive Officer will be Dr. Robert Foster, who is the current President & CEO of Isotechnika. Michael Martin, Aurinia's current CEO, will serve as the new company's President and Chief Business Officer. The new company's Chief Financial Officer will be Dennis Bourgeault, who is currently CFO of Isotechnika. Neil Solomons MD, will be the new company's Chief Medical Officer. Together, these executives bring with them a wealth of industry, operational and business transformation experience.
The Board of Directors of the new company will be comprised primarily of members from both Isotechnika's and Aurinia's current Boards of Directors. Dr. Richard Glickman, who is a major Aurinia shareholder and was the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aspreva, prior to its acquisition by Galenica, will assume the Chairmanship of the new company's Board. Isotechnika's current Chairman, Dr. Peter Wijngaard, will serve as Vice-Chairman.
"While there have been a number of advances in the treatment of lupus nephritis, there is no question that significant unmet medical need remains," commented Dr. Solomons. "Aurinia has used and benefited from the ALMS dataset to develop and adequately power a new study in which voclosporin will be layered on top of standard of care in a multi-target approach to treating lupus nephritis. It is our belief that this combination has the potential to rapidly and significantly improve patient outcomes. To that end, we expect to launch this phase IIB study of voclosporin in lupus nephritis in 2013."
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