BioTime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTX) today announced it has amended its $5 million Stock and Warrant Purchase Agreement with Romulus Films, Ltd., originally signed on January 4, 2013. Through the amendment, BioTime and Romulus have agreed to accelerate the closing date for the $3 million second tranche of the $5 million financing. The first $2 million tranche under the agreement was funded in January 2013. The second tranche was originally intended to close later this year concurrent with the closing of the acquisition of certain stem cell assets by BioTime’s subsidiary BioTime Acquisition Corporation (BAC) pursuant to an Asset Contribution Agreement among BioTime, BAC, and Geron Corporation. Under the amendment, the remaining $3 million investment in BioTime will be funded on April 10, 2013. Romulus has also committed to invest $5 million in BAC in conjunction with the consummation of the stem cell asset acquisition, which is expected to occur later this year.
BioTime plans to use the proceeds from this financing to fund its planned $5 million cash investment in BAC. BioTime will advance funds to BAC to finance BAC’s continued progress in preparation for the completion of the stem cell asset acquisition transaction. Since Romulus and BioTime signed their agreement in January, a 24,000 sq. ft. research facility has been leased for use by BAC, and BAC has acquired equipment for its research facility, recruited experienced senior research and product development management personnel, and worked to establish relationships with academic institutions and potential commercial development partners.
BioTime has raised gross proceeds of approximately $14.6 million since October 2012, including the $2 million first tranche of the equity financing from Romulus, and approximately $12.6 million from the sale of approximately 2.9 million common shares at a weighted average price of $4.34 per share in the open market. The 2.9 million shares were sold through BioTime’s $25 million Controlled Equity Offering facility with Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., as sales agent, and through the sale of BioTime shares held by its majority owned subsidiaries, LifeMap Sciences, Inc. and Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd.