NEW YORK, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Platinum Management (NY) LLC and certain affiliates, the largest stockholder of Echo Therapeutics, Inc. (NasdaqCM: ECTE) owning approximately 19.9% of the common stock, issued a letter to fellow stockholders of Echo urging them not to vote the Company's white proxy card and to wait to receive Platinum's proxy statement and GOLD proxy card before voting at the Annual Meeting. When stockholders vote the GOLD proxy card, they will have the opportunity to vote for Platinum's nominee and ALL of the Company's nominees OTHER THAN current director and interim CEO Robert F. Doman, who Platinum opposes.
Echo stockholders are reminded that only the latest dated proxy card counts. Even if they voted the Company's white proxy card, a later dated and signed GOLD proxy card will revoke that vote.
The complete text of the letter to stockholders follows:AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PLATINUM MANAGEMENT (NY) LLC TO FELLOW STOCKHOLDERS OF ECHO THERAPEUTICS, INC. Platinum Urges All Echo Stockholders to Look for the GOLD Proxy Card For The 2014 Annual Meeting April 21, 2014 Dear Fellow Echo Therapeutics, Inc. Stockholder: Platinum Management (NY) LLC and our affiliates are the single largest stockholder of Echo Therapeutics, Inc. ("Echo") owning approximately 19.9% of the common stock. We have nominated a highly qualified independent director to the Echo Board at Echo's upcoming Annual Meeting of Stockholders, scheduled for May 20, 2014. You will soon be receiving our proxy material and a GOLD proxy card or GOLD voting instruction form. We urge you to refrain from voting in connection with the Annual Meeting until you have had the opportunity to receive and review our proxy material. You may have already received a proxy statement from Echo in connection with the Annual Meeting. In these materials, Echo discloses that Echo and its representatives are seeking your vote for the re-election of current director and interim CEO Robert F. Doman and the election of Michael M. Goldberg M.D. to Echo's Board. What Echo fails to disclose, however, is that We have nominated a highly qualified alternative candidate to the Board. We find Echo's failure to disclose this fact to be highly misleading and an egregious affront to stockholder rights. In reality, this year stockholders have the ability to reject the status quo by electing our highly qualified independent director to the Echo Board. As a result, we are sending this urgent letter to inform you that Platinum soon will be soliciting your proxy to elect our highly qualified candidate – Shepard M. Goldberg – to the Echo Board. When you vote on our GOLD proxy card, you will have the opportunity to vote for our nominee and ALL of the Company's nominees OTHER THAN current director and interim CEO Robert F. Doman, who we oppose. We strongly urge you to wait for Platinum's proxy materials and GOLD proxy card. Please DO NOT vote any white proxy card sent to you by the Company, and please DO NOT allow Echo's proxy solicitor to take your vote over a recorded telephone line. Even if you have already returned a white proxy card to Echo, you can revoke that vote by returning a later dated and signed GOLD proxy card. Platinum is the Company's largest stockholder, having invested approximately $18.6 million in Echo. As such, our ONLY interest, which is directly aligned with the interests of all stockholders, is in building stockholder value that benefits ALL stockholders. That is why we can no longer sit idly by while stockholders continue to suffer under the direction of the current Board. Due to our continued frustration with the performance of Echo, we have nominated Shepard M. Goldberg to be elected to Echo's Board. Mr. Goldberg, has extensive experience in the biotechnology industry, having served on the Board of Directors of Cordex Pharma, Inc., a developer of cardiovascular medicines, for over five years and as its Chief Executive Officer from January 2010 until March 2012. Previously he spent nearly a decade at Emisphere Technologies, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company charting new frontiers in drug delivery, in various capacities including as Senior Vice President, Operations from 2001 until December 2007. We believe his extensive experience in the biotechnology industry, his executive level and board experience and his financial and operational expertise will allow him to provide valuable insight to the Board. You deserve a real choice. Please wait until you receive Platinum's proxy materials and GOLD proxy card before you cast your vote in connection with the Annual Meeting. Even if you have voted on Echo's white proxy card, a later dated GOLD proxy card will revoke that vote. Thank you for your support.
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