TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (Nasdaq:IPCI) (TSX:I), a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs, today announced that it has closed its previously-announced private placement financing (the "Financing") of US$1.5 million aggregate principal amount of unsecured convertible debentures (the "Debentures"), which will mature January 1, 2015. The Debentures bear interest at a rate of 12% per annum, payable monthly, are pre-payable at any time at the option of the Company, and are convertible at any time into common shares at a conversion price of US$3.00 per common share at the option of the holder. The Financing was non-brokered and the net proceeds are to be used for working capital and general corporate purposes. The Debentures are not listed on any market. If the Debentures are fully converted into common shares of the Company, the shares would represent approximately 2.8% of the Company's currently issued common shares on a non-diluted basis. Dr. Isa Odidi, CEO and Co-Founder, and Dr. Amina Odidi, COO and Co-Founder, of the Company and who directly and through their family holding company are its largest shareholders, owning approximately 33.5% of its currently issued shares on a non-diluted basis, provided the Company with the US$1.5 million of the proceeds for the Debentures. The participation of the Odidis, as related parties, in the Debenture transaction was approved by the directors of the Company who are independent of such related parties. About Intellipharmaceutics Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs. The Company's patented Hypermatrix™ technology is a multidimensional controlled-release drug delivery platform that can be applied to the efficient development of a wide range of existing and new pharmaceuticals. Based on this technology, Intellipharmaceutics has a pipeline of product candidates in various stages of development, including eight ANDAs filed with the FDA, in therapeutic areas that include neurology, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal tract, diabetes, pain and infection.