TORONTO, March 19, 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 is raising approximately US$3.1 million in a registered direct unit offering at a price of US$1.72 per unit. In connection with the offering, the Company will be issuing to the investors an aggregate of 1,815,000 common shares and warrants to purchase an additional 453,750 common shares. The warrants will be exercisable immediately, have a term of five years and an exercise price of US$2.10 per share of common stock. After placement agent fees and estimated offering expenses, the Company expects to receive net proceeds of approximately US$2.7 million. The offering is expected to close on or about March 22, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions. Roth Capital Partners, LLC, served as lead placement agent for the offering. Brean Capital and Maxim Group, LLC served as co-placement agents for the transaction. Intellipharmaceutics intends to use the net proceeds to file additional Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) with the Food and Drug Administration, to advance clinical trials for its abuse resistant Rexista™ technology and/or other NDA 505(b)(2) opportunities, to establish additional partnerships, and for working capital, research, product development and general corporate purposes. The securities described above are being offered by Intellipharmaceutics through a prospectus supplement pursuant to a shelf registration statement previously filed with and subsequently declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. A prospectus supplement relating to the offering will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov . This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Copies of the prospectus supplement (once filed) and accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained from Roth Capital Partners, LLC, 888 San Clemente, Newport Beach, CA 92660, (800) 678-9147 or email: email@example.com or by accessing the SEC's website, www.sec.gov . 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 filings with the FDA in therapeutic areas that include neurology, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal tract, diabetes and pain.