SAN DIEGO, Aug. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TRACON Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:TCON), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel targeted cancer therapeutics and utilizing a cost efficient, CRO-independent product development platform to partner with ex-U.S. companies to develop and commercialize innovative products in the U.S., today announced that it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with an institutional health care focused fund to raise aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $5.0 million through a private placement of its common stock and pre-funded warrants. The closing of the private placement is expected to occur on or about August 27, 2020.
TRACON will sell approximately 3.1 million shares of common stock, or in lieu of common stock, pre-funded warrants to purchase common stock, for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $5.0 million. The purchase price of each share of common stock (or pre-funded warrant) is approximately $1.64. The pre-funded warrants will have a per share exercise price of $0.01 and will expire seven years from the date of issuance.
TRACON intends to use the net proceeds from the private placement to conduct the ENVASARC pivotal study of envafolimab in sarcoma and for working capital and general corporate purposes. As previously announced, the ENVASARC trial was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on August 14th, 2020.
The securities being sold in the private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. TRACON has agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC covering the resale of the shares of common stock issuable in connection with the private placement, including upon exercise of the pre-funded warrants.