Avita Medical (ASX:AVH)
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AVITA Medical (ASX: AVH, NASDAQ: RCEL), a regenerative medicine company with a technology platform positioned to address unmet medical needs in therapeutic skin restoration, announced today an institutional placement of A$120.0 million (Institutional Placement) to fund pipeline development of new indications, including optimizing support for clinical trials and development projects, as well as the Company’s continued U.S. commercial growth strategy.
The Institutional Placement was managed by Bell Potter as sole lead manager. Cowen served as financial advisor to the Company in connection with the Institutional Placement. Lake Street Capital Markets also acted as a financial advisor to AVITA Medical. The Company has received commitments for A$120.0 million at an issue price of A$0.59 per fully paid ordinary share, representing a 7.2 percent discount to the 30-day VWAP, and a 14.5 percent discount to the last closing price on 8 November 2019. The new AVITA shares to be issued under the Institutional Placement will rank equally with existing AVITA shares on issue. The Institutional Placement will occur in a single tranche, and issue 203,389,831 shares to international and Australian sophisticated investors under its 15 percent placement capacity (under ASX Listing Rule 7.1).
“We are grateful for the confidence and conviction of the investors who have joined us in our mission to transform burn care with our revolutionary RECELL® System and to promptly execute on our pipeline of add-on indications,” said Dr. Mike Perry, Chief Executive Officer. “This financing reflects our shared excitement for, and strong confidence in, AVITA Medical’s myriad near-term growth opportunities. These include trauma/soft tissue reconstruction, vitiligo, our next generation RECELL device to facilitate use of the RECELL System in the outpatient setting, and pediatric scald wounds, as well as efforts to enable research programs to support the advancement and extension of our existing intellectual property. Through diligent and focused execution on our highly de-risked pipeline of new indications, we have the opportunity to access the full potential of our innovative regenerative medicine platform to advance patient care that addresses unmet medical needs, while aggressively growing our top line revenues and ultimately building a robust self-sustaining business.”
Accelerating pipeline development
The funds from the Institutional Placement will enable AVITA Medical to fast-track progression of clinical development programs and to accelerate its broader commercialization strategy. Key initiatives include:
Initiating U.S. pivotal trials to establish the safety and efficacy of the RECELL System in soft tissue reconstruction and traumatic wounds, as well as early intervention in the treatment of pediatric scald wounds
Further development and submission to the FDA of a next generation RECELL System to facilitate access to the large outpatient market
Pilot studies with the RECELL System for the treatment of vitiligo, and subsequent rapid advancement into a pivotal clinical trial to secureadva this indication in the U.S.
Conducting research and preclinical studies to augment our existing IP portfolio
Securing marketing approval and reimbursement for the RECELL System in Japan in collaboration with our partner, COSMOTEC, an M3 Group company targeting patients with burn injuries, soft tissue wounds, chronic wounds (DFUs/VLUs), and vitiligo
Early phase research into cell and cell-based gene therapy for skin regeneration that either corrects inborn genetic defects of the skin or contributes materially to rejuvenation
In addition to the successful Institutional Placement, the Company’s CEO Dr Michael Perry has sold 23,470,000 shares to enable him to meet his tax obligations relating to previously issued Restricted Stock Units (RSUs).
ABOUT AVITA MEDICAL LIMITED
AVITA Medical is a regenerative medicine company with a technology platform positioned to address unmet medical needs in burns, chronic wounds, and aesthetics indications. AVITA Medical’s patented and proprietary collection and application technology provides innovative treatment solutions derived from the regenerative properties of a patient’s own skin. The medical devices work by preparing a REGENERATIVE EPIDERMAL SUSPENSION™ (RES™), an autologous suspension comprised of the patient’s skin cells necessary to regenerate natural healthy epidermis. This autologous suspension is then sprayed onto the areas of the patient requiring treatment.
AVITA Medical’s first U.S. product, the RECELL® System, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2018. The RECELL System is indicated for use in the treatment of acute thermal burns in patients 18 years and older. The RECELL System is used to prepare Spray-On Skin™ Cells using a small amount of a patient’s own skin, providing a new way to treat severe burns, while significantly reducing the amount of donor skin required. The RECELL System is designed to be used at the point of care alone or in combination with autografts depending on the depth of the burn injury. Compelling data from randomized, controlled clinical trials conducted at major U.S. Burn Centers and real-world use in more than 8,000 patients globally, reinforce that the RECELL System is a significant advancement over the current standard of care for burn patients and offers benefits in clinical outcomes and cost savings. Healthcare professionals should read the INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE - RECELL® Autologous Cell Harvesting Device (https://recellsystem.com/) for a full description of indications for use and important safety information including contraindications, warnings and precautions.
In international markets, our products are marketed under the RECELL System brand to promote skin healing in a wide range of applications including burns, chronic wounds and aesthetics. The RECELL System is TGA-registered in Australia and received CE-mark approval in Europe.
To learn more, visit www.avitamedical.com.
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