VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 24, 2013) - Med BioGene Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MBI) today announced that 2,318,000 warrants and agents' warrants to purchase an equal number of common shares of MBI at a price of $0.10 per share were exercised for gross proceeds to MBI of $231,800. As such, MBI currently has cash and cash equivalents of approximately $470,000.
Erinn B. Broshko, MBI's Executive Chairman noted: "The exercise of these warrants strengthens MBI's balance sheet and is meaningful given our focused and efficient burn rate. Moreover, it is a vote of confidence by our shareholders in the prospects of MBI as we move towards the expected commercial launch of GeneFx® Lung by our partner, Precision Therapeutics."
About Med BioGene Inc.
Med BioGene is a life science company based in Vancouver, British Columbia that is currently focused on managing the license and rights to GeneFx Lung. Med BioGene's common shares are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange. For more information, please visit www.medbiogene.com.
About GeneFx® Lung
GeneFx Lung is a proprietary gene expression-based test to improve upon staging for identifying those patients with early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who, following surgical removal of their tumor, are at higher and lower risks of mortality. In an initial study of patient specimens from the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group JBR.10 trial, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, patients classified by GeneFx Lung as higher risk benefited from adjuvant chemotherapy, and those classified as lower risk did not benefit and may have experienced a detrimental effect from adjuvant chemotherapy. GeneFx Lung was subsequently validated in predicting patient mortality in four independent studies involving data from tumor specimens totaling 676 untreated early-stage NSCLC patients. GeneFx Lung is expected to provide better-informed and personalized treatment decisions to assist in the selection of patients for adjuvant chemotherapy.
On April 15, 2011, Precision Therapeutics, Inc. and Med BioGene closed their commercialization agreement. The agreement provides to Precision exclusive global rights to develop and commercialize GeneFx Lung.
Precision expects to commence commercialization of GeneFx Lung through its CLIA-certified laboratory by mid-2013.
About Precision Therapeutics, Inc.
Precision, a leading life science company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is dedicated to improving the outcomes of cancer patients by providing personalized medicine solutions that aim to increase quality of life and cancer survival rates. Precision offers a portfolio of products developed to help guide physicians and patients with difficult clinical decisions throughout the cancer care continuum. For more information, please visit www.precisiontherapeutics.com.
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