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FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. (CLRB), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of cancer, today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements with institutional investors to purchase approximately $5.0 million in a registered direct offering of 1,982,000 common shares and approximately $5.0 million in a concurrent private placement of 2,018,000 common shares. In conjunction with the offerings, the company issued 4,000,000 unregistered warrants to purchase common stock.
The offerings are expected to result in total gross proceeds of $10.0 million before deducting estimated offering expenses. The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for research and development, funding clinical studies, working capital and general corporate purposes. The shares of common stock and warrants were priced at $2.50 per fixed combination. The warrants sold in the private placement will be exercisable immediately, expire five years after the date of issuance, and have an exercise price of $2.40.
Roth Capital Partners served as sole placement agent for the transaction. The offering is expected to close on May 20, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.
The registered offering described above is being made pursuant to a Registration Statement previously filed with and subsequently declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to the registered offering may be obtained, when available, from Roth Capital Partners, 888 San Clemente Drive, Suite 400, Newport Beach, CA 92660, (800) 678-9147 or by accessing the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov.
The unregistered common shares and warrants were offered pursuant to the exemption from registration afforded by Section 4(a)(2) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the ”Act”), and Regulation D promulgated thereunder. Such common shares, warrants and common shares issuable upon exercise of such warrants have not been registered under the Act, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the SEC or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. The Company has agreed to file a registration statement registering for resale the unregistered common shares and common shares issuable upon exercise of the warrants within fifteen days of today’s date.
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.
About Cellectar Biosciences, Inc.
Cellectar Biosciences is focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of cancer. The company plans to develop proprietary drugs independently and through research and development (R&D) collaborations. The core drug development strategy is to leverage its PDC platform to develop therapeutics that specifically target treatment to cancer cells. Through R&D collaborations, Cellectar seeks to generate near-term capital, supplement internal resources, gain access to novel molecules or payloads, accelerate product candidate development and to broaden our proprietary and partnered product pipelines.
The company’s lead PDC therapeutic, CLR 131, is in a Phase 2 clinical study (CLOVER-1) in R/R MM and select B-cell malignancies, as well as a dose escalation Phase 1 study in patients with R/R MM. The company has initiated a Phase 1 study with CLR 131 in pediatric solid tumors and lymphoma.
Cellectar’s product pipeline also includes one preclinical PDC chemotherapeutic program (CLR 1900) and several partnered PDC assets.
For more information, please visit www.cellectar.com.
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