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TEL AVIV, Israel, April 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vascular Biogenics Ltd. (“VBL Therapeutics” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: VBLT), today announced the closing of its underwritten public offering of 6,901,790 ordinary shares, and, to certain investors in lieu thereof, pre-funded warrants to purchase 8,050,000 ordinary shares in an underwritten public offering, at a price to the public of $1.90 per ordinary share and $1.89 per pre-funded warrant. The pre-funded warrants allow investors that have restrictions on their ability to own Company stock above a designated ownership threshold (such as 4.99% or 19.99%) to invest additional capital. In practice, the pre-funded warrants are the equivalent to ordinary shares without voting rights. All of the securities in the offering were sold by VBL Therapeutics.
The gross proceeds to the Company from the public offering, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by VBL Therapeutics, were approximately $28.3 million. VBL Therapeutics intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for working capital and other general corporate purposes.
Guggenheim Securities, LLC acted as bookrunning manager for the offering. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. also acted as a joint bookrunner. Roth Capital Partners and JonesTrading Institutional Services LLC acted as co-managers.
The securities described were offered by VBL Therapeutics pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form F-3 (No. 333-251821), including a base prospectus, previously filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). A preliminary prospectus supplement and a final prospectus supplement relating to and describing the terms of the offering has been filed with the SEC. The final prospectus supplement is available on the SEC’s website located at www.sec.gov. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the securities being offered may also be obtained by contacting Guggenheim Securities, LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, 330 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, New York 10017, by telephone at (212) 518-9544, or by email at GSEquityProspectusDelivery@guggenheimpartners.com.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
About VBL Therapeutics
Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for areas of unmet need in cancer and immune/inflammatory indications. VBL has developed three platform technologies: a gene-therapy based technology for targeting newly formed blood vessels with focus on cancer, an antibody-based technology targeting MOSPD2 for anti-inflammatory and immuno-oncology applications, and the Lecinoxoids, a family of small-molecules for immune-related indications. VBL’s lead oncology product candidate, ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111), is an investigational, first-in-class, targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent that is being developed to treat a wide range of solid tumors. VB-111 is currently being studied in a VBL-sponsored Phase 3 registration enabling study for treatment in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, which are often indicated by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “look forward to,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the completion of the registered direct offering, the satisfaction of customary closing conditions related to the registered direct offering and the intended use of net proceeds from the registered direct offering as well as statements regarding our programs, including VB-111, including their clinical development, therapeutic potential and clinical results. These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or projected herein include market and other conditions, uncertainties associated generally with research and development, clinical trials and related regulatory reviews and approvals, the risk that historical clinical trial results may not be predictive of future trial results, that our financial resources do not last for as long as anticipated, and that we may not realize the expected benefits of our intellectual property protection. In particular, the DSMC recommendation that the OVAL trial proceed is not assurance that the trial will meet its primary endpoint of overall survival once completed. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks can be found in our regulatory filings with the SEC, including in our annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2020, and subsequent filings with the SEC. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. VBL Therapeutics undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise, except as required by law.
Burns McClellan for VBL Therapeutics
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