Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it has raised $32.5 million in the final closing of a private placement of common stock and warrants to purchase common stock. Proceeds totaling $39.3 million, including $6.8 million from prior closings, have been raised in this financing and will support the late-stage clinical development of the Company's lead investigational product, CPX-351 (cytarabine:daunorubicin) Liposome Injection. This financing is expected to fully fund the Company’s currently enrolling Phase 3 clinical study as first-line therapy in patients, 60-75 years of age, with secondary acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
The Phase 3 clinical study is designed as a 300 patient, randomized, controlled study comparing CPX-351 to conventional cytarabine and daunorubicin therapy (7+3) with a primary endpoint of overall survival. The Phase 3 study is based on results from a randomized, controlled, Phase 2b study in newly diagnosed AML patients, 60-75 years of age, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in 2011.
The financing was led by Valence Life Sciences, LLC. Roth Capital Partners, LLC and National Securities Corporation acted as co-lead placement agents in connection with the institutional investors and certain accredited investors.
Scott Morenstein, Managing Director at Valence Life Sciences, will be joining the Board of Directors.
A total of 10,430,034 shares of common stock were sold at a price of $3.116 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $32.5 million. Warrants to purchase 0.28 shares of common stock were issued for each share of common stock purchased. This raise is in addition to the $6.8 million in shares of common stock previously sold to accredited investors by National Securities, exclusive of $5.0 million invested by current stockholders of the Company, as the Company reported in its Form 10-K report for the year ended December 31, 2012. An additional 1,923,599 shares of common stock and corresponding warrants were issued at the final closing to certain existing stockholders of the Company who participated in earlier closings of this financing. The securities issued in this financing have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.