WALTHAM, Mass., June 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Entasis Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ETTX) (“Entasis”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel antibacterial products, today announced the closing of the second tranche of the $35 million common stock and warrant investment by Innoviva, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVA) ("Innoviva"), a company with a portfolio of royalties that include respiratory assets partnered with Glaxo Group Limited, under a securities purchase agreement signed on April 12, 2020 between the parties following a vote in favor of the transaction at the special meeting of Entasis stockholders held on June 10, 2020. In connection with the second closing, Entasis issued 12,677,490 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase 12,677,490 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.50 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $31.7 million.
“Completion of our $35 million financing with Innoviva provides Entasis with the resources needed to complete ATTACK (Acinetobacter Treatment Trial Against Colistin), our global Phase 3 registration trial evaluating a fixed-dose combination of sulbactam and durlobactam (SUL-DUR) against Acinetobacter baumanii infections, and continue advancing our pipeline of pathogen-targeted antibacterial product candidates,” stated Manos Perros, President and Chief Executive Officer of Entasis. “In these uncertain times, we are very pleased to have the support of Innoviva as we continue to innovate against drug-resistant bacterial infections.”
Following the closing of the second tranche of the financing, Innoviva holds an aggregate of 14 million shares of common stock and warrants to purchase 14 million shares of common stock. Innoviva also has the right to appoint two directors to the Entasis Board of Directors.
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Entasis is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel antibacterial products to treat serious infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Entasis’ pathogen-targeted design platform has produced a pipeline of product candidates, including sulbactam-durlobactam (targeting Acinetobacter baumannii infections), zoliflodacin (targeting Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections), ETX0282CPDP (targeting Enterobacteriaceae infections) and ETX0462 (targeting Pseudomonas infections). For more information, visit www.entasistx.com.
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