MIAMI, Sept. 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Longeveron Inc. (NASDAQ: LGVN NASDAQ: LGVNR) (“Longeveron” or “Company”), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing cellular therapies for life-threatening and chronic aging-related conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), Alzheimer’s disease and Aging-related Frailty, announces that Wa’el Hashad, Chief Executive Officer of Longeveron, has issued a Letter to Stockholders providing a business update. Full text of the letter, which has been posted to the Company’s website, is as follows:
Dear Fellow Stockholders:
When I joined Longeveron as CEO, I was intrigued by the potential of our lead investigational product Lomecel-B™ in multiple disease states with clear unmet medical needs, and by the scientific foundation laid for this asset by our co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer, and Chairman Dr. Joshua Hare. Under Josh’s leadership, a compelling clinical program designed to investigate Lomecel-B™ in Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), Alzheimer’s disease, and Aging-related Frailty has been established. To execute this program, we have taken steps to strengthen our Board and executive leadership team, and initiated the $30 million Rights Offering we announced on August 14, 2023. I write to you today to highlight the progress we are making and to discuss what these steps mean for our shared future.
Lomecel-B™ – Realizing the Potential of Medicinal Signaling Cells
Lomecel-B™ is a living cell product made from specialized cells isolated from the bone marrow of young healthy adult donors. These specialized cells, known as medicinal signaling cells (MSCs), are essential to our endogenous biological repair mechanism. MSCs have been shown to perform a number of complex functions in the body, including the formation of new tissue. They also have been shown to respond to sites of injury or disease and secrete bioactive factors that are immunomodulatory and regenerative. We believe that Lomecel-B™ may have multiple potential mechanisms of action that may lead to anti-inflammatory, provascular regenerative responses, and therefore may have broad application for a range of rare and aging related diseases.
Our ongoing trials are all progressing and nearing important clinical milestones. As we announced recently, our Phase 2 ELPIS II trial in HLHS has exceeded its 50% enrollment threshold, and we have added an additional study location to further expedite enrollment, and we anticipate completing enrollment in this trial in 2024. New long-term survival data from our prior ELPIS I trial showed that children treated with Lomecel-B™ had 100% survival up to five years of age compared to approximate 20% mortality rate observed from historical control data. The potential of Lomecel-B™ in this indication was further highlighted in the Key Opinion Leader webinar we hosted in August, a replay of which is available here.
In Alzheimer’s disease, our CLEAR MIND Phase 2a trial is on track to report top-line results in October, 2023. In a previously completed Phase 1 study, we reported preliminary safety data of Lomecel-B™ used in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. With the Phase 2a CLEAR MIND trial, we hope to build on those results and further demonstrate the potential of Lomecel-B™ as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
In our Aging-related Frailty program, earlier this year we announced the dosing of the first patient in our Phase 2 clinical trial, evaluating Lomecel-B™ in this indication in Japan, a country with one of the oldest populations in the world. Enrollment is continuing, and the trial is expected to enroll 45 patients. The primary endpoint of this Phase 2 trial is to evaluate safety with an overarching goal of providing support for an eventual limited approval under the Japan’s Act on the Safety of Regenerative Medicine, or ASRM, which recognizes the tremendous potential, therapeutic potential of cell therapies.
To execute these compelling programs, over the last several weeks we have taken steps to strengthen Longeveron at both the Board and executive leadership level. In June, we announced the election of seasoned biotechnology and corporate management experts Khoso Baluch and Jeffrey Pfeffer to our Board of Directors, and I am pleased to join them on our Board to serve in this capacity. We also announced the appointment of Lisa Locklear as our Chief Financial Officer, and Dr. Nataliya Agafonova as Chief Medical Officer. Both Lisa and Nataliya have had distinguished careers in the bio-pharmaceutical industry, and we look forward to their guidance as we advance clinical development of Lomecel-B™.
Rights Offering – Balanced Approach for Needed Capital
On June 27,2023, we filed a registration statement with the SEC to conduct a tradeable subscription rights offering for up to $30.0 million of shares of Class A common stock to stockholders and holders of warrants to purchase common stock as the record date of August 18, 2023. We believe this Rights Offering provides a balanced approach to raising capital necessary to fund clinical development of Lomecel-B™ while remaining cognizant not to dilute existing shareholders. We believe this is an opportunity to participate for all shareholders, and is an important step in fully realizing the potential of Lomecel-B™ and to generating long-term shareholder value.
To conclude, we believe strongly in the potential of Lomecel-B™ in the therapeutic areas we have under investigation, and in the leadership team we’ve assembled to advance our development programs toward near-term milestones. Together with our fellow stockholders, we are confident we can bring this potentially lifesaving therapy to patients in need.
On behalf of my colleagues and the Longeveron Board of Directors, thank you for your continued support.
Chief Executive Officer
About the Longeveron Rights Offering
As a reminder, there is an ongoing, effective rights offering on the registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct a tradable, subscription rights offering. The Rights Offering is being made through a distribution of five tradable subscription rights (listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol LGVNR) to purchase shares of Class A common stock for each share of common stock and warrant to purchase common stock owned on the record date, at a $3.00 subscription price per share.
The calendar for the rights offering is as follows:
|Thursday, August 17||LGVNV Rights begin to trade.|
|Friday, August 18||Ex-Rights Day – LGVN shares trade without the rights attached.|
|Friday, August 18||Record Date – This is the cutoff date that determines the eligibility of stockholders to receive rights.|
|Tuesday, August 22||Subscription Period Begins – LGVNR rights are credited to brokerage accounts through DTCC.|
|Thursday, September 21||Subscription Period Ends – 5:00 PM ET unless extended at the Company’s sole discretion.|
About Longeveron Inc.
Longeveron is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing regenerative medicines to address unmet medical needs. The Company’s lead investigational product is Lomecel-B™ an allogeneic medicinal signaling cell (MSC) therapy product isolated from the bone marrow of young, healthy adult donors. Lomecel-B™ has multiple potential mechanisms of action encompassing pro-vascular, pro-regenerative, anti-inflammatory, and tissue repair and healing effects with broad potential applications across a spectrum of disease areas. Longeveron is currently advancing Lomecel-B™ through clinical trials in three indications: hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), Alzheimer’s disease, and Aging-related Frailty. Additional information about the Company is available at www.longeveron.com.
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