LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / February 19, 2024 / Poolbeg Pharma (AIM:POLB)(OTCQB:POLBF)(‘Poolbeg’ or the ‘Company’), a biopharmaceutical company focussed on the development and commercialisation of innovative medicines targeting diseases with a high unmet medical need, announces that it has received notification that on 19 February 2024, Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman of the Company, purchased 830,000 ordinary shares at a price of 11.68 pence per share (the “Purchase“).

Following the Purchase, Cathal holds 37,219,757 ordinary shares representing approximately 7.4 per cent of the Company’s issued share capital.

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (as implemented into English law) (“MAR”). With the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.


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Jeremy Skillington, CEO
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Geoff Nash, Charlie Beeson, Nigel Birks, Harriet Ward (ECM)
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Anthony Farrell, Niall Gilchrist
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Nick Bastin, Vici Rabbetts, Elena Bates

About Poolbeg Pharma

Poolbeg Pharma plc is committed to the development and commercialisation of innovative medicines targeting diseases with a high unmet medical need. Its model focusses upon developing its exciting clinical assets and commercialising approved and marketed drugs to fund the development of its robust pipeline of innovative products, thereby driving significant value creation.

Poolbeg is led by an experienced leadership team with a history of delivering significant shareholder value. The team has been strengthened by the appointment of three former members of the Amryt Pharma plc leadership team, with the intention of repeating Amryt’s success and generating near term revenues.

Poolbeg’s clinical programmes target large addressable markets including cancer immunotherapy-induced CRS, infectious disease, and metabolic conditions such as obesity with the development of an oral GLP-1R agonist. It uses a cost-effective development philosophy to generate high quality human data to support partnering and further development. Its AI-led infectious disease programmes analyse unique data from human challenge trials to identify clinically relevant drug targets and treatments, leading to faster development and greater commercial appeal.

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Notification and public disclosure of transactions by persons discharging managerial responsibilities and persons closely associated with them:


Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated


Name of PDMR

Cathal Friel


Reason for notification



Executive Chairman


Initial notification/


Initial notification


Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor



Poolbeg Pharma plc





Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted


Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification Code

Ordinary shares of £0.002 each



Nature of the transaction

Purchase of Ordinary Shares


Price(s) and volume(s)






Aggregated information

– Aggregated Volume

– Price

As in 4c) above


Date of the transaction

19 February 2024


Place of the transaction

London Stock Exchange, AIM Market (XLON)

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