CEO of Immune Pharmaceuticals to Present at BioEquity Europe 2013
UPDATE ON BERTILIMUMAB DEVELOPMENT AND EPICEPT MERGER PROCESS
HERZLIYA-PITUACH, Israel & TARRYTOWN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regulatory News:
Immune Pharmaceuticals Ltd. ("Immune"), a privately held Israeli company, and EpiCept Corporation (Nasdaq OMX Stockholm Exchange and OTCQX: EPCT) announced today that Daniel Teper, Chief Executive Officer of Immune, will be presenting at the BioEquity Europe 2013 conference at the Varumottagning Sheraton Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday, May 23, at 1:30 PM local time in the St. Eriksalen Room. Dr. Teper will provide an update on the Immune/EpiCept merger and present an overview of the companies' products bertilimumab, NanomAbs, and AmiKet. The presentation will not be webcast, but the slide presentation will be available on both companies' websites."
About the Immune/EpiCept Merger
In November 2012, Immune and EpiCept announced that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement. The transaction is currently anticipated to close during the third quarter of 2013 and is subject to satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, including the approval of a majority of EpiCept shareholders.
In connection with the proposed merger transaction, EpiCept has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and will file a definitive proxy statement with the SEC seeking appropriate stockholder approval. STOCKHOLDERS OF EPICEPT AND OTHER INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE PRELIMINARY PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THE PRELIMINARY PROXY STATEMENT), WHICH IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT) WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, REGARDING THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION BECAUSE IT CONTAINS AND WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. EpiCept's stockholders can obtain a copy of the preliminary proxy statement, and will be able to obtain a copy of the definitive proxy statement when it becomes available, as well as other filings containing information about Immune and EpiCept, without charge, at the SEC's Internet site (www.sec.gov). Copies of the preliminary proxy statement, and the definitive proxy statement when it becomes available, and any filings with the SEC that are incorporated by reference in the proxy statement can also be obtained, without charge, by directing a request to EpiCept Corporation, 777 Old Saw Mill River Rd, Tarrytown, NY 10591, Attention: Investor Relations, Telephone: (914) 606-3500.
Participants in the Solicitation
EpiCept and its directors and executive officers and Immune and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of EpiCept in connection with the proposed transaction. Computer Share AB will assist EpiCept in soliciting proxies from Swedish stockholders. Information regarding the direct and indirect interests of these directors and executive officers and Computer Share AB in EpiCept, Immune and the merger transaction is included in the preliminary proxy statement, and will be included in the definitive proxy statement when it becomes available, of EpiCept referred to above. Additional information regarding the directors and executive officers of EpiCept is also included in EpiCept's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, which was filed with the SEC on March 5, 2013. This document is available free of charge at the SEC's web site (www.sec.gov)and from Investor Relations at EpiCept at the address described above.
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Act"). The securities issued in exchange for all of the outstanding shares of Immune will not be and have not been registered under the Act and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exception from registration requirements.
The merger agreement and any accompanying issuance of shares by Immune Pharmaceuticals are not, under any circumstances, to be construed as an advertisement or a public offering of securities in Israel. Any public offer or sale of securities in Israel may be made only in accordance with the Israeli Securities Act-1968 (which requires, inter alia, the filing of a prospectus in Israel or an exemption therefrom).
About Immune Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Immune Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is an Israel and U.S.-based biopharmaceutical company, focused on the development of next generation antibody therapeutics addressing unmet medical needs in the treatment of inflammatory diseases and cancer. Immune licensed worldwide rights for systemic indications of bertilimumab from iCo Therapeutics (TSX: ICO) in June 2011, while iCo retained rights to all ophthalmic indications. iCo originally licensed the exclusive world-wide rights to bertilimumab in 2006 from Cambridge Antibody Technology Limited, now part of MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. Additionally, Immune has licensed from Yissum, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the injectable applications of the antibody nanoparticle conjugate technology (NanomAbs®) developed by Professor Shimon Benita. For more information, visit the Immune website at: www.immunepharmaceuticals.com
About EpiCept Corporation
EpiCept is focused on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of pain and cancer. The Company's pain portfolio includes AmiKet™, a prescription topical analgesic cream in late-stage clinical development designed to provide effective long-term relief of pain associated with peripheral neuropathies. The Company's product Ceplene®, when used concomitantly with low-dose IL-2, is intended as remission maintenance therapy in the treatment of AML for adult patients who are in their first complete remission. The Company sold all of its rights to Ceplene® in Europe and certain Pacific Rim countries and a portion of its remaining Ceplene® inventory to Meda AB in June 2012. Ceplene® is licensed to MegaPharm Ltd. to market and sell in Israel and EpiCept has retained its rights to Ceplene® in all other countries, including countries in North and South America. The Company has other oncology drug candidates in clinical development that were discovered using in-house technology and have been shown to act as vascular disruption agents in a variety of solid tumors.
This news release and any oral statements made with respect to the information contained in this news release contain forward-looking statements. You are urged to consider statements that include the words "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "potential," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "continues," "forecast," "designed," "goal," or the negative of those words or other comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking. Such forward-looking statements include statements which express plans, anticipation, intent, contingency, goals, targets, future development and are otherwise not statements of historical fact. These statements are based on our current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or developments to be materially different from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results or developments to differ materially include: the risk that we may be unable to complete the proposed merger transaction, the risks associated with the adequacy of our existing cash resources and our ability to continue as a going concern, the risks associated with EpiCept's ability to continue to meet its obligations under its existing debt agreements, the risk that we will not be able to find a partner to help conduct the Phase III trials for AmiKet™ on attractive terms, a timely basis or at all, the risk that our product candidates that appeared promising in early research and clinical trials do not demonstrate safety and/or efficacy in larger-scale or later-stage clinical trials, the risk that we will not obtain approval to market any of our product candidates, the risks associated with dependence upon key personnel, the risks associated with reliance on collaborative partners and others for further clinical trials, development, manufacturing and commercialization of our product candidates; the cost, delays and uncertainties associated with our scientific research, product development, clinical trials and regulatory approval process; our history of operating losses since our inception; the highly competitive nature of our business; risks associated with litigation; and risks associated with our ability to protect our intellectual property. These factors and other material risks are more fully discussed in EpiCept's periodic reports, including reports on Forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You are urged to carefully review and consider the disclosures found in EpiCept's filings which are available at www.sec.gov or at www.epicept.com. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, any of which could turn out to be wrong due to inaccurate assumptions, unknown risks or uncertainties or other risk factors.
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