PolyMedix Engages Investment Banker, Amends Credit Facility
RADNOR, Pa., Jan. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PolyMedix, Inc. (OTCBB:PYMX), a biotechnology company focused on developing innovative therapeutic drugs intended to treat patients with serious acute-care conditions, today announced that it has engaged Canaccord Genuity Inc. as its financial advisor to review and assist with the company's strategic and financial alternatives, including a licensing transaction around its lead antibiotic compound, brilacidin, or a potential sale of the company or its assets. PolyMedix continues to work with its financing advisors on a financing transaction that could permit the company to remain independent and continue the clinical development of brilacidin. As previously reported, the company's cash and investment balances are not sufficient to fund any new clinical trials and the company has implemented a plan to reduce costs and resulting cash outflows, including scaling back operations, personnel reductions, and deferrals and reductions in compensation.
PolyMedix also announced that it has amended its loan and security agreement with MidCap Financial SBIC, LP. Primarily, the amendment provides for a forty-five day fundraising period in consideration for the provision of additional collateral to MidCap. PolyMedix will file a current report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission which will include a brief description of the material terms of the amendment.
About PolyMedix, Inc.
PolyMedix is a clinical stage biotechnology company dedicated to transforming the treatment of infectious diseases. PolyMedix is developing a new class of antibiotics – defensin-mimetics – for the treatment of serious, life-threatening infections which often develop resistance to currently available antibiotics. PolyMedix's compounds are designed to imitate the mechanism of action of host defense proteins, which contribute to natural human immunity. In contrast to existing antibiotics, PolyMedix's lead antibiotic compound, brilacidin (formerly PMX-30063), was designed to exploit a method of bacterial cell killing, via biophysical membrane attack, against which bacteria have not shown development of resistance in multiple preclinical studies.
PolyMedix has internally developed an extensive pipeline of compounds, including other defensin-mimetic antimicrobial compounds for other infectious diseases, such as Gram-negative pathogens, fungal infections, and malaria; PolyCides®, antimicrobial additives to materials to create self-sterilizing products and surfaces; and delparantag (formerly PMX-60056), an anticoagulant reversing agent. PolyMedix's compounds have been internally discovered using a proprietary drug design technology.
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