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Transcept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:TSPT) and Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-heldbiopharmaceutical company, announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the stockholders of Paratek will become the majority owners of Transcept and the operations of Transcept and Paratekwill be combined. As part of the proposed transaction, new investors (including The Baupost Group, Abingworth LLP, and other institutional investors); certain Transcept stockholders (including InterWest Ventures and Roumell Asset Management); and certain Paratek stockholders (including Omega Funds, HBM Healthcare Investments and Aisling Capital) will invest approximately $93 million in the combined organization.
Glenn Oclassen, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Transcept Board, commented: “Following Transcept’s recent June 3, 2014 special cash dividend of approximately $25.4 million, this transaction with Paratek reflects the continued commitment of Transcept’s Board of Directors and management team to deliver value to Transcept’s stockholders. Under the proposed transaction, Transcept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:TSPT)’s stockholders will maintain a meaningful equity ownership stake in Transcept, which will refocus its operations as a late-stage therapeutics company with product candidates we believe possess significant commercial potential. The transaction also provides for our stockholders an additional special cash dividend and the opportunity to realize any upside potential from our INTERMEZZO and TO-2070 assets.”
Michael Bigham, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Paratek Board of Directors, commented: “Antibiotic resistance continues to be a growing public health concern worldwide. This transaction provides the financial support necessary for the Phase 3 development of our lead product candidate, Omadacycline, which is an important new once daily, oral and intravenous, broad-spectrum antibiotic for serious community-acquired infections. Omadacycline was designed specifically to address the mechanisms by which bacteria develop resistance to existing antibiotics. The combined organization will have the resources to initiate and complete our planned Phase 3 registration program, as agreed with FDA per Special Protocol Assessments, for both Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections (ABSSSI) and Community-acquired Bacterial Pneumonia (CABP). We will also explore additional potential indications including urinary tract infections (UTI).”
In a joint statement made by Paratek’s lead investors, Richard Lim, Partner at Omega Funds and Matthias Fehr, Partner at HBM Partners, said, “This transaction establishes a well-capitalized public company within which the management of Paratek may progress its late-stage drug pipeline through its pivotal studies. We are excited about the prospects for omadacycline to address the growing need for efficacious, safe and convenient oral and intravenous antibiotic drugs.”
About the Transaction
Paratek stockholders will receive newly issued shares of common stock of Transcept in connection with the merger contemplated by the merger agreement. Transcept will issue approximately 167.5 million new shares of its common stock to Paratek stockholders under the exchange ratio formula defined in the merger agreement. Upon the closing of the merger, existing Paratek equity holders are expected to own approximately 37.9 percent of Transcept, the persons investing in Paratek as of immediately prior to the closing of the merger are expected to own approximately 51.7 percent of Transcept, and existing Transcept equity holders are expected to own approximately 10.4 percent of Transcept, each on a fully-diluted basis. The exchange ratio is defined in the merger agreement and is subject to potential adjustments.
The merger agreement also contains further details with respect to a) the cash to be reserved for anticipated merger and holdback expenses of Transcept including patent enforcement expense obligations relating to INTERMEZZO; b) how further payments or royalty payments, if any, that are received relating to the sale of INTERMEZZO and TO-2070 assets will be disbursed to Transcept stockholders of record immediately prior to the Closing; and c) the excess cash that Transcept will distribute via an additional special cash dividend also to such Transcept stockholders of record immediately prior to the Closing.
The executive officers of Transcept will resign from their positions with Transcept upon the closing of the merger, and the executive officers of Paratek will assume their respective positions in Transcept. Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Michael F. Bigham, Partner at Abingworth LLP, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Dr. Evan Loh, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Paratek, has been promoted to President and CMO and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.
Following the closing of the merger, the Board of Directors of Transcept is expected to consist of a total of seven members, two of whom will be designated by Transcept prior to the closing of the merger, and five of whom will similarly be designated by Paratek (and which will include the Chief Executive Officer of the combined organization).
The boards of directors of both Transcept and Paratek have unanimously approved the proposed transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the stockholders of each of Transcept and Paratek. Transcept stockholders holding approximately 43 percent of its outstanding common stock have agreed to vote in favor of the transaction, and a majority of Paratek stockholders, have also agreed to vote in favor of the transaction. Subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, the transaction is currently expected to close during the second half of 2014.
If the transaction is consummated, Transcept’s name will be changed to Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Transcept intends to apply to change its ticker symbol on The NASDAQ Global Market to “PRTK”.
Transcept was advised in the transaction by Leerink Partners, LLC and Paratek was advised by Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel to Transcept and Pepper Hamilton LLP served as legal counsel to Paratek. Cooley LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsels to certain investors.
Paratek is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, and commercialization of innovative antibiotics. Paratek’s lead product candidate, omadacycline, is a novel tetracycline-derived, broad-spectrum antibiotic being developed in both oral tablet and intravenous formulations for use as a first-line monotherapy antibiotic for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI), community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP), urinary tract infections (UTI) and other serious community-acquired bacterial infections, particularly when antibiotic resistance is of concern to prescribing physicians. Omadacycline has received Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for both the oral and intravenous formulations in all three of these infectious disease categories. Omadacycline has Special Protocol Assessment agreements with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the phase 3 trials planned in ABSSSI and CABP.
Paratek’s second product candidate, WC 3035, is a novel tetracycline-derived compound, with dual narrow-spectrum antibacterial and potent anti-inflammatory activity, for the treatment of acne and rosacea in the community setting. Paratek has licensed rights to WC 3035 for the treatment of acne and rosacea in the United States to a subsidiary of Actavis (formerly Warner Chilcott), while retaining rights in the rest of the world. Actavis is responsible for the clinical development of WC 3035 for the treatment of acne in the United States. A phase 3 program in moderate-severe acne is expected to be initiated in the second half of 2014 for WC 3035.
Omadacycline is a novel tetracycline-derived, broad-spectrum antibiotic being developed for use as a first-line empiric monotherapy for patients suffering from serious community-acquired bacterial infections, such as ABSSSI, CABP, and other community-acquired bacterial infections, particularly when antibiotic resistance is of concern to prescribing physicians. Omadacycline was designed to provide broad spectrum activity, and possibly shorter hospital stays by allowing for the completion of therapy at home with an oral formulation, thereby potentially positioning omadacycline to become the primary antibiotic choice of physicians for the treatment of community-acquired bacterial infections. Omadacycline was designed with the following characteristics:
- Available in both once-daily IV and oral formulations: to enable reliable step-down therapy so that a patient could be discharged from the hospital more quickly to recover at home using an oral formulation of the same antibiotic
- Active against a broad-spectrum of bacteria, with projected coverage against nearly every type of community-acquired bacterial infection
- Well tolerated: based on clinical studies in more than 700 patients and subjects to date the drug candidate has demonstrated a favorable safety and tolerability profile
- Able to overcome bacterial resistance: omadacycline has demonstrated in vitro and in vivo activity against a wide spectrum of common bacterial pathogens resistant to currently used antibiotics.
Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary products that address important therapeutic needs in the field of neuroscience. Trancept’s remaining product development candidate is TO-2070, a novel rapidly absorbed treatment for acute migraine incorporating dihydroergotamine (DHE) as the active drug, which Transcept has developed through the completion of preclinical safety studies but has not initiated a Phase 1 human pharmacokinetic study. Transcept developed Intermezzo® from concept to its approval by the FDA in 2011. Purdue holds commercialization and development rights for Intermezzo in the United States. For further information about Transcept, please visit www.transcept.com. For information about Intermezzo, please visit www.MyIntermezzo.com.