Daily News: November 21, 2014

East West Provides NephroGenex Term Loan

NephroGenex announced it closed on a $12 million term loan facility with East West Bank. Funds will be utilized for working capital purposes, including the advancement of the company’s clinical development programs.

Terms of the facility include an immediate $7 million draw, with the additional $5 million available upon the achievement of certain milestones before the end of May 2015. Following the closing of the loan, management expects the Company’s cash position to be approximately $31 million, extending its cash runway further into 2016. The bank facility matures in 2018.

“We are taking this opportunity to strengthen our balance sheet at attractive terms, as we execute on our pivotal Phase 3 program with Pyridorin in diabetic nephropathy,” said Chief Executive Officer Pierre Legault. “This financing gives the Company greater flexibility in reaching an expected successful interim analysis and evaluating options for additional financing or partnering during 2016.”

NephroGenex is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing therapeutics to treat kidney diseases caused by pathogenic oxidative chemistries.