PALO ALTO, Calif., March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASD: EIGR) today announced completion of its merger with Celladon Corporation effective March 22, 2016. In connection with the merger, Celladon changed its name to Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. The combined company will commence trading as of the open of market March 23, 2016 on The NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "EIGR."
Prior to the merger, Eiger received gross proceeds of $39.5 million, including the conversion of $6.0 million in aggregate principal amount under, and all interest accrued on, convertible promissory notes of Eiger, in new investment from a combination of certain current and new investors in Eiger, including HBM Healthcare Investments, Vivo Capital, InterWest Partners, RA Capital Management, Sabby Management, Sphera Global Healthcare, Perceptive Advisors and Monashee Capital Partners. Together with approximately $26.1 million in available, pre-merger cash on Celladon's balance sheet, the combined company has approximately $59 million in cash available before the payment of transaction and other fees.
"We are very pleased to complete this merger, which marks a significant milestone for Eiger. We are transitioning from a private company to a publicly-traded company through this merger, and significantly increasing our financial resources," said David Cory, President and CEO of Eiger. "These funds are expected to support operations and enable us to advance all four Phase 2 Orphan Disease programs."
Following the previously announced financing and merger and 1-for-15 reverse stock split of its outstanding common stock in connection with the merger, the combined company has approximately 7.0 million shares of common stock outstanding.
Jefferies LLC acted as lead placement agent, Piper Jaffray acted as placement agent and Oppenheimer acted as financial advisor on the financing. Additionally, Jefferies LLC acted as lead financial advisor and Piper Jaffray acted as financial advisor on the merger.
Eiger is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing to market novel products for the treatment of Orphan diseases. The company has built a diverse portfolio of well-characterized product candidates with the potential to address diseases for which the unmet medical need is high, the biology for treatment is clear, and for which an effective therapy is urgently needed.
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