SEATTLE, Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PhaseRx, Inc. (NASDAQ :PZRX ), a biopharmaceutical company developing mRNA treatments for life-threatening inherited liver diseases in children, today announced that it has elected to file a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
PhaseRx intends to continue to manage and operate its business under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and the orders of the Bankruptcy Court. The company is working with Cowen and Company to review financial and strategic alternatives with the goal of maximizing stockholder value. Potential alternatives, to be explored further and evaluated during the review process, may include a strategic collaboration with one or more parties, or the licensing, sale or divestiture of some, or all, of the company's proprietary technologies.
"The board and management team believe that the decision to voluntarily file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is in the best interests of PhaseRx and its shareholders," said Robert W. Overell, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of PhaseRx. "The protection afforded under a Chapter 11 filing enables us to continue to explore strategic alternatives, including a potential merger transaction. During this time we expect to continue to operate normally, and are thankful to our dedicated employees whom we expect to remain focused on the advancement of our programs."
PhaseRx is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing mRNA products for the treatment of children with inherited enzyme deficiencies in the liver using intracellular enzyme replacement therapy (i-ERT). PhaseRx's initial product development focus is on urea cycle disorders, a group of rare genetic diseases that generally present before the age of twelve and are characterized by the body's inability to remove ammonia from the blood with potentially devastating consequences for patients. The company's i-ERT approach is enabled by its proprietary Hybrid mRNA Technology™ platform. PhaseRx is headquartered in Seattle. For more information, please visit www.phaserx.com.
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