PRESS RELEASE: Santaris Pharma raises €20 million of new equity

Santaris Pharma raises €20 million of new equity

COPENHAGEN, 18th December 2007 – Santaris Pharma, the Danish biopharmaceutical company, announced today that it has completed a new €20.4 million (DKK 152 million, US$ 30 million) private investment round. Gilde Healthcare Partners, a new investor in the Company, contributed € 7.5 million (DKK 56 million, US$ 11million) of the financing, with the remaining €12.9 million (DKK 96 million, US$ 19 million) provided by a strong international syndicate of existing investors, including BankInvest, Novo, LD, Forbion Capital Partners, Global Life Science Venture, Sunstone Capital, Seventure, Omega, Innovation Capital and members of the Company’s board and management.

In connection with the financing Edwin de Graaf from Gilde Healthcare Partners will join the Board of Directors of Santaris Pharma.

The proceeds of the financing will be used primarily to fund continued development of Santaris Pharma’s pipeline of innovative RNA antagonist drug candidates based on its breakthrough LNA chemistry.  In 2008 the Company expects to advance its SPC2996 compound, an RNA Antagonist of Bcl-2, into Phase II clinical trials in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia and B-cell Lymphoma and to initiate phase I volunteer studies of two new RNA antagonists for the treatment of metabolic disorders.

Following the completion of the Series C Financing Round the Company’s cash reserve is more than € 40 million.

In announcing the Series C Financing, Keith McCullagh, Santaris Pharma’s CEO, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Gilde Healthcare Partners as a new shareholder in Santaris Pharma. This Series C financing provides the Company with an additional €20m of cash reserves, sufficient to fund operations through to the end of 2009 without additional financing or income from new corporate collaborations.  I am also pleased to say that our existing investors, together with all members of the management team and several members of our Board, have also invested in this round.” 

Edwin de Graaf, General Partner of Gilde Healthcare Partners, said:

“Gilde Healthcare Partners invests in biopharmaceutical companies with strong technology platforms and experienced management. In our view, Santaris Pharma is well positioned to become a leader in the RNA inhibition field. We are impressed by how quickly they have built a highly promising pipeline of products, which will be validated in the clinic using the proceeds of this financing round.”

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