- Recently rebranded Scinai Immunotherapeutics shifted drug development focus from COVID-19 antibody to a novel antibody for the treatment of psoriasis and launched a CDMO business unit
- Adjusted terms being considered by EIB would extend maturity of finance facility and improve shareholders’ equity
JERUSALEM, Oct. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via IBN — Scinai Immunotherapeutics Ltd. (Nasdaq: SCNI), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative inflammation and immunology (I&I) biological products primarily for the treatment of autoimmune and infectious diseases, today announced that its primary creditor, the European Investment Bank (EIB), is currently considering favorably adjusting the terms of the EIB’s financial facility contract with the Company, in particular by extending the facility’s maturity. Formal feedback from the EIB management regarding a definitive amendment to the facility is anticipated as soon as November 2023.
According to its website, the EIB is the lending arm of the European Union and is the biggest multilateral financial institution/economic development bank in the world, supporting projects that promote the priorities and objectives of the European Union. While the EIB undertakes a thorough due diligence process when first extending a financial facility or considering an adjustment to the terms, it also considers the potential impact on the recipient and structures its financial facilities “with terms that match the economic life of each project which can sometimes exceed 30 years.” In this way EIB provides innovative young companies not only with required resources but also sufficient time to achieve their business goals and, at the same time, the EIB’s impact objectives. The EIB’s “long-term approach also provides stability, which matters enormously to many early-stage companies dealing with new technologies.” In this sense the EIB is quite different from typical commercial lenders and venture debt lenders who prioritize relatively rapid repayment.
Currently, the EIB is considering extending a maturity of EIB’s venture debt facility to Scinai in light of the Company’s recent strategic shift. As a result of the potential extension, the Company expects a positive impact on Scinai’s shareholders’ equity, which could enable the Company to restore compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rules regarding minimum shareholders’ equity, subject to the discretion of Nasdaq.
Amir Reichman, Scinai’s CEO, commented, “I thank the EIB for their ongoing support and cooperation. As the lending arm of the European Union, the EIB’s mission includes providing financing to support medical research and improve healthcare. The anticipated adjustment of our financial facility agreement with the EIB will provide much needed relief to our financial position, thereby helping to clear the path towards developing Scinai into a company that provides significant benefits to patients and investors.”
As announced on Aug. 10, 2022, terms of the outstanding €24 million financial facility currently includes maturity on Dec. 31, 2027 as well as royalty payments. In September 2023, as part of the Company’s strategic pivot, the Company rebranded as Scinai Immunotherapeutics.
There is no guarantee that the EIB will approve the adjustment of the terms of the EIB’s financial facility with the Company, including the delay of the facility’s maturity.
About Scinai Immunotherapeutics Ltd.
Scinai Immunotherapeutics Ltd. (Nasdaq: SCNI) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative inflammation and immunology (I&I) biological products primarily for the treatment of autoimmune and infectious diseases. With a state-of-the-art facility for biopharmaceutical product development and manufacturing and highly experienced pharmaceutical industry leadership, Scinai offers end-to-end boutique CDMO services in parallel to developing its own pipeline of diversified and commercially viable products beginning with an innovative nanosized VHH antibody (NanoAb) pipeline targeting diseases with large unmet medical needs. Company website: www.scinai.com.
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