Avalo Acquires AlmataBio and Agrees to Private Placement Financing of up to $185 Million

DENVER, Colo., Mar 28, 2024 (247marketnews.com)- Avalo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVTX) reported, after yesterday’s market close, that it acquired AlmataBio, Inc. and its Phase 2-ready anti-IL-1β mAb.

Additionally, Avalo agreed to sell preferred stock and warrants, valued at up to $185 million in gross proceeds, including an initial gross upfront investment of $115.6 million.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of AVTX-009 and concurrent financing of up to $185 million. Avalo remains focused on the treatment of inflammatory conditions, and we are excited to prepare to initiate a Phase 2 trial in HS, a severe autoimmune disease with significant unmet needs. We believe AVTX-009, which was originally developed by Eli Lilly, has a high probability of success for the treatment of HS as evidenced by recent data readouts validating inhibition of IL-1β in this disease. We believe that HS is a multi-billion-dollar commercial opportunity and that AVTX-009 has the potential to be best-in-class and best-in-indication because of its target, half-life, and potency, which may allow for strong efficacy and convenient dosing,” said Garry A. Neil, MD, CEO, and Chairman of the Board at Avalo. “We are excited to be fully funded through our expected data readout and we appreciate the support of this outstanding investment syndicate.

“I want to thank Patrick Crutcher and his team at AlmataBio for their great work in identifying and bringing this potentially best-in-class molecule forward. Mr. Crutcher has a long history of successful biotech entrepreneurship and identifying high quality opportunities. We greatly value his partnership and expertise.”

Patrick J. Crutcher, former CEO of AlmataBio, added, “We are pleased that Avalo recognizes the promise of AVTX-009, an important potential treatment option for patients with inflammatory diseases. AlmataBio was founded to identify, acquire, and accelerate the development of clinically meaningful therapies, and we are proud of the contribution of the talented AlmataBio team to this mission. We look forward to the advancement of AVTX-009 into a Phase 2 trial in HS under Dr. Neil’s stewardship.”

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