Fate Therapeutics (FATE) Enters $57M Private Placement

November 22, 2016 8:03 AM EST

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Fate Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FATE) announced that it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with certain institutional and other accredited investors. The private placement is being led by Redmile Group LLC with participation from BVF Partners L.P., EcoR1 Capital LLC and Franklin Advisers, Inc. as well as certain individual investors including members of the Company’s Board of Directors. Gross proceeds from the private placement are expected to be approximately $57 million dollars.

Redmile has agreed to purchase 2,819,549 shares of non-voting Class A Preferred Stock at $13.30 per share, each of which is convertible into five shares of common stock upon certain conditions. The remaining investors have agreed to purchase 7,236,837 shares of common stock at $2.66 per share. The purchase and sale is expected to close on or about November 23, 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

The Company expects to use the proceeds from the transaction primarily to advance its pipeline of programmed cellular immunotherapies and for general corporate purposes. Leerink Partners LLC acted as the exclusive placement agent to the Company in connection with the private financing.

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