WATERTOWN, Mass., Oct. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:EYPT), a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic products, today announced that the Company has received proceeds of $28.9 million from the exercise of warrants by EW Healthcare Partners, Rosalind Advisors, Inc., and another accredited investor (Second Tranche Investors).
“We are pleased to receive the continued support of EW Healthcare Partners, Rosalind Advisors and our other investors, for our innovative pipeline of ocular disease products,” said Nancy Lurker, President and Chief Executive Officer of EyePoint Pharmaceuticals. “The additional capital will fund our ongoing commercialization initiatives for the planned product launches of DEXYCUTM and, if approved, YUTIQTM, in the first half of 2019, as well as general corporate purposes to support our transition into a commercial-stage organization.”
Under the terms of the second tranche securities purchase agreement that was approved by stockholders on June 22, 2018, second tranche investors received warrants to purchase an additional 20,184,224 shares of the Company's common stock. On September 5, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the reimbursement code for DEXYCUTM, C9034, which triggered the exercise deadline for these warrants. In conjunction with gross proceeds of approximately $9.5 million from the March 2018 equity financing, the approval of the second tranche of capital financing in June 2018 and the recent warrant exercise, EyePoint has received total gross proceeds of $63.9 million from the first and second tranche investors.
About EyePoint Pharmaceuticals
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly pSivida Corp.) (www.eyepointpharma.com), headquartered in Watertown, MA, is a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic products in indications with high unmet medical need to help improve the lives of patients with serious eye disorders. The Company has developed three of only four FDA-approved sustained-release treatments for back-of-the-eye diseases. In addition, DEXYCU™ was approved by the FDA on February 9, 2018. DEXYCU, administered as a single intraocular dose at the end of ocular surgery for the treatment of postoperative inflammation, is the first and only FDA-approved intraocular product with this indication. DEXYCU employs the Verisome® extended-release drug delivery technology, which encompasses a broad number of related but distinct drug delivery systems capable of incorporating an extensive range of active agents, including small molecules, proteins and monoclonal antibodies. ILUVIEN® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant), a micro-insert for diabetic macular edema, licensed to Alimera Sciences, Inc., is currently sold directly in the U.S. and several EU countries. Retisert® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant), for posterior uveitis, is licensed to and sold by Bausch & Lomb, Inc. The New Drug Application for EyePoint’s lead product candidate, YUTIQ™ three-year treatment of non-infectious posterior segment uveitis, has been accepted for filing by the FDA and is currently under standard review with a PDUFA date of November 5, 2018. The Company's pre-clinical development program is focused on using its core Durasert™ and the Verisome platform technologies to deliver drugs to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other diseases. To learn more about the Company, please visit www.eyepointpharma.com and connect on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.
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