NEW YORK, Aug. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:TINY), an investor in transformative companies enabled by disruptive science, today announced that its portfolio company, Enumeral Biomedical Corp., completed a reverse merger of the company into a publicly traded shell company simultaneous with the close of a $21.55 million equity round of financing. The surviving entity will be called Enumeral Biomedical Holdings, Inc. ("Enumeral") (formerly known as Cerulean Group, Inc.), and be traded on the OTC Market under the symbol "ENUM." Montrose Capital Partners led the round of financing, Intuitive Venture Partners acted as exclusive financial advisor and EDI Financial acted as the lead placement agent. Harris & Harris Group invested $1.5 million in this round of financing alongside other current investors including Allan Rothstein of Hedge Capital Partners and a member of the board of directors of Enumeral. Following this transaction, Harris & Harris Group will own approximately 15 percent of the outstanding securities of publicly traded Enumeral.
Enumeral is focused on using its proprietary drug discovery platform, developed in the laboratory of Enumeral Co-Founder J. Christopher Love, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and licensed exclusively from MIT, to identify and elucidate antibodies and antigens that we believe will be relevant to diseases that affect millions of individuals and are underserved by current therapeutic alternatives. More information on Enumeral can be found in a blog post on the company that was posted today on Harris & Harris Group's website at http://www.hhvc.com/blog/harnessing-the-human-immune-system-on-a-single-cell-level/.
"We are very pleased to be involved in Enumeral's transition to the public markets," said Doug Jamison, chief executive officer of Harris & Harris Group. "As the founding investor in Enumeral, we have been deeply involved in its development in many capacities, including active participation on the company's board of directors. Based on the success of this capital raise, we believe Enumeral is properly financed to build value that can be realized in the public markets."
Daniel Wolfe, president, chief operating officer and managing director of Harris & Harris Group and a member of the board of directors of Enumeral, added, "We are excited to see Enumeral's progress to date, in our opinion, be recognized by the success of this financing. Enumeral's proprietary technology is a scalable platform that we believe can identify new drug treatments and characterize potential patient responses to those treatments. We believe its method of looking at small samples and finding rare events is unique in the industry. This funding should allow Enumeral to build value with its solid foundation of key relationships and proprietary technology. Now, as a public company and with the visibility afforded by a public listing, Enumeral may also quickly realize the value of the progress it achieves building its business and growing the company."
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