Vital Therapies Announces Pricing of Follow-On Offering

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vital Therapies, Inc. (Nasdaq:VTL), a biotherapeutic company developing ELAD®, a cell-based therapy targeting the treatment of acute liver failure, today announced the pricing of its follow-on public offering of 2,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $17.50 per share. In addition, Vital Therapies granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 300,000 shares of its common stock.

BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as sole book-running manager for the offering. William Blair is acting as lead manager and Canaccord Genuity and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey are acting as co-managers for the offering.

A registration statement relating to these securities was filed with, and on October 2, 2014 declared effective by, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus relating to the offering, when available, may be obtained from BofA Merrill Lynch, 222 Broadway, New York, NY 10038, Attn: Prospectus Department, Email:

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Vital Therapies, Inc.

Vital Therapies, Inc. is a biotherapeutic company developing a cell-based therapy targeting the treatment of acute liver failure. The Company's lead product-candidate, the ELAD System, is an extracorporeal bio-artificial liver currently in Phase 3 clinical trials. Vital Therapies, Inc. is based in San Diego, California. Vital Therapies® and ELAD® are trademarks of Vital Therapies, Inc.

CONTACT: Al Kildani Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development Vital Therapies, Inc. 858-673-6840

Source:Vital Therapies, Inc.