REHOVOT, Israel and NEW YORK, April 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AIT Therapeutics Inc. (OTC:AITB), a clinical stage anti-microbial therapeutic company treating respiratory diseases, today announced that it raised an aggregate of approximately $10.9 million in gross proceeds through two separate private placements. In addition, the Company completed its previously disclosed reverse merger on January 13, 2017 to become a publicly-traded company.
On January 13, 2017, AIT’s subsidiary issued to investors an aggregate of 1,701,616 of its ordinary shares, together with warrants to purchase an aggregate of 3,403,232 ordinary shares, for gross proceeds of approximately $10.2 million before commissions and expenses. Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. acted as lead placement agent and Roth Capital Partners acted as co-placement agent in connection with this transaction.
In addition, on March, 31, 2017, AIT issued an aggregate of 110,494 shares of its common stock, together with warrants to purchase an aggregate of 220,988 shares of its common stock, through a private placement that resulted in gross proceeds to AIT of approximately $663 thousand, before commissions and expenses. Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd. acted as placement agent in connection with this transaction.
“We are pleased to be a publicly-traded company and to have completed these private placements of equity, which have significantly enhanced our balance sheet,” said Amir Avniel, Chief Executive Officer of AIT. “We intend to utilize the proceeds from the private placements to further advance our nitric oxide-based clinical development program.”
AIT has initiated a Phase 3 clinical trial for nitric oxide delivered utilizing AIT’s proprietary device in infants with severe bronchiolitis, primarily respiratory syncytial virus or RSV. Previously, the Company successfully completed a prospective, double-blind, randomized Phase 2 clinical trial in 43 patients in Israel, aged 2-12 months, with bronchiolitis. The results showed an approximately 44 percent reduction in time to normal oxygen saturation and a 34 percent reduction in time of hospitalization in infants that had stayed in the hospital for at least 24 hours.
The Company also expects to conduct a Phase 2 clinical trial for nitric oxide delivered utilizing its device in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with non tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) abscessus, the most severe form of this devastating condition. NTM can be present in a variety of lung diseases, including bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, cystic fibrosis, HIV, and cancer.
About AIT Therapeutics Inc.
AIT Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage anti-microbial therapeutic company developing novel non-antibiotic anti-microbial therapeutics for respiratory diseases based on nitric oxide (NO). The Company is applying its therapeutic expertise to prevent and treat lower respiratory tract infections, many of which cannot effectively be addressed with current standards of care. AIT Therapeutics is advancing its revolutionary respiratory targeted system in a pipeline of clinical trials for the treatment of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, and non tuberculosis mycobacterium (NTM) in CF patients. For more information, visit www.AIT-Pharm.com.
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