Lpath Looks to Raise $10 Million Through Secondary Offering

Xconomy San Diego — 

San Diego’s Lpath (OTC: LPTN), a biotech developing specialized monoclonal antibodies for cancer and other diseases, intends to raise about $10 million through a secondary offering of stock and warrants, according to a recent regulatory filing.

The company is working to advance two related drug candidates within an emerging field of medical science that targets bioactive signaling lipids, and could be used to treat a wide range of human diseases. One is a specialized formulation of the humanized monoclonal antibody sonepcizumab, which has shown promise in treating the wet form of age-related macular degeneration and other types of eye disease. The other drug candidate is a systemic formulation of sonepcizumab that Lpath was developing with Merck Serono as a potential late-stage cancer therapeutic. A third related drug candidate is in pre-clinical development.

Lpath and Merck ended their partnership in mid-2010, and Lpath says Merck has relinquished all rights to the drug. The biotech began working with Pfizer on the compound for diseases of the eye in early 2010, and Lpath later granted Pfizer a time-limited right of first refusal for its cancer drug candidate.

Lpath says it has financed its operations mostly through the private placement of equity and debt securities, and funding from corporate partners pursuant to research and development collaboration agreements. The company says it intends to use the net proceeds of the $10 million offering for general corporate purposes.

At the end of September, Lpath had an accumulated deficit of just over $36 million. The company says its costs for continuing research and development, including general operations, should be about $20 million to $30 million through the end of next year.

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