OncoQuest wins $7.5 mln in round led by South Korean fund

Edmonton-based biopharmaceutical company OncoQuest Inc has raised about $7.5 million (US$6.03 million) in a private placement deal. It was led by an unidentified South Korean institutional fund. OncoQuest said that its existing investor Hepalink USA also converted its preferred shares and accrued 5 percent preferred-share dividends into common shares. OncoQuest is focused on developing immunotherapeutic products for treating cancer. Founded in 2015 and led by CEO Madi Madiyalakan, the company is a subsidiary of Quest PharmaTech Inc (TSX-V: QPT).


OncoQuest Completes US$6 Million Private Placement

EDMONTON, Feb. 6, 2018 /CNW/ – OncoQuest Inc. (“OncoQuest”), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of immunotherapeutic products for the treatment of cancer, today announced completion of a private placement financing which raised US$6.03 million. The financing was led by a South Korean institutional fund. Under the private placement, the Company issued 603,000 common shares at US$10.00 share.

The Company intends to use the proceeds of the private placement financing to continue advancing its lead compound, oregovomab, in its multiple Phase 2 combination clinical trials and for general corporate purposes.

The Company also announces that Hepalink USA, an existing shareholder, has agreed to convert all its preferred shares and accrued 5% preferred share dividends into common shares of OncoQuest. The preferred share dividends of US$1,302,310 will be converted into 130,231 common shares at US$10 per share. Following this conversion, Hepalink USA will own 3,606,167 OncoQuest common shares and there will be a total of 9,209,267 OncoQuest common shares and no preferred shares outstanding.

“We are pleased with this recent private placement financing which provides financial support for our ongoing clinical trial programs,” stated Dr. Madiyalakan, CEO of OncoQuest. “The US$10 private placement share issue price and the preferred share dividend conversion price provide evidence of the confidence of our investors and the increase in value of our technologies since the inception of the Company in 2015.”

About oregovomab

Oregovomab is OncoQuest’s high affinity monoclonal antibody (Mab B43.13) that is designed to bind to the tumor associated antigen CA125 (also designated MUC16) and initiate a cascade of immune responses against this glycoprotein. CA125 is expressed in epithelial ovarian cancer on the tumor surface, but is also shed into the circulation. OncoQuest believes that carboplatin paclitaxel based chemotherapy used in front line treatment in a precisely scheduled combination with oregovomab can improve outcomes relative to chemotherapy alone and is currently exploring the role of select immune adjuvants and checkpoint inhibition to assess oregovomab’s application in advanced disease settings.

About OncoQuest
OncoQuest is a subsidiary of Quest PharmaTech Inc. (TSXV-QPT) (“Quest”), and is a private biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of immunotherapies for cancer. OncoQuest’s technology platform includes a panel of tumor antigen specific monoclonal immunoglobulins including CA125, MUC1, PSA and Her2/neu; and the application of combinatorial immunotherapy to enhance tumor specific immunity and clinical outcome. OncoQuest’s lead product is oregovomab for the treatment of ovarian cancer that is currently undergoing multiple Phase 2 clinical trials. OncoQuest’s MUC1 program has already undergone a Phase 1 clinical trial in breast cancer patients, and its development is being led by OncoVent Co. Ltd., OncoQuest’s joint venture partner that has licensed the rights of the immunotherapy technologies in the territory of Greater China. OncoQuest’s next-generation products are based on immunoglobulin E licensed from UCLA, Stanford University and Advanced Immune Therapeutics, Inc. These antigen-specific monoclonal IgE antibodies are currently in preclinical development.

For further information: Hany S. Awadalla, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, OncoQuest Inc., Tel: (917) 745-7940, Email: hawadalla@oncoquestinc.com, Internet: www.oncoquestinc.com

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