Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) ("Navidea” or the "Company”), a company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics, is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding memorandum of understanding ("MOU”) with Jubilant Draximage Inc. dba Jubilant Radiopharma, Radiopharmaceuticals Division ("Jubilant”). The MOU outlines the terms and framework for an Exclusive License and Distribution Agreement ("ELDA”) for Navidea’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnostic in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America.
In connection with the MOU, Jubilant made a $1 million equity investment in exchange for a limited exclusivity period while final due diligence efforts are completed. The investment was priced "at the market”, which was the closing price of Navidea’s common stock on the NYSE American immediately preceding the investment.
The MOU outlines certain terms that are expected to be included in the ELDA, including:
Jubilant to provide Navidea with an additional $19 million in the form of stock purchases and license fees, subject to the achievement of certain milestones, to be used to fund Navidea’s upcoming NAV3-32 (Phase 2B) and NAV3-33 (Phase 3) trials.
Jubilant will pay license fees and sales-based royalties to Navidea based on revenue generated from the sale of Navidea’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnostic in the licensed territory.
Jubilant will serve as the exclusive commercial and distribution partner for Navidea’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnostic in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America. Jubilant will be responsible for all commercialization efforts within the licensed territory.
The execution of the ELDA is subject to certain conditions, including Jubilant’s completion of due diligence.
Navidea also announced that on August 9, 2020, it signed a binding commitment letter with Mastiff Group LLC, for a private placement financing of up to $25 million in aggregate gross proceeds of shares of Navidea's common stock. Shares will be priced either "at the market” or at a premium to Navidea’s closing price on the date of execution (the "Private Placement Financing”). Navidea expects to sign definitive documents for a common stock only transaction, with an investor syndicate comprised of Mastiff Group LLC, John Kim Scott, Jr. and other fundamental biotech focused investors no later than August 18, 2020, with the closing to take place within 15 business days thereafter. The closing will be subject to the approval by the NYSE American of the Company’s additional listing application and other customary closing conditions.
"We're excited about the prospect of this partnership with Jubilant and the support of our investors through the committed financing" said Jed Latkin, CEO of Navidea. "The combination of Jubilant’s large nuclear medicine footprint and commitment to expand its penetration in the radio-diagnostics market makes them the ideal partner for our Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnostic. Execution of the ELDA will be a monumental step for our company, and we are pleased to have a strengthened balance sheet as we move forward.”
The securities to be sold in the private placement have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or applicable state securities laws, and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and such applicable state securities laws. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of Navidea's securities. No offer, solicitation or sale will be made in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics. Navidea is developing multiple precision-targeted products based on its Manocept™ platform to enhance patient care by identifying the sites and pathways of disease and enable better diagnostic accuracy, clinical decision-making, and targeted treatment. Navidea’s Manocept platform is predicated on the ability to specifically target the CD206 mannose receptor expressed on activated macrophages. The Manocept platform serves as the molecular backbone of Tc99m tilmanocept, the first product developed and commercialized by Navidea based on the platform. Navidea’s strategy is to deliver superior growth and shareholder return by bringing to market novel products and advancing the Company’s pipeline through global partnering and commercialization efforts.
For more information, please visit www.navidea.com.
About Jubilant Draximage Inc. dba Jubilant Radiopharma, Radiopharmaceuticals Division.
Jubilant Radiopharma is an industry leading pharmaceutical company specializing in Nuclear Medicine focused on developing, manufacturing, commercializing and distributing high quality and sustainable diagnostic and therapeutic agents for the sole purpose of IMPROVING LIVES THROUGH NUCLEAR MEDICINE™ on a global scale. Nearly a thousand strong and growing, the business consists of two distinct divisions; The Radiopharmaceuticals Division and the Radiopharmacies Division. Jubilant’s (JUBILANT:NSE) Radiopharmaceuticals Division has a solid foundation in developing, manufacturing and commercializing radiopharmaceuticals used for the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. Jubilant continuously invests in the development of generic and new novel diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals, which will enable early and accurate diagnosis and treatment of disease leading to better patient outcomes.
For more information, visit jubilantradiopharma.com
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(RTTNews) - Consumer prices in New Zealand rose 0.7 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2020, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday.
That was shy of expectations for an increase of 0.9 percent on quarter following the 0.5 percent contraction in the three months prior.
Seasonally adjusted, inflation was up 0.3 percent on quarter.
Individually, food rose 1.2 percent, influenced by higher prices for fruit and vegetables (up 12 percent seasonally adjusted).
Housing and household utilities prices rose 0.6 percent, influenced by higher prices for property rates and related services (up 2.9 percent).
Household contents and services rose 2.1 percent, influenced by household appliances (up 5.5 percent).
Transport rose 0.7 percent, influenced by private transport supplies and services (up 1.4 percent).
On a yearly basis, consumer prices were up 1.4 percent - again missing forecasts for a gain of 1.7 percent and slowing from 1.5 percent in the previous three months.
Food again was the biggest factor, increasing 3.7 percent on year. This was driven by a 15 percent price increase in fruit and vegetables, a 3.8 percent increase in restaurant meals and ready-to-eat foods, and a 1.3 percent increase in grocery foods for the year ending September 2020.
Housing and household utilities was another leading contributor to the annual CPI, increasing by 2.6 percent. The rise in this group was influenced by higher prices for rents, purchase of housing, and property rates and related services.
Actual rentals for housing increased 3.1 percent nationwide in the year to September 2020. Regionally, rental prices increased 1.6 percent in Auckland, 5.1 percent in Wellington, and 1.6 percent in Canterbury.
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco increased 5.1 percent for the year, with cigarettes and tobacco up 11 percent.
Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL) ("Quidel”), a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cellular-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, announced today that Quidel has completed its investigation regarding a report of discordant results (False Positives) at a testing location in Vermont, and found no testing site- or product-related issues with the Sofia® 2 instrument or the Sofia® SARS Antigen FIA.
Quidel received a complaint in Vermont regarding false positive discrepant results among patients who were subsequently tested and found negative by PCR testing. Taking every complaint submission seriously, Quidel promptly entered the complaint into its Quality Management System and worked with the testing site to identify a potential root cause.
Quidel examined the complaint thoroughly, including an inspection of the testing site, analysis of the site’s data, and a review of approximately 110,000 data points generated at 526 sites in 33 other states currently using Quidel’s product. The investigation found that there were no issues with either the testing facility or with the quality of the Sofia products used. The results of the investigation determined that no further actions were necessary, and results were provided to the Vermont Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
"Quidel takes every complaint seriously and endeavors to identify the root cause of any complaint received,” said Douglas Bryant, president and CEO of Quidel Corporation. "We conducted a very thorough investigation for this unique complaint in Vermont and believe that it was highly likely that our Sofia® results were true positives and that the subsequent PCR method used to re-test was at risk of providing inaccurate results.”
Quidel currently sells the Sofia® SARS Antigen FIA in the United States under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA.
About Quidel Corporation
Quidel Corporation serves to enhance the health and well-being of people around the globe through the development of diagnostic solutions that can lead to improved patient outcomes and provide economic benefits to the healthcare system. Marketed under the Sofia®, QuickVue®, D3® Direct Detection, Thyretain®, Triage® and InflammaDry® leading brand names, as well as under the new Solana®, AmpliVue® and Lyra® molecular diagnostic brands, Quidel’s products aid in the detection and diagnosis of many critical diseases and conditions, including, among others, COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, Strep A, lyme, herpes, pregnancy, thyroid disease and fecal occult blood. Quidel's Triage® system of tests comprises a comprehensive test menu that provides rapid, cost-effective treatment decisions at the point-of-care (POC), offering a diverse immunoassay menu in a variety of tests to provide diagnostic answers for quantitative BNP, CK-MB, d-dimer, myoglobin, troponin I and qualitative TOX Drug Screen. Quidel’s research and development engine is also developing a continuum of diagnostic solutions from advanced immunoassay to molecular diagnostic tests to further improve the quality of healthcare in physicians’ offices and hospital and reference laboratories. For more information about Quidel’s comprehensive product portfolio and to explore exciting employment opportunities, visit quidel.com.
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