THERACLION €11.8 Million New Financing Package Concluded
THERACLION (ISIN: FR0010120402; Ticker: ALTHE, eligible for the PEA-PME equity investment plan), an innovative company specialising in the development of medical equipment for echotherapy, notably for varicose veins, announces that it has signed a multi-tranche funding package of up to €11.8 million, with the immediate funding of a first tranche of €4.8 million. The strengthening of the company’s finances is accompanied by the appointment of three new members to the Board of Directors, including two specialists in the health sector.
David Caumartin, CEO of Theraclion, said:
“In 2017, Theraclion made a clear strategic decision to grow its business on the treatment of varicose veins, building on its expertise acquired previously in echotherapy for pathologies affecting the breast and the thyroid.
Today’s new funding will finance further steps in the implementation of this decision. Long-standing shareholders, new investors and specialist vascular medicine practitioners have shown their confidence in our innovative technology and positioning. The funding will enable us to achieve our goal of achieving European and US approvals and to demonstrate the commercial appeal of our non-invasive varicose vein treatment. This treatment being without postoperative pain and without an anaesthetist.”
Funds raised for further development of varicose vein treatment
To develop further strategic initiatives in the treatment of varicose veins, Theraclion plans to take significant new steps in the short and medium term, using the additional resources provided by this financing.
In 2018, the efficacy and safety of varicose vein treatment using Echopulse technology was borne out by very good clinical results, including in advanced and inoperable stages. At the end of 2018, Theraclion applied for marketing authorisation by filing an application for registration with the FDA1 in the United States and an application for CE marking in Europe. However, these authorisations will not be sufficient to realise the full commercial potential of the varicose vein treatment using Echopulse technology. As such, the company has set itself three major operating objectives to prepare and support its business efforts:
- Drive adoption of the new transcutaneous treatment option for varicose veins among vascular Key Opinion Leaders (KOL) in Germany and the United States, including the completion of a pivotal study of more than 200 treatments;
- Achieve regulatory approval and market access in key geographies, i.e. both marketing authorisation dossiers (FDA registration and CE marking) and reimbursement files with national health authorities, especially German authorities;
- Streamline the Echopulse, high-intensity ultrasound treatment system, to better serve the needs of the varicose vein treatment market.
The financing arrangement has been designed to give Theraclion the ability to fund these developments as progress is made.
In line with the operational deployment of the varicose vein treatment strategy, Theraclion will continue to market its breast fibroids and thyroid nodules treatment solutions based on the existing commercial system.
The Board of Directors has been strengthened
To reflect the strategic objectives and the Group’s new financing, three new directors, namely Christopher S. Bödtker,2 , Ari Kellen, and Shawn Langer all investors, have joined the Board of Directors to share their expertise and experience. They will replace Sylvain Yon and Bernd von Polheim, who had resigned. Theraclion thanks Mr Yon and Mr Polheim for their contribution to the Board’s work. The next Annual General Meeting to be held no later than June 30, 2019 will vote on ratifying these co-optations.
The Board of Directors now comprises the following members: Jean-Yves Burel (Chairman), Christopher Bödtker, Samuel Levy, Renaud Saleur, Ari Kellen, and Shawn Langer
About Christopher S. Bödtker
Christopher S. Bödtker is co-chairman of the private equity investment committee at Unigestion S.A. He was previously chairman of Akina Ltd, which merged with Unigestion in the end of 2016. Before that, Mr Bödtker was an Executive Vice President at LombardOdier. Earlier Mr Bödtker worked 13 years in the US, Asia and Europe for UBS, last as Managing Director in charge of Merchant Banking activities in Europe. Mr Bödtker sits on the board in various companies and private equity funds. He holds a dual-degree B.Sc. and an MBA from Babson College, USA.
About Ari Kellen
Dr Ari Kellen, a physician trained in South Africa, has three decades of experience in the global healthcare industry, including management consulting and major operational roles. During his 20+ years at McKinsey & Company, he advised a broad range of healthcare clients in pharmaceuticals and medical devices, followed by senior roles in Bausch Health Companies. Over the past two years he has been supporting early stage healthcare ventures.
About Shawn Langer
Dr Shawn Langer holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of Toronto. He has over two decades of experience in the healthcare sector. During his 15 years at McKinsey & Company, Dr Langer advised healthcare clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and healthcare sectors. More recently, he spent nearly five years investing in innovative companies for across the healthcare industry.
Overview of the €11.8M financing agreement
Under the terms of the agreement concluded on February 12th 2019, Theraclion has raised a first tranche amounting to €4.8 million from a group of investors.
- €4.376 million in the form of an issue of 5,470,000 shares at a price of €0.80 per share, representing a premium of 34% to the share price on 12th February 2019 (€0.596);
- €0.424 million in the form of bonds with a nominal value of €4,000 each, convertible into shares, each bond giving entitlement to conversion into 5,000 Theraclion shares, i.e. at a price of €0.80 per share. Bonds must be converted no later than 30 September 2020 and will not bear interest.
These issues are carried out with cancellation of preferential subscription rights on the basis of the 11th (private placement) and 12th (issue to a category of persons) resolutions of the General Meeting of 17 May 2018.
Characteristics of Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 are detailed in Annex 1. Investors committed to vote in favor of the resolutions related to Tranches 2 and 3, and to ratify the appointment of the three new directors at the next general meeting Annual.
All intellectual property rights held by Theraclion will be pledged as security for the repayment of any amount due in respect of the bonds in the various tranches.
The dilution resulting from the various tranches of the Financing is presented in Annex 2. Following the first tranche, the distribution of the share capital within Theraclion will be as follows:
|Shares||% Ownership||Voting righs||% Voting rights|
|Funds managed by Truffle Capital||1,514,726||10.6%||2,701,609||16.1%|
|* Investors represents the securities acquired under Tranche 1|