BASKING RIDGE, N.J. (April 22, 2020) – Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLBS) (“Caladrius” or the “Company”), today announced that it has finalized an agreement to sell $10.9 million in New Jersey net operating losses (“NJ NOLs”) to a qualifying and approved buyer pursuant to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA”)’s Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program (the “Program”). The Program enables qualifying New Jersey-based biotechnology or technology companies to sell a percentage of their NJ NOLs and research and development tax credits to unrelated qualifying corporations.
“The ability to convert our NJ NOLs into non-dilutive capital is an exciting development for Caladrius, especially in these challenging financial times, and we appreciate the NJEDA’s commitment to supporting research and development for small New Jersey-based companies,” stated David J. Mazzo, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Caladrius. “I am proud of our team’s efforts in this process and our continued success accessing non-dilutive funding from a variety of sources and am delighted that Caladrius is considered an integral part of New Jersey’s biopharmaceutical ecosystem. This infusion of capital will, among other things, support the continued advancement of our CD34+ technology-based clinical programs.”
About Caladrius Biosciences
Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of cellular therapies designed to reverse, not manage, cardiovascular disease. We are developing a first- in-class cell therapy product that is based on the notion that our body contains finely tuned mechanisms for self-repair. Our technology leverages and enables these mechanisms in the form of specific cells, using formulations and modes of delivery unique to each medical indication.
Our leadership team collectively has decades of biopharmaceutical development experience and world-recognized scientific achievement in the field of cardiovascular disease, among other fields. Our goal is to build a broad portfolio of novel and versatile products that address important unmet medical needs and bring these products to market to benefit patients, the medical community and our shareholders. Our current product candidates include three developmental treatments for ischemic diseases based on our CD34+ cell therapy platform: CLBS12, recipient of SAKIGAKE designation (a Japanese regulatory status that is similar in certain respects to “breakthrough therapy” designation granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) to eligible investigational treatments) and eligible for early conditional approval in Japan for the treatment of critical limb ischemia (“CLI”) based on the results of an ongoing clinical trial; CLBS16, a recently completed Phase 2 proof-of-concept clinical trial in the U.S. for the treatment of coronary microvascular dysfunction (“CMD”); and CLBS14, an RMAT designated therapy for which we have finalized with the FDA a protocol for a Phase 3 confirmatory trial in subjects with no-option refractory disabling angina (“NORDA”). For more information on the company, please visit www.caladrius.com.
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Caladrius Biosciences, Inc.
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