PALO ALTO, Calif., January 4, 2017 – Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:EIGR), focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for rare diseases, today announced that it has completed a $25 million debt financing transaction with Oxford Finance LLC (“Oxford”), a specialty finance firm that provides senior debt to life sciences and healthcare services companies worldwide. Proceeds of the financing are intended for use to advance Eiger’s diverse pipeline of clinical stage programs for the treatment of rare diseases, including the Company’s lead program for hepatitis delta virus (HDV) infection, the most severe form of viral hepatitis. The financing is structured as a two-part transaction, comprising of an initial $15 million tranche drawn on December 30, 2016 and a second $10 million tranche, which can be taken at a future date at the Company’s discretion based on the achievement of pre-defined development milestones. The initial payments to be made by Eiger on the facility will consist of interest-only payments for 18 months, through 2Q 2018.
“This non-dilutive debt financing significantly strengthens our Company’s financial standing and our ability to advance our rare disease product portfolio toward the achievement of multiple near-term clinical development and regulatory milestones,” said David Cory, President and CEO of Eiger. “The additional financial runway allows the Eiger management team to focus on creating shareholder value in 2017.”
Eiger is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing to market novel products for the treatment of rare diseases. The company has built a diverse portfolio of well-characterized product candidates with the potential to address diseases for which the unmet medical need is high, the biology for treatment is identified, and for which an effective therapy is urgently needed. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.eigerbio.com.
About Oxford Finance LLC
Oxford Finance is a specialty finance firm providing senior secured loans to public and private life sciences and healthcare services companies worldwide. For over 20 years, Oxford has delivered flexible financing solutions to its clients, enabling these companies to maximize their equity by leveraging their assets. Oxford has originated over $4 billion in loans, with credit facilities ranging from $5 million to $100 million. Oxford is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, with additional offices in San Diego, California; Palo Alto, California; Salt Lake City, Utah and the greater Boston area. For more information visit www.oxfordfinance.com.
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