Sale of existing shares in Calliditas Therapeutics
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PRESS RELEASE, January 10, 2020
Sofinnova Partners and Vivo Capital acquire 6% in Calliditas from Industrifonden and Investinor
Stiftelsen Industrifonden ("Industrifonden") and Investinor AS ("Investinor") today announce that they have sold in aggregate approximately 2.3 million shares in Calliditas Therapeutics AB ("Calliditas" or the "Company"), listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, to leading international specialist investors Sofinnova Partners, investing through its fund Sofinnova Crossover I, and Vivo Capital (the "Transaction").
Industrifonden sold approximately 1.3 million shares, reducing their holding in Calliditas from approximately 18% to approximately 15%. Following settlement of the Transaction, Industrifonden will continue to be the largest shareholder of Calliditas. Investinor sold approximately 1.0 million shares, reducing their holding from approximately 13% to approximately 11%. Following settlement of the Transaction, Investinor will be the third largest shareholder of Calliditas. Jefferies International Limited ("Jefferies" or the "Manager") acted as Placement Agent on the Transaction.
Industrifonden and Investinor have been leading investors in Calliditas since before the Company's IPO on Nasdaq Stockholm in June 2018 and, subject to customary exceptions or obtaining consent from the Manager, Industrifonden and Investinor will not make additional sales of shares in Calliditas for a period of 90 days.
"This transaction is in line with Industrifonden's ambition to support the company to get an expanded international ownership group, with the involvement of other leading international specialist investors to secure Calliditas' continued plans and success", said Patrik Sobocki, Investment Manager at Industrifonden.
"We welcome Sofinnova Partners and Vivo Capital to the ownership group of Calliditas. We believe that these investors will contribute substantially to the further development of the Company. Industrifonden and Investinor will continue to be among the largest shareholders of Calliditas, and we both share a deepfelt conviction of the Company's future potential", said Ann-Tove Kongsnes, Investment Director at Investinor.
"We are pleased to become investors in Calliditas, the leader in the development of innovative therapies for IgA Nephropathy, an orphan indication where there is tremendous unmet medical need", said Kinam Hong, M.D., Partner at Sofinnova Partners Crossover Fund.
Calliditas will not receive any proceeds from the Transaction.
For more information, please contact:
Patrik Sobocki, Investment Manager at Industrifonden
Ph: +46 70 439 67 73
Ann-Tove Kongsnes, Investments Director at Investinor
Ph: +47 93 054 975
Industrifonden is a Nordic venture capital investor based in Stockholm. We invest in emerging science and technology ventures that have a meaningful impact on society. Our portfolio includes ventures like Amra, Adaptive Simulations, Crosser and NuvoAir. For more information, visit www.industrifonden.com.
Investinor is a major, leading venture capital player with focus on Nordic Venture and growth equity. We invest in the most promising unlisted tech companies aiming for international growth and expansion. Investment portfolio currently consist of 70 companies. The fund is financially strong and has a consistent, credible investment philosophy. www.investinor.no.
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This press release was submitted for publication on January 10, 2020 at 08:30 (CET).
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