Zentalis Pharmaceuticals Announces $25 Million Equity Investment from Pfizer
Zentalis and Pfizer plan to jointly advance the clinical development of ZN-c3, a selective Wee1 inhibitor designed to induce synthetic lethality in cancer cells
Adam Schayowitz, Ph.D., MBA, Vice President & Medicine Team Group Lead for Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer and Melanoma, Pfizer, to join Zentalis’ Scientific Advisory Board
Cash runway extended into Q1 2024, with Pfizer’s equity investment and budget reallocation
NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO, April 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing small molecule therapeutics targeting fundamental biological pathways of cancers, today announced that it has agreed to sell 953,834 of its common shares at a price of $26.21 per share to Pfizer for gross proceeds of $25.0 million (the “Transaction”). The common shares were offered and sold to Pfizer in a registered direct offering conducted without an underwriter or placement agent. The offering is expected to close on or about April 29, 2022, subject to customary closing conditions. Zentalis intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to help fund ongoing and planned clinical trials, including studies of ZN-c3, its Wee1 inhibitor, and ZN-d5, its BCL-2 inhibitor, and for working capital and general corporate purposes. With prioritization of the clinical development of ZN-c3 and ZN-d5, budget reallocation and Pfizer’s investment, the Company extends current cash runway into Q1 2024.
Pfizer also expects to leverage its global development capabilities and expertise to enhance Zentalis’ clinical development program. The parties have entered into an agreement to collaborate to advance the clinical development of ZN-c3, a selective Wee1 inhibitor designed to induce synthetic lethality in cancer cells.
Zentalis will maintain full economic ownership and control of ZN-c3 and the rest of its pipeline.
Dr. Anthony Sun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zentalis, commented, “Given Pfizer’s deep expertise in developing treatments for genitourinary cancers, we are proud not only to receive capital support but to partner with them to develop a potential treatment option for patients living with cancer. We look forward to advancing our promising therapeutics to hopefully realize the full potential of our internally discovered oncology pipeline.”
“We are proud to support Zentalis and to assist in the clinical advancement of its pipeline,” said Chris Boshoff, M.D., Ph.D., FMedSci, Chief Development Officer, Pfizer Oncology. “We believe Zentalis’ commitment to developing innovative treatments holds promise, and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship to potentially help better the lives of people with cancer.”
In addition, Adam Schayowitz, Ph.D., MBA, Vice President & Medicine Team Group Lead for Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer and Melanoma, Pfizer, will join Zentalis’ Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Schayowitz will work closely with Zentalis’ senior management team to provide input on the Company’s clinical strategy.
The securities described above were offered by means of a prospectus supplement dated April 26, 2022, and accompanying prospectus dated May 4, 2021, forming a part of the Company’s effective shelf registration statement (File No. 333-255769). The prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to this offering will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and will be available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the common shares, nor shall there be any sale of the common shares in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.
About Zentalis Pharmaceuticals
Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing small molecule therapeutics targeting fundamental biological pathways of cancers. The Company is developing a broad pipeline of potentially best-in-class oncology candidates, all internally discovered, which include ZN-c3, a Wee1 inhibitor for advanced solid tumors, ZN-c5, an oral selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) for ER+/HER2- breast cancer, ZN-d5, a BCL-2 inhibitor for hematologic malignancies and related disorders, ZN-e4, an EGFR inhibitor for non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) and a heterobifunctional degrader of BCL-xL for solid and hematological malignancies. The Company has licensed ZN-c3, ZN-c5 and ZN-d5 to its joint venture, Zentera Therapeutics, to develop and commercialize these candidates in China. Zentalis has operations in both New York and San Diego.
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