IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MELA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELA), (the Company) developer of MelaFind®, an FDA approved optical diagnostic device that assists dermatologists in melanoma diagnosis, today announced the closing of its previously announced $12.45 million private placement of convertible preferred stock, common stock warrants and common stock. Net proceeds to the Company from this offering are approximately $11.5 million.
The Company issued non-redeemable preferred stock convertible at any time into common stock at a conversion price of $0.84, amounting to 14,642,857 shares of the Company’s common stock. Additionally, the Company issued to the investors warrants to purchase up to 13,297,297 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.74. The warrants are immediately exercisable and will have a term of exercise of five years.
The investors in the transaction were funds managed by Sabby Management, LLC, which comprise the Company’s largest existing beneficial shareholder, and Broadfin Capital, LLC. In conjunction with the financing, MELA Sciences’ directors have purchased $0.15 million in restricted common stock priced at $0.74 per share. The investors have been granted resale registration rights with respect to the shares underlying the preferred stock and warrants, as well as rights of participation in future offerings of the Company’s securities.
MELA Sciences intends to use the proceeds from this offering to re-launch MelaFind focusing on the key dermatologists who treat many of the patients at high risk for melanoma. Funds will also be used to support new clinical trials and the expanded application of the technology and for general corporate purposes, including working capital.
Craig-Hallum Capital Group acted as the exclusive placement agent in connection to the offering.
The securities to be sold in the private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or an exemption from such registration requirements. MELA Sciences has agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC registering the resale of the shares of common stock underlying the securities to be sold to in this private placement.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
About MELA Sciences, Inc. www.melasciences.com
MELA Sciences is a medical device company developing dermatology diagnostics utilizing state-of-the-art optical imaging. The flagship product is MelaFind®, an FDA, PMA and CE Mark approved, non-invasive diagnostic tool to aid dermatologists in melanoma evaluation and diagnosis. MelaFind® uses a variety of visible to near-infrared light waves to evaluate skin lesions from the surface to 2.5 mm beneath the skin. It provides images and data on the relative disorganization of a lesion's cell structure that provides substantial additional perspective to aid melanoma diagnosis. MELA is also exploring new potential uses for its core imaging technology and algorithms.
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