Shares of Mirna Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MIRN) dropped 23% after the company announced its definitive merger agreement with Synlogic, Inc. Per the agreement, Synlogic will merge with a wholly owned subsidiary of Mirna in an all-stock transaction. The merged company will focus on advancing Synlogic’s drug discovery and development platform for Synthetic Biotic medicines and operate under the Synlogic name. Synlogic also recently closed a $42 million Series C preferred stock financing from leading biotechnology investors to finance the merged company. “Following a thorough review of strategic alternatives, we are delighted to announce this transaction with Synlogic, which we believe is in the best interest of Mirna’s stockholders,” Mirna president and CEO Paul Lammers, M.D., M.Sc., stated in the news release.
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Mirna is a biopharmaceutical company that has focused on the development of microRNA-based oncology therapeutics. Mirna’s first product candidate, MRX34, the first microRNA mimic to enter clinical development in oncology, was studied as a single agent in a multicenter phase 1 clinical trial. In September 2016, Mirna voluntarily halted enrollment and dosing in the clinical study following multiple immune-related serious adverse events (SAEs) observed in patients dosed with MRX34 over the course of the trial. Subsequently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified the company that the Investigational New Drug (IND) Application for MRX34 was placed on full clinical hold. The company has since closed the IND and focused on evaluating strategic alternatives, including the possibility of a merger or sale of the company. For more information, visit www.mirnatherapeutics.com.
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