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MagForce AG: Successful final closing of a growth financing round for MagForce USA, Inc. under the lead of Mithril Capital Management

August 26, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Weekly -- MagForce AG (Frankfurt, Entry Standard, XETRA: MF6, ISIN: DE000A0HGQF5), a leading medical device company in the field of nanomedicine focused on oncology, announced that its subsidiary MagForce USA, Inc. has successfully closed its growth financing round. Mithril Capital Management, a growth-stage technology fund founded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, led a group of strategic investors including the management in financing MagForce USA's growth round with proceeds of USD 15 million, with an option to increase the size of the round to USD 30 million. MagForce AG owns 77% of MagForce USA as of this closing. The strategic investors presently hold 23% of MagForce USA and may increase their ownership in future by exercising the warrants held by them. After all warrants are exercised, MagForce AG will continue to retain a majority ownership position in MagForce USA (see also Prostate Cancer).

MagForce USA, Inc., has been granted a license by MagForce AG for the development and commercialization of NanoThermô Therapy for the treatment of brain and prostate cancers and will be responsible for developing the North American market (US, Mexico and Canada) for MagForce's technology and products. Under the prostate cancer license, MagForce USA will also receive royalties for the sale of NanoThermô particles for the treatment of prostate cancer outside North America.

Ben J. Lipps, Chairman and CEO of MagForce AG and also of MagForce USA, Inc., commented: "I am very optimistic about the US market, which has the largest potential especially for prostate cancer treatment. MagForce USA aims at developing its technology to offer a new focal treatment for Intermediate Stage Prostate Cancer with precise ablation of the cancer lesion while sparing normal tissue. In Mithril, we have found the right collaborator to support our expansion plans. Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel have proven themselves numerous times to be valuable partners in helping companies unlock long-term growth."

Ajay Royan, co-founder and managing general partner of Mithril, said: "Conventional treatments for prostate cancer have significant side effects and other limitations, while patients with glioblastoma currently have few good options at all. That's why MagForce's innovative approach to solid tumors is very promising and potientially important."

Keywords for this news article include: Oncology, Technology, MagForce AG, Prostate Cancer, Prostatic Neoplasms.

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Source: Cancer Weekly


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