Inside information: Herantis Pharma received a waive-off for approximately EUR 4.5 million of the principal amount of the CDNF development loans granted by Business Finland

Herantis Pharma Plc | Company Release | September 24, 2023 at 17:00:00 EEST

Herantis Pharma Plc (“Herantis”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing disease modifying therapies for Parkinson’s disease, announces today that Business Finland has reached the positive decision of waiving off EUR 4,495,649 of the principal amount of the loans granted by it to Herantis for the development of CDNF (Cerebral Dopamine Neurotrophic Factor). As a result, Herantis' equity will be increased by a corresponding amount. The waive-off is subject to the fulfillment of one remaining payment by Herantis towards Business Finland by 31 October 2023 in the amount of approximately EUR 40 thousand.

In January 2022, Herantis decided to focus its development efforts on HER-096, the small synthetic peptidomimetic that combines the compelling mechanism of action similar to CDNF and with convenient subcutaneous administration. At the end of 2022, the company decided that CDNF will no longer to be developed. Based on this decision, the company applied for the waiving of the capital of CDNF-related loans from Business Finland.

“This is very good news. After this decision we no longer have loans from Business Finland and our equity will be strengthened significantly. We focus our resources on HER-096, which has the potential to stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease and improve patients’ quality of life. We expect the top line data of the Phase 1a clinical trial of HER-096 in Q4-2023” said Antti Vuolanto, CEO of Herantis.

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