URUS to Purchase Trans Ova Genetics
INDUSTRY PRESS RELEASE
July 5, 2022
Precigen, Inc. (Nasdaq: PGEN), a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of innovative gene and cell therapies to improve the lives of patients, today announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its wholly-owned non-healthcare subsidiary, Trans Ova Genetics, L.C. ("Trans Ova"), an industry-leading animal reproductive technologies company, to URUS, a holding company with cooperative and private ownership, for $170 million in upfront cash and up to $10 million earn-out based on the performance of Trans Ova in 2022 and 2023. Consummation of the transaction, anticipated in Q3 2022, is subject to customary closing conditions, including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.
"We believe this transaction will support Precigen's mission as a premier cell and gene therapy company laser focused on the rapid development of our top clinical assets to maximize shareholder value and potentially improve the way devastating diseases like cancer are treated," said Helen Sabzevari, PhD, President and CEO of Precigen. "I am proud of Precigen management and the Trans Ova team for successfully leading the financial turnaround of Trans Ova operations to maximize the value of this asset over the last two years. We expect to have the capacity to pay the convertible notes upon maturity and to focus on fast regulatory paths for our healthcare portfolio."
Rabo Securities USA, Inc. is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Precigen and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is providing Precigen with legal support for the transaction.
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Precigen (Nasdaq: PGEN) is a dedicated discovery and clinical stage biopharmaceutical company advancing the next generation of gene and cell therapies using precision technology to target the most urgent and intractable diseases in our core therapeutic areas of immuno-oncology, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases. Our technologies enable us to find innovative solutions for affordable biotherapeutics in a controlled manner. Precigen operates as an innovation engine progressing a preclinical and clinical pipeline of well-differentiated therapies toward clinical proof-of-concept and commercialization. For more information about Precigen, visit www.precigen.com or follow us on Twitter @Precigen, LinkedIn or YouTube.