Orchestra BioMed™ Announces Strategic Collaboration, Closing of $110 Million Private Equity Financin
New Hope, PA. and New York, NY, July 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Orchestra BioMed™, Inc. (“Orchestra BioMed”), a biomedical company accelerating high-impact technologies to patients through risk-reward sharing partnerships, and Health Sciences Acquisitions Corporation 2 (“HSAC2”) today announced multiple significant transactions including:
A global strategic collaboration between Orchestra BioMed and Medtronic to develop Orchestra BioMed BackBeat Cardiac Neuromodulation Therapy™ (CNT™) as a potential treatment for hypertension in patients who are indicated for a cardiac pacemaker.
The closing of Orchestra BioMed’s $110 million Series D financing, including investments by Medtronic, funds managed by RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”), Perceptive Advisors, Terumo Corporation (“Terumo”), SternAegis Ventures and other investors. The Series D financing was not contingent on the consummation of the Business Combination.
A definitive Business Combination agreement between Orchestra BioMed and HSAC2, which is structured to provide a minimum of $70 million in gross proceeds to the combined company at closing, and up to $160 million in the event of no redemptions by HSAC2 shareholders. The Business Combination agreement includes $20 million in total forward purchase agreements from Medtronic and RTW (an affiliate of HSAC2’s sponsor and a leading life sciences investment firm), as well as an up to $50 million trust backstop agreement with RTW. The combined company is expected to have a fully diluted pro forma market cap of $407 million assuming no redemptions and $317 million assuming the minimum gross cash condition is met. The combined company’s pro forma fully diluted enterprise value is expected to be $158 million. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will be named Orchestra BioMed Holdings, Inc. (“Orchestra BioMed Holdings” or the “Company”) and will be led by David Hochman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-founder of Orchestra BioMed. The common stock of the combined company will be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “OBIO”.
On a pro forma basis, Orchestra BioMed Holdings is expected to receive a minimum of $180 million in gross proceeds from the Business Combination and Series D financing. Assuming the minimum pro forma cash balance, the combined company is expected to have sufficient capital to fund operations into 2026 based on current plans and estimates.
“These significant transactions further validate the potential of Orchestra BioMed’s flagship development programs and our novel partnership-enabled business model. As the global leader in advanced cardiac pacing therapies, Medtronic is the ideal company to help us develop BackBeat CNT for the treatment of hypertension, which is remarkably common and drives significant health risk in the pacemaker population,” said David Hochman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Orchestra BioMed. “This new collaboration along with our established strategic partnership with Terumo for the development and commercialization of Virtue® Sirolimus AngioInfusion™ Balloon (SAB) for the treatment of artery disease exemplify our commitment to developing potential high-impact medical innovations with global medical technology leaders. The capital proceeds from our Series D financing and planned Business Combination provide Orchestra BioMed with a substantial financial runway and position us to achieve major milestones.”
“RTW is proud to lead these transactions, which we believe will enable Orchestra BioMed to further advance its BackBeat CNT and Virtue SAB programs. A recent double-blind, randomized pilot study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA)1 showed that BackBeat CNT drove statistically significant and clinically meaningful reductions in blood pressure in its target patient population. These data support Orchestra BioMed’s plans to further investigate the potential for this therapy via a global pivotal study in collaboration with Medtronic,” said Roderick Wong, M.D., Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of RTW Investments, LP. “With two partnered programs expected to commence pivotal trials in 2023, we believe Orchestra BioMed is poised for success.”