Mereo BioPharma Announces Listing Transfer to Nasdaq Capital Market
LONDON, May 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mereo BioPharma Group plc (NASDAQ: MREO) (“Mereo” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on rare diseases, today announced that it has received approval from Listing Qualifications Department of the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) to transfer the listing of its American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) from the Nasdaq Global Market to the Nasdaq Capital Market. This transfer became effective at the opening of business on May 3, 2023.
The Nasdaq Global Market and the Nasdaq Capital Market are each market tiers of Nasdaq and the Nasdaq Capital Market is a continuous trading market that operates in the same manner as the Nasdaq Global Market. Therefore, the Company’s ADSs continue to trade under the ticker symbol “MREO” and are not affected by this change to the listing. The approval by Nasdaq was based upon the Company meeting the applicable market value of publicly held shares requirement for continued listing and all other applicable requirements for initial listing on the Capital Market, except for the bid price requirement.
In connection with the transfer to the Nasdaq Capital Market, the Company became eligible for an additional 180-day period (or until October 30, 2023) to regain compliance with the requirement set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(a)(1) that the bid price of the Company’s ADSs meet or exceed $1.00 per ADS for at least ten consecutive business days. As of May 5, 2023, the closing bid price of the Company’s ADSs had exceeded the $1.00 minimum per ADS for 10 consecutive business days and as a result, the Company believes that it has regained compliance with the relevant listing rule. The Company will provide a further update on its compliance upon receipt of a formal written notification from Nasdaq.
About Mereo BioPharma
Mereo BioPharma is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative therapeutics for rare diseases. The Company has developed a robust portfolio of clinical stage product candidates. The Company has two rare disease product candidates, setrusumab for the treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) and alvelestat for the treatment of severe alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency-associated lung disease (AATD-LD) and Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS). The Company’s partner, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., has initiated a pivotal Phase 2/3 pediatric study in young adults (5-25 years old) for setrusumab in OI and expects to initiate a study in pediatric patients (<5 years old) in the first half of 2023. The partnership with Ultragenyx includes potential milestone payments of up to $254 million and royalties to Mereo on commercial sales in Ultragenyx territories. Mereo has retained EU and UK commercial rights and will pay Ultragenyx royalties on commercial sales in those territories. Alvelestat has received U.S. Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of AATD, Fast Track designation from the FDA, and positive data were reported from a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study in North America, Europe and the UK. In addition to the rare disease programs, Mereo has two oncology product candidates in clinical development. Etigilimab (anti-TIGIT) has completed enrollment in a Phase 1b/2 basket study evaluating its safety and efficacy in combination with an anti-PD-1 in a range of tumor types including three rare tumors and three gynecological carcinomas - cervical, ovarian, and endometrial; Navicixizumab, for the treatment of late line ovarian cancer, has completed a Phase 1 study and has been partnered with OncXerna Therapeutics, Inc. in a global licensing agreement that includes payments of up to $300 million in milestones and royalties.
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Mereo BioPharma Contacts:
+44 (0)333 023 7300
Denise Scots-Knight, Chief Executive Officer
Christine Fox, Chief Financial Officer
Burns McClellan (Investor Relations Adviser to Mereo)
+01 646 930 4406