Circio announces intention to raise around NOK 50-60 million in Q2 2024 to extend cash runway to Q2 2025


  • Circio plans to raise around NOK 50-60 million in gross proceeds in a partially underwritten rights issue to be completed during Q2 2024
  • The intended financing will provide twelve months of runway, enabling delivery of key circVec circular RNA platform milestones
  • Members of Circio´s board and management have pre-committed to participate with around NOK 2 million in the fundraising
  • Atlas Capital Markets is supportive of, and intends to participate in, the financing
  • Redeye AB is acting as financial advisor to Circio

Oslo, Norway 17 April 2024Circio Holding ASA (OSE: CRNA, “Circio”), a biotechnology company developing next generation circular RNA vector technology for gene therapy, announces that it is initiating a fundraising process with the intent to raise around NOK 50-60 million or more in gross proceeds from existing shareholders and new investors in a partially underwritten rights issue to be completed during Q2 2024.

“The board strongly believes in the potential of Circio´s unique circVec platform, and this intended fundraising will provide the company with the required capital to validate the significant advantage of the technology in gene therapy,” said Damian Marron, Chairman of Circio. “With twelve months runway, Circio will have time to reach important R&D milestones and will aim to achieve its first business development deal, thereby delivering value to our shareholders.”

Existing convertible bond investor Atlas Capital Markets is supportive of, and intends to participate in, the intended fundraising. Members of Circio´s board and management have pre-committed to participate with around NOK 2 million, including NOK 500.000 by CEO Dr. Erik D Wiklund.

“Circio has now demonstrated technical validation for its circVec circular RNA platform both in vitro and in vivo and is pushing ahead to establish in vivo proof-of-concept for its novel circVec gene therapy formats,” said Dr. Erik Digman Wiklund, CEO at Circio. “This financing will enable Circio to develop the lead program in AATD towards selection of a lead therapeutic candidate by the middle of next year. In parallel, Circio will continue to improve and expand the circVec platform, which will open opportunities for multiple future revenue-generating partnerships both in the short- and long-term.”

Circio will update the market in due time when the structure and timing of the intended transaction have been determined.

Redeye AB will be acting as financial advisor to Circio and sole bookrunner in the transaction and Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is acting as legal advisor.

For further information, please contact:
Erik Digman Wiklund, CEO
Phone: +47 413 33 536

Lubor Gaal, CFO
Phone: +34 683343811

About Circio

Building next generation RNA therapeutics

Circio Holding ASA is a biotechnology company developing novel circular RNA gene therapies and immunotherapy medicines.

Circio has established a unique circular RNA (circRNA) platform for genetic medicine. The proprietary circVec technology is based on a modular genetic cassette design for efficient biogenesis of multifunctional circRNA from DNA and viral vectors, which can be deployed in multiple disease settings. The circVec platform has demonstrated enhanced and more durable protein expression than classic mRNA vector systems, and has the potential to become the new gold-standard for DNA and virus-based therapeutics in the future. The circRNA R&D activities are being conducted by the wholly owned subsidiary Circio AB based at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

In addition, Circio is developing a cancer vaccine, TG01, targeting KRAS driver mutations. TG01 is currently being tested in three clinical trials: RAS-mutated pancreatic cancer and lung and non-resectable pancreatic cancer in US, and multiple myeloma in Norway. These studies are being run through academic collaborative networks, supported by prestigious research grants from Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Research Council, creating read-outs and future optionality for the program at low cost to Circio.

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