SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT) (Nasdaq:GBT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics to treat grievous blood-based disorders with significant unmet need, today announced a registered offering of 3,500,000 shares of its common stock.The offering is expected to close on or about March 13, 2018, subject to customary closing conditions. In addition, GBT has granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to 525,000 additional shares of its common stock.
GBT intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund its clinical development of voxelotor for the treatment of sickle cell disease, including its ongoing Phase 3 HOPE Study and its ongoing Phase 2a HOPE-KIDS 1 Study, as well as future clinical trials, to build and expand its commercial organization in preparation for the potential approval and launch of voxelotor, to fund its other research and development activities, and for working capital and general corporate purposes. GBT may also use a portion of the net proceeds to in-license, acquire or invest in new business, technology or assets, although it has no material agreements, commitments or understandings in place.
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC is acting as the sole book-running manager for the offering.
The underwriter proposes to offer the shares of common stock from time to time to purchasers directly or through agents, or through brokers in brokerage transactions on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, or to dealers in negotiated transactions or in a combination of such methods of sale, at a fixed price or prices, which may be changed, or at market prices prevailing at the time of sale, at prices related to such prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices.
An automatic shelf registration statement relating to the shares of common stock offered in the public offering described above was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 23, 2017 and automatically became effective upon filing. The securities may be offered only by means of a written prospectus, including a prospectus supplement, forming a part of the effective registration statement. A preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. When available, copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may also be obtained from Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, 375 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10152 or by telephone at (800) 326-5897, or by email at [email protected].