Apollomics, a Company Developing Novel Oncology Therapies to Address Difficult-to-Treat Cancers, Announces Closing of Business Combination and Listing on Nasdaq
FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apollomics Inc. (“Apollomics” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing multiple oncology drug candidates to address difficult-to-treat and treatment-resistant cancers, today announced the completion of its business combination (the “Business Combination”) with Maxpro Capital Acquisition Corp. (“Maxpro”, Nasdaq: JMAC). Apollomics’ Class A ordinary shares and public warrants are expected to commence trading today, March 30, 2023, on the Nasdaq Capital Market (Nasdaq) under the symbols "APLM" and “APLMW,” respectively. The Business Combination, which was approved by Maxpro’s shareholders on March 20, 2023, along with a $23.65 million private investment in public equity (PIPE) financing raised in connection with the Business Combination, provides access to capital that is expected to enable the Company to advance its pipeline of drug candidates.
Apollomics’ mission is to improve treatment options for patients diagnosed with difficult-to-treat, high mortality cancers. Apollomics’ pipeline includes nine novel oncology drug candidates, six of which are currently in clinical stage of development. By using targeted therapy, immuno-oncology agents, and other innovative approaches, Apollomics’ novel drug candidates have the potential to address a range of cancers, including lung cancer, brain cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, and other solid tumors.
Apollomics expects results from its global Phase 2 multi-cohort clinical trial of vebreltinib (APL-101), a highly specific cMet inhibitor, in non-small cell lung cancer and other solid tumors with cMet dysregulation, this year, which the Company believes may support its first new drug application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) while generating clinical data on other indications. Apollomics is also developing uproleselan (APL-106), an E-selectin inhibitor, in China as an adjunct to chemotherapy to enhance its anti-cancer effects for adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia. The FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to GlycoMimetics, Apollomics’ collaboration partner in the United States, for uproleselan, and the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) designated it as a breakthrough therapy in China. The Company expects to complete patient recruitment of its Phase 3 study for uproleselan (APL-106) in China this year.
“Becoming a public company represents a major milestone in our journey to provide solutions for patients with difficult-to-treat cancers worldwide,” said Dr. Guo-Liang Yu, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Apollomics. “The funds now available to us are expected to facilitate development of our oncology pipeline and further our mission to provide patients with effective therapies and hope.”
Moses Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Maxpro, said, “We are thrilled to have completed the Business Combination with Apollomics. We’re confident that the Company’s cutting-edge drug candidates will deliver value to investors while advancing the Company’s ability to provide treatment options for patients diagnosed with difficult-to-treat, high mortality cancers.”
Apollomics will continue to be led by Dr. Yu, a serial entrepreneur and pharmaceutical researcher with more than 300 patents, as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The Apollomics executive leadership team will also consist of:
In addition to Dr. Yu and Dr. Redkar, Apollomics’ Board of Directors will also consist of: Dr. Jonathan Wang, Ph.D., MBA; Dr. Kenneth C. Carter, Ph.D.; Dr. Hong-Jung (Moses) Chen, Ph.D.; Wendy Hayes, MBA; and Glenn S. Vraniak, MBA.
EF Hutton, division of Benchmark Investments, LLC served as capital markets advisor and exclusive placement agent to Maxpro. Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP served as legal advisor to Maxpro. White & Case LLP served as legal advisor to Apollomics.
About Apollomics Inc.
Apollomics Inc. is an innovative clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of oncology therapies with the potential to be combined with other treatment options to harness the immune system and target specific molecular pathways to inhibit cancer. Apollomics currently has a pipeline of nine drug candidates across multiple programs, six of which are currently in the clinical stage of development. Apollomics’ lead programs include investigating its core product, vebreltinib (APL-101), a potent, selective c-Met inhibitor for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer and other advanced tumors with c-Met alterations, which is currently in a Phase 2 multicohort clinical trial in the United States, and developing an anti-cancer enhancer drug candidate, uproleselan (APL-106), a specific E-Selectin antagonist that has the potential to be used adjunctively with standard chemotherapy to treat acute myeloid leukemia and other hematologic cancers, which is currently in Phase 1 and Phase 3 clinical trials in China.
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