PureTech News
2020-05-26

PureTech Health plc (LSE: PRTC) (“PureTech” or the “Company”), a clinical stage biotechnology company dedicated to discovering, developing and commercialising highly differentiated medicines for devastating diseases, today announces that it has sold 555,500 shares of its Founded Entity Karuna Therapeutics (“Karuna,” Nasdaq: KRTX) through on-market transactions for a cash consideration of approximately $45 million (the “Transaction”).

Following the Transaction, PureTech continues to hold 4,739,897 shares of Karuna common stock, which is equal to 18.1% of Karuna’s outstanding shares, and has a right to royalty payments on net sales of any commercialised product covered by a license granted by PureTech to Karuna. PureTech has generated over $255 million in the past six months from the combined sales of minority portions of Founded Entity shares. PureTech intends to use the proceeds from the Transaction to fund its growth potential.

The Transaction constitutes a class 2 transaction for the purposes of the UK Financial Conduct Authority's Listing Rules. 

About Karuna

Karuna is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and delivering first-in-class therapies with the potential to transform the lives of people with CNS disorders – which remain among the most disabling and potentially fatal disorders worldwide. Galvanized by the understanding that today’s neuropsychiatric and pain management patients deserve better, Karuna’s mission is to harness the untapped potential of the brain’s complex biology in pursuit of novel therapeutic pathways that will advance the standard of care. For more information, please visit karunatx.com.

About PureTech Health

PureTech is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company dedicated to discovering, developing and commercialising highly differentiated medicines for devastating diseases, including intractable cancers, lymphatic and gastrointestinal diseases, central nervous system disorders and inflammatory and immunological diseases, among others. The Company has created a broad and deep pipeline through the expertise of its experienced research and development team and its extensive network of scientists, clinicians and industry leaders. This pipeline, which is being advanced both internally and through PureTech’s Founded Entities, is comprised of 23 product candidates and one product that has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All of the underlying programmes and platforms that resulted in this pipeline of product candidates were initially identified or discovered and then advanced by the PureTech team through key validation points based on the Company’s unique insights into the biology of the brain, immune and gut, or BIG, systems and the interface between those systems, referred to as the BIG Axis.

For more information, visit www.puretechhealth.com or connect with us on Twitter @puretechh.

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