Thursday, April 06, 2006

Tapestry - $25.5M In Private Placement

It has been a Thursday morning full of great news...

Boulder based Tapestry Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPPH ) announced today that it has closed on the sale of 12.75 million shares of its common stock at a price of $2.00 per share, for gross proceeds of $25.5 million, with nine institutional investors. Warrants for an additional 12.75 million shares were also issued with a strike price of $2.40 per share. The private placement was led by Special Situations Funds, Tang Capital Partners, LP, and Baker Brothers Investments and includes Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P., Fort Mason Partners, L.P., Heights Capital Management, Merlin BioMed Long Term Appreciation, LP, Versant Capital Management LLC, and Xmark Funds.

"The closing of this financing gives Tapestry the resources necessary to aggressively advance our lead oncology compound, TPI 287, into multiple Phase II clinical studies as well as to continue the development of an oral formulation of this drug candidate," commented Leonard Shaykin, Chairman and CEO of Tapestry Pharmaceuticals.

TPI 287, a proprietary third generation taxane, is Tapestry's lead clinical compound. This compound was designed to overcome multi-drug resistance in solid tumors that have become resistant to taxane therapy. TPI 287 is currently in two Phase I studies in the United States and overseas to determine the safety and pharmacokinetic profile of the compound. A number of Phase II studies are planned in several of the major tumor types and are projected to begin in this calendar year.Both in vitro and in vivo studies suggest that TPI 287 may be orally bioavailable. An oral form of the compound is currently in preclinical development.

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