Brings Total Capital Raised Since December 2021 to $54.5 Million
Irvine, Calif., August 3, 2022 – AEON Biopharma, Inc. (“AEON” or the “Company”), a private clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of its proprietary botulinum toxin complex ABP-450 (prabotulinumtoxinA) injection for therapeutic indications, today announced that a group of existing stockholders have invested an additional $30 million into AEON in the form of an unsecured convertible note, bringing the total insider investment into the Company to $54.5 million since December 2021.
“Despite challenging market conditions, our stockholders recognize the potential value of our development strategy as we look to enhance the lives of patients across multiple disease states,” said Marc Forth, AEON’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This latest investment further strengthens our capital position as we continue to advance our development pipeline, including the Phase 2 clinical trials for ABP-450 in cervical dystonia and both chronic and episodic migraine. Our Phase 2 clinical study for the treatment of cervical dystonia has recently completed enrollment and is expected to read out top line data in the fall of 2022.”
AEON expects to opportunistically revisit the capital markets in the near future in order to further strengthen its capital position and advance its clinical trials.
About ABP-450 (prabotulinumtoxinA) Injection
ABP-450 contains a 900 kDa botulinum toxin type-A complex produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The active part of the botulinum toxin is the 150 kDa component, and the remaining 750 kDa of the complex is made up of accessory proteins that the Company believes help with the function of the active portion of the botulinum toxin. When injected at therapeutic levels, ABP-450 blocks peripheral acetylcholine release at presynaptic cholinergic nerve terminals by cleaving SNAP-25, a protein integral to the successful docking and release of acetylcholine from vesicles situated within the nerve endings leading to denervation and relaxation of the muscle. AEON licenses ABP-450 from Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co., which provides AEON exclusive development and distribution rights for therapeutic indications in certain territories, including the United States, Canada and the EU, among other international territories.
About AEON Biopharma
AEON is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing ABP-450 (prabotulinumtoxinA) injection for the treatment of debilitating medical conditions with an initial focus on the neurology and gastroenterology markets. The Company is dedicated to innovation in the rapidly expanding therapeutic botulinum toxin market and believes its therapeutic-only focus will allow AEON to advance safe and effective treatment options to patients, while delivering differentiated economics to payors and physicians. The Company continues to evaluate additional therapeutic indications for development based on a comprehensive product assessment process designed to identify those indications where it believes ABP-450 can attain clinical, regulatory, and commercial success. More information about AEON can be found at www.aeonbiopharma.com.
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