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company information and history
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2014
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Corporate History
Matinas BioPharma Holdings Inc. (“Holdings”) is a development stage enterprise with no operating revenue and a Delaware corporation formed in 2013. Holdings is the parent company of Matinas BioPharma, Inc., its operating subsidiary (“BioPharma” or “the Company” or “we” or “our” or “us”).
On July 11, 2013, and contemporaneously with the initial closing of a private placement in July and August 2013 described below, BioPharma entered into a Merger agreement whereby it become a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdings (the “Merger”) to effect its recapitalization plan. In connection with the Merger, the stockholders of BioPharma become the stockholders of the Holdings and received an aggregate of 9,000,000 shares of Holdings common stock and warrants to purchase 1,000,000 shares of Holdings common stock. See Note D for further discussion. For financial reporting purposes the accounting acquirer is BioPharma and accordingly, the historical financial statements of BioPharma are the continuing financial statements of the entity. In July and August of 2013, the Company completed the private placement, under which the Company sold an aggregate of 15,000,000 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase an aggregate of 7,500,000 shares of common stock (the “2013 Private Placement”). See Note D for further discussion. On February 12, 2014, the Company’s S-1 covering the resale of certain shares of our common stock was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
Proprietary Products and Technology Portfolios
The Company is a development stage biopharmaceutical company with a focus on identifying and developing novel pharmaceutical products for the treatment of abnormalities in blood lipids, referred to as dyslipidemia, and the treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
The Company is primarily focused on developing its lead product candidate, MAT9001, through approval with the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), with a primary indication for the treatment of severe hypertriglyceridemia. Severe hypertriglyceridemia refers to a condition in which patients have high blood levels of triglycerides (>500 mg/dl) and is recognized as an independent risk factor for pancreatitis and cardiovascular disease.
MAT9001 is a uniquely engineered, prescription only omega-3 fatty acid medication comprising docosa-pentaenoic acid (DPA) and is specifically designed to provide a differentiated pharmacotherapy for the treatment of dyslipidemia. The Company’s MAT9001 development approach for the severe hypertriglyceridemia indication is similar to the clinical trial programs used by other pharmaceutical companies for FDA approval of other omega-3 fatty acid based products in this indication. By designing the MAT9001 development program for this indication in a manner consistent with the established FDA guidance, the Company believes the required clinical development program and regulatory approval pathway for MAT9001 for severe hypertriglyceridemia is more predictable and may be relatively lower in risk compared to other typical clinical development programs in the cardiovascular field.
In addition to MAT9001, the Company has established a discovery program called MAT8800 to identify and develop product candidates derived from omega-3 fatty acids for the treatment of prevalent liver diseases for which there are currently only limited therapeutic solutions. Our development work has indicated that certain omega-3 fatty acids may yield improvement in liver enzyme levels and liver histology. Accordingly, the Company has identified potential omega-3 fatty acid compositions to study in preclinical settings. This discovery program is focused on identifying and optimizing candidates comprising omega-3 fatty acids as potential treatments for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, or other hepatic conditions.
Business Risks
The Company’s operations are subject to a number of factors that can affect its operating results and financial condition. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the results of clinical testing and trial activities of the Company’s products, the Company’s ability to raise capital, any changes in the regulatory environment and FDA requirements for approval within the dyslipidemia field, the Company’s ability to obtain regulatory approval to market its products, competition from products manufactured and sold or being developed by other companies, the price of, and demand for, Company products, the Company’s ability to negotiate favorable licensing or other manufacturing and marketing agreements for its products, and other factors listed under the heading “Risk Factors” elsewhere in this report and other reports that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.