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Biocept Closes $10MM Term Loan Facility With Oxford Finance

May 08, 2014, 07:06 AM
Filed Under: Medical

Biocept, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company specializing in oncology biomarker detection and monitoring through circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and cell-free circulating tumor DNA, today announced that it has closed a loan facility of up to $10 million (the "facility") with Oxford Finance LLC ("Oxford"). The facility will support working capital and general corporate needs and augments the Company's financial flexibility to pursue growth opportunities.

"The additional capital from Oxford Finance will enable us to accelerate our growth and expand the development of our proprietary technology platform to improve the lives of cancer patients," said Michael Nall, Biocept President and CEO. "This facility places the Company in a stronger financial position as we begin the commercialization of our liquid biopsy solution, focused on CTCs and cell-free circulating tumor DNA."

The initial $5 million secured term loan, which Oxford funded on April 30, 2014, matures in July 2018 and bears interest at an annual floating rate of LIBOR plus 7.71%, with a 7.95% floor. Biocept may draw down the additional $5 million available under the facility upon achieving a revenue milestone by the end of November 2015. The initial term loan includes an interest-only period through July 2015, which can be extended through January 2016 upon Biocept's achievement of the same revenue milestone. The second term loan, if funded, shall have a conterminous interest-only period and maturity date with the first term loan. In connection with the initial term loan, Biocept issued warrants to Oxford for the purchase of 52,966 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $4.72 per share.

"We are pleased to have developed a partnership with Oxford Finance, one of the leading providers of capital to the healthcare industry," said Bill Kachioff, Biocept Chief Financial Officer. "We appreciate the support of our lender group and believe their confidence in Biocept is further validation of our ability to improve the quality of cancer care while reducing patient costs through our OncoCEE™ solution."

Biocept, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, is a commercial stage oncology diagnostics company focused on providing information on patients' tumors to physicians using its proprietary technology platform to help improve individual patient treatment. Biocept has developed proprietary technology platforms for capture and analysis of circulating tumor DNA, both in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and in plasma (cell free tumor DNA). A standard blood sample is utilized to provide physicians with important prognostic and predictive information to enhance individual treatment of their patients with cancer. Biocept currently offers its OncoCEE-BR TM test for breast cancer and plans to introduce CLIA validated tests for lung, colorectal, prostate and other solid tumors based on its proprietary technology platforms over the coming months.

Oxford Finance is a specialty finance firm providing senior secured loans to public and private life sciences and healthcare services companies worldwide.

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