Ziccums CEO Ann Gidner in Fireside Chat on mRNA development hosted by US Force Family Office

Based on the growing reputation that Ziccum is building in the international pharmaceutical industry, Ziccum CEO Ann Gidner has taken part in a recorded Fireside Chat reviewing the mRNA arena, its tremendous growth, and the shortcomings of the RNA/LNP technology which can be addressed by treatment with the Ziccum technology LaminarPace.

The discussion included the valuable participation of Dr Romain Micol, CEO and co-founder of Combined Therapeutics; a privately held Boston-based biotechnology company developing the next generation of high value mRNA vaccines. Dr Micol shared his insights in the field and his appreciation for the LaminarPace technology, as a Key Opinion Leader for mRNA development.

The event was hosted by Force Family Office, in the Force for Knowledge series, where participants across the world can learn about emerging technologies, companies and sectors, and was moderated by Steven Saltzstein, CEO of Force.

To access the recorded Fireside chat, please see link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWiWlGMEvM4

Last day for trading in unit rights in Ziccum

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Today, 9 February 2024, is the last day for trading in the unit rights issued in connection with Ziccum AB (publ) (”Ziccum” or the ”Company”) rights issue of units, consisting of shares and warrants, with pre-emption rights for existing shareholders resolved by the Board of Directors on 22 January 2024 based on the authorization from the Annual General Meeting of the Company held on 24 May 2023 (the ”Rights Issue”). Unit rights that are not sold no later than today, 9 February 2024, or exercised for subscription no later than 14 February 2024 expire worthless.

For complete terms and conditions for the Rights Issue, please refer to the information memorandum published by the Company on 30 January 2024, which is available on the Company’s website (www.ziccum.com) and on Aqurat’s website (www.aqurat.se).

Advisor
Fredersen Advokatbyrå is legal advisor and Aqurat Fondkommission is acting as issuing agent in connection with the Rights Issue.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The publication, announcement or distribution of this press release may, in certain jurisdictions, be subject to legal restrictions and persons in the jurisdictions where this press release has been published or distributed should inform themselves about and observe such legal restrictions. The recipient of this press release is responsible for using this press release and the information contained herein in accordance with the applicable rules in each jurisdiction. This press release does not constitute an offer or an invitation to acquire or subscribe for any securities in Ziccum in any jurisdiction, neither from Ziccum nor from anyone else.

This press release is not a prospectus within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the ”Prospectus Regulation”) and has not been approved by any regulatory authority in any jurisdiction. No prospectus will be prepared by the Company and published on the Company’s website in connection with the Rights Issue.

This press release does not constitute an offer or invitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The securities referred to herein may not be sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the ”Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There is no intention to register any securities referred to herein in the United States or to make a public offering of such securities in the United States. The information contained in this press release may not be announced, published, copied, reproduced or distributed, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in or into the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Russia, Belarus or any other jurisdiction where such announcement, publication or distribution of this information would be contrary to applicable law or where such action is subject to legal restrictions or would require additional registration or other measures than those required by Swedish law. Actions in contravention of this guidance may constitute a breach of applicable securities laws.

In the United Kingdom, this document and other materials relating to the securities referred to herein are only being distributed and directed to, and any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to, and will be engaged in only with, ”qualified investors” (as defined in section 86 (7) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) who are (i) persons who have professional experience in matters relating to investments and who fall within the definition of ”investment professionals” in Article 19 (5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the ”Order”); or (ii) ”high net worth entities” as referred to in Article 49 (2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as ”relevant persons”). An investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available in the United Kingdom only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Persons who are not relevant persons should not take any action based on this announcement and should not act or rely on it.

As Ziccum has made the assessment that the Company conducts activities worthy of protection under the Act (2023:560) on review of foreign direct investments, certain investments in the Rights Issue may require review by the Swedish Inspectorate for Strategic Products. For more information, please visit the Swedish Inspectorate for Strategic Products’ website, www.isp.se, or contact the Company.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the Company’s intentions, beliefs or expectations regarding the Company’s future results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, performance, prospects, anticipated growth, strategies and opportunities and the markets in which the Company operates. Forward-looking statements are statements that do not relate to historical facts and can be identified by the fact that they contain expressions such as ”believes”, ”expects”, ”anticipates”, ”intends”, ”estimates”, ”will”, ”may”, ”assumes”, ”should”, ”could” and, in each case, negatives thereof, or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on various assumptions, many of which are based on additional assumptions. Although the Company believes that the assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that they will materialise or that they are accurate. Because these assumptions are based on assumptions or estimates and are subject to risks and uncertainties, the actual results or outcomes may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release. The Company does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this press release are correct and any reader of this press release should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this press release. The information, opinions and forward-looking statements expressed or implied herein speak only as of the date of this press release and are subject to change. Neither the Company nor anyone else undertakes to review, update, confirm or publicly announce any revision to any forward-looking statement to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise in relation to the content of this press release, unless required by law or Nasdaq First North Growth Market Rulebook for Issuers of Shares.

Ziccum’s Board of Directors and Management Group use all their Unit Rights in the ongoing new share issue.

On January 22, Ziccum announced that financing until 2025 had been secured through a combined directed issue and rights issue. The subscription price per Unit in the Rights Issue amounts to SEK 6.80 and each Unit consists of one (1) share and one (1) free warrant of series TO5. The subscription period is currently running until February 14. The Board and Management will use all their Unit Rights for the subscription of shares and warrants in the current issue.

The directed New Issue and the Rights Issue are carried out combined to effectively secure working capital for continued aggressive business and technical development and in a way that gives the Company's shareholders the opportunity to participate in the financing. Taking into account the Directed New Issue, and assuming that the Rights Issue is fully subscribed, Ziccum will receive an initial liquid of a total of approximately SEK 13.5 million, after deduction for issue costs of a total of approximately SEK 1 million.

Ziccum CEO video interview: mRNA in focus

In an interview in Swedish, Ziccum CEO Ann Gidner discusses the company's new in vivo mRNA data, the mRNA market potential and technology and how Ziccum's LaminarPace can solve crucial stability and delivery challenges that can help unlock the full potential of the platform. The interview is carried out by Eucaps analyst Jonathan Furelid.

Watch the interview, in Swedish, here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRbzBKhwCSY

Join Ziccum CEO Ann Gidner for ‘Invest Live’, a live digital presentation and Q&A, Tues Feb 6th

Join Ziccum CEO Ann Gidner on Tuesday 6 February for ‘Invest live’ as she presents Ziccum’s unique technology for biopharmaceuticals and its ground-breaking new mRNA data at a live digital event with Investor Target. Participants may post questions ahead of the event and watch live at the link below.

At 12.00 noon on Tuesday February 6 Ziccum CEO Ann Gidner will present the Company at “Invest Live” hosted by Investor Target analyst Kaarlo Airaxin. The event will take place in Swedish.

Ann will cover Ziccum’s formulating and drying technology LaminarPace, how it can turn delicate vaccines and biologics including mNRA into robust thermostable dry powders, the market opportunity for this, and the Company’s outstanding performance over the last 18 months.

Mail your questions ahead of the event here: kaarlo.airaxin@investortarget.se

Watch the event live here: https://youtube.com/live/qldbpqBV8Js?feature=share

Ziccum has proven excellent mRNA activity in animal study with LaminarPace material

Ziccum AB (publ) has performed an animal study, confirming excellent genetic activity of mRNA/LNP materials treated by LaminarPace. The in-vivo data confirms the ability of Ziccum’s LaminarPace technology to transform delicate mRNA/LNP liquid solution into stable dry powder form, now proving the preserved mRNA activity also in animal testing. Assessing the mRNA effect in animal trials is a significant step for Ziccum.

The results confirmed well preserved mRNA activity, after the LaminarPace-treated mRNA/LNP materials were administered by injection to mice in a study performed by the CRO partner for animal testing, TrulyLabs AB. The study was performed in a size allowing for statistical significance, over a period of 48 hours after injection. The aim of the study was to investigate the expression of GFP protein (a so-called mRNA reporter) in tumors after injecting mRNA-LNPs, both LaminarPace-treated and non LaminarPace-treated, intratumorally to 4T1 (breast cancer) and MC38 (colorectal cancer) tumors. The animal model choice with tumors was not to predict a cancer treatment effect, but to get well controlled biodistribution. The study was performed by experienced in-vivo experts and in accordance with Swedish legislation. Before start of the study, the experimental procedures have been evaluated and approved by the local ethical committee (5.8.18-16268/2022).

Results demonstrated:

  • Very good preservation of the mRNA activity (In-vivo protein expression level) for mRNA/LNP material treated by LaminarPace.
  • The mRNA activity (In-vivo protein expression level) of the LaminarPace treated samples was on par with non-LaminarPace-treated samples for one of the two tumor types.

In addition to this study, Ziccum is expecting further in-vivo data later in 2024 from the Academic collaboration with University of Copenhagen. These in-vivo trials are work packages in the Ziccum masterplan, ensuring all the necessary steps towards industrial application of the technology, in parallel with development efforts pursued by industry partners for their respective drug projects.

CEO Ann Gidner: “This is a very important step on the journey towards approved treatments – vaccines or therapeutics. LaminarPace mRNA materials are now clearly proven in an animal model. We were anticipating this, based on our range of strong in-vitro data, but we now have clear confirmation in-vivo. Having pre-clinical animal data like this, is key for the pharmaceutical industry. This will be of great value in our partnering dialogues. At Ziccum, we are very pleased to achieve this milestone and we look forward to our onward progress”.

mRNA/LNP data sets

The new results add to a body of data that Ziccum has built up on its LaminarPace-treated mRNA/LNP materials over the last 18 months. Data reported in October 2023 demonstrated strong mRNA activity and confirmed previous positive encapsulation efficiency and particle size preservation readings. In January 2024 the company reported excellent in-vitro mRNA activity and positive readouts in all parameters in a Feasibility Study of the materials, carried out in partnership with a leading Biotech Corporation in the mRNA arena.

mRNA a key priority

mRNA is of central strategic importance to Ziccum. It is the first of three target vaccine platforms the company focuses on. The mRNA/LNP platform was the key enabler of the record-breaking development of Covid-19 vaccines. Investment in the field has boomed. The mRNA market is forecasted to grow to 59 BUSD by 2031 (1). Solving the stability and delivery challenges of the mRNA platform is however a key priority to enable the application across indications and unmet needs. Today, mRNA/LNP products can only be administered as injectables and are fragile and easily damaged, requiring careful cryogenic storage throughout supply chains.

(1) https://www.nature.com/articles/d41573-022-00035-z

Ziccum launches IR calendar for coming weeks

Ziccum has a schedule of coming IR activities, following the release of its Information Memorandum on 30 January which followed the announcement on 22 January of a new combined financial package that includes secured financing, a directed share issue and a rights issue.

Over the next two weeks, Ziccum will be carrying out Investor Relations’ activities to support the analysis and understanding of the Company’s new financing combination of issues and secured financing.

  • Tuesday 30 January – Investor Memorandum released.
  • Wednesday 31 January – CEO Video Analyst Interview #1 (in Swedish). CEO Ann Gidner talks to Analyst Johnathan Furelid on the new rights issue, Ziccum’s latest mRNA results and current Business Development activities.
  • Thursday 1 FebruaryVD uppdatering på Svenska. CEO Ann Gidner answers questions in Swedish from investors.
  • Monday 5 February – CEO Video Interview #2 (in Swedish). CEO Ann Gidner talks to Analyst Johnathan Furelid about the global mRNA market and opportunity, including Ziccum’s data, and new therapies and advances in the field.
  • Tuesday 6 February -“Invest live” a digital investor presentation from CEO Ann Gidner, at 1200, in which she presents the Ziccum case and takes questions from analysts at Investor Target

In addition to the English Investor Memorandum published as of today on the Ziccum website, there are terms and instructions posted in Swedish, under the heading Investors/Rights Issue 2024.

CEO Ann Gidner: “We are pleased to give more information on the excellent outlook for Ziccum ahead, and on our secured financing. The model has received positive feedback from both existing owners and from financial professionals. I am also happy to quote the Managing Director of CGF, Mr. Randy Rivera: ‘this investment in Ziccum AB is a logical step in GCF's strategy to invest in companies at the forefront of Biotechnology. We are delighted to partner with Ziccum and add them to our portfolio of high-growth public companies. We look forward to a long and productive association with the Management and its Board of Directors’.”.

Ziccum publishes Information Memorandum in connection with the forthcoming rights issue of units

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Ziccum AB (publ) (”Ziccum” or the ”Company”) today publishes an Information Memorandum regarding the Company’s forthcoming rights issue of units (“Units”) consisting of shares and warrants resolved by the Board of Directors on 22 January 2024 (the ”Rights Issue”). The information memorandum, which is written in English, is available on the Company’s website (www.ziccum.com) and on Aqurat’s website (www.aqurat.se).

Ziccum today publishes an information memorandum regarding the Company’s forthcoming Rights Issue. The information memorandum, which is written in the Company’s official language for information disclosure, English, is available on the Company’s website (www.ziccum.com) and on Aqurat’s website (www.aqurat.se).

Terms for the Rights Issue

  • The Rights Issue comprises a maximum of 1,534,015 Units, where each Unit consists of one (1) new share and one (1) warrant of series TO5 (the ”Warrants”). In total, the Rights Issue thus comprises a maximum of 1,534,015 shares and 1,534,015 Warrants.
  • Those who on the record date of 29 January 2024 are registered in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB have pre-emption rights to subscribe for Units in the Rights Issue.
  • One (1) existing share held on the record date entitles to one (1) unit right. Nine (9) unit rights entitle the holder to subscribe for one (1) Unit.
  • The subscription price in the Rights Issue amounts to SEK 6.80 per Unit, corresponding to SEK 6.80 per share. The warrants are issued free of charge.
  • The subscription period in the Rights Issue runs from and including 31 January 2024 to and including 14 February 2024.
  • Trading in unit rights will take place on Nasdaq First North Growth Market from and including 31 January 2024 to and including 9 February 2024.
  • Trading in BTU (paid subscribed unit) will take place on Nasdaq First North Growth Market from and including 31 January 2024 up until the Rights Issue has been registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, which is expected to take place around week nine (9), 2024.
  • Ziccum expects to announce the outcome of the Rights Issue around 16 February 2024.

Preliminary timetable for the Rights Issue

  • 31 January 2024 – 14 February 2024: Subscription period
  • 31 January 2024 – 9 February 2024: Trading in unit rights
  • 16 February 2024: Estimated date for publication of the outcome of the Rights Issue

Advisor
Fredersen Advokatbyrå is legal advisor and Aqurat Fondkommission is acting as issuing agent in connection with the Rights Issue.

For more information, please contact
Ann Gidner, CEO
E-mail: gidner@ziccum.com
Mobile: +46 722140141

Fredrik Sjövall, Chairman of the Board
E-mail: sjovall@ziccum.com
Mobile: +46 70 645 08 75

Certified Adviser
Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ)

About Ziccum
Ziccum is developing LaminarPaceTM, a unique drying method for biopharmaceuticals and vaccines based on mass transfer, not heat transfer. The technology is offered by licensing to vaccine and biologics developers and manufacturers in the global pharmaceutical industry. By reducing drying stress to the active ingredient, LaminarPaceTM uniquely enables particle-engineered, thermostable dry powder biopharmaceuticals which can be easily handled and transported and are highly suitable for novel administration routes. The technology has been successfully applied to mRNA, peptides, proteins, antibodies, lipids and enzymes as well as excipients and adjuvants, and is well suited for industrial application. Ziccum is listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The publication, announcement or distribution of this press release may, in certain jurisdictions, be subject to legal restrictions and persons in the jurisdictions where this press release has been published or distributed should inform themselves about and observe such legal restrictions. The recipient of this press release is responsible for using this press release and the information contained herein in accordance with the applicable rules in each jurisdiction. This press release does not constitute an offer or an invitation to acquire or subscribe for any securities in Ziccum in any jurisdiction, neither from Ziccum nor from anyone else.

This press release is not a prospectus within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the ”Prospectus Regulation”) and has not been approved by any regulatory authority in any jurisdiction. No prospectus will be prepared by the Company and published on the Company’s website in connection with the Rights Issue.

This press release does not constitute an offer or invitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States. The securities referred to herein may not be sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the ”Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. There is no intention to register any securities referred to herein in the United States or to make a public offering of such securities in the United States. The information contained in this press release may not be announced, published, copied, reproduced or distributed, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in or into the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Russia, Belarus or any other jurisdiction where such announcement, publication or distribution of this information would be contrary to applicable law or where such action is subject to legal restrictions or would require additional registration or other measures than those required by Swedish law. Actions in contravention of this guidance may constitute a breach of applicable securities laws.

In the United Kingdom, this document and other materials relating to the securities referred to herein are only being distributed and directed to, and any investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to, and will be engaged in only with, ”qualified investors” (as defined in section 86 (7) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) who are (i) persons who have professional experience in matters relating to investments and who fall within the definition of ”investment professionals” in Article 19 (5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the ”Order”); or (ii) ”high net worth entities” as referred to in Article 49 (2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as ”relevant persons”). An investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available in the United Kingdom only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Persons who are not relevant persons should not take any action based on this announcement and should not act or rely on it.

As Ziccum has made the assessment that the Company conducts activities worthy of protection under The Foreign Direct Investment Screening Act (2023:560), certain investments in the Rights Issue may require review by the Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products. For more information, please visit the Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products’ website, www.isp.se, or contact the Company.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the Company’s intentions, beliefs or expectations regarding the Company’s future results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, performance, prospects, anticipated growth, strategies and opportunities and the markets in which the Company operates. Forward-looking statements are statements that do not relate to historical facts and can be identified by the fact that they contain expressions such as ”believes”, ”expects”, ”anticipates”, ”intends”, ”estimates”, ”will”, ”may”, ”assumes”, ”should”, ”could” and, in each case, negatives thereof, or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on various assumptions, many of which are based on additional assumptions. Although the Company believes that the assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that they will materialise or that they are accurate. Because these assumptions are based on assumptions or estimates and are subject to risks and uncertainties, the actual results or outcomes may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release. The Company does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this press release are correct and any reader of this press release should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this press release. The information, opinions and forward-looking statements expressed or implied herein speak only as of the date of this press release and are subject to change. Neither the Company nor anyone else undertakes to review, update, confirm or publicly announce any revision to any forward-looking statement to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise in relation to the content of this press release, unless required by law or Nasdaq First North Growth Market Rulebook for Issuers of Shares.

ZICCUM AB (publ) Year-End report Q4 2023

YEAR-END REPORT Q4 2023: 1 JANUARY – 31 DECEMBER 2023

Significant events during the Quarter

  • Collaboration agreement with University of Copenhagen
    On December 4th, the company announced that it had signed a Collaboration Agreement for a joint project with the Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), on the engineering of inhalable solid dosage forms of mRNA vaccines which will include in-vivo studies of mRNA/LNP materials formulated and dried using Ziccum’s unique LaminarPace.
  • Certified Adviser
    On November 30th, Ziccum announced it had changed Certified Adviser from Erik Penser Bank AB to Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ).
  • Agreement with US Biomanufacturing corporation
    On November 7th, Ziccum announced it had signed a Material Transfer and Evaluation Agreement for a Vaccine Evaluation project with one of the most important technology-focused Biomanufacturing corporations in the US. The project is funded and will focus on evaluating the potential for new dry, thermostable forms of an advanced viral vaccine, using Ziccum’s unique formulation and drying technology LaminarPace.
  • Validated data confirming mRNA activity in-vitro
    On October 23rd, Ziccum announced it had received data from external contract research (CRO) partner Truly Labs, confirming high activity levels in mRNA/LNP materials dried by LaminarPace, after continued internal confirmations. The in-vitro data validate the ability of Ziccum’s LaminarPace technology to transform delicate mRNA/LNP solution into stable, bioactive dry powder with excellent in-vitro characteristics.

 
Significant events after the Quarter

  • Successful outcomes of LaminarPace Feasibility study with Biotech partner
    On January 10th, the company announced that, together with its Biotech Corporation collaboration partner, it has reviewed the outcomes of the LaminarPace Feasibility study of mRNA/LNP materials under the agreement signed on May 9th, 2023. The study was very successful, and both parties confirmed consistent, positive readouts in the Study’s major parameters.
    The assessment concluded that the resulting dry powder material demonstrated excellent mRNA activity when reconstituted and tested in in-vitro cell studies. The assessment also concluded that the LaminarPace treatment resulted in well-preserved mRNA content in LNP particles with adequate encapsulation efficiency. Furthermore, the treatment resulted in well-preserved lipid nanoparticles with good particle size and preserved size distribution. Finally, the partner assessment confirmed the consistent Ziccum findings, that LaminarPace-treated material can be reconstituted (dissolved back into liquid) very quickly and smoothly, with no foaming, precipitation, or other practical issues.
  • Financing secured through directed share issue and rights issue
    On January 22nd, the company announced that it has carried out a directed share issue of 622,371 shares of approximately SEK 4.2 million to the American professional investor Global Corporate Finance (GCF). The subscription price in the Private Placement was set at SEK 6.80 per share through arm's length negotiations between the Company and GCF and corresponds to a 7.36 per cent discount to the Company's volume weighted average price on Nasdaq First North Growth Market during the last five trading days.

    The Directed New Share Issue is part of a long-term financing arrangement with GCF under which Ziccum has the unilateral right to call for additional investments from GCF, in exchange for newly issued shares, totalling approximately SEK 28 million over the next thirty months.

    The Board of Directors of Ziccum has also, based on the existing authorisation from the Annual General Meeting, decided to carry out a rights issue of units of a maximum of SEK 10.4 million. The subscription price per Unit in the Rights Issue amounts to SEK 6.80 and each Unit consists of one share and one free warrant of series TO5, which means that the subscription price per share in the Rights Issue corresponds to the subscription price per share in the Directed New Share Issue.

    The Directed New Share Issue and the Rights Issue are carried out in combination to effectively secure working capital for continued intensive business and technical development. Considering the Directed New Share Issue, and provided that the Rights Issue is fully subscribed, Ziccum will receive initial proceeds totalling approximately SEK 13.5 million, after deduction of issue costs totalling approximately SEK 1 million.

    Furthermore, the company has revenue-generating evaluation agreements in place, which are estimated to bring in SEK 5 million during Q1 2024. The company was granted a Eurostars grant and expected payments from this during 2024 will be SEK 872 thousand. The Board and company management are assessing options for further soft funding opportunities on an ongoing basis. 
    * Volume-Weighted Average Price, VWAP, is calculated by totalling the SEK traded for every transaction (price multiplied by the volume) and then dividing by the total shares traded.

CEO statement

Taking Ziccum ahead towards new achievements, delivering milestones at a high pace

2023 has been an amazing year, taking Ziccum forward on all fronts – establishing professional operations, implementing a new business model very successfully and getting an established, reputable name in international pharmaceutical industry in general and in mRNA development forums more specifically.

Now we are looking forward to further milestones, getting readouts from partnered studies and further data points for our technology during 2024 – already starting in January with a very exciting partner readout, where all mRNA/LNP data were perfectly confirmed – as well as taking LaminarPace to optimal performance.

It is a privilege to take this unique technology forward, seeing the potential to greatly improve so many aspects of current vaccine management, as well as enabling entirely new treatments for unmet patient needs.
 
Executing on partnered projects and striking a third deal with a world-leader
The Biotech mRNA feasibility study was successfully completed during fourth quarter, with excellent, close collaborative efforts, and the outcome was rapidly assessed by our partner. As presented on January 9th all readouts matched very closely, all parameters gave good results, and the all-important mRNA activity was preserved on excellent levels. This is a fantastic, broad validation of the applicability for Laminar Pace for fragile and valuable mRNA/LNP compositions – it confirms the vast possibility to enable new, better, more cost-efficient and far more sustainable patient treatments thanks to LaminarPace.

The Ziccum team took up the Big Pharma study work, which is ongoing with efficient performance of trials, generating a lot of relevant data. If the initial feasibility testing is satisfactory, the next step of Stability testing has already been scoped out with the Big Pharma partner. We are expecting this go/no-go decision in mid-spring 2024.

On top of these two collaborations, we announced a third agreement signed in fourth quarter, and we have a pipeline of serious dialogues with Pharma and Biotech corporations discussing LaminarPace applications. Ziccum is very actively taking part in licensing partnering conferences as well as vaccine and mRNA top level summits, where we are becoming a name to reckon with.

Delivering on a high value, high level business model to demanding partners
Considering how LaminarPace technology was rather new to the industry and that all aspects of a high value licensing model had to be established, it is highly satisfying how we could sign agreements already during 2023 with the best possible partners. These large players, leading the race towards new vaccines and highly innovative RNA treatments, are offered interesting collaborations from numerous companies, regularly, so it is significant for Ziccum to be selected.

One still needs to be aware of the risk of bureaucracy, delays, and strategic reassessments due to the nature of these large organizations. There are no guarantees that these first partnered studies will immediately proceed to next stages, but Ziccum is well positioned and well equipped to take further collaborations ahead. We keep running an active business development pipeline of industry dialogues to ensure successful partnering for the technology.

The licensing business model offers the highest possible value for Ziccum taking LaminarPace to market, and the challenges of addressing highly demanding counterparts, reaching into strategic decision-making levels in the organizations and selling the technology while it is still in development have all been overcome, as nicely proven by the deals already signed. Having a Technology platform, we will be able offer licenses structured by application – with a large number of potential license deals possible.

Continued mRNA/LNP data generation
The Ziccum team has taken both partnered studies and the internal Masterplan project forward very efficiently. The increase in trial productivity has enabled us to deliver strongly to our partners, testing a number of parameters already in the feasibility stage. Then there is of course room for further improvement of results in next step optimization in application studies, once that stage is reached. For mRNA/LNP, the rewarding in-vitro potency results, showing that the mRNA is keeping its genetic code and activity level when given to cells after LaminarPace treatment, now are followed by our internal Masterplan trials to prove sufficient mRNA activity in animal testing, so called in-vivo trials, in mice.

Taking LaminarPace forward, developing unique components for our technology
In the fourth quarter, we were delighted to welcome our new Chief Operating Officer, the engineering manager Xavier Turon joining Ziccum from Barcelona. He indeed had to hit the ground running, as we were in the midst of intense equipment development for LaminarPace. The Masterplan project contains the development of key components for LaminarPace, and after selecting several new international engineering partners during the year, we have made great progress in this area. The nebulizer development has reached a mature stage. The largest on-going effort is now the product outtake, to design efficient operation for sufficient capacity. The characteristics of these key components then go straight into the 3D-simulation work, LaPaSim, our on-going effort jointly with Zurich partners.

The successful technology development is made possible thanks to strong team efforts, combining our Ziccum expertise with excellent input from engineering partners as well as our Board of Directors. It is an iterative process, where trial readouts help us finetune component design for optimal performance. During 2023, we also have integrated proper quality and regulatory assurance, to ensure our work and its documentation fulfill pharmaceutical standards.

An exciting 2024 lies ahead
We have exciting times ahead, with continued execution on our partnership studies as well as taking interesting business dialogues and the technology optimization forward. Efficiently securing additional funding, both having a strong new investor on-board and allowing our existing shareholders to take part in a well-supported rights issue, together with income from industrial partners, will make it possible to keep up the high-paced development, deliver on all-important partnerships, generate further data and make the most of our unique technology.

Let me thank the Ziccum team as well as collaboration partners for excellent efforts, and our owners for continued, important support and engaged dialogues.

Lund, January 26, 2024
Ann Gidner, CEO

October – December in brief

  • Operating income: SEK 1,575 (0) thousand.
  • Result for the quarter: SEK -7,692 (-8,021) thousand.
  • Earnings per share: SEK -0.56 (-0.58).
  • Cash flow for the quarter: SEK -6,796 (-6,642) thousand.
  • Cash at the end of the reporting period: SEK 2,994 (22,951) thousand.

 
January – December in brief

  • Operating income: SEK 6,318 (17) thousand.
  • Result: SEK -21,412 (-28,788) thousand.
  • Earnings per share: SEK -1.55 (-2,09).
  • Cash flow: SEK -19,957 (10,678) thousand.
  • Cash at the end of the year: SEK 2,994 (22,951) thousand.

Financial summary Q4 Q4 Jan-Dec Jan-Dec
KSEK 2023 2022 2023 2022
Operating income 1,575  – 6,318 17 
Operating result -7,662 -8,067 -21,560 -28,955
Result 7,692 -8,021 -21,412 -28,788
Balance sheet total 14,972 33,285 14,972 33,285
Cash flow -6,796 -6,642 -19,956 10,678
Cash and cash equivalents 2,994 22,951 2,994 22,951
Equity ratio % 57 88 57 88
Per share data (SEK)        
Number of shares 13,806,142 13,806,142 13,806,142 13,806,142
Result per share before and after dilution* -0.56 -0.58 -1.55 -2.09
Cash flow per share -0.49 -0.48 -1.45 0.78
Equity per share 0.62 2.12 0.62 2.12

Link to report: https://ziccum.com/investors/financial-reports/

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