Welcome!

.NET Authors: Elizabeth White, Jayaram Krishnaswamy, Sematext Blog, ITinvolve Blog, Aditya Banerjee

News Feed Item

PDL BioPharma Completes Royalty Transaction with Wellstat Diagnostics

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev., Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDL) (NASDAQ: PDLI) today announced the completion of a structured financing transaction with Wellstat Diagnostics, LLC in which PDL loaned Wellstat $40 million to be used by Wellstat in its development and commercialization of small point of care diagnostic systems that can perform a wide variety of tests targeting the clinical diagnostics market. Wellstat Diagnostics was founded by Samuel J. Wohlstadter, the company's chief executive officer. He was also a founder of Amgen Inc., Applied Biosystems (currently a division of Applera Corporation), IGEN International Inc. (also a diagnostics system company and was acquired by Roche for approximately $1.4 billion), BioVeris Corporation (also a diagnostics system company and was acquired by Roche for approximately $600 million), and Hyperion Catalysis International, Inc.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110822/SF55808LOGO)

Frederick Frank, PDL Director
In this transaction, Wellstat was represented by Frederick Frank, a Director of PDL, in his capacity as an investment banker with Peter J. Solomon.  Mr. Frank recused himself from deliberations on this transaction and resigned from the PDL Board prior to its completion. PDL's Board of Directors has requested, and Mr. Frank has agreed, to continue as a special advisor to the Board.  Mr. Frank has over 50 years of experience on Wall Street and has been involved in numerous financings and merger and acquisition transactions The Company values Mr. Frank's extensive connections within the pharmaceutical and biotech industry sectors and investment community.

"On behalf of the Board, I would like to not only thank Fred for his many contributions to date but to welcome him to his new and important role of Board Advisor. In this new role, Fred will continue to attend PDL Board meetings and to bring new revenue-generating assets to PDL in order to continue to increase value for our shareholders," stated John P. McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of PDL.  "We are pleased to have the opportunity to support Wellstat with the advancement of their promising diagnostics which have the potential to span many indications. This is a team with a proven and impressive track record of having brought similar and highly successful diagnostics to the market in the past, so we are very optimistic about the future of these products."

Details of the Transaction
Of the $40 million borrowed, Wellstat Diagnostics will use approximately $11.6 million to repay an existing credit facility between PDL and the holders of Wellstat's equity interests.

Wellstat is required to repay the outstanding principal and a specific target internal rate of return amount to PDL at maturity or upon the occurrence of certain key events such as a sale of Wellstat Diagnostics or substantially all of its assets or if Wellstat Diagnostics misses a specified revenue target for fiscal year 2017.  The loan will be considered repaid at any time the aggregate amount of all payments made by Wellstat to PDL, including interest and any royalty payments, equals specified target internal rates of return set forth in the credit agreement.  The target internal rates of return depend on whether the date of repayment is on or after December 31, 2014, and is higher after December 31, 2014. Outstanding principal under the credit agreement bears interest at the rate of 5.0% per annum, payable quarterly in arrears, in cash or paid-in-kind notes that add to the principal balance.  Upon commercialization of Wellstat's diagnostic systems, PDL will receive a low double digit royalty on Wellstat Diagnostics' net revenues. The financing matures at its latest on December 31, 2021.

About Wellstat Diagnostic System in Development
Wellstat Diagnostics is developing a point of care diagnostic system. This system utilizes electrochemiluminescence technology, a technology that can be used as a universal detection platform for clinical applications that currently require the use of multiple technologies and platforms. The system in development is a unitized, self-contained, automated, and exquisitely simple instrument system with accompanying diagnostics. The diagnostic assays in development are contained within a disposable cartridge system, require no user intervention, utilize standard blood collection practices and employ immunoassay as well as nucleic acid detection technologies. Wellstat Diagnostics immunoassay technology would allow for one-step, rapid assay performance providing sensitive and specific results. The nucleic acid technology performs sample processing and amplification within the cartridge, and is designed to achieve the same as or better sensitivity as compared to PCR. The aim of the Wellstat diagnostics platform is to meet the testing needs of the point of care market at a competitive cost per test.

About Wellstat Diagnostics, LLC
Wellstat Diagnostics, LLC is a private company dedicated to the development, manufacture, sale and distribution of small point of care diagnostic systems that can perform a wide variety of tests targeting the clinical diagnostics market. This market includes the testing of patient samples to measure the presence of disease and monitor medical conditions. Wellstat Diagnostics is developing products utilizing electrochemiluminescence technology, which is believed to be ideally suited for the immunodiagnostic and nucleic acid testing market segments of the clinical testing market.

About PDL BioPharma
PDL pioneered the humanization of monoclonal antibodies and, by doing so, enabled the discovery of a new generation of targeted treatments for cancer and immunologic diseases. Today, PDL is focused on intellectual property asset management, investing in new revenue generating assets and maximizing value for its shareholders. For more information, please visit www.pdl.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This Press Release contains "forward-looking" statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations or predictions of future conditions, events or results based on various assumptions and management's estimates of trends and economic factors in the markets in which we are active, as well as our business plans. Words such as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans", "believes", "seeks", "estimates", "projects", "forecasts", "may", "should", variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding product development, product potential or financial performance. The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. Forward-looking statements in this release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the businesses of Wellstat and PDL.  Important factors that could impair PDL's business are discussed in the risk factors and cautionary statements in filings made by PDL with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements are representative only as of the date they are made, and PDL assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

SOURCE PDL BioPharma, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
Technology is enabling a new approach to collecting and using data. This approach, commonly referred to as the "Internet of Things" (IoT), enables businesses to use real-time data from all sorts of things including machines, devices and sensors to make better decisions, improve customer service, and lower the risk in the creation of new revenue opportunities. In his General Session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Dave Wagstaff, Vice President and Chief Architect at BSQUARE Corporation, discuss the real benefits to focus on, how to understand the requirements of a successful solution, the flow of ...
Cloud Expo 2014 TV commercials will feature @ThingsExpo, which was launched in June, 2014 at New York City's Javits Center as the largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world.
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, discussed how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.
In this Women in Technology Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing at Verizon Enterprise, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO at MetraTech; Evelyn de Souza, Data Privacy and Compliance Strategy Leader at Cisco Systems; Seema Jethani, Director of Product Management at Basho Technologies; Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell Inc.; Anne Hungate, Senior Director of Software Quality at DIRECTV, discussed what path they took to find their spot within the technology industry and how do they see opportunities for other women in their area of expertise.
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Wearable devices have come of age. The primary applications of wearables so far have been "the Quantified Self" or the tracking of one's fitness and health status. We propose the evolution of wearables into social and emotional communication devices. Our BE(tm) sensor uses light to visualize the skin conductance response. Our sensors are very inexpensive and can be massively distributed to audiences or groups of any size, in order to gauge reactions to performances, video, or any kind of presentation. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Jocelyn Scheirer, CEO & Founder of Bionolux, will discuss ho...
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.
“With easy-to-use SDKs for Atmel’s platforms, IoT developers can now reap the benefits of realtime communication, and bypass the security pitfalls and configuration complexities that put IoT deployments at risk,” said Todd Greene, founder & CEO of PubNub. PubNub will team with Atmel at CES 2015 to launch full SDK support for Atmel’s MCU, MPU, and Wireless SoC platforms. Atmel developers now have access to PubNub’s secure Publish/Subscribe messaging with guaranteed ¼ second latencies across PubNub’s 14 global points-of-presence. PubNub delivers secure communication through firewalls, proxy ser...
We’re no longer looking to the future for the IoT wave. It’s no longer a distant dream but a reality that has arrived. It’s now time to make sure the industry is in alignment to meet the IoT growing pains – cooperate and collaborate as well as innovate. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, will examine the key ingredients to IoT success and identify solutions to challenges the industry is facing. The deep industry expertise behind this presentation will provide attendees with a leading edge view of rapidly emerging IoT oppor...
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
"There is a natural synchronization between the business models, the IoT is there to support ,” explained Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 15th International Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
The BPM world is going through some evolution or changes where traditional business process management solutions really have nowhere to go in terms of development of the road map. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Kyle Hansen, Director of Professional Services at AgilePoint, shows AgilePoint’s unique approach to dealing with this market circumstance by developing a rapid application composition or development framework.
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...

Building low-cost wearable devices can enhance the quality of our lives. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Sai Yamanoor, Embedded Software Engineer at Altschool, provided an example of putting together a small keychain within a $50 budget that educates the user about the air quality in their surroundings. He also provided examples such as building a wearable device that provides transit or recreational information. He then reviewed the resources available to build wearable devices at home including open source hardware, the raw materials required and the options available to power s...
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data a...