Allon Therapeutics announces completion of $10 million private placement

VANCOUVER, May 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Allon Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: NPC) announced today that it has completed the previously announced brokered private placement equity offering resulting in gross proceeds of $10 million as more particularly described below.

Gordon McCauley, President and CEO of Allon Therapeutics said Allon remains on track to complete patient dosing in its pivotal trial in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and release top-line data by late 2012.

"We have secured the financial resources needed for our pivotal trial in PSP as we advance lead product candidate davunetide towards commercialization," McCauley said.  "PSP is a devastating neurodegenerative disease with no approved treatments and a market potential in excess of $700 million in the U.S. and Europe."

"We are pleased to have added a number of new institutional investors from both the U.S. and Europe in addition to the significant support from our existing shareholders" added McCauley.

Allon sold 15,612,500 equity units and 24,387,500 subscription receipts convertible upon shareholders approval into Units on a one-for-one basis, both priced at $0.25 each for a total of 40,000,000 units.  Each unit consists of one common share and one half of one common share purchase warrant. Each share purchase warrant will entitle the holder to acquire one common share at a price of $0.40 for a period of 60 months from the closing date of the offering. The Company will seek approval for conversion of the subscription receipts at its June 13 annual meeting. The funds for the subscription receipts have been advanced into escrow pending the shareholders meeting. Neuro Discovery II Limited Partnership subscribed for 19,987,500 subscription receipts and 1,990,000 Units the proceeds of which were paid as to $2.5 million by cancellation of a previously issued convertible debenture and the balance in cash.

Bloom Burton & Co., a healthcare-specialized investment banking group based in Canada, acted as the placement agent for this offering and will receive cash commission and 1,176,906 agent's warrants exercisable @ $0.25 into Common Shares as consideration for placing a portion of the securities.

About Allon
Allon Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on bringing to market innovative central nervous system therapies. Allon's lead drug davunetide is proceeding in a pivotal clinical trial in an orphan indication, in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The trial is fully enrolled and is expected to complete patient dosing and release top-line data by late 2012. This pivotal trial is based upon statistically significant human efficacy demonstrated in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (a precursor to Alzheimer's disease), cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia, and in positive biomarker data.

The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "NPC".

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SOURCE Allon Therapeutics Inc.

For further information:

Rick Smith
Allon Therapeutics Inc.
Director, Investor Relations
(604) 742-2543

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