Moringa to merge with biotech firm Silexion in Q3

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Moringa to merge with biotech firm Silexion in Q3
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MODI'IN, Israel and NEW YORK - Moringa Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:MACA), a special purpose acquisition company, announced today it has reached an agreement to merge with Silexion Ltd., an oncology-focused biotechnology firm. The deal, unanimously approved by both companies' boards, is set to finalize in the third quarter of 2024, subject to customary closing conditions and approvals from shareholders and Nasdaq .

The merger values Silexion's pre-transaction equity at $62.5 million, with a share price of $10. Post-merger, Silexion is expected to become a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq. Moringa will issue approximately 6.25 million shares to Silexion’s current equity holders.

Silexion, based in Israel, has recently reported positive results from its Phase 2a clinical trial for Loder™, a product targeting non-resectable pancreatic cancer with specific KRAS mutations. The trial demonstrated a median overall survival advantage of 9.3 months when Loder was used with chemotherapy, compared to chemotherapy alone. Following these results, Silexion is developing a second-generation product, SIL-204B, to potentially enhance efficacy.

Ilan Levin, CEO and Chairman of Moringa, expressed optimism about the merger, highlighting Silexion's innovative approach in RNA therapeutics and the potential benefits for shareholders of both entities.

Legal counsel for the transaction includes Meitar | Law Offices and Greenberg Traurig for Moringa, and Herzog Fox & Neeman for Silexion. Further details of the business combination will be disclosed in forthcoming Current Reports on Form 8-K by Moringa.

This announcement is based on a press release statement from the companies involved.

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