Century Therapeutics to acquire Clade Therapeutics

Agreement reached for Clade to be acquired by Century for up to $45 million (£35.9 million)

Up-front consideration of $35 million (£27.9 million) in a combination of cash and shares in Century, along with $10 million (£8.0 million) in potential milestone payments

Syncona’s ownership position of Clade is 22%; up-front consideration to Syncona at closing is estimated to be $9.3 million (£7.4 million), an estimated £16.1 million write down from the 31 December 2023 valuation of £23.5 million

Sale of Clade is in line with Syncona’s focus on allocating capital towards assets in the portfolio that can deliver clinical data in the near term

Syncona Ltd (“Syncona” or the “Company”), a leading life science investor focused on creating, building and scaling global leaders in life science, today announces that an agreement has been reached for the sale of its portfolio company Clade Therapeutics (“Clade”) to Century Therapeutics (“Century”), a biotechnology company developing induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived cell therapies, for up to $45 million (£35.9 million)[1].

Syncona committed $30 million to Clade in August 2021 alongside a syndicate of specialist investors as part of a $87 million Series A financing. Since its foundation, Clade has made significant scientific progress. The company requires significant capital to progress to the clinic and despite the positive scientific progress to-date as well as the potential of its technology, access to significant third-party capital has been challenging, in line with the broader market conditions for pre-clinical biotechnology companies.

Against this challenging market backdrop, Syncona has prioritised capital allocation to its assets that can deliver clinical data in the near term. Alongside this, Syncona has also worked with its portfolio companies to widen financing syndicates, streamline pipelines and budgets, and explored creative financing solutions and consolidations. The sale of Clade to Century is in line with this approach.

The total potential consideration of up to $45 million (£35.9 million) includes up-front consideration of $35 million (£27.9 million) in a combination of cash and shares in Century. Future milestones have the potential of generating further consideration and if received in full will result in a further $10 million (£8.0 million) in consideration. For its 22% ownership position in Clade, Syncona anticipates up-front consideration at closing to be $9.3 million (£7.4 million)[2], an estimated £16.1 million write down from the 31 December 2023 valuation of £23.5 million[3].

Chris Hollowood, CEO of Syncona Investment Management Limited, said: “Against a challenging market backdrop over the last 18 months, Syncona has prioritised capital allocation towards assets that can achieve clinical data in the near term. The sale of Clade to Century is in line with this approach. Since we invested in Clade in 2021, the team has made significant progress developing its differentiated pre-clinical technology. The market conditions the company has faced have meant that it has been increasingly important for Clade to access broader capabilities and improve capital efficiency to take their technology forward. This transaction enables this and we would like to congratulate them on this achievement. We look forward to redeploying the proceeds and our resource in line with our capital allocation focus to maximise value for shareholders as we emerge from the current market conditions.”



Syncona Ltd

Annabel Clark / Fergus Witt

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About Syncona

Syncona's purpose is to invest to extend and enhance human life. We do this by creating and building companies to deliver transformational treatments to patients in areas of high unmet need.

Our strategy is to create, build and scale companies around exceptional science to create a diversified portfolio of 20-25 globally leading healthcare businesses, across development stage and therapeutic areas, for the benefit of all our stakeholders. We focus on developing treatments for patients by working in close partnership with world-class academic founders and management teams. Our balance sheet underpins our strategy enabling us to take a long-term view as we look to improve the lives of patients with no or poor treatment options, build sustainable life science companies and deliver strong risk-adjusted returns to shareholders.

Syncona Limited seeks to achieve returns over the long term. Investors should seek to ensure they understand the risks and opportunities of an investment in Syncona Limited, including the information in our published documentation, before investing.

[1] FX rates taken at 10 April 2024

[2] Syncona in receipt of 27% share of up-front consideration

[3] Estimated write down calculated based on up-front consideration and does not take into account the potential risk-adjusted and discounted valuation of the milestone payments (where Syncona’s maximum entitlement is $2.5 million)

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