Zymeworks Inc. (“Zymeworks” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ZYME), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing multifunctional biotherapeutics, today announced the completion of its previously announced intention to complete a series of transactions (the “Redomicile Transactions”), resulting in the following: (i) Zymeworks Delaware Inc. (renamed as Zymeworks Inc.) (“New Zymeworks”) becoming the ultimate parent company incorporated in Delaware; (ii) New Zymeworks becoming the direct or indirect owner of all of the assets and liabilities of the former parent company existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia (and to be renamed Zymeworks BC Inc.) (“Legacy Zymeworks”), and (iii) the issuance to Legacy Zymeworks shareholders of either shares of common stock of New Zymeworks (the “Delaware Common Stock”) or exchangeable shares in the capital of Zymeworks ExchangeCo Ltd. in exchange for their Legacy Zymeworks common shares. The Redomicile was approved by Zymeworks securityholders at a Special Meeting held on October 7, 2022.
The Delaware Common Stock is listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) under the symbol “ZYME” and is anticipated to begin trading on the NYSE at the start of trading on October 13, 2022.
Kingsdale Advisors acted as strategic securityholder advisor, proxy solicitation agent, information agent and communications advisor to the Company.
About Zymeworks Inc.
Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation multifunctional biotherapeutics. Zymeworks’ suite of therapeutic platforms and its fully integrated drug development engine enable precise engineering of highly differentiated product candidates. Zymeworks’ lead clinical candidate, zanidatamab, is a novel Azymetric™ HER2-targeted bispecific antibody currently being evaluated in multiple Phase 1, Phase 2, and pivotal clinical trials globally as a targeted treatment option for patients with solid tumors that express HER2. Zymeworks’ second clinical candidate, zanidatamab zovodotin (ZW49), is a novel bispecific HER2 ‑targeted antibody-drug conjugate currently in Phase 1 clinical development and combines the unique design and antibody framework of zanidatamab with Zymeworks’ proprietary ZymeLink™ linker and cytotoxin. Zymeworks is also advancing a deep preclinical pipeline in oncology (including immuno-oncology agents) and other therapeutic areas. In addition, its therapeutic platforms are being leveraged through strategic partnerships with global biopharmaceutical companies. For more information on our ongoing clinical trials visit www.zymeworksclinicaltrials.com. For additional information about Zymeworks, visit www.zymeworks.com and follow @ZymeworksInc on Twitter.
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Although Zymeworks believes that such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance they will prove to be correct. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The above assumptions, risks and uncertainties are not exhaustive. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, except as may be required by law, Zymeworks undertakes no obligation to update, republish, or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or circumstances or to reflect the occurrences of unanticipated events.