--- Additional funding to support commercialization of Pantheris™ ---
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avinger, Inc., (NASDAQ:AVGR) a leading developer of innovative treatments for peripheral artery disease (PAD), announced today that it has completed its second drawdown under the previously announced term loan facility with CRG LP (formerly known as Capital Royalty) and its affiliate funds ("CRG") for proceeds of $10 million before closing fees. The term loan facility gives the Company access to borrow up to $50 million, inclusive of the initial draw of $30 million in September 2015 and this tranche of $10 million. Upon achieving certain milestones, Avinger will have the option to borrow an additional $10 million.
Avinger plans to use proceeds from the financing primarily to fund continued commercialization of the Pantheris image-guided atherectomy device, which the company launched in the United States in March.
About Avinger, Inc.
Avinger, Inc. is a commercial-stage medical device company that designs, manufactures and sells image-guided, catheter-based systems for the treatment of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is characterized by a build-up of plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. The company’s mission is to dramatically improve the treatment of vascular disease through the introduction of products based on its lumivascular platform, the only intravascular image-guided system of therapeutic catheters available in this market. Avinger’s current lumivascular products include the Lightbox™ imaging console, the Ocelot™ family of catheters, which are designed to penetrate total arterial blockages, known as chronic total occlusions, or CTOs, and Pantheris™, the first-ever image-guided atherectomy device, designed to precisely remove arterial plaque in PAD patients. For more information, please visit www.avinger.com.
Founded in 2003, CRG (previously known as Capital Royalty L.P.) is a healthcare-focused investment firm that delivers pioneering growth capital financing solutions to the global healthcare industry. With over $2.5 billion of assets under management across 40 healthcare investments, CRG provides growth capital to healthcare companies primarily through structured debt and senior secured loans. CRG works across the spectrum of healthcare products, technologies and services and targets investment sizes ranging between $20 million and $300 million. The firm partners with innovative, commercial-stage healthcare companies that address large, unmet medical needs who are seeking flexible financing solutions with a committed, value-add partner to achieve their growth objectives. CRG is headquartered in Houston, Texas with offices in Boulder, Colorado and New York, New York. For additional information, please visit www.crglp.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the availability of additional capital under the CRG term loan agreement and the use of proceeds from the term loan facility. Such statements are based on current assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, include our dependency on a limited number of products; ability to demonstrate the benefits of our lumivascular platform; the resource requirements related to Pantheris; the outcome of clinical trial results; potential exposure to third-party product liability and intellectual property litigation; lack of long-term data demonstrating the safety and efficacy of our lumivascular platform products; reliance on third-party vendors; dependency on physician adoption; reliance on key personnel; and requirements to obtain regulatory approval to commercialize our products; as well as the other risks described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-Q filing made with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 9, 2016. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Avinger disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.