Additional financing agreement and new appointment

Released : 13.06.2017

RNS Number : 8764H
Advanced Oncotherapy PLC
13 June 2017



("Advanced Oncotherapy" or the "Company")


Additional financing agreement and new appointment


Advanced Oncotherapy (AIM: AVO), the developer of next-generation proton therapy systems for cancer treatment, announces it has made further progress in attracting personnel at the forefront of their field and additional financing.


Additional Financing

Advanced Oncotherapy announces, that on 12 June 2017, it has entered into a further loan agreement with Blackfinch Investment Ltd ("Blackfinch"), through its subsidiary Henslow Trading Limited and has drawn down an additional £1.5 million. This brings the total financing from Blackfinch to £6.5 million and follows two prior agreements, announced on 27 March 2017 and 25 April 2017 ("Prior Agreements"). Unlike the Prior Agreements, this loan is secured against anticipated cash receivables.


Terms of the Loan Agreement

·     1 year maximum loan term, with term commencing on 24 March 2017

·     Principal of £1.5m

·     The £1.5m has been secured on known cash receivables and will be repaid upon receipt of these monies

·     Annual interest rate of 12%

·     500,000 warrants with 100p exercise price, exercisable for five years

·     This agreement does not change the loan security outlined in the announcements of the Prior Agreements on the first £5 million drawn down from Blackfinch


New appointment

The Company announces the appointment of Ed Lee as Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect. 


Ed joined the Company on 13 February 2017 and will be responsible for spearheading the operations and project management of the LIGHT system and, critically, for bringing the LIGHT system to market. Ed will not be taking a position on the Board.


A mechanical engineer by background, Ed has gained progressive responsibilities in manufacturing and operations over the last 23 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to Advanced Oncotherapy. His experience lies in new product development, supply chain management, project management, cost reduction, operational management and value engineering; such as launching new products on time and on budget and improving the robustness of the production process.


He is skilled in leading and working closely with multiple teams to realize stakeholder interests: technical/R&D, quality, regulatory, procurement, sales and finance.


Previously, Ed was the Director of Production & Field Service at Optivus Proton Therapy Inc, where he was responsible for all on-going and new product development aspects of production and on-going servicing of the company's customers' proton therapy technology. His manufacturing and operational experiences span several industries and sectors, including automotive, aerospace & defence, nuclear and medical devices.  Aside from Proton Treatment Systems, he has led teams that have successfully launched new products where regulatory requirements are extremely stringent such as on military jets, military ships, space satellites, submarines, and nuclear power plants.


Commenting on the appointment, Nicolas Serandour, CEO of Advanced Oncotherapy said: "Ed's background gives him excellent insight into every step of the production and clinical-user processes for our LIGHT system. He will be responsible for leading and driving the team to develop and produce the LIGHT system in an efficient and timely manner as demonstrated consistently in his previous roles. He is already a great asset to the team."


Commenting on his appointment, Ed Lee, COO of Advanced Oncotherapy said: "One of my key objectives at Advanced Oncotherapy is to help ensure the considerable value of intellectual property associated with LIGHT is translated into profitable operations. It's one I am relishing and am confident of achieving as a team. What the Company is trying to achieve - making proton therapy more affordable and clinically better, thereby saving lives - is my foremost incentive."




Advanced Oncotherapy Plc

Dr. Michael Sinclair, Executive Chairman

Tel: +44 20 3617 8728

Nicolas Serandour, CEO

Stockdale Securities (Nomad & Joint Broker)

Antonio Bossi / David Coaten

Tel: +44 20 7601 6100

Stifel Nicolaus Europe (Joint Broker)

Jonathan Senior / Ben Maddison

Tel: +44 20 7710 7600

Walbrook PR (Financial PR & IR)

Tel: +44 20 7933 8780 or

Paul McManus / Anna Dunphy

Mob: +44 7980 541 893 / Mob: +44 7876 741 001



About Advanced Oncotherapy plc


Advanced Oncotherapy is a provider of particle therapy with protons that harnesses the best in modern technology. Advanced Oncotherapy's team "ADAM", based in Geneva, focuses on the development of a proprietary proton accelerator called Linac Image Guided Hadron Technology (LIGHT). LIGHT accelerates protons to the energy levels achieved in legacy machines but in a unit that is a quarter of the size and between a quarter and a fifth of the cost. This compact configuration delivers proton beams in a way that facilitates greater precision and electronic control which is not achievable with older technologies.


Advanced Oncotherapy will offer healthcare providers affordable systems that will enable them to treat cancer with an innovative technology as well as better health outcomes and lower treatment related side effects.


Advanced Oncotherapy continually monitors the market for any emerging improvements in delivering proton therapy and actively seeks working relationships with providers of these innovative technologies. Through these relationships, the Company will remain the prime provider of an innovative and cost-effective system for particle therapy with protons.



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