Fortress Biotech Announces that its Subsidiary, Mustang Bio, Closes $94.5 Million Private Placement Financing

Proceeds will support clinical development and expansion of Mustang Bio’s CAR T immunotherapy pipeline

NEW YORK, Feb. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortress Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ:FBIO) (“Fortress”), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, today announced that Mustang Bio, Inc. (“Mustang”), a subsidiary of Fortress, has closed on a total of $94.5 million, prior to fees and expenses, in a private placement financing. OPN Capital Markets, the healthcare related investment banking and research division of National Securities Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:NHLD), acted as sole placement agent in connection with the financing. 

Dr. Lindsay A. Rosenwald, Fortress’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We believe this financing underscores the potential of Mustang’s CAR T therapies to be substantial value-drivers for patients and investors. We have already seen early success from Mustang’s MB-101, which achieved an unprecedented complete response in a glioblastoma patient enrolled in the Phase 1 trial. The patient case study from the Phase 1 clinical trial of MB-101 was published in the December 29, 2016 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.  If we see similar results in other trial participants, it may support an accelerated approval pathway.”

Michael S. Weiss, Mustang’s Chairman of the Board, added, “We are thrilled to announce the closing of this financing, which we believe places us in a strong position to advance our two lead CAR T immunotherapies through Phase 1 data readout early next year, and to grow Mustang’s pipeline by exploring additional applications for our CAR T technology in areas outside of our initial brain cancer and acute myeloid leukemia focus. In addition, we plan to continue working with our research partners at City of Hope to identify new CAR T development candidates that have the potential to provide meaningful benefit to patients.” 

The securities sold in the private placement financing have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Mustang Bio
Mustang Bio, Inc., a subsidiary of Fortress Biotech, Inc., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to utilize the power of the patient’s own immune system to eliminate cancer cells. Mustang aims to acquire rights to these technologies by licensing or otherwise acquiring an ownership interest in the technologies, funding their research and development, and out-licensing or bringing the technologies to market. Mustang is currently developing proprietary Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) engineered T cells (CAR T) technology, which was licensed from Drs. Stephen Forman and Christine Brown’s laboratory at the City of Hope National Medical Center (COH). CAR T uses the patient’s own T cells to engage and destroy specific tumors, by selecting specific T cell subtypes, genetically engineering them to express Chimeric Antigen T cell Receptors and placing them back in the patient where they recognize and destroy cancer cells. Mustang, through a research agreement with COH, plans to develop CARs across multiple cancers. Its lead programs in acute myeloid leukemia and brain cancer are in Phase 1 clinical trials. Mustang is registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and files periodic reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. For more information, visit

About Fortress Biotech
Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress”) is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. Fortress develops and commercializes products both within Fortress and through certain of its subsidiary companies, also known as Fortress Companies. Additionally, Fortress recently acquired a controlling interest in National Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:NHLD), a diversified independent brokerage company (together with its subsidiaries, “NHLD”). In addition to its internal development programs, Fortress leverages its biopharmaceutical business expertise and drug development capabilities and provides funding and management services to help the Fortress Companies achieve their goals. Fortress and the Fortress Companies may seek licensings, acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and/or public and private financings to accelerate and provide additional funding to support their research and development programs. For more information, visit

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Lucy Lu, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer  
Fortress Biotech, Inc.  

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