Transgenomic, Inc. announced yesterday that they closed the acquisition of Clinical Data, Inc.’s diagnostic business with a sale price of $15.5 million. The Company also has closed on $6.0 million of financing from Third Security, LLC, a leading life sciences investment firm, to fund the cash portion of Transgenomic’s acquisition of Clinical Data’s diagnostic business.

This strategic acquisition provides Transgenomic, Inc. with proprietary genetic commercial tests that have an established revenue base, proprietary biomarker assays, an additional CLIA-certified laboratory operation and established test reimbursement and coverage policies that offer access to testing for an estimated 280 million patients.

Commenting on the acquisition of Clinical Data’s diagnostic business, Craig Tuttle, Chief Executive Officer of Transgenomic, Inc. said, “We are very excited about the acquisition, which strengthens our molecular diagnostics position in the marketplace, expands our commercial operation with an accomplished team that will improve our competitive position and enhances our customer support and patient care capabilities. We are also very excited about building a strategic relationship and having the support of such a respected investor as Third Security and Randal Kirk. Their knowledge of our industry will be beneficial in catapulting Transgenomic into the top tier of diagnostic providers.”

Under the terms of the financing with Third Security, the Company has issued an aggregate of 2,586,205 shares of the Company’s newly created Series A convertible preferred stock to certain affiliates of Third Security for an aggregate purchase price of $6.0 million. In addition, the Company issued such affiliates of Third Security warrants to purchase an aggregate of up to 1,293,102 shares of Series A preferred stock at an exercise price of $2.32 per share.

The Series A preferred shares issuable pursuant to the purchase agreement and upon exercise of the warrants are convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion price of $0.58 per share, for an aggregate of 15,517,228 million shares of common stock. Upon full exercise of the warrants, Transgenomic, Inc. will receive approximately $3.0 million.

Griffin Securities, Inc. acted as financial adviser and placement agent to Transgenomic, Inc. on this transaction.

Commenting on the investment, Randal Kirk, Senior Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Third Security, LLC said, “Transgenomic’s strong management team, broad product offering and state-of-the-art technology position the Company for growth in a significant and underserved market. We look forward to working with Craig Tuttle and his management team to help Transgenomic expand and realize its growth plans.”

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Transgenomic, Inc. is a global biotechnology company. They specialize in high sensitivity genetic variation and mutation analysis, providing products and services in DNA mutation detection and discovery for clinical research, clinical molecular diagnostics, and pharmacogenomics analyses.

The Company’s product offerings include the WAVE® Systems and associated consumables specifically designed for use in genetic variation detection and single- and double-strand DNA/RNA analysis and purification. The SURVEYOR® Mutation Detection Kits and SURVEYOR Check-It Kit provide reagents and protocols for high sensitivity detection of mutations in DNA.

In addition, HANABI automated chromosome harvesting systems improve laboratory productivity with consistent quality compared with manual methods for cytogenetic analyses. Service offerings include the Transgenomic Molecular Laboratory, which provides reference laboratory services specializing in molecular diagnostics including Mitochondrial Disorders, Oncology and Hematology, Molecular Pathology and Inherited Diseases. Transgenomic Pharmacogenomics Services is a CRO for pharmacogenomic, translational research and clinical trials.

For more information visit: www.transgenomic.com