Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Combination aims to transform the genomics landscape and deliver a differentiated product offering into high growth clinical markets
Brings together Omniome’s high accuracy short-read sequencing platform, with PacBio’s market leading, high accuracy long-read solutions
Transaction supported by concurrent $300 million PIPE financing from premier life science investors
MENLO PARK, Calif. and SAN DIEGO, July 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (Nasdaq: PACB) (“Pacific Biosciences” or “PacBio”), a leading provider of high-quality, long-read sequencing platforms, announced today that it has signed a definitive merger agreement under which it will acquire Omniome, a San Diego-based company developing a highly differentiated, proprietary short-read sequencing platform capable of delivering high accuracy. When the merger closes, we believe PacBio will be uniquely positioned as the only company with both highly accurate long-read and short-read sequencing platforms. The integration of these complementary technologies will enable PacBio to dramatically expand its market opportunity for sequencing in novel ways, providing more value to customers across the broadest spectrum of applications.
“The acquisition of Omniome is completely aligned with PacBio’s mission of enabling the promise of genomics to better human health. Adding Omniome’s short-read sequencing technology to our long-read portfolio will not only enable us to expand our total market opportunity, but we believe will also further accelerate the adoption of SMRT Sequencing as we expect to reach more customers with a deeper product offering,” said Christian Henry, President and CEO of PacBio. “We chose Omniome because of its novel approach which we believe could result in the most accurate short read sequencing platform to penetrate large, fast growing clinical application areas in oncology, transcriptomics, metagenomics and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).”
“The team at Omniome has spent several years developing a new and differentiated sequencing chemistry, Sequencing by Binding (SBB). We developed this chemistry because clinical applications require a level of accuracy that is difficult to achieve with current sequencing technologies. SBB has fundamental advantages over other technologies and the potential to deliver higher sensitivity at a lower cost to unlock new markets,” said Richard Shen, President at Omniome. “PacBio has assembled a strong leadership team with vision and deep experience in next generation sequencing and genomics. We look forward to joining this team and recognizing the tremendous synergies between our respective research and development organizations to accelerate the value of genomics through our combined technology.”
“By bringing together the impressive R&D talent from Omniome and PacBio, as well as our scaled manufacturing and commercial infrastructure, we now have a unified team operating on the same principle: that status quo is simply not good enough when it comes to the future of genomics,” said Mark Van Oene, Chief Operating Officer at PacBio. “Scientists and clinical researchers rely on accurate short reads and accurate long reads to conduct their science and answer their specific questions. PacBio is committed to delivering the most advanced combination of sequencing solutions to enable the complete genomics landscape.”
Under the terms of the agreement, PacBio will acquire Omniome for upfront consideration of approximately $600 million consisting of 9.4 million shares of PacBio common stock and $300 million in cash, plus an additional $200 million in cash and stock payable in connection with the achievement of certain milestones, for an overall transaction valued at approximately $800 million. The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is expected to close later this quarter, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
In connection with the proposed acquisition, PacBio has entered into a definitive agreement to sell approximately 11.2 million shares of PacBio common stock in a private placement transaction at a price of $26.75 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of approximately $300 million, with commitments from a premier syndicate of life sciences investors. The private placement is being supported by key existing investors in PacBio, including Casdin Capital, SB Northstar LP, a fund managed by SB Management Limited, a 100% subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. The closing is subject to customary closing conditions, as well as the closing of the Omniome acquisition.
Centerview Partners served as financial advisor to PacBio in connection with the acquisition. Cowen served as the exclusive placement agent to PacBio. Jefferies LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Omniome. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati served as counsel for PacBio, and Cooley LLP served as counsel for Omniome.
Preliminary Second Quarter Revenue
PacBio also announced preliminary revenue of approximately $30.5 million for the second quarter of 2021, representing growth of approximately 78% compared to the second quarter of 2020 and the fifth consecutive quarter of growth. The Company’s full fiscal results for the second quarter are not yet available and may differ materially from the preliminary estimate above, which is not a comprehensive statement of the Company’s financial results and is not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for any future period. The Company is expected to release its full financial results for the second quarter on August 3, 2021.
For more information, please visit www.pacb.com/omniome.