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Stellar Biotechnologies in reverse merger with Edesa Biotech; shares shoot higher

Stellar will change its name to Edesa Biotech after the deal closes as expected in the second quarter
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Toronto-based Edesa Biotech is a private clinical-stage company that has developed EBO1, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory molecule for the treatment of allergic contact dermatitis

Shares of Stellar Biotechnologies Inc (NASDAQ:SBOT) spiked Friday in the wake of its announcement of a reverse merger with Edesa Biotech, a private Canadian biotech, that will create a company focused on dermatological and gastrointestinal therapies.

Under the deal's terms, Edesa shareholders, who have agreed to exchange their shares for newly-issued shares of Stella, will own about 90% of the new company, with Stellar shareholders holding the remainder.

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Following the closing, which is set for the second quarter, Stellar will change its name to Edesa Biotech Inc. But Edesa will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Stellar.

In response, Stellar shares jumped 50.8% to $1.81 in afternoon trade Friday.

In the wake of the closing, Stellar intends to develop a plan for Stellar’s operations, which is expected to include the wind-down or spin-off of Stellar’s legacy business.

Based near Los Angeles, Stellar is a manufacturer of KLH, keyhole limpet hemocyanin, a key immune-stimulating protein used in multiple immunotherapy development pipelines targeting Alzheimer's, lupus and cancer.

Headquartered in Toronto, Edesa Biotech is a clinical stage company that has developed EBO1, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory molecule for the treatment of allergic contact dermatitis.

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