Tango Therapeutics, a biotech company, has agreed to go public via a merger with BCTG Acquisition Corp, a blank check company backed by Boxer Capital. When the deal closes, the newly combined company will be named Tango Therapeutics and trade on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “TNGX.”
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tango Therapeutics, a biotechnology company committed to discovering and delivering the next generation of precision cancer medicines, and BCTG Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: BCTG), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by Boxer Capital, today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Upon closing of the transaction, the company will be named Tango Therapeutics, Inc. (Combined Company) and will be led by Barbara Weber, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tango. Tango Therapeutics, Inc. common stock is expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “TNGX”.
In addition to the approximately $167 million held in BCTG Acquisition Corp.’s trust account (less any redemptions), a group of healthcare investors has committed to participate in the transaction through a common stock PIPE of approximately $186 million at $10.00 per share. Investors in the PIPE include lead investor and SPAC sponsor Boxer Capital, as well as Avoro Capital Advisors, Bain Capital Life Sciences, funds and accounts managed by Blackrock, EcoR1 Capital, Farallon Capital, Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, Foresite Capital, Janus Henderson Investors, Logos Capital, RA Capital Management, Samsara BioCapital, Southpoint Capital, Surveyor Capital (a Citadel Company) and Woodline Partners LP, in addition to existing Tango Therapeutics shareholders including Casdin Capital, Cormorant Asset Management and Gilead Sciences.
“This morning’s announcement is a key milestone for Tango as it ensures we have access to the capital needed to advance our preclinical programs and initiate clinical studies of our three lead programs, as we continue our mission of bringing transformational therapies to patients,” said Dr. Weber. “I would like to thank all those involved in making this transaction a success, including Boxer Capital, our existing and new investors, and the entire Tango team.”
“We were particularly interested in partnering BCTG with a company with a novel approach to treating cancer, a deep pipeline and an exceptional management team, and Tango perfectly embodies the platform and company we had in mind with its focus on synthetic lethality,” said Aaron Davis, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boxer Capital, LLC and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BCTG Acquisition Corp. “Tango’s lead program, targeting PRMT5, leverages a unique mechanism of action with the potential to address a significant patient population across multiple cancer types, and we are excited about this transaction and supporting Tango on their path into the clinic and beyond.”
Proceeds from the transaction are expected to provide Tango with the capital needed to further develop its pipeline, including the following activities:
IND filing for Tango’s lead program, TNG908, an MTA-cooperative PRMT5 inhibitor, expected in the fourth quarter of 2021 and advance it into the clinic with a comprehensive development plan exploring multiple cancer types;
IND filing for Tango’s USP1 inhibitor expected in 2022 and advance it into the clinic for treatment of BRCA1-mutant breast, ovarian and prostate cancer;
IND filing for an undisclosed target expected in 2023 and advance it into the clinic for treatment of STK11-mutant lung cancer; and
Progressing multiple preclinical programs into development with the goal of filing one new IND every 12 to 18 months.
Summary of Transaction
Current Tango shareholders are converting 100% of their existing equity interests into common stock of the Combined Company. In addition to the approximately $167 million held in the BCTG trust account (less any redemptions), an additional group of premier healthcare investors has committed to participate in the transaction through a common stock PIPE of approximately $186 million at $10.00 per share.
The Combined Company is expected to receive gross proceeds of approximately $353 million at the closing of the transaction (assuming no redemptions from BCTG’s trust account), which is expected in the third quarter of 2021. The close of this transaction is subject to approval of BCTG shareholders and the satisfaction or waiver of certain other customary closing conditions.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and SVB Leerink acted as financial advisors for BCTG Acquisition Corp. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, SVB Leerink, and Guggenheim Securities, LLC acted as private placement agents for BCTG Acquisition Corp. Barclays acted as capital market and financial advisor to Tango. Wedbush PacGrow also acted as an advisor to Tango. Goodwin Procter LLP acted as legal counsel to Tango. Loeb & Loeb LLP acted as legal counsel to BCTG Acquisition Corp. Cooley LLP acted as legal counsel to the private placement agents.
The description of the business combination contained herein is only a high-level summary. Additional information about the transaction will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K that will contain an investor presentation to be filed by BCTG Acquisition Corp. with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and will be available at www.sec.gov. In addition, BCTG Acquisition Corp. intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC, which will include a proxy statement/prospectus, and will file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC.
About Tango Therapeutics
Tango Therapeutics is a biotechnology company dedicated to discovering novel drug targets and delivering the next generation of precision medicine to people with cancer. Using an approach that starts and ends with patients, Tango leverages the genetic principle of synthetic lethality to discover and develop therapies that take aim at driver genes in cancer. The company is focused on counteracting tumor suppressor gene loss and reversing the ability of cancer cells to evade the immune system. For more information, please visit www.tangotx.com.
About BCTG Acquisition Corp. (BCTG)
BCTG Acquisition Corp. (“BCTG”) is a Delaware corporation formed for the purpose of entering into a business combination with one or more businesses in the biotechnology sector, with a focus on targeted oncology. On September 8, 2020, BCTG raised approximately $167 million for this purpose in its initial public offering. BCTG is sponsored by Boxer Capital of Tavistock Group.