Rapid Micro Biosystems Concludes Review of Strategic Alternatives


LOWELL, Mass., Dec. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rapid Micro Biosystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: RPID) (the “Company”), an innovative life sciences technology company providing mission critical automation solutions to facilitate the efficient manufacturing and fast, safe release of healthcare products, today announced that its Board of Directors has concluded its previously announced review of strategic alternatives.

Since August 2022, the Board, in consultation with its legal and financial advisors, has conducted a thorough review of strategic alternatives focused on, among other things, a potential sale, merger or other strategic transaction. Ultimately, no parties submitted binding offers to acquire all outstanding shares of the Company. As a result, the Board determined that the best path to deliver shareholder value is for the Company to continue executing its strategy to enhance its commercial execution and product development programs and expand the market for its Growth Direct system.

"Following a thorough review of strategic alternatives, the Board determined that the continued execution of management’s strategy is the best path forward for the Company and its shareholders,” said Jeffrey Schwartz, Chairperson of the Board of Directors. “The Board is confident that management’s execution on the Company’s current strategic initiatives will drive improved performance.”

“Over the last several months, we have taken decisive actions to enhance our commercial execution and right-size our cost structure while also managing our significant cash balance to secure a long cash runway,” said Robert Spignesi, President and CEO. “As a result of these actions, we are able to focus on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our sales team to capitalize on our strong sales pipeline and enhance our customer experience. We also continue to invest in an expanding suite of solutions for the Growth Direct platform with products and services such as our recently announced RMBNucleus Mold Alarm. We are confident that we are taking the right steps to drive future growth to increase shareholder value.”

As of the end of the third quarter of 2022, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and investments totaling $150.1 million with no outstanding debt, which the Company expects to provide cash runway at least into 2026.

About Rapid Micro Biosystems

Rapid Micro Biosystems is an innovative life sciences technology company providing mission critical automation solutions to facilitate the efficient manufacturing and fast, safe release of healthcare products such as biologics, vaccines, cell and gene therapies, and sterile injectables. The Company’s flagship Growth Direct system automates and modernizes the antiquated, manual microbial quality control (“MQC”) testing workflows used in the largest and most complex pharmaceutical manufacturing operations across the globe. The Growth Direct system brings the quality control lab to the manufacturing floor, unlocking the power of in-line/at-the-line MQC automation to deliver faster results, greater accuracy, increased operational efficiency, better compliance with data integrity regulations, and quicker decision making, that customers rely on to ensure safe and consistent supply of important healthcare products. The Company is headquartered and has U.S. manufacturing in Lowell, Massachusetts, with global locations in Lexington, Massachusetts, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. For more information, please visit www.rapidmicrobio.com or follow the Company on Twitter at @rapidmicrobio or on LinkedIn.

Forward Looking Statements

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Contacts: Investors Michael Beaulieu, CFA Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications investors@rapidmicrobio.com Media Jamie Moser / Lucas Pers Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher 212-355-4449