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Motif Bio PLC

01 June 2020

Motif Bio plc

("Motif Bio" or the "Company")

Business Update


Appointment of Strategic Adviser

Motif Bio plc (AIM: MTFB), which has been reclassified as an AIM Rule 15 cash shell, announces a business update and the appointment of Peel Hunt LLP ("Peel Hunt") as strategic adviser to the Company. Peel Hunt is a specialist investment bank focused on corporate broking, advisory, research, sales and trading and has been engaged to provide guidance to the Directors on strategic initiatives including selecting an appropriate reverse takeover ('RTO') candidate.

The Company is in negotiations with several RTO candidates in the healthcare sector. The Covid-19 pandemic has created new opportunities for companies in the healthcare sector and the RTO candidates under current consideration are exploring ways in which their therapeutic product candidates may help patients with Covid-19. At this stage, there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to agree terms with any RTO candidates or complete a RTO transaction.

Following its reclassification as an AIM Rule 15 cash shell in January 2020, the Company is required to make an acquisition which constitutes a reverse takeover under the AIM Rules by 28 July 2020, failing which the Company's ordinary shares would be suspended from trading on AIM pursuant to AIM Rule 40. The Company's admission to trading on AIM would then be cancelled six months from the date of suspension, should the reason for the suspension not have been rectified.

As previously disclosed, following the recent placing to raise gross proceeds of GBP650,000 the Company has sufficient working capital until February 2021 and the Directors remain focused on completing a RTO prior to that time.

Jonathan Gold, President and Chief Business Officer of Motif Bio, said: "Following the recent fundraise we are pleased to be in a position where we have several options to evaluate. We are currently working with our advisers to identify the most appropriate RTO candidate for the Company and look forward to providing our shareholders with further updates as appropriate."

The person responsible for the release of this announcement on behalf of Motif Bio is Jonathan Gold, President and Chief Business Officer.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014.

For further information please contact:

   Motif Bio plc 
 Jonathan Gold (President and Chief 
  Business Officer) 
 SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP (NOMAD 
  & BROKER)                                   +44 (0) 20 3470 0470 
 David Hignell/Caroline Rowe (Corporate 
 Vadim Alexandre/Abigail Wayne (Sales 
  & Broking) 
 Peel Hunt LLP (STRATEGIC ADVISER)           + 44 (0) 20 7418 8900 
 Dr Christopher Golden/ Oliver Jackson 
 Walbrook PR Ltd. (UK FINANCIAL PR 
  & IR)                                       +44 (0) 20 7933 8780 
 Paul McManus/ Lianne Cawthorne            motifbio@walbrookpr.com 

Forward-Looking Statements

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