Marina Biotech, Inc. (MRNA: Nasdaq) | Marina Biotech Begins Trading on the OTCQX Tier of OTC Market


Marina Biotech Begins Trading on the OTCQX Tier of OTC Market

Feb 01, 2012

OTC Disclosure News Service

Bothell, WA –

Marina Biotech Begins Trading on the
OTCQX Tier of OTC Market

Bothell, WA, February 1, 2012 – Marina Biotech, Inc. (OTCQX: MRNA), a leading nucleic

acid-based drug discovery and development company, today announced that the Company’s

common stock will begin trading on the OTCQX tier of the OTC Markets commencing on

Thursday, February 2, 2012. The Company has been advised that its shares will trade under its

current symbol, “MRNA”. Investors will be able to view real-time stock quotes for “MRNA” at

“Marina Biotech and NASDAQ have worked hard together over the past several years to find

ways of maintaining the Company’s listing on the NASDAQ Stock Market,” stated J. Michael

French, President and CEO of Marina Biotech. “I and our Board of Directors have decided, at

this point, that the Company is not in a position to meet the listing standards of the NASDAQ

Stock Market and will move the trading of the Company’s common stock to the OTCQX

immediately. We believe this move allows us to focus on our current clinical development

program, cutting-edge research, partnering and licensing efforts as well as creating a more

favorable environment for long-term funding of the Company. By utilizing the strengths of the

OTC Markets, we believe we can be in a position in the future to return to a national securities

exchange if we so choose.”

On February 1, 2012, the Company received notification that the NASDAQ Hearings Panel has

determined to delist the Company’s common stock from the NASDAQ Stock Market, and will

suspend trading in the shares effective at the open of business on Thursday, February 2, 2012.

Thereafter, The NASDAQ Stock Market will file a Form 25-NSE with the Securities and

Exchange Commission to complete the delisting. The Company had the right to request an

additional appeal of this determination, but has decided that to do so is not in the best interest of

the Company’s shareholders. Marina Biotech plans to continue to file with the Securities and

Exchange Commission any and all reports as may be required under the Securities Exchange Act

of 1934, as amended, following the delisting.

On March 25, 2011, the Company received a letter from the Listing Qualifications Department

of The NASDAQ Stock Market notifying it that it was not in compliance with the minimum

$1.00 per share minimum bid price requirement for continued inclusion on The NASDAQ

Global Market, as a result of the bid price of the common stock having closed below $1.00 for

the 30 consecutive business days prior to the date of the letter. On October 27, 2011, the

Company participated in a hearing before the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel to review

the Company’s plan to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement. In a

November 16, 2011 decision, the Panel provided the Company with an extension until January

31, 2012 to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement.

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About Marina Biotech, Inc.

Marina Biotech is a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization

of oligonucleotide-based therapeutics utilizing multiple mechanisms of action including RNA

interference (RNAi) and messenger RNA translational blocking. The Marina Biotech pipeline

currently includes a clinical program in Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (a precancerous

syndrome) and two preclinical programs in bladder cancer and malignant ascites. Marina Biotech

entered into an exclusive agreement with The Debiopharm Group for the development and

commercialization of the bladder cancer program. In addition, Marina Biotech has recently

entered into an agreement with Mirna Therapeutics to license its SMARTICLES® technology

for the delivery of microRNA mimics. Marina Biotech’s goal is to improve human health

through the development of RNAi- and oligonucleotide-based compounds and drug delivery

technologies that together provide superior therapeutic options for patients. Additional

information about Marina Biotech is available at

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this news release may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of

Federal Securities laws that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and involve factors that

may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested. Factors that could

cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include, but are

not limited to: (i) the ability of Marina Biotech to obtain additional funding; (ii) the ability of

Marina Biotech to attract and/or maintain manufacturing, research, development and

commercialization partners; (iii) the ability of Marina Biotech and/or a partner to successfully

complete product research and development, including preclinical and clinical studies and

commercialization; (iv) the ability of Marina Biotech and/or a partner to obtain required

governmental approvals; and (v) the ability of Marina Biotech and/or a partner to develop and

commercialize products prior to, and that can compete favorably with those of, competitors.

Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or

suggested in any forward-looking statements are contained in Marina Biotech’s most recent

periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q that are filed with the Securities and Exchange

Commission. Marina Biotech assumes no obligation to update and supplement forward-looking

statements because of subsequent events.

Marina Biotech, Inc.

Philip Ranker

Interim Chief Financial Officer

(425) 908-3615

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