Shareholders are encouraged not to attend or submit voting instructions or proxies related to the EGM
CAMBRIDGE, England and WALTHAM, Mass., June 28, 2023 – Abcam plc (“Abcam,” “Company,” “Group”) (Nasdaq: ABCM), a global leader in the supply of life science research tools, today confirmed that it has received a letter of undertaking from Dr. Jonathan Milner withdrawing his notice dated May 30, 2023 (the “Requisition Notice”) which required the Company to call an Extraordinary General Meeting of its shareholders (the “EGM”) to consider certain resolutions proposed by him (the “Resolutions”).
In light of this letter from Dr. Jonathan Milner and the withdrawal of the Requisition Notice, in accordance with English law, a motion withdrawing the Resolutions will be presented at the EGM, which is scheduled to be held at 2.00 p.m. (BST) || 9:00am (EDT) on July 12, 2023. Shareholders are encouraged not to attend, not to submit voting instructions or proxies for, and not take any other action in relation to the EGM.
Abcam issued the following statement:
The Abcam Board and management team appreciate the constructive discussions we have had with our shareholders and will continue to maintain an ongoing dialogue. Our Board remains focused on our recently announced process to explore strategic alternatives for the Company, which will evaluate a broad range of options to maximize shareholder value, including a potential sale of the Company.
About Abcam plc
As an innovator in reagents and tools, Abcam’s purpose is to serve life science researchers globally to achieve their mission faster. Providing the research and clinical communities with tools and scientific support, the Company offers highly validated antibodies, assays, and other research tools to address important targets in critical biological pathways.
Already a pioneer in data sharing and ecommerce in the life sciences, Abcam’s ambition is to be the most influential company in life sciences by helping advance global understanding of biology and causes of disease, which, in turn, will drive new treatments and improved health.
Abcam’s worldwide customer base of approximately 750,000 life science researchers’ uses Abcam’s antibodies, reagents, biomarkers, and assays. By actively listening to and collaborating with these researchers, the Company continuously advances its portfolio to address their needs. A transparent program of customer reviews and datasheets, combined with industry-leading validation initiatives, gives researchers increased confidence in their results.
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Cambridge, UK, the Company has served customers in more than 130 countries. Abcam’s American Depositary Shares (ADSs) trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (Nasdaq: ABCM).
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Tommy Thomas, CPA
Vice President, Investor Relations
152 Grove Street, Building 1100
Waltham, MA 02453
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