Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

News Feed Item

Platinum Management (NY) LLC Issues Letter To Stockholders Of Echo Therapeutics, Inc.

Urges Stockholders to Take No Action Regarding Echo's May 20th Annual Meeting Until Platinum's Proxy Statement and GOLD Proxy Card Arrive

NEW YORK, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Platinum Management (NY) LLC and certain affiliates, the largest stockholder of Echo Therapeutics, Inc. (NasdaqCM: ECTE) owning approximately 19.9% of the common stock, issued a letter to fellow stockholders of Echo urging them not to vote the Company's white proxy card and to wait to receive Platinum's proxy statement and GOLD proxy card before voting at the Annual Meeting. When stockholders vote the GOLD proxy card, they will have the opportunity to vote for Platinum's nominee and ALL of the Company's nominees OTHER THAN current director and interim CEO Robert F. Doman, who Platinum opposes.

Echo stockholders are reminded that only the latest dated proxy card counts. Even if they voted the Company's white proxy card, a later dated and signed GOLD proxy card will revoke that vote.

The complete text of the letter to stockholders follows:

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PLATINUM MANAGEMENT (NY) LLC TO FELLOW STOCKHOLDERS OF ECHO THERAPEUTICS, INC.

Platinum Urges All Echo Stockholders to Look for the GOLD Proxy Card For The 2014 Annual Meeting

April 21, 2014

Dear Fellow Echo Therapeutics, Inc. Stockholder:

Platinum Management (NY) LLC and our affiliates are the single largest stockholder of Echo Therapeutics, Inc. ("Echo") owning approximately 19.9% of the common stock. We have nominated a highly qualified independent director to the Echo Board at Echo's upcoming Annual Meeting of Stockholders, scheduled for May 20, 2014.

You will soon be receiving our proxy material and a GOLD proxy card or GOLD voting instruction form. We urge you to refrain from voting in connection with the Annual Meeting until you have had the opportunity to receive and review our proxy material.

You may have already received a proxy statement from Echo in connection with the Annual Meeting. In these materials, Echo discloses that Echo and its representatives are seeking your vote for the re-election of current director and interim CEO Robert F. Doman and the election of Michael M. Goldberg M.D. to Echo's Board. What Echo fails to disclose, however, is that We have nominated a highly qualified alternative candidate to the Board. We find Echo's failure to disclose this fact to be highly misleading and an egregious affront to stockholder rights.

In reality, this year stockholders have the ability to reject the status quo by electing our highly qualified independent director to the Echo Board.

As a result, we are sending this urgent letter to inform you that Platinum soon will be soliciting your proxy to elect our highly qualified candidate – Shepard M. Goldberg – to the Echo Board. When you vote on our GOLD proxy card, you will have the opportunity to vote for our nominee and ALL of the Company's nominees OTHER THAN current director and interim CEO Robert F. Doman, who we oppose.

We strongly urge you to wait for Platinum's proxy materials and GOLD proxy card. Please DO NOT vote any white proxy card sent to you by the Company, and please DO NOT allow Echo's proxy solicitor to take your vote over a recorded telephone line. Even if you have already returned a white proxy card to Echo, you can revoke that vote by returning a later dated and signed GOLD proxy card.

Platinum is the Company's largest stockholder, having invested approximately $18.6 million in Echo. As such, our ONLY interest, which is directly aligned with the interests of all stockholders, is in building stockholder value that benefits ALL stockholders.

That is why we can no longer sit idly by while stockholders continue to suffer under the direction of the current Board. Due to our continued frustration with the performance of Echo, we have nominated Shepard M. Goldberg to be elected to Echo's Board. Mr. Goldberg, has extensive experience in the biotechnology industry, having served on the Board of Directors of Cordex Pharma, Inc., a developer of cardiovascular medicines, for over five years and as its Chief Executive Officer from January 2010 until March 2012. Previously he spent nearly a decade at Emisphere Technologies, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company charting new frontiers in drug delivery, in various capacities including as Senior Vice President, Operations from 2001 until December 2007. We believe his extensive experience in the biotechnology industry, his executive level and board experience and his financial and operational expertise will allow him to provide valuable insight to the Board.

You deserve a real choice. Please wait until you receive Platinum's proxy materials and GOLD proxy card before you cast your vote in connection with the Annual Meeting.

Even if you have voted on Echo's white proxy card, a later dated GOLD proxy card will revoke that vote.

Thank you for your support.

Mark Nordlicht 
Chief Investment Officer 
Platinum Management (NY) LLC

If you have any questions, please call the firm assisting us:

Morrow & Co., LLC

Stockholders call toll free: (800) 662-5200

Banks and brokers call: (203) 658-9400

CERTAIN INFORMATION CONCERNING PARTICIPANTS

Platinum Management (NY) LLC ("Platinum"), together with the other Participants (as defined below) named herein, has made a preliminary filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") of a proxy statement and accompanying GOLD proxy card to be used at the 2014 annual meeting of stockholders of Echo Therapeutics, Inc. a Delaware corporation (the "Company").

PLATINUM STRONGLY ADVISES ALL STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER PROXY MATERIALS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. SUCH PROXY MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE ON THE SEC'S WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.SEC.GOV/. IN ADDITION, PLATINUM'S PROXY SOLICITOR, MORROW & CO., LLC WILL PROVIDE COPIES OF DEFINITIVE PROXY MATERIALS, WITHOUT CHARGE, UPON REQUEST.

The Participants in the solicitation are Platinum Management, Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Fund L.P., ("PPVA"), Platinum Long Term Growth VII, LLC, ("Platinum VII"), Platinum Partners Liquid Opportunity Master Fund L.P. ("PPLO"), Platinum-Montaur, ("Platinum-Montaur"), Platinum Liquid Opportunity Management (NY) LLC ("Platinum Liquid Management"), Mark Nordlicht, Uri Landesman and Shepard M. Goldberg.

As of the date hereof, the Participants collectively beneficially own an aggregate of 2,383,876 shares of Common Stock of the Company, consisting of the following: 1,605,424 shares of Common Stock directly owned by PPVA; 578,452 shares of Common Stock directly owned by PPLO; 100,000 shares of Common Stock underlying currently convertible Series C Preferred Stock directly owned by PPLO, and 100,000 shares of Common Stock underlying currently convertible Series D Preferred Stock directly owned by PPLO.

Additionally, (i) PPVA directly owns 948,243 shares of Series E Preferred Stock and 123,636 Warrants, and (ii) PPLO directly owns 180,497 shares of Series E Preferred Stock and 30,909 Warrants. The Warrants and Series E Preferred Stock each contain restrictions on exercise and conversion, respectively, such that a holder thereof may not exercise or convert, as the case may be, the Warrants or Series E Preferred Stock if the number of shares of Common Stock to be issued pursuant to such exercise or conversion would result in such holder beneficially owning (as determined in accordance with Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and the rules thereunder ("Section 13(d)")) in excess of 19.99% of all of the Common Stock outstanding at such time. The Warrants and Series E Preferred Stock each also contain restrictions on exercise and conversion, respectively, such that a holder thereof may not exercise or convert, as the case may be, the Warrants or Series E Preferred Stock if the number of shares of Common Stock to be issued pursuant to such exercise or conversion would result in such holder beneficially owning (as determined in accordance with Section 13(d)) in excess of 9.99% of all of the Common Stock outstanding at such time.

As of the date hereof, Platinum-Montaur directly owns Warrants exercisable into 595,000 shares of Common Stock (the "Montaur Warrants") subject to restrictions on exercise such that the holder may not exercise the Montaur Warrants if the number of shares of Common Stock to be issued pursuant to such exercise would result in the holder beneficially owning (as determined in accordance with Section 13(d)) in excess of 4.99% of all of the Common Stock outstanding at such time (the "4.99% Blocker"). Pursuant to the terms of the Montaur Warrants, the 4.99% Blocker may be waived and increased up to 9.99% of all Common Stock outstanding upon the holder providing the Company with 61 days' notice that such holder would like to waive the 4.99% Blocker. 

SOURCE Platinum Management (NY) LLC

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The Internet of Things is in the early stages of mainstream deployment but it promises to unlock value and rapidly transform how organizations manage, operationalize, and monetize their assets. IoT is a complex structure of hardware, sensors, applications, analytics and devices that need to be able to communicate geographically and across all functions. Once the data is collected from numerous endpoints, the challenge then becomes converting it into actionable insight.
SYS-CON Events announced today that IceWarp will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IceWarp, the leader of cloud and on-premise messaging, delivers secured email, chat, documents, conferencing and collaboration to today's mobile workforce, all in one unified interface
SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of tech...
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of ...
U.S. companies are desperately trying to recruit and hire skilled software engineers and developers, but there is simply not enough quality talent to go around. Tiempo Development is a nearshore software development company. Our headquarters are in AZ, but we are a pioneer and leader in outsourcing to Mexico, based on our three software development centers there. We have a proven process and we are experts at providing our customers with powerful solutions. We transform ideas into reality.
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises ar...
Everyone talks about continuous integration and continuous delivery but those are just two ends of the pipeline. In the middle of DevOps is continuous testing (CT), and many organizations are struggling to implement continuous testing effectively. After all, without continuous testing there is no delivery. And Lab-As-A-Service (LaaS) enhances the CT with dynamic on-demand self-serve test topologies. CT together with LAAS make a powerful combination that perfectly serves complex software developm...
In 2014, the market witnessed a massive migration to the cloud as enterprises finally overcame their fears of the cloud’s viability, security, etc. Over the past 18 months, AWS, Google and Microsoft have waged an ongoing battle through a wave of price cuts and new features. For IT executives, sorting through all the noise to make the best cloud investment decisions has become daunting. Enterprises can and are moving away from a "one size fits all" cloud approach. The new competitive field has ...
SYS-CON Events announced today the Containers & Microservices Bootcamp, being held November 3-4, 2015, in conjunction with 17th Cloud Expo, @ThingsExpo, and @DevOpsSummit at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This is your chance to get started with the latest technology in the industry. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Containers and Microservices Bootcamp, led by Janakiram MSV, a Microsoft Regional Director, will include presentations as well as hands-on...
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "Second Containers & Microservices Expo" will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
Moving an existing on-premise infrastructure into the cloud can be a complex and daunting proposition. It is critical to understand the benefits as well as the challenges associated with either a full or hybrid approach. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Richard Weiss, Principal Consultant at Pythian, will present a roadmap that can be leveraged by any organization to plan, analyze, evaluate and execute on a cloud migration solution. He will review the five major cloud transformation phases a...
eCube Systems has released NXTmonitor, a full featured application orchestration solution. NXTmonitor, which inherited the code base of NXTminder, has been extended to support multi-discipline processes and will act as a DevOps utility in a heterogeneous enterprise environment. Previously, NXTminder was packaged with NXTera middleware to configure and manage Entera and NXTera RPC servers. “Since we are widening the focus of this solution to DevOps, we felt the need to change the name to NXTmon...
Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers.
WebRTC services have already permeated corporate communications in the form of videoconferencing solutions. However, WebRTC has the potential of going beyond and catalyzing a new class of services providing more than calls with capabilities such as mass-scale real-time media broadcasting, enriched and augmented video, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Luis Lopez, CEO of Kurento, will introduce the technologies required for implementing thes...