GW Pharma Company to raise $252M after cannabis drug success

GW Pharma's drug reduced the incidence of seizures in people suffering from rare forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

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GW Pharma to raise $252 mln after cannabis drug success

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British drug developer GW Pharmaceuticals Plc said it would raise $252 million through the issue of 2.8 million shares on the Nasdaq.

Shares in the company have been gaining after positive trial results of its experimental drug Epidiolex, and have notched up gains of more than 50 percent this year, shrugging off early declines.

GW Pharma's drug reduced the incidence of seizures in people suffering from rare forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

The company, which was founded in 1998 with the aim of capitalizing on the medical benefits of cannabis, said the American Depositary Shares would be sold at $90 per share.

GW Pharma has had a rocky time on the London stock market, and in 2013 opted for a dual listing on the Nasdaq, where it has raised more than $500 million from U.S. investors.

The company's stock was down 2 percent at 600.5 pence on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday.