Conatus Pharmaceuticals announces IPO at NASDAQ

SAN DIEGO -- Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq:CNAT), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel medicines to treat liver disease, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 6,000,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $11.00 per share, before underwriting discounts. The shares are scheduled to begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker symbol "CNAT" on July 25, 2013. In addition, Conatus has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 900,000 shares of common stock at the same price to cover over-allotments, if any. The offering is expected to close on July 30, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.

Stifel and Piper Jaffray & Co. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. JMP Securities LLC is acting as co-lead manager and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. is acting as co-manager for the offering.

About Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Conatus is a biopharma company focused on the development and commercialization of novel medicines to treat liver disease. Conatus is developing its lead compound, emricasan, for the treatment of patients in orphan populations with chronic liver disease and acute exacerbations of chronic liver disease. Emricasan is a first-in-class, orally active caspase protease inhibitor designed to reduce the activity of enzymes that mediate inflammation and cell death, or apoptosis. Conatus believes that by reducing the activity of these enzymes, emricasan has the potential to interrupt the progression of liver disease. Conatus was founded by the executive management team of Idun Pharmaceuticals in July 2005 following the sale of Idun to Pfizer. Conatus acquired the global rights to emricasan from Pfizer in 2010.

For additional information, please visit www.conatuspharma.com.

About Gilde Healthcare

Gilde Healthcare (Utrecht, The Netherlands and Cambridge, USA) is a transatlantic growth capital investor focused on private healthcare companies. It has over $600 million under management and is actively looking to lead new investments in therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices and healthcare services. For a list of Gilde’s portfolio companies please visit the website at www.gildehealthcare.com.

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