Marina Biotech Inc., a City of Industry-based biopharmaceutical and digital health firm, has raised $1.5 million from investors, according to a securities filing.

The biotechnology company sold $1.5 million in securities to nine investors out of a securities offering of $11,000, according to the July 25 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The sale follows a nearly $12 million funding round last April, one of the largest this year within the Los Angeles biomedical sector.

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Marina Biotech executives said they would employ the funds to market the company’s Prestalia drug to treat hypertension, along with a digital monitoring platform to help ensure patient compliance. The global market to combat stroke is estimated at $20 billion.

The company may also be poised to address the national opioid epidemic with a non-addictive painkiller.

Its IT-102/IT-103 drug – a combination of the popular Celebrex, made by Pfizer Inc., with a proprietary drug – could be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by as early 2019, executives said. The market for opioid replacements is estimated at $10 billion.

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