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January 29, 2015 at 7:00 AM EST

Verastem Announces Closing of $54 Million Public Offering of Common Stock and Exercise in Full of Underwriters’ Option to Purchase Additional Shares

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 29, 2015-- Verastem, Inc., (NASDAQ: VSTM), focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells, today announced the closing of the previously announced public offering of common stock, including the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase an additional 1,087,500 shares of common stock, at the public offering price of $6.50 per share. The exercise of the underwriters’ option brought the total number of shares of common stock sold by Verastem to 8,337,500 shares and increased the total gross proceeds raised in this offering to $54.2 million, before deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions. The net proceeds to Verastem from this offering were $50.9 million.

Jefferies LLC and Leerink Partners LLC acted as joint book-running managers in the offering, and Guggenheim Securities, LLC and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. acted as lead co-managers in the offering.

A shelf registration statement on Form S-3 relating to the public offering of the shares of common stock described above was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and declared effective on January 8, 2014. A final prospectus supplement related to the offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC's website at Copies of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus may also be obtained from Jefferies LLC, Attention: Equity Syndicate Prospectus_Department, 520 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10022, by telephone at 877-547-6340 or by email at or from Leerink Partners LLC, Attention: Syndicate Department, One Federal Street, 37th Floor, Boston, MA 02110, by telephone at 1-800-808-7525 (ext. 6142) or by email at

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

About Verastem, Inc.

Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSTM) is discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells are an underlying cause of tumor recurrence and metastasis. Verastem is developing small molecule inhibitors of signaling pathways that are critical to cancer stem cell survival and proliferation: FAK, PI3K/mTOR and Wnt.

Forward-looking statements:

Certain of the statements made in this press release, including those relating to the use of proceeds, are forward-looking statements. Actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected or implied in these forward looking statements. Each forward‐looking statement is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statement. You should not place undue reliance on these forward looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release. Other risks and uncertainties include those identified in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and any subsequent SEC filings, including the prospectus supplement related to the proposed offering. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events, and the Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Source: Verastem, Inc.

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