Vancouver, Canada. May 5, 2021 — NervGen Pharma Corp. (TSX-V: NGEN; OTCQX: NGENF) (“NervGen” or the “Company”), a biotech company dedicated to creating innovative solutions for the treatment of nerve damage and neurodegenerative diseases, announced that it has priced its previously announced overnight, “best efforts” marketed public offering (the “Offering”) of units (the “Units”). Pursuant to the Offering, NervGen will issue an aggregate of up to 3.25 million units of the Company at a price of C$1.55 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of up to approximately C$5 million. Each Unit is comprised of one common share of the Company (a “Common Share”) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant is exercisable at a price of C$2.10 and entitles the holder thereof to acquire one common share of the Company (a “Warrant Share”) for a period of 2 years following the closing of the Offering.
The Offering will be completed pursuant to an agency agreement (the “Agency Agreement”) entered into between the Company and a syndicate of agents, as co-lead agents (collectively, the “Agents”). Under the terms of the Agency Agreement, the Company has granted the Agents an over-allotment option (the “Over-Allotment Option”) exercisable, in whole or in part, in the sole discretion of the Agents, to purchase up to an additional 15% of the number of Units sold in the Offering for up to 30 days after the closing, on the same terms and conditions as the Offering. The Company will pay the Agents a cash commission equal to 6.0% of the gross proceeds of the Offering, including proceeds received from the exercise of the Over-Allotment Option and issue broker warrants (the “Broker Warrants”) equal to 6.0% of the number of Units sold under the Offering, including Units issued pursuant to the exercise of the Over-Allotment Option. Each Broker Warrant will be exercisable to purchase one common share of the Company (a “Broker Warrant Share”) at an exercise price equal to the offering price of the Units.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering for continued work on their lead drug candidate, NVG-291, and general corporate purposes.
The Offering is to be effected in each of the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia by way of prospectus supplement (the “Prospectus Supplement”) to the Company’s short form base shelf prospectus dated January 2, 2020. A preliminary prospectus supplement has been filed and is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The Company intends to file a final prospectus supplement to its base shelf prospectus prior to the closing of the Offering. Additionally, the Offering is expected to be conducted by way of private placement in the United States pursuant to certain exemptions from the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act “) and applicable state securities laws as well as other jurisdictions where the Offering can lawfully be made.
The Company has applied for approval of the listing of the Common Shares, Warrant Shares and Broker Warrant Shares on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) and expects to close the Offering in the week of May 12, 2021, or such other date as may be mutually agreed to by the Company and the Agent, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary stock exchange approvals, such as the final approval of the TSXV.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in any jurisdiction. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the 1933 Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for account or benefit of, U.S. Persons (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) or persons in the United States unless registered under the 1933 Act and applicable state securities laws, or an exemption from such registration requirements is available.
NervGen is restoring life’s potential by creating innovative solutions for the treatment of nerve damage and neurodegenerative diseases. The Company is developing drugs for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and Alzheimer’s disease. NervGen’s platform technology targets protein tyrosine phosphatase sigma (“PTPσ”), a neural receptor that impedes nerve repair. Inhibition of the PTPσ receptor has been shown to promote regeneration and remyelination of damaged nerves, as well as improvement of nerve function in animal models for various medical conditions.
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release may contain “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements and information herein include, but are not limited to, the Company’s current and future plans, expectations and intentions, results, levels of activity, performance, goals or achievements, or any other future events or developments constitute forward-looking statements, and the words “may”, “will”, “would”, “should”, “could”, “expect”, “plan”, “intend”, “trend”, “indication”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “likely” or “potential”, or the negative or other variations of these words or other comparable words or phrases, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements relating to: our development programs, including the development of NVG-291; our research for the treatment of spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative applications; the Offering, the securities, and their terms; the Agents and Agency Agreement; the timing of the Offering; the filing of the Prospectus Supplement; the use of net proceeds of the Offering; the closing of the Offering, including the satisfaction and timing of the receipt of all required regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSXV, and other conditions to closing of the Offering; the jurisdictions in which the securities will be offered.
Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of management’s experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that we believe are appropriate and reasonable in the circumstances. In making forward-looking statements, the Company has relied on various assumptions, including, but not limited to: the Company’s ability to manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the accuracy of the Company’s financial projections; the Company obtaining positive results in its clinical and other trials; the Company obtaining necessary regulatory approvals; and general business, market and economic conditions.
Many factors could cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements or future events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including without limitation, a lack of revenue, insufficient funding, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, reliance upon key personnel, the uncertainty of the clinical development process, competition, and other factors set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Information Form, financial statements and Management Discussion and Analysis which can be found on SEDAR.com. All clinical development plans are subject to additional funding.
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