PSInvestor.com feels the public did not truly read and digest the press release listed below. Many investors may be turned off by the anticipated “reverse split” of 50-300:1. Whether it splits or not, the math is different but the market cap is the same.
As you will read, the new CEO co-founded a previous company that was purchased for $125 million with up to $875 million in additional considerations. As of June 30th, 2017… OXIS ($0.017) has an estimated market cap of $2.5 million. Now it may not jump this week or next, but at some point you have to trust the leadership and ask yourself, “This last person’s company was valued in the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS range”, so is it reasonable to think the new CEO doesn’t have the ability to at least grow the value of the company into the $10 million+ range? At a $10 million market cap, that is a 400% share price increase. We will continue to follow OXIS.
Here is the latest press release:
Oxis International Inc. (OTCQB: OXIS) and (Euronext Paris: OXI.PA) announced June 26th, that it has executed a binding LOI agreement to acquire Georgetown Translational Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (GTP), a deal that will add new management and a class of close-to-market Central Nervous Systems (CNS) products that will add significant value to the Oxis business model.
Oxis has agreed to pay 33 percent of its outstanding shares to GTP to complete the transaction, which is expected to close on or before 90 days as per the agreement.
GTP, founded by Kathleen Clarence-Smith, MD, PhD, and Mark J. Silverman, JD, was incorporated in Delaware in 2015.
Dr. Clarence-Smith will become Chief Executive Officer of Oxis as part of the acquisition and will be appointed to the Oxis Board of Directors. Also joining the company’s executive management team as part of the merger will be a Chief Medical Officer (name to be disclosed upon closing), who was formerly Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director, Oncology Clinical R&D of Pfizer, Inc. (PFE).
Anthony J. Cataldo, who has served as Chief Executive Officer of Oxis since July 2014, will become Executive Chairman of the company. Steven Weldon will continue as Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to founding GTP, Dr. Clarence-Smith co-founded Chase Pharmaceuticals Corporation in Washington D.C. and served as Chairman of the company’s Board from 2008 to 2014. Chase Pharmaceuticals was acquired by Allergan, PLC (AGN) in 2016.
Under the deal, Allergan agreed to pay $125 million upfront along with potential Regulatory and commercial milestones of up to $875 million to the shareholders of Chase.
Dr. Clarence-Smith also held executive management positions with Sanofi, Roche, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Prestwick Scientific Capital. She is co-founder and a managing member of KM Pharmaceutical Consulting in Washington, D. C.
“The merger of Oxis and GTP will greatly accelerate the clinical development of exciting new treatments to meet the medical needs of those suffering from cancer and neurologic disease,” said Dr. Clarence-Smith. “Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer has the potential to soon bring the cure for certain cancers within our reach, and our CNS pipeline includes drugs that have the potential to improve the quality of life of many patients.”
Oxis’ incoming CMO said: “The drugs in the Oxis pipeline are at the forefront of targeted immunotherapeutics and represent the wave of the future. The non-clinical and clinical data is impressive and validates this approach to cancer therapy. Once approved, these agents will herald a major breakthrough in the field of immunotherapy and offer patients hope against some of the most difficult diseases to treat.”
Mr. Cataldo said: “The addition of Dr. Clarence-Smith as CEO and our new incoming CMO will be instrumental in completing Oxis’ FDA phase 2 clinical trial of OXS-1550 and our plans to advance the highly-valued TriKE platform oncology assets, which are set to go into FDA clinical trials soon. Further, we are very excited with the incoming GTP product pipeline, which will add significant value as they continue to move towards a commercial license.”
Oxis’ lead drug candidate, OXS-1550 (DT2219ARL), is a novel drug that binds to targets and destroys cancer cells, due to the action of the drug’s cytotoxic payload. OXS-1550 has demonstrated success in early human clinical trials in patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell lymphoma or leukemia. It is currently in a FDA-approved Phase 2 trial at the University of Minnesota.
In addition, Oxis holds the rights to commercialize OXS-3550, also known as TriKE, a targeted immunotherapy platform drug that directs Natural Killer (NK) cells to kill cancer cells without drug-related toxicity. “The first molecule called 161533 TriKE will target the CD33 antigen on acute myeloid leukemia cells. The 161533 TriKE will enable NK cells to become antigen specific and also drive the immune response through its IL-15 linker. Our existing Oncology products have now reached the point where Dr. Clarence-Smith’s experience in taking drugs through FDA approvals and into the market, will bring significant value to our shareholders,” Mr. Cataldo said.
The agreement to acquire GTP marks another major value-added inflection point for the shareholders of Oxis. The company continues to progress with recently announced partnership and milestone accomplishments.
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