MONTREAL, CANADA–(Marketwired – June 25, 2014) – Knight Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:GUD) (“Knight”), a leading Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that it has entered into a secured debt agreement with privately-held Origin Biomed Inc. (“Origin”), a company dedicated to the worldwide commercialization of the Neuragen® and Bionica brands.
The $850,000 Canadian secured loan issued by Knight to Origin will bear interest at a rate of 15% per annum and matures on June 25, 2017. The loan is secured by a charge over the assets of Origin. In addition, Knight has been issued warrants to acquire 698,483 Origin preferred shares at $0.0794 per share. Origin will use the funds to promote the growth of Neuragen in both Canada and the U.S. Neuragen is the first all-natural, non-prescription topical treatment for rapid relief of pain associated with diabetic and peripheral neuropathy, approved for sale in Canada and the U.S.
“This $850,000 loan from Knight helps fund the continued promotion of Neuragen across all 40,000 retailers in North America,” said Carlo Shimoon, Origin's Executive Chairman.
“We are pleased to support Origin in the growth of Neuragen and look forward to a long, pain-free partnership with Origin,” said Jonathan Ross Goodman, President and CEO of Knight.
About Knight Therapeutics Inc.
Knight Therapeutics Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Canada, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring or in-licensing innovative pharmaceutical products for the Canadian and world markets. Knight Therapeutics' shares began trading on the TSX-V on March 3, 2014 and graduated to the TSX on April 29, 2014 under the symbol GUD. For more information about Knight Therapeutics Inc., please visit the company's web site at www.gud-knight.com or at www.sedar.com.
About Origin BioMed Inc.
Origin BioMed Inc. is a privately-held Canadian consumer health products company with business operations throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Origin BioMed Inc. manufactures health products with the highest quality active ingredients, at therapeutic levels, with evidence of scientific or clinical efficacy since 2001. Its leading drug product, Neuragen®, helps relieve pain caused by diabetic nerve damage. For more information, please visit: www.originbiomed.com or www.neuragen.ca.
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