HEMOSTEMIX ANNOUNCES ISSUANCE OF MANAGEMENT CEASE TRADE ORDER BY ASCJune 18, 2020
Calgary, Alberta, June 18, 2020 — Hemostemix Inc. (“Hemostemix” or the “Company”) (TSXV: HEM; OTC: HMTXF) announces that, further to its June 16, 2020 news release, a management cease trade order (the “MCTO”) has been issued by its principal regulator, the Alberta Securities Commission. As previously announced on June 16, 2020, the Company’s application for the MCTO resulted from the Company’s inability to file its audited annual financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis and related certifications for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 (the “Documents”) on or before June 15, 2020, as required under applicable securities laws. The inability to file the documents is due, in part, to business and administrative disruption experienced by the Company in respect of both its own personnel and the Company’s auditors inability to complete the work required to issue the Documents due to the restrictions on business activities as a result of COVID 19 in Canada. The default is also due to the additional amount of work required by the Company and its auditors in relation to the Documents in connection with the necessary review of actions and the accounting records maintained by previous management of the Company. The Company is seeking direct information from parties involved in its clinical trials in 2019 in order to review and verify accounting records, and in order to be able to file the Documents by July 15, 2020. The MCTO restricts trading in securities of the Company by management of the Company until such time as the Documents have been filed by the Company and the MCTO is no longer in effect. The MCTO does not affect the ability of shareholders who are not insiders of the Company to trade their securities.
Hemostemix is a publicly traded autologous stem cell therapy company. A winner of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award, the Company developed and is commercializing its lead product ACP-01 for the treatment of CLI, PAD, Angina, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Dilated Cardiomyopathy and other conditions of ischemia. ACP-01 has been used to treat over 300 patients, and it is the subject of a randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind trial of its safety and efficacy in patients with advanced critical limb ischemia who have exhausted all other options to save their limb from amputation.
On October 21, 2019, the Company announced the results from its Phase II CLI trial abstract presentation entitled “Autologous Stem Cell Treatment for CLI Patients with No Revascularization Options: An Update of the Hemostemix ACP-01Trial With 4.5 Year Follow-up” which noted healing of ulcers and resolution of ischemic rest pain occurred in 83% of patients, with outcomes maintained for up to 4.5 years.
The Company owns 91 patents across five patent families titled: Regulating Stem Cells, In Vitro Techniques for use with Stem Cells, Production from Blood of Cells of Neural Lineage, and Automated Cell Therapy. For more information, please visit www.hemostemix.com.
Contact: Thomas Smeenk, President, CEO & Co-Founder
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Forward-Looking Information: This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are forward-looking information. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking information regarding: the filing of the Documents, including the timing for the filing of the Documents; and the commercialization of ACP-01. There can be no assurance that such forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information. This forward-looking information reflects Hemostemix’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to Hemostemix and on assumptions Hemostemix believes are reasonable. These assumptions include, but are not limited to: the ability of Hemostemix to complete the Documents in the noted timeframe; the results of ACP-01 research, trials and studies being equivalent to or better than previous research, trials or studies as well as management’s expectations of anticipated results; Hemostemix’s general and administrative costs remaining constant; the receipt of all required regulatory approvals for research, trials or studies as well as any required or desired financings of Hemostemix, including TSX Venture Exchange acceptance and any third party consents; the level of activity, market acceptance and market trends in the healthcare sector; the economy generally; consumer interest in Hemostemix’s services and products; competition and Hemostemix’s competitive advantages; and obtaining satisfactory financing to fund Hemostemix’s operations including any research, trials or studies. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Hemostemix to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such risks and other factors may include, but are not limited to: the ability of Hemostemix to complete its current CLI clinical trial, complete a satisfactory futility analysis and the results of such and future clinical trials; litigation and potential litigation that Hemostemix may face; general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; general capital market conditions and market prices for securities; delay or failure to receive board or regulatory approvals; the actual results of future operations including the actual results of future research, trials or studies; competition; changes in legislation affecting Hemostemix; the timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms; long-term capital requirements and future developments in the Company’s markets and the markets in which it expects to compete; lack of qualified, skilled labour or loss of key individuals; and risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic including various recommendations, orders and measures of governmental authorities to try to limit the pandemic, including travel restrictions, border closures, non-essential business closures, service disruptions quarantines, self-isolations, shelters-in-place and social distancing, disruptions to markets, economic activity, financing, supply chains and sales channels, and a deterioration of general economic conditions including a possible national or global recession; the potential impact that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on Hemostemix may include a decreased demand for the services that Hemostemix offers; and a deterioration of financial markets that could limit Hemostemix’s ability to obtain external financing. A description of additional risk factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking information can be found in Hemostemix’s disclosure documents on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. Although Hemostemix has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Readers are further cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are placed will occur. Forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking information contained in this news release represents the expectations of Hemostemix as of the date of this news release and, accordingly, is subject to change after such date. However, Hemostemix expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities law.
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