Statera Biopharma and Immune Therapeutics Inc. Announce Strategic Agreement for Rights to Low Dose Naltrexone
FORT COLLINS, Colo., April 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Statera Biopharma (Nasdaq: STAB) (the “Company”), a leading biopharmaceutical company creating next-generation immune therapies that focus on immune restoration and homeostasis, announced today that the Company entered into a non-binding term sheet with respect to a strategic agreement with Immune Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC-PINK: IMUN), a drug development and commercialization company, to sell Statera’s rights to naltrexone and met-enkephalin. The transaction is contingent upon negotiation of a definitive agreement and satisfaction of a number of closing conditions, including a contingency on Immune Therapeutics financing.
“The agreement with Immune will enable us to strengthen our financial position with a transaction that has the potential to produce significant non-dilutive cashflow to fund our other programs. For instance, Statera is beginning to chart a new course in the immunotherapy field by pursuing molecules that act on Toll-like Receptor pathways similar to Naltrexone,” said Michael K. Handley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Statera Biopharma. “It also will help advance our new product candidates for treatment of a variety of immune-related diseases that have no cure.”
Under the anticipated terms of the agreement, Statera will receive an initial $2 million upfront payment and 5% of the issued and outstanding stock of Immune Therapeutics. Additionally, Statera will receive payments for achievement of revenue-based milestones, new indications and royalties, Crohn’s disease and COVID-19 indications and regulatory approvals, as well as any other payments from Immune Therapeutics in exchange for Statera’s rights to any product containing low-dose naltrexone as an active ingredient. Potential indication payments will include asthma, multiple sclerosis, HIV and chemotherapy. In aggregate, this transaction has the ability to generate over $400 million in non-dilutive payments to Statera.
“Statera’s naltrexone assets will be a great addition to our immune-modulation products and immunotherapy technologies,” said Kevin Phelps, CEO, Immune Therapeutics. “We believe that they can significantly enhance our ability to combat chronic, life‐threatening diseases and bring hope to millions of patients and their families.”
About Statera Biopharma
Statera Biopharma (formerly Cytocom, Inc.) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel immunotherapies targeting autoimmune, neutropenia/anemia, emerging viruses and cancers based on a proprietary platform designed to rebalance the body’s immune system and restore homeostasis. Statera has one of the largest platforms of toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists in the biopharmaceutical industry with TLR4 and TLR9 antagonists, and the TLR5 agonists, Entolimod and GP532. TLRs are a class of protein that plays a key role in the innate immune system. Statera is developing therapies designed to directly elicit within patients a robust and durable response of antigen-specific killer T-cells and antibodies, thereby activating essential immune defenses against autoimmune, inflammatory, infectious diseases, and cancers. Statera has clinical programs for Crohn’s disease (STAT-201), hematology (Entolimod), pancreatic cancer (STAT-401) and COVID-19 (STAT-205) in addition to potential expansion into fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. To learn more about Statera Biopharma, please visit www.staterabiopharma.com.
About Immune Therapeutics
Immune Therapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical company involved in the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of novel patented therapies to combat chronic, life-threatening diseases through the activation and modulation of the body’s immune system. The company’s technology platform is built on two different immunotherapies, Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) and Methionine-Enkephalin (MENK). Both therapies have been decades in the making at institutions such as the Pennsylvania State University Medical School at Hershey, University of Chicago, State University of New York, and Multiple Sclerosis Center at UCSF. To learn more about Immune Therapeutics, please visit https://www.immunetherapeutics.com.
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Executive V.P. Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
David Carey (IR)