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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 17, 2022

Registration No. 333-                

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

 

FORM S-1

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

Under The Securities Act of 1933

 

 

Heart Test Laboratories, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Texas   334510   26-1344466
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (Primary Standard Industrial
Classification Code Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)

 

550 Reserve St, Suite 360

Southlake, Texas 76092

682-237-7781

 

Mark Hilz

550 Reserve St, Suite 360

Southlake, Texas 76092

682-237-7781

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)   (Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

 

Copies to:

 

Richard F. Dahlson

Jackson Walker L.L.P.

2323 Ross Avenue

Suite 600

Dallas, Texas 75201-2725

214-953-6000

 

Steven R. Jacobs

Jackson Walker L.L.P.

112 East Pecan Street

Suite 2400

San Antonio, Texas

78205

210-978-7700

 

Andrea Cataneo

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

437 Madison Avenue

25th Floor

New York, New York 10022

212-509-3900

Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: As soon as practicable after the effective date of this Registration Statement.

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The Registrant hereby amends this Registration Statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the Registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this Registration Statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or until the Registration Statement shall become effective on such date as the Securities and Exchange Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.

 

 

 


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The information in this preliminary prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This preliminary prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted

 

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED MAY 17, 2022

PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS

[            ] Units Consisting of Shares of Common Stock and Warrants

Heart Test Laboratories, Inc.

This is the initial public offering of Heart Test Laboratories, Inc. We are offering units of securities (the “Units”), with each Unit consisting of (a) one share of our common stock, par value $0.001 per share (“Common Stock”), and (b) a warrant (the “Warrants”) to purchase one share of our Common Stock. The shares of our Common Stock and the Warrants are immediately separable and will be issued separately but will be purchased together in this offering. We are offering [            ] Units. Prior to this offering, there has been no public market for shares of our Common Stock or the Warrants. We anticipate that the initial public offering price will be between $[            ] and $[            ] per Unit. We will not issue fractional shares in connection with the exercise of Warrants. The Warrants included in the Units are immediately exercisable following the consummation of this offering, have an exercise price equal to the initial public offering price per Unit, and expire five (5) years from the date of issuance. We are offering all of the Units offered by this prospectus.

We have applied to list our Common Stock and Warrants on the Nasdaq Stock Market, or Nasdaq, under the symbol “HSCS” and “HSCSW,” respectively. No assurance can be given that our application will be approved or that a trading market will develop. In the event our listing application is not approved, we will not consummate this offering.

We are an “emerging growth company” and a “smaller reporting company,” as defined under the U.S. federal securities laws, and, as such, have elected to comply with certain reduced public company reporting requirements. See “Prospectus Summary—Implications of Being an ‘Emerging Growth Company’ and a ‘Smaller Reporting Company’.”

Investing in our securities involves a high degree of risk. See “Risk Factors” beginning on page 20.

 

 

 

     Per
Unit
     Total  

Public offering price(1)

   $                    $                

Underwriting discounts and commissions(2)

   $        $    

Proceeds to us (before expenses)

   $        $    

 

(1)

The public offering price and underwriting discount and commissions in respect of each Unit correspond to the public offering price per share of Common Stock of $[            ] and the public offering price per accompanying Warrant of $0.01.

(2)

We have agreed to reimburse the underwriters for certain expenses and the underwriters will receive compensation in addition to underwriting discounts and commissions. In addition, we have agreed to issue to the underwriters’ representative warrants to purchase up to a total of              shares of Common Stock (7% of the shares of Common Stock underlying the Units sold in this offering, excluding shares or Warrants sold to cover over-allotments, if any). The warrants are exercisable at $             per share (100% of the public offering price per Unit) commencing on a date which is six months from the effective date of this offering and expiring on a date which is no more than five (5) years from the effective date of this offering. See the section titled “Underwriting” beginning on page 138 of this prospectus for additional disclosure regarding underwriter compensation and offering expenses.

 

 

We have granted the representative of the underwriters an option to purchase from us, at the public offering price, less the underwriting discounts and commissions, up to an additional [            ] shares of Common Stock and/or additional Warrants to purchase [            ] shares of Common Stock, in any combination thereof, within 30 days from the date of this prospectus to cover over-allotments, if any. If the representative of the underwriters exercises the option in full, the total underwriting discounts and commissions and management fees payable will be $[            ] and the total proceeds to us, before expenses, will be $[            ].

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state or other foreign securities commission has approved nor disapproved these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The underwriters expect to deliver the Common Stock and the Warrants on or about [            ], 2022.

Book Running Manager

The Benchmark Company

The date of this prospectus is [            ], 2022


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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

     1  

THE OFFERING

     14  

SUMMARY FINANCIAL DATA

     17  

SUMMARY OF RISK FACTORS

     18  

RISK FACTORS

     20  

USE OF PROCEEDS

     59  

DIVIDEND POLICY

     60  

CAPITALIZATION

     61  

DILUTION

     63  

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

     65  

BUSINESS

     79  

MANAGEMENT

     109  

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

     114  

BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF PRINCIPAL SHAREHOLDERS AND MANAGEMENT

     116  

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

     119  

DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES

     122  

SHARES ELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE SALE

     133  

U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSIDERATIONS

     135  

UNDERWRITING

     138  

LEGAL MATTERS

     144  

EXPERTS

     144  

WHERE YOU CAN FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

     145  

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

     146  

INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

     F-1  

ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

You should rely only on the information contained in this prospectus and any free writing prospectus prepared by or on behalf of us or to which we have referred you. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with information that is different. We are offering to sell the Units, and seeking offers to buy the Units, only in jurisdictions where offers and sales are permitted. The information in this prospectus is accurate only as of the date of this prospectus, regardless of the time of delivery of this prospectus or any sale of the Units.

For investors outside of the United States: Neither we nor any of the underwriters have done anything that would permit this offering or possession or distribution of this prospectus in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required, other than in the United States. You are required to inform yourselves about and to observe any restrictions relating to this offering and the distribution of this prospectus.

In this prospectus, “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company” and “HeartSciences” refer to Heart Test Laboratories, Inc., a Texas corporation. References to “Fiscal 2022” refer to the 12-months ended April 30, 2022, references to “Fiscal 2021” refer to the 12-months ended April 30, 2021 and references to “Fiscal 2020” refer to the 12-months ended April 30, 2020.

Unless defined elsewhere, capitalized terms used in this prospectus are defined in the “Glossary of Terms” appearing directly before the Index to Financial Statements.

 

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TRADEMARKS AND TRADE NAMES

Our trademarks are the subject of trademark registrations in the United States as well as various other countries. Other brand names, names and trademarks contained in this prospectus are the property of their respective owners. Solely for convenience, trademarks, service marks and tradenames are referred to in this prospectus without the SM, TM and/or ® symbols or any typographical emphasis (such as italicized or underlined text), but such references are not intended to indicate, in any way, that the owner thereof will not assert, to the fullest extent under applicable law, such owner’s rights to their service marks, trade names and trademarks.

MyoVista®, wavECG TM, HEARTSCIENCES, and Heart Test Laboratories are trademarks and/or service marks of the Company registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO. Other trademarks, service marks and trade names in this prospectus are the property of their respective owners.

INDUSTRY AND MARKET DATA

This prospectus includes statistical, market and industry data and forecasts which we obtained from publicly available information and independent industry publications and reports that we believe to be reliable sources. These publicly available industry publications and reports generally state that they obtain their information from sources that they believe to be reliable, but they do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information. Although we believe that these sources are reliable, we have not independently verified the information contained in such publications. We are liable for all information in this prospectus and the registration statement on Form S-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, of which this prospectus constitutes a part.

REVERSE STOCK SPLIT AND CONVERTIBLE BRIDGE NOTE PRIVATE PLACEMENT

On January 31, 2022, our shareholders granted our Board of Directors the discretion to effect a consolidation, which we refer to as the reverse stock split, of our Common Stock at a rate to be determined by our Board of Directors at a later date. The Board of Directors approved a one-for-[            ] reverse stock split on [                    ], 2022. In addition, since October 2021, we have sold an aggregate of $4.7 million principal amount of secured subordinated convertible notes, which we refer to as the Bridge Notes, and warrants, which we refer to as the Bridge Warrants, to purchase a total of [            ] shares of Common Stock in a private placement, which we refer to as the 2021 Bridge Financing. Upon consummation of this offering, the Bridge Notes will convert into a total of [            ] shares of Common Stock, assuming the conversion of each holder’s Bridge Notes up to the Maximum Percentage, as defined in the Glossary of Terms. In the event any holder of Bridge Notes would beneficially own in excess of the Maximum Percentage, such holder shall receive Pre-Funded Warrants, as defined in the Glossary of Terms, in lieu of shares of Common Stock. Unless the context otherwise expressly dictates or as otherwise set forth in this prospectus, all references to share and per share amounts referred to herein reflect the reverse stock split, the conversion of the Bridge Notes up to the Maximum Percentage by each holder of Bridge Notes, the conversion of all of the $1.5M Notes, as defined in the Glossary of Terms, into [_______] shares of Common Stock, and the conversion of all shares of Series A Preferred Stock into [             ] shares of Common Stock and all shares of Series B Preferred Stock into [             ] shares of Common Stock, which occurred prior to this offering in [            ] 2022. For more information, please refer to the “Prospectus Summary—Recent Developments.”

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Some of the statements made under “Prospectus Summary,” “Risk Factors,” “Use of Proceeds,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” “Business” and

 

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elsewhere in this prospectus constitute forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “intends,” or “continue,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology.

These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to our objectives, plans and strategies, statements that contain projections of results of operations or of financial condition, expected capital needs and expenses, statements relating to the research, development, completion and use of our device, and all statements (other than statements of historical facts) that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties. We have based these forward-looking statements on assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate.

Important factors that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements include, among other things:

 

   

our expectation regarding the sufficiency of our existing cash and cash equivalents to fund our current operations;

 

   

our ability to receive regulatory clearance for the MyoVista wavECG, or the MyoVista, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, state regulators, if any, or other similar foreign regulatory agencies, including approval to conduct clinical trials, the timing and scope of those trials and the prospects for regulatory approval or clearance of, or other regulatory action with respect to the MyoVista;

 

   

our ability to advance the development of the MyoVista, our full function conventional 12-lead electrocardiograph, or ECG, device that incorporates an additional proprietary artificial intelligence-based algorithm that has been designed with the expectation of detecting cardiac dysfunction caused by heart disease or age-related cardiac dysfunction, and future potential products;

 

   

our ability to launch sales of the MyoVista into the U.S. and any future potential products;

 

   

our assessment of the potential of the MyoVista and future potential products to diagnose certain indications;

 

   

our planned level of capital expenditures and liquidity;

 

   

our plans to continue to invest in research and development to develop technology for new products;

 

   

the regulatory environment and changes in the health policies and regimes in the countries in which we intend to operate, including the impact of any changes in regulation and legislation that could affect the medical device industry;

 

   

our ability to meet our expectations regarding the commercial supply of the MyoVista and any future products;

 

   

our ability to retain key executives;

 

   

our ability to internally develop new inventions and intellectual property;

 

   

the overall global economic environment;

 

   

the impact of COVID-19 and resulting government actions on us;

 

   

the impact of competition and new technologies;

 

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general market, political and economic conditions in the countries in which we operate;

 

   

our ability to internally develop new devices and intellectual property;

 

   

our expectations regarding the use of proceeds from this offering;

 

   

changes in our strategy; and

 

   

litigation.

These statements are only current predictions and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our or our industry’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. We discuss many of these risks in this prospectus in greater detail under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this prospectus. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Except as required by law, we are under no duty to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this prospectus.

 

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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

This summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this prospectus. This summary does not contain all of the information you should consider before investing in our securities. Before you decide to invest in our securities, you should read the entire prospectus carefully, including the “Risk Factors” section and the financial statements and related notes appearing at the end of this prospectus. In this prospectus, “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company” and “HeartSciences” refer to Heart Test Laboratories, Inc., a Texas corporation. Unless the context otherwise expressly dictates or as otherwise set forth in this prospectus, all references to share and per share amounts referred to herein reflect the reverse stock split, the conversion of the Maximum Percentage of the Bridge Notes by each holder, the conversion of all of the $1.5M Notes and the conversion of the Series A Preferred Stock and the Series B Preferred Stock.

Company Overview

We are a medical technology company focused on applying innovative AI-based technology to an ECG (also known as an EKG) to expand and improve an ECG’s clinical usefulness. Our objective is to make an ECG a far more valuable cardiac screening tool, particularly in frontline or point-of-care clinical settings. HeartSciences’ first product candidate for FDA clearance, the MyoVista wavECG, or the MyoVista, is a resting 12-lead ECG that is also designed to provide diagnostic information related to cardiac dysfunction which has traditionally only been available through the use of cardiac imaging. The MyoVista also provides conventional ECG information in the same test. Our business model, which involves the use of the MyoVista device and consumables for each test, is expected to be “razor-razorblade” as the electrodes used with the MyoVista are proprietary to HeartSciences, and new electrodes are required for every test performed.

Our device is not cleared for marketing by the FDA and our future success is dependent upon receiving FDA De Novo clearance for the MyoVista and raising sufficient funds to finish our pivotal clinical validation study and device testing and development to submit for, and achieve, FDA De Novo clearance. Additional funding would then be required to support the sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., provide working capital and support further research and development, or R&D.

We believe that there is currently no low-cost, front-line, medical device that is effective at screening for heart disease. As a result, we believe that frontline physicians face a significant challenge in determining if a patient has heart disease. Although many think of the ECG as the frontline heart disease test, in 2012, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, or USPSTF, conducted an evaluation of conventional ECG testing and stated: “There is no good evidence that an ECG helps physicians predict heart risks in people with no symptoms any better than traditional considerations such as current or former smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.”

ECG devices record the electrical signals of a patient’s heart. The ECG is a ubiquitous, relatively low-cost, simple and quick test; it is portable and can be performed in a wide range of clinical settings by a non-specialist clinician or clinical aide. There are three basic categories of heart disease: electrical (such as an arrhythmia), structural (such as valvular disease) and ischemic (such as coronary artery disease, or CAD). Conventional resting ECGs have limited sensitivity in detecting structural and ischemic disease and are typically used for diagnosing cardiac rhythm abnormalities, such as atrial fibrillation, also known as Afib, or acute coronary syndrome, such as a myocardial infarction, which is also known as a heart attack. However, traditional ECGs have a limited role in identifying cardiac dysfunction associated with structural and ischemic disease.

HeartSciences has designed the MyoVista to help address these limitations and extend the clinical capability of an ECG in detecting cardiac dysfunction. We apply AI-machine learning to the signal processed electrical signal of the heart. Our first algorithm, which is not yet FDA cleared, is designed to detect cardiac dysfunction caused by heart disease and/or age-related cardiac dysfunction.

 

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The editorial comment associated with the study titled “Prediction of Abnormal Myocardial Relaxation from Signal Processed Surface ECG” presented below discusses recent applications of machine learning to data derived from surface 12-lead ECGs in relation to cardiac dysfunction:

“These are some of the most significant advances in electrocardiography since its inception, which has historically had a limited, if any, role in the evaluation of cardiac dysfunction. In the past, our cardiovascular community was resigned to the fact that surface ECGs are poor indicators for cardiac dysfunction.”

Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH, MSC, Department of Cardiology, Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, Texas, et. al., Journal of American College of Cardiology Editorial Comment Volume 76 Number 8 2020.

Almost all forms of heart disease, including CAD and structural disease, affect heart muscle, or cardiac, function prior to symptoms. Impaired cardiac function is first observed as impaired cardiac relaxation which is an early indicator of diastolic dysfunction and usually continues to increase in severity as heart disease progresses. The diastolic phase of the cardiac cycle occurs when the heart muscle relaxes (following contraction). Diastolic dysfunction may also be related to age-related cardiac dysfunction.

If we receive FDA clearance for the MyoVista, our main target markets would be frontline healthcare environments in the U.S., such as primary care, to assist physician decision making in the cardiology referral process. Currently, cardiology referral decisions are often based on a patient’s risk factors and/or a conventional ECG test. Accordingly, many patients with heart disease are left undetected while no treatment or intervention is required for most patients referred for cardiac imaging. We believe that adding the capability to detect cardiac dysfunction to a standard 12-lead resting ECG could help improve cardiac referral pathways and be valuable for patients, physicians, health systems and third-party payors.

We previously submitted an FDA De Novo classification request in December 2019. Based on feedback and communications with the FDA during 2020, we have been making modifications to our device and are partially through a new, pivotal clinical validation study and the device testing and development necessary for a revised FDA De Novo submission, which we expect to take place later in the current fiscal year ending April 30, 2023. For additional information regarding the FDA regulatory process, see “Business—FDA and Other Government Regulation”.

We require the funding from this offering to continue our work towards FDA resubmission and clearance. Although the net proceeds of this offering are anticipated to be sufficient to achieve FDA clearance, which would allow us to market the MyoVista in the U.S., there is no assurance that this would be the case. Additional funding would be required to support the sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., provide working capital and support further R&D. Our auditors’ report on our audited financial statements for Fiscal 2021 contains an explanatory paragraph regarding substantial doubts about our ability to continue as a going concern because we have experienced recurring losses, negative cash flows from operations, limited capital resources, a net shareholders’ deficit, as well as significant debt obligations. These events and conditions, along with other matters, indicate that a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt on our ability to continue as a going concern. If we are unable to continue as a going concern, we may have to liquidate our assets, and the values we receive for our assets in liquidation or dissolution could be significantly lower than the values reflected in our financial statements.

Heart Disease Facts and Current ECG Testing Limitations

Heart disease refers to a variety of conditions that affect the heart—including heart rhythm problems, heart valve problems, genetic defects and blood-vessel diseases such as coronary artery disease. It is often referred to as the “silent killer” and, according to the American Heart Association, one in three patients are not properly

 

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diagnosed until after a heart attack occurs and 50% of men and 64% of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Statistics published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, show that in the United States heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups. According to the CDC, one person dies from cardiovascular disease every 36 seconds and heart disease accounts for approximately one in four deaths. In 2018, 30.3 million U.S. adults were diagnosed with heart disease including 18.2 million adults with CAD. Approximately 605,000 patients in the U.S. have a heart attack each year with approximately 20% of deaths from CAD occurring in adults less than 65 years old. The scale of the problem is similar worldwide. In 2020, the World Health Organization confirmed that heart disease has remained the leading cause of death at the global level for the last 20 years. Ischemic heart disease now represents 16% of global deaths and an estimated 17.9 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2019, representing 32% of all global deaths.

As heart disease progresses to more acute stages, the cost to treat patients increases significantly. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cost to the healthcare system and is estimated to be responsible for one in every six healthcare dollars spent in the United States. Heart disease costs in the United States were approximately $363 billion in each of 2016 and 2017, including the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death. Governments, healthcare providers and payors are motivated to shift the diagnosis and management of these conditions to earlier stages where better patient outcomes can be delivered at lower costs.

We believe that there is currently no low-cost, front-line, medical device that is effective at screening for heart disease. As a result, frontline physicians face a significant challenge in determining if a patient has heart disease. The conventional ECG is thought of by many to be the front-line tool in cardiac testing, but it has poor sensitivity in detecting CAD or structural heart disease.

Overuse of Expensive Cardiology-Based Diagnostic Testing

We believe that the absence of cost-effective front-line or primary-care-based testing has resulted in the over-use of costly cardiology-based diagnostic tests. Noninvasive cardiac tests are significant contributors to healthcare costs, accounting for greater than 40% of Medicare Part B spending on medical imaging, or over $17 billion annually according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS. There are a variety of effective, though expensive, diagnostic tests for patients used to detect heart disease. These are typically performed in a specialist cardiology or hospital setting and include:

 

   

Stress ECG testing, a non-invasive diagnostic test with a cost of approximately $200 with, according to the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, a sensitivity of 68% in the detection of CAD.

 

   

Echocardiogram, or echo, a non-invasive diagnostic imaging test, similar to an ultrasound, that is effective in the detection of heart disease; however, the Medicare cost of an echo in a hospital is approximately $600 and can be as much as $3,000 if performed privately.

 

   

Cardiac imaging tests, such as nuclear stress tests and coronary CT angiograms, or CCTA, alternatively can be conducted noninvasively, but typically cost $1,000 or more.

 

   

Coronary angiogram, an invasive test in which dye that is visible by X-ray is injected into the blood vessels of the heart. A coronary angiogram can cost in excess of $5,000.

For additional information see “Business—Heart Disease Facts and Current ECG Testing Limitations.”

Diastolic Dysfunction, an Early Indicator of Heart Disease

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well understood for many years. However, according to the American Heart Association Statistics Committee report in 2013, approximately 50% of patients with heart failure symptoms have ejection fraction measures that are not markedly abnormal. In addition, multiple articles published by the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, state that approximately 50% of heart failure, or HF, cases are due to severe diastolic dysfunction, also called heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, or HFpEF. As a result, understanding the causes and progression of diastolic dysfunction has become a key area of scientific and clinical interest. This research has led to the understanding that almost all patients with systolic dysfunction also have diastolic dysfunction and almost all types of heart disease including CAD, valvular disease, cardiomyopathy, hypertension, congenital heart disease, and pericardial disease induce diastolic dysfunction.

According to an article by Dr. Dalane W. Kitzman, MD and Dr. William C. Little, MD published in the February 14, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, diastolic performance is sensitive to nearly all of the common disease processes that affect cardiovascular function. The article indicates that left ventricular, or LV, diastolic function is impaired by all of the common disease processes that affect LV function or produce LV hypertrophy or fibrosis, including hypertension, diabetes, ischemia, myocarditis, toxins, and infiltrative cardiomyopathies. LV diastolic dysfunction, or LVDD, begins early in the heart disease process and continues to increase in severity as heart disease progresses. LVDD is now recognized as one of the earliest signs of heart disease and typical onset occurs when a patient is still asymptomatic. We believe that the early detection of diastolic dysfunction can be a valuable marker for almost all forms of heart disease and age-related cardiac abnormalities that may otherwise be missed by current conventional ECG devices.

For additional information see “Business—Diastolic Dysfunction, an Early Indicator of Heart Disease.”

Product and Technology

The MyoVista device has been developed in response to the relatively recent understanding in cardiology that most forms of heart disease are associated with LV relaxation abnormalities and diastolic dysfunction. The MyoVista is a 12-lead resting ECG device that features our proprietary algorithm developed to detect cardiac dysfunction in the diastolic phase, specifically slower than normal left ventricular relaxation rates as defined by the American Society of Echocardiology Guidelines.

The MyoVista also includes the capabilities of a full-featured conventional 12-lead resting ECG including analysis using the Glasgow Algorithm, also known as the Glasgow ECG Interpretation Algorithm. Developed by the University of Glasgow in the UK, the 12-lead ECG Analysis Algorithm has been relied upon for more than 35 years and is a widely respected resting ECG interpretive algorithm. The Glasgow Algorithm was developed and has been continuously improved over the years by a team of world-renowned ECG researchers. The Glasgow Algorithm is licensed to the Company pursuant to the Glasgow Licensing Agreement. For additional information regarding the Glasgow Algorithm and our license, see “Business—Intellectual Property—Glasgow Licensing Agreement.”

In the MyoVista, the conventional ECG (including the Glasgow Algorithm) and our proprietary algorithm which has been designed to detect diastolic abnormalities are combined as a single test with results presented separately. The MyoVista has a high-resolution touchscreen display and incorporates many easy and intuitive to use features commonly associated with a tablet device. For additional information see “Business—Product and Technology.”

 

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MyoVista device with 1 lead view of signal processed waveform

 

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Market Opportunity

Diagnostic Gap

We believe that the significant diagnostic gap in heart disease is early identification. Heart disease often remains asymptomatic for many years as disease progresses until it reaches an acute stage, at which point many patients have a heart attack or die without prior diagnosis of disease. For this reason, heart disease is often referred to as the “silent killer.” In 2012, the United States Preventative Services Task Force stated that there is no good evidence that an ECG helps physicians predict heart risks in people with no symptoms any better than traditional considerations such as smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, acknowledging the diagnostic gap that currently exists.

According to the CDC, cardiovascular disease remains the biggest cost for the US healthcare system at approximately $216 billion per year. The cost of treating acute cardiac events and heart failure is especially high in comparison to preventative treatment. Governments, healthcare providers and third-party payors are focused on shifting the diagnosis and management of heart disease to earlier stages where better patient outcomes can be delivered at lower cost; however, to make substantial progress the existing diagnostic gap needs to be closed.

We believe that the scale of cardiac disease as well as changing demographics, growing ECG market, impetus to identify risks earlier through low-cost testing which is better able to detect heart disease at an early stage, along with the increasing number and type of health care settings creates a significant opportunity for a device such as the MyoVista.

Changing Demographics

Heart disease is most commonly found in individuals age 65 and older with incidences of heart disease increasing at 65 years for men and 71.8 years for women. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, advances in the field of medicine have led to an increase in life expectancy which, as of 2019, was estimated to average 78.9 years for a person in the U.S., up from 75.4 years in 1990. As life expectancy increases, the average age of the population is expected to increase. According to the U.S. Health and Human Services—Office of the Inspector General, or the HHS, the population age 65 and older increased from 38.8 million in 2008 to 52.4 million in 2018 (a 35% increase) and is projected to reach 94.7 million in 2060. By 2030, more than 20 percent of U.S. residents are projected to be age 65 and over. Since heart disease is most commonly found in individuals age 65 years and older, and that population pool is increasing, we believe there is a significant opportunity for a device such as the MyoVista.

 

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Growing ECG Market

The demand for electrocardiograph devices and related supplies known as electrodes is on the rise worldwide. Despite the limitations of the conventional ECG and healthcare guidance around the world that recommends against its use for screening, in the absence of a better alternative, the ECG remains a ubiquitous and widely-used test throughout healthcare including non-cardiology settings. It is estimated that 1.5 million to 3 million ECGs are performed worldwide every day, making it one of the most commonly used cardiovascular diagnostic tests in healthcare and a fundamental tool in clinical practice. It is estimated that more than 100 million ECGs are performed each year in the United States. The 2018 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey indicated that office-based patient care physicians, excluding anesthesiologists and federal facilities such as VA clinics, ordered or provided 27 million ECG tests and four million stress ECGs during office visits, and the 2017 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey showed that during ambulatory care visits to hospital emergency departments, an additional 28 million ECG tests were ordered or performed by hospital emergency departments.

Impetus to Identify Risks Earlier for More Effective Low-Cost Testing

A key goal of the HHS is reducing healthcare costs. This places pressure on physicians and healthcare institutions to contain healthcare costs. Additionally, one of the key objectives of HHS’s Healthy People 2030, is to increase preventive care for people of all ages. We believe that efforts towards preventive care and maintenance will lead to more testing for high-risk individuals and patients who have existing cardiac conditions. This trend, we believe, in tandem with the push to shorten hospital stays, has created an impetus to identify pre-symptomatic patients at risk more effectively at the front-line physician or clinic level and to treat recovering cardiac patients through outpatient care and rehabilitation.

It is our belief that the MyoVista is positioned to respond to the global need for more effective, low-cost ECG testing alternative for heart disease.

Changing Nature of Healthcare Providers

The delivery of healthcare in the U.S. is evolving. Alternative treatment sites, such as retail clinics, concierge medicine, urgent care clinics and ambulatory surgical centers, deliver care from qualified providers in settings outside of emergency departments, hospitals or traditional physician offices. We expect this trend to accelerate the drive to provide more effective preventative care and represents a significant opportunity for the introduction of the MyoVista as a new medical device that offers an enhanced ability to screen for heart disease.

Capitation Provides an Incentive to Identify Medicare Advantage Patients

Healthcare providers are paid either through fee-for-service or capitation. Fee-for-service is a payment model where services are unbundled and paid for separately. In health care, the fee-for-service payment model incentivizes physicians to provide more treatments because payment is dependent on the quantity, rather than quality, of care. Capitation is a payment arrangement that pays a physician or group of physicians a set amount for each enrolled person assigned to them, per period of time, whether or not that person seeks care. Under capitation, the amount of remuneration is based on the average expected healthcare utilization of that patient, with greater payment for patients with significant history of medical problems.

Approximately 42% (approximately 26 million people) of those covered by Medicare according to CMS are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. With respect to these patients, CMS pays capitation to healthcare providers. CMS uses risk adjustment to adjust capitation payments to health plans, either higher or lower, to account for the differences in the health costs of individuals with ailments such as heart failure, CAD, angina and

 

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valvular heart disease. Accordingly, under CMS guidelines, risk factor adjustments per patient will provide payment that is higher for sicker patients who have conditions where diagnosis codes are documented in the medical record as a result of a face-to-face visit. Therefore, there is a financial incentive to identify those Medicare Advantage patients who are sicker, including those who have undiagnosed ailments such as heart disease. We believe that undiagnosed heart disease represents a significant problem, and we believe insurance plans that have a high number of Medicare Advantage patients could be a target market for the MyoVista.

Market Strategy

General

Our objective is to make the MyoVista wavECG a standard-of-care, as an affordable and valuable medical test. Our business model, which involves the capital sale of the MyoVista device and the use of proprietary supplies (electrodes) for each test, is “razor-razorblade.” The electrode connection system is patented which, together with our proprietary high quality electrodes, facilitate high quality, stable ECG signal capture, which, we believe is important as the MyoVista analyzes frequency data as well as conventional ECG information. Because new electrodes are needed for each test, our proprietary electrodes, if purchased, would provide recurring per-test revenue for each MyoVista device sold. In short, unlike many new healthcare products, we do not expect to primarily rely on high device pricing and instead will seek to encourage adoption and to rely on recurring revenue as an important aspect of our business model.

Territories

Our initial sales focus will primarily be within the U.S. We intend to market the MyoVista in the U.S. using a direct sales force following FDA clearance. Outside of the U.S., for markets such as Europe and Latin America, we intend to utilize medical device distributors that have existing healthcare provider relationships and experience selling ECG devices, which will be supported by a small number of local field personnel.

Potential Markets

We believe that there is a large variety of potential markets for the MyoVista. Conventional ECGs are used throughout healthcare in almost every clinical setting including clinics, doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, and hospitals. We believe that, in many of those settings, the additional information on cardiac dysfunction which the MyoVista is designed to provide, in addition to the conventional ECG information provided, could be extremely valuable.

The MyoVista’s range of applications and potential uses are vast, and include providing:

 

   

Primary care—front-line cardiac testing/referral tool, heart disease screening.

 

   

Retail Healthcare—access to ECG testing at retail sites such as CVS, Walmart and Walgreens.

 

   

Emergency Departments—enhanced ECG testing for emergency room patients.

 

   

Cardiologists—prescreening cardiology patients.

 

   

Hospitals—in-patient testing or testing prior to discharge, particularly cardiac wards.

 

   

Surgery—pre-anesthesia testing, pre/post intervention.

 

   

Life Insurance testing—ECGs when required in connection with the issuance of life insurance policies.

 

   

Specialty Environments—screening for conditions such as, cardiomyopathy, cardiac oncology, drug trials, heart failure, and diabetes.

 

   

Athlete testing—cardiac screening programs for athletes.

 

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Early Target Markets

Initially, our focus markets will be on: cardiology; primary care providers that serve upper to middle income regions including concierge medicine providers; retail clinics; and insurers with high levels of Medicare Advantage patients.

Reimbursement

In addition to penetrating the health care settings described above, a key element of our strategy is to qualify for third-party payor reimbursement. This strategy has two stages. During the first stage, we intend to seek the support of the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, to use existing Current Procedural Terminology, or CPT, codes for the standard ECG functionality of the MyoVista. CPT codes are numbers assigned to each task or service provided by a healthcare provider including medical, surgical and diagnostic services. Insurers use the numbers to determine the amount to pay a provider. While we cannot assure you that we will receive such approval by ACC, this would provide physicians with the ability to use existing 12-lead ECG reimbursement codes. Medicare reimbursement for existing ECG testing procedures with interpretation and report ranges from approximately $17 to $55 depending on the type of healthcare facility. These charges would go directly to the healthcare facility/physician.

After this initial stage, our longer-term reimbursement strategy is to obtain additional reimbursement for the MyoVista capabilities related to detecting cardiac dysfunction. While we cannot assure you that we will be successful in obtaining additional reimbursement codes, if we are successful, this could potentially provide total reimbursement that is larger than reimbursement for conventional ECG devices, which, in turn, could place the MyoVista at a competitive advantage as compared to conventional ECG devices. Any additional CPT codes that are issued and recognized by payors for the MyoVista related to our longer-term reimbursement strategy could provide a revenue advantage as compared to CPT codes for conventional ECG devices.

Competition

The medical device industry is characterized by rapidly advancing technologies, intense competition, and a strong emphasis on proprietary products. There are many medical device companies, biotechnology companies, public and private universities and research organizations actively engaged in the research and development of products that may be similar to the MyoVista. Competitors could include traditional ECG manufacturers such as General Electric Company, or GE, Koninklijke Philips N.V., or Philips, and Nihon Kohden Corporation that may seek to innovate due to competition from HeartSciences, and new competitors that also see the opportunity to finally innovate in a market that, we believe, has significant need for improved products and technology change.

Intellectual Property

Our technology is protected by a patent portfolio as well as trade secrets, which together comprise an important part of technology protection for our existing and any future proprietary algorithms (especially when developing proprietary algorithms). We believe that the combination of patents and trade secrets create valuable competitive barriers in favor of HeartSciences.

The USPTO has issued five utility patents and one design patent to us, and has allowed a sixth utility patent application. We have two utility patent applications under the USPTO’s review. These patents expire from March 5, 2029 to August 27, 2040. We also have seven utility patents (which expire from September 20, 2036 to March 9, 2037) and fourteen design registrations granted by international jurisdictions such as China, Japan, France, Germany and Australia, and have received an allowance of a further patent application by the European Patent Office. We also have several pending patent applications in several international jurisdictions including Brazil, Canada, India, Israel, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.

 

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In addition, we have entered into two agreements that are material to our rights to the intellectual property utilized in the MyoVista:

 

   

In January 2014, we entered into an invention assignment agreement, which we refer to as the MyoVista Technology Agreement, under which certain specified MyoVista technology and proprietary and intellectual property rights thereto (including patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets and know-how) were transferred and assigned to us by the inventor; and

 

   

In December 2015, we entered into a licensing agreement, which we refer to as the Glasgow Licensing Agreement, with The University Court of the University of Glasgow, under which we obtained a non-exclusive, worldwide license, renewing automatically every five years, to software modules for an Android platform for analysis of resting 12-lead electrocardiograms and all intellectual property rights (including patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets and know-how) relating to the software modules to be used in the MyoVista.

For additional information, including a listing of the patents and trademarks that have been registered with the USPTO, see “Business—Intellectual Property”.

Research and Development

The Company’s research and development, or R&D, staff designs our hardware, software and AI-based algorithms. Hardware development assistance is provided by outside consulting firms. The Company internally develops the signal processing software elements along with outside assistance. The user interface elements of the software are designed by the Company along with the assistance of outside consultants. The data science work necessary to build the AI-based algorithms is performed both internally and externally using outside consultants. Incorporation of all software elements into the MyoVista hardware is performed internally. We currently employ five full-time R&D staff.

We believe our research demonstrates the potential to develop further algorithms for a range of additional clinical indications. Studies involving use of the MyoVista have already been published demonstrating alternative clinical indications. We believe that in the future the ECG will have significantly greater clinical value and will facilitate far more effective heart disease screening and referral.

Recent Developments

2021 Bridge Financing

In October 2021, we conducted an initial closing of a private placement with accredited investors of secured subordinated convertible notes, or notes, in the principal amount of $0.7 million, plus warrants, or warrants, to purchase one share of Common Stock for each share of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the principal amount of the notes. At the time of this initial closing, we informed the investors that we were negotiating the terms of a possible investment by a lead investor and if that investment was concluded then the investors in the initial closing would be offered the right to exchange the notes and warrants issued in the initial closing for the securities issued to the lead investor. Following closing with the lead investor of the Securities Purchase Agreement referenced in the 2021 Bridge Financing described below, all investors in the initial closing exchanged their notes and warrants for the securities issued in the 2021 Bridge Financing.

In December 2021, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement, which we refer to as the Securities Purchase Agreement, with the lead investor and additional accredited investors, or the Purchasers, which we refer to as our 2021 Bridge Financing. From December 2021 to February 2022, we issued and sold (i) Bridge Notes in

 

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an aggregate principal amount of $4.7 million (which included the exchange of the $0.7 million from the initial closing described above) and (ii) Bridge Warrants to purchase [            ] million shares of Common Stock in the 2021 Bridge Financing. The Company received net proceeds (net of the original issue discount, or OID) of $4.2 million in the 2021 Bridge Financing. The 2021 Bridge Financing concluded on February 28, 2022.

Each Bridge Note was issued with a 10% original issue discount and is convertible into a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the principal amount of the Bridge Note divided by an initial conversion price of the lower of (i) $[            ] per share or (ii) a 30% discount to the price per share in this offering (for purposes of this prospectus, we have assumed that this offering will be a qualified offering, as defined below), which is referred to as the Conversion Price. For two years after the issuance date of the Bridge Notes until conversion occurs, the Conversion Price of the Bridge Notes is subject to adjustment for certain events such as stock dividends and splits and issuances of shares of Common Stock or securities convertible into or exercisable for shares of Common Stock at a price less than the Conversion Price, in which event the Conversion Price will be subject to a full ratchet downward to the price at which such newly-issued shares of Common Stock or securities convertible into or exercisable for shares of Common Stock were issued.

The Bridge Notes bear interest at 8% per annum payable on the maturity date of the Bridge Notes of December 22, 2024 and are secured by a subordinated security interest in substantially all of the assets, including patents and other intellectual property, of the Company. From and after the one-year anniversary of the issuance of the Bridge Notes, the Company may prepay the principal of the Bridge Notes and all accrued and unpaid interest thereon at a price of 115% of the principal amount to be prepaid (plus accrued and unpaid interest). In addition, upon the occurrence of an event of default or a change of control of the Company (as defined in the Bridge Notes), the holders of the Bridge Notes may redeem their Bridge Notes in an amount equal to 125% of the principal amount (plus accrued and unpaid interest).

Assuming this offering constitutes a qualified offering, the Bridge Notes will convert into shares of Common Stock at the Conversion Price automatically upon the consummation of this offering. A qualified offering is defined as a public offering in the U.S. pursuant to a registration statement declared effective by the SEC, pursuant to which the Common Stock is listed for trading on a securities exchange, such as the Nasdaq, with (i) minimum gross proceeds of $6.0 million and (ii) minimum net proceeds of $5.0 million after deducting all fees and expenses in connection with such offering. With respect to the conversion of the Bridge Notes, in the event any Purchaser, together with its affiliates and any other person acting as a group as defined under Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, whom we refer to as the Attribution Parties, would beneficially own in excess of 4.99% of the number of shares of the Common Stock outstanding immediately after giving effect to the conversion of all or any portion of the Bridge Notes, or the Maximum Percentage, shall receive Pre-Funded Warrants in lieu of shares of Common Stock. Any such Purchaser may adjust the Maximum Percentage at any time, upon 61 days’ notice, provided that the Maximum Percentage may not be adjusted above 9.99% of the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately after giving effect to the conversion of all or any portion of the Bridge Notes. The exercise of the Pre-Funded Warrants is also subject to the Maximum Percentage, except that any exercise of the Pre-Funded Warrants resulting in a number of shares in excess of the Maximum Percentage shall be deemed null and void and shall be cancelled ab initio. A description of the Pre-Funded Warrants is set forth in “Description of Securities—Warrants.”

In connection with the 2021 Bridge Financing, we also issued warrants to initially purchase [            ] million shares of Common Stock, subject to adjustment, which we refer to as the Bridge Warrants. The Bridge Warrants expire in five years from the date of issuance, beginning on December 22, 2026, and have an initial Exercise Price of $[            ] per share, subject to certain adjustments. No holder of a Bridge Warrant may exercise any portion of a Bridge Warrant if after giving effect to such exercise such holder (together with its Attribution Parties) would beneficially own in excess of the Maximum Percentage of 4.99% of the number of shares of the Common Stock outstanding immediately after giving effect to the issuance of shares of Common Stock but not including shares of

 

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Common Stock issuable upon exercise of such holder’s Bridge Warrants or Pre-Funded Warrants. This limitation may be waived by a holder, at its election, upon not less than 61 days’ prior notice to the Company, to change the limitation to 9.99% of the number of shares of the Common Stock outstanding immediately after giving effect to the issuance of shares of Common Stock upon exercise of such holder’s warrant. Any exercise of the Bridge Warrants resulting in a number of shares in excess of 9.99% of the number of shares of the Common Stock outstanding immediately after giving effect to the exercise shall be deemed null and void and shall be cancelled ab initio.

The exercise price of the Bridge Warrants is subject to adjustment for certain events such as stock dividends and splits and, if and whenever on or prior to the later of (i) the second anniversary of December 22, 2021 or (ii) the 18-month anniversary of the effective date of this offering, there are issuances of shares of Common Stock or securities convertible into or exercisable for shares of Common Stock at a price less than the exercise price of the Bridge Warrants, in which event the Exercise Price will be reduced to the price at which such newly issued shares of Common Stock or securities convertible into or exercisable for shares of Common Stock were issued. In addition, if the per share price in this offering is less than 125% of the Exercise Price, then the Exercise Price would be decreased to the issuance price of the shares of Common Stock sold in this offering. Upon a decrease in the Exercise Price, the number of shares of Common Stock that would be received shall be adjusted such that the total consideration to be received by the Company upon exercise in full of the Bridge Warrants would equal 150% of the principal amount of the Bridge Notes purchased by such holder.

In connection with the 2021 Bridge Financing, we also entered into a registration rights agreement, or the Registration Rights Agreement, with the Purchasers pursuant to which we agreed to file a resale registration statement, no later than [            ], 2022, with respect to the shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Bridge Notes, exercise of the Bridge Warrants or resulting from anti-dilution provisions in the Bridge Notes, the Bridge Warrants and the Pre-Funded Warrants (if any) or any securities issued or then issuable upon any stock split, dividend or other distribution, recapitalization or similar event. In the event that the registration statement relating to the resale of Common Stock issued pursuant to a conversion of the Bridge Notes or exercise of the Bridge Warrants and any Pre-Funded Warrants, or Registrable Securities, is not declared effective by the SEC on or prior to [            ], 2022, we are required to pay to each holder of Registrable Securities an amount in cash equal to two percent of the principal amount of such holder’s Bridge Notes. For additional information with respect to the Registration Rights Agreement, see “Description of Securities—Registration Rights”.

Conversion of Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock

In [    ] 2022, all outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock were converted into [            ] shares of Common Stock and all outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock were converted into [            ] shares of Common Stock. As of the date of this prospectus, there are no outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock or Series B Preferred Stock.

Implications of Being an “Emerging Growth Company” and a “Smaller Reporting Company”

We qualify as an “emerging growth company” under the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act of 2012, or the JOBS Act. For so long as we remain an emerging growth company, we may take advantage of relief from certain reporting requirements and other burdens generally applicable to public companies. In particular, as an emerging growth company we:

 

   

are not required to obtain an attestation and report from our auditors on our management’s assessment of our internal control over financial reporting pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act;

 

   

are not required to provide a detailed narrative disclosure discussing our compensation principles, objectives and elements and analyzing how those elements fit with our principles and objectives (commonly referred to as “compensation discussion and analysis”);

 

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are not required to obtain a non-binding advisory vote from our shareholders on executive compensation or golden parachute arrangements (commonly referred to as the “say-on-pay,” “say-on-frequency” and “say-on-golden-parachute” votes);

 

   

are exempt from certain executive compensation disclosure provisions requiring a pay-for-performance graph and CEO pay ratio disclosure;

 

   

may present only two years of audited financial statements and only two years of related Management’s Discussion & Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, or MD&A; and

 

   

are eligible to claim longer phase-in periods for the adoption of new or revised financial accounting standards under §107 of the JOBS Act.

We intend to take advantage of these reduced reporting requirements and exemptions, including the longer phase-in periods for the adoption of new or revised financial accounting standards under §107 of the JOBS Act. Our election to use the phase-in periods may make it difficult to compare our financial statements to those of non-emerging growth companies and other emerging growth companies that have opted out of the phase-in periods under §107 of the JOBS Act. Please see “Risk Factors—We are an ‘emerging growth company,’ and any decision on our part to comply with certain reduced disclosure requirements applicable to emerging growth companies could make the Common Stock less attractive to investors.”

Under the JOBS Act, we may take advantage of the above-described reduced reporting requirements and exemptions for up to five years after our initial sale of common equity pursuant to a registration statement declared effective under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act, or such earlier time that we no longer meet the definition of an emerging growth company. In this regard, the JOBS Act provides that we would cease to be an “emerging growth company” if we have more than $1.07 billion in annual revenue, have more than $700 million in market value of our Common Stock held by non-affiliates, or issue more than $1 billion in principal amount of non-convertible debt over a three-year period. Further, under current SEC rules we will continue to qualify as a “smaller reporting company” for so long as we have a public float (i.e., the market value of common equity held by non-affiliates) of less than $250 million as of the last business day of our most recently completed second fiscal quarter.

Certain of the reduced reporting requirements and exemptions available to us as an “emerging growth company” are also available to us due to the fact that we also qualify as a “smaller reporting company” under the SEC rules which means that the market value of our stock held by non-affiliates plus the proposed aggregate amount of gross proceeds to us as a result of this offering is less than $700 million and our annual revenue was less than $100 million during the most recently completed fiscal year. For instance, smaller reporting companies are not required to obtain an auditor attestation and report regarding internal control over financial reporting; are not required to provide a compensation discussion and analysis; are not required to provide a pay-for-performance graph or CEO pay ratio disclosure; and may present only two years of audited financial statements and related MD&A disclosure.

If we are a smaller reporting company at the time we cease to be an emerging growth company, we may continue to rely on exemptions from certain disclosure requirements that are available to smaller reporting companies and we may continue to be a smaller reporting company after this offering if either (i) the market value of our stock held by non-affiliates is less than $250 million as of the last business day of the second fiscal quarter or (ii) our annual revenue was less than $100 million during the most recently completed fiscal year and the market value of our stock held by non-affiliates is less than $700 million as of the last business day of the second fiscal quarter. Specifically, as a smaller reporting company we may choose to present only the two most recent fiscal years of audited financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and, similar to emerging growth companies, smaller reporting companies have reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation.

 

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Corporate Information

We are a Texas corporation based in Southlake, Texas and were incorporated in Texas in August 2007. Our principal executive offices are located at 550 Reserve Street, Suite 360, Southlake TX 76092. Our telephone number is 682-237-7781. We are doing business under an assumed name, HeartSciences. Our website address is www.heartsciences.com. The information contained on, or that can be accessed through, our website is not part of this prospectus. We have included our website address in this prospectus solely as an inactive textual reference.

 

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THE OFFERING

 

Common Stock currently issued and outstanding

[            ] shares

 

Securities offered by us

[            ] Units at $[            ] per Unit, each Unit consisting of:

 

   

One share of Common Stock; and

 

   

One Warrant to purchase one share of Common Stock. The Warrants may only be exercised at an exercise price of $[            ] per whole share of Common Stock, subject to adjustment in the event of stock dividends, stock splits, stock combinations, reclassifications or similar events affecting our Common Stock. The Warrants are exercisable upon completion of this offering and will expire five (5) years from the date of issuance. The Common Stock and the Warrants comprising the Units are immediately separable upon issuance and will be issued separately but will be purchased together in this offering. The terms of the Warrants will be governed by a Warrant Agreement between us and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, as the Warrant Agent. For more information, please see “Description of Securities—Warrants”.

 

Common Stock to be outstanding after this offering

[            ] shares (assuming that none of the Warrants are exercised) or [            ] shares if the Warrants offered hereby are exercised in full. If the underwriters exercise in full the over-allotment option to purchase an additional [            ] shares of Common Stock and/or Warrants to purchase an additional [            ] shares of Common Stock, the total number of shares of Common Stock immediately after this offering would be [            ] shares (assuming that none of the Warrants are exercised) or [            ] shares if the Warrants offered hereby are exercised in full, subject to the assumptions set forth below.

 

Over-allotment option

We have granted the underwriters an option for a period of up to 30 days to purchase, at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions, up to [            ] shares of additional Common Stock and/or Warrants to purchase an additional [            ] shares of Common Stock to cover over-allotments, if any.

 

Representative’s Warrants

We will issue to The Benchmark Company LLC, the representative of the underwriters, or its designees, warrants to purchase up to 7.0% of the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock sold in this offering (or up to                         shares). The representative’s warrants will have a term of five years from the effective date of the offering, will have an exercise price equal to 100% of the public offering price per Unit set forth on the cover page of this prospectus (or $             per share), will provide for a “cashless” exercise, and will contain certain antidilution adjustments (but excluding any price based antidilution). The representatives’ warrants will contain

 

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provisions for unlimited “piggyback” registration rights for a period of no greater than three (3) years from the effective date of the offering in compliance with FINRA Rule 5110(g)(8)(D). For additional information regarding the representative’s warrants, see “Underwriting—Representative’s Warrants”.

 

Use of proceeds

We expect to receive net proceeds from this offering of approximately $[            ], after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses, or approximately $[            ] if the underwriters exercise the over-allotment option in full.

 

  We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering (i) for estimated costs of approximately $3 million directly related to achieving FDA clearance for the MyoVista device, including costs for relevant Company personnel, associated device testing, validation and R&D, and completing the pivotal clinical validation study, (ii) for working capital and general corporate purposes until we can obtain FDA approval, (iii) to pay accrued and unpaid interest to one lender (John Q. Adams, Sr., a former director of the Company) under the $1M Loan and Security Agreement (as defined in the Glossary of Terms), which was $0.1 million as of January 31, 2022, and (iv) with respect to the remainder, if any, for working capital and general corporate purposes needed for the sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., which may include the hiring of additional personnel, capital expenditures and the costs of operating as a public company. The $1M Loan and Security Agreement, as amended, matures on September 30, 2023, assuming completion of this offering.

 

Risk factors

Investing in our securities involves a high degree of risk. You should read the “Risk Factors” section starting on page 19 of this prospectus for a discussion of factors to consider carefully before deciding to invest in our Common Stock.

 

Proposed Listing:

We have applied to list our Common Stock and Warrants to be issued in this offering on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol “HSCS” and “HSCSW,” respectively. No assurance can be given that our application will be approved or that a trading market will develop. In the event our listing application is not approved, we will not consummate this offering.

 

 

The number of shares of Common Stock to be outstanding immediately after this offering as shown above assumes that all of the Units offered hereby are sold, and is based on [            ] shares of Common Stock outstanding as of January 31, 2022, plus [            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon the conversion of up to

 

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the Maximum Percentage by each holder of the Bridge Notes, plus [            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon conversion of the $1.5M Notes, plus [            ] shares issued upon conversion of the Series A Preferred Stock and [            ] shares issued upon conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock.

 

  This number of shares of the Common Stock excludes:

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of Series C Preferred Stock (including conversion of the shares of Series C Preferred Stock issuable upon conversion of the $130K Note). See “Description of Securities—Preferred Stock” for additional information;

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options issued to directors, employees and consultants of the Company, of which [            ] were vested as of January 31, 2022;

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of the Investor Warrants, the $1M Lender Warrants, the $1.5M Lender Warrants, the Bridge Warrants, and the Pre-Funded Warrants, each as defined in the Glossary of Terms. See “Description of Securities—Warrants” for more information; and

 

   

[             ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of the Warrants; and

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of the underwriters’ representative’s warrants.

 

  This number of shares of Common Stock also excludes shares issuable pursuant to antidilution provisions set forth in the Bridge Warrants and the Series C Preferred Stock, which are each dependent on the market price of our Common Stock at the time of conversion. For additional information, see “Description of Securities—Antidilution Provisions”.

 

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SUMMARY FINANCIAL DATA

The following table summarizes our financial data. We have derived the following statements of operations data for Fiscal 2021 and Fiscal 2020 from our audited financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus. We have derived the following statements of operations data for the nine months ended January 31, 2022 and 2021, and the balance sheet data as of January 31, 2022, from our unaudited interim condensed financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus. Our historical results are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected in the future. The following summary financial data should be read in conjunction with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and with our financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this prospectus. Share numbers are based on the number of shares outstanding prior to the reverse stock split.

 

     Nine months ended January 31,     Year ended April 30,  
     2022     2021     2021     2020  
     (unaudited)              

Revenue

   $ 10,224     $ 10,654     $ 25,604     $ 64,182  

Cost of sales

     6,610       4,444       10,665       46,460  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross margin

     3,614       6,210       14,939       17,722  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

        

Research and development

     1,645,902       1,114,459       1,708,447       2,040,227  

Selling, general and administrative

     1,089,301       672,551       874,620       1,795,679  

(Gain) loss on disposal of property and equipment

     —         (573     (1,663     10,016  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     2,735,203       1,786,437       2,581,404       3,845,922  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss from operations

     (2,731,589     (1,780,227     (2,566,465     (3,828,200
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income (expense)

        

Interest expense

     (294,586     (68,338     (132,454     (2,811

Gain on extinguishment of debt

     250,200       250,200       250,200       —    

Gain on settlement of payables

     —         —         —         21,790  

Other income

     851       —         —         —    

Other expense

     —         (2,232     (3,451     (1,897
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other income (expense)

     (43,535     179,630       114,295       17,082  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss

   $ (2,775,124   $ (1,600,597   $ (2,452,170   $ (3,811,118
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

   $ (0.03   $ (0.01   $ (0.02   $ (0.03
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted

     109,467,859       109,356,748       109,356,748       109,355,498  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     As of
January 31,
2022
(unaudited)
    As of April 30,  

Balance Sheet Data:

  2021     2020  

Cash and equivalents

   $ 1,328,208     $ 723,481     $ 496,853  

Working capital (deficit) 1

   $ (1,665,232   $ 392,048     $ 396,103  

Total assets

   $ 2,589,833     $ 1,927,371     $ 1,955,856  

Total notes payable

   $ 5,259,377     $ 2,880,200     $ 650,766  

Total liabilities

   $ 6,691,631     $ 3,836,961     $ 1,640,305  

Accumulated deficit

   $ (52,349,772   $ (49,574,648   $ (47,122,478

Total stockholders’ (deficit) equity

   $ (4,101,798   $ (1,909,590   $ 315,551  

 

(1)

We define working capital as current assets less current liabilities. See our audited financial statements and the related notes include elsewhere in this prospectus for further details regarding our assets and liabilities as of April 30, 2020 and 2021 and unaudited interim financial statements as of January 31, 2022.

 

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SUMMARY OF RISK FACTORS

Our business is subject to numerous risks, as more fully described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” immediately following the prospectus summary. The following is a summary of the most significant risks and uncertainties that we believe could adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations. In addition to the following summary, you should read the other information set forth in “Risk Factors” before you invest in our securities. In particular, our risks include, but are not limited to, the following:

Risks Related to Our Financial Condition and Capital Requirements:

 

   

We have a limited operating history and we have incurred significant operating losses since our inception, and anticipate that we will incur continued losses for the foreseeable future;

 

   

Our future operating results are dependent on regulatory approval for the MyoVista, which we have not received as of the date of this prospectus;

 

   

Even if this offering is successful, we will need to raise substantial additional funding, which may not be available on acceptable terms, or at all. Failure to obtain funding on acceptable terms and on a timely basis may require us to curtail, delay or discontinue our development efforts and other operations;

 

   

All of our assets are subject to security interests; and

 

   

Our independent registered public accounting firm has expressed substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern, which could prevent us from obtaining new financing either on reasonable terms or at all.

Risks Related to Our Business and Industry:

 

   

Our future success depends on our ability to develop, receive regulatory clearance or approval for, and introduce the MyoVista to the market in a timely manner. If we do not obtain and maintain the regulatory registrations and clearances for our device, we will be unable to market and sell the MyoVista in the United States, Europe or other regions;

 

   

Our success will be dependent upon physician acceptance; and

 

   

If third-party payors do not provide adequate coverage and reimbursement for the use of the MyoVista, our revenue will be negatively impacted.

Risks Related to Product Development and Regulatory Approval:

 

   

Our device and operations are subject to extensive government regulation and oversight both in the U.S. and abroad, and our failure to comply with applicable requirements could harm our business;

 

   

If and when our products are ready for sales launch into the U.S., modifications to our marketed products may require new 510(k) clearances, or may require us to cease marketing or recall the modified products until clearances or approvals are obtained;

 

   

Clinical studies may be necessary to support future product submissions to the FDA. The clinical trial process is lengthy and expensive with uncertain outcomes, and often requires the enrollment of large numbers of patients, and suitable patients may be difficult to identify and recruit. Delays or failures in our clinical studies will prevent us from launching sales of modified or new products into the U.S. and will adversely affect our business, operating results and prospects; and

 

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Medical device development involves a lengthy and expensive process with an uncertain outcome, and results of earlier studies may not be predictive of future study results.

Risks Related to Our Intellectual Property:

 

   

If we are unable to obtain and maintain effective patent rights for our device, we may not be able to compete effectively in our markets. If we are unable to protect the confidentiality of our trade secrets or know-how, such proprietary information may be used by others to compete against us;

 

   

Intellectual property rights of third parties could adversely affect our ability to market our device, and we might be required to litigate or obtain licenses from third parties in order to develop or market our device. Such litigation or licenses could be costly or not available on commercially reasonable terms; and

 

   

We may be subject to claims challenging the inventorship of our intellectual property.

Risks Related to this Offering and the Ownership of our Securities:

 

   

We do not know whether a market for our Common Stock or Warrants will develop or, if developed, be sustained, what the trading price of our Common Stock or Warrants will be, or whether there will be an active, liquid, trading market for our Common Stock or Warrants, which may trade at a discount from the initial public offering price and make it difficult for you to sell the Common Stock or Warrants you purchase;

 

   

The market price of our Common Stock and Warrants may be highly volatile, and you could lose all or part of your investment;

 

   

Future sales of a substantial number of shares of our Common Stock by our existing shareholders could cause our stock price to decline; and

 

   

If securities or industry analysts do not publish or cease publishing research or reports about us, our business or our market, or if they publish negative reports regarding our business or our securities, our share price and trading volume could decline.

 

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RISK FACTORS

Investing in our securities involves a high degree of risk. You should consider carefully the risks and uncertainties described below, together with all of the other information in this prospectus, including the financial statements and related notes, before deciding whether to purchase our securities. If any of the following risks are realized, our business, operating results, financial condition and prospects could be materially and adversely affected. In that event, the price of our Common Stock or Warrants could decline, and you could lose part or all of your investment.

Risks Related to Our Financial Condition and Capital Requirements

We have a limited operating history and we have incurred significant operating losses since our inception, and anticipate that we will incur continued losses for the foreseeable future.

We are a development-stage medical device company with a limited operating history. In addition, we have limited experience and have not yet demonstrated an ability to successfully overcome many of the risks and uncertainties frequently encountered by companies in new and rapidly evolving fields, particularly in the medical device industry. To date, we have generated limited revenue from the sale of the MyoVista during its development stage. We have incurred losses in each year since our inception, including net losses of approximately $2.4 million and $3.8 million for Fiscal 2021 and Fiscal 2020, respectively, and approximately $2.8 million and $1.6 million for the nine months ended January 31, 2022 and January 31, 2021, respectively. As of January 31, 2022, we had an accumulated deficit of approximately $52.3 million and stockholder’s deficit of approximately $4.1 million. See “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Results of Operations” for additional information.

Even if we obtain regulatory approval for sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., our future revenue will depend upon the size of the market in which the device or any future product receives approval as well as our ability to achieve sufficient market acceptance, pricing, and reimbursement from third-party payors, which we may never achieve.

We also anticipate that our expenses will increase substantially if and as we:

 

   

continue research and development;

 

   

are granted regulatory and marketing approvals;

 

   

establish a sales, marketing, and distribution infrastructure;

 

   

seek to identify, assess, acquire, license, and/or develop subsequent generations of the MyoVista and any new products;

 

   

seek to maintain, protect, and expand our intellectual property portfolio;

 

   

seek to attract and retain skilled personnel;

 

   

create additional infrastructure to support our operations as a public company as well as our device development and planned future marketing efforts; and

 

   

experience any delays or encounter issues with respect to any of the above, including, but not limited to, failed studies, complex results, safety issues or other regulatory challenges that require longer follow-up of existing studies or additional supportive studies in order to pursue marketing approval.

We expect to continue to incur significant operating losses for the foreseeable future. As a result of the numerous risks and uncertainties associated with developing a medical device, we are unable to predict the extent of any future losses or whether we will ever achieve and maintain profitability. Further, the operating losses that we incur may fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter and year to year, such that a period-to-period comparison of our results of operations may not be a good indication of our future performance. Other unanticipated costs may also arise.

 

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Our future operating results are dependent on regulatory approval for the MyoVista, which we have not received as of the date of this prospectus.

The MyoVista is our only current product candidate. As a result, the success of our business plan is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain regulatory approval and to subsequently develop, manufacture and launch sales of the MyoVista into the U.S. Our failure to do so would likely cause our business to fail. Successful marketing of medical devices is a complex, lengthy, costly and uncertain process, dependent on the efforts of management, manufacturers, local operators, integrators, medical professionals, third-party payors, as well as general economic conditions, among other factors. For more information, see “—Risks Related to Our Business and Industry—Our future success depends on our ability to develop, receive regulatory clearance or approval for, and introduce the MyoVista to the market in a timely manner. If we do not obtain and maintain the regulatory registrations and clearances for our device, we will be unable to market and sell the MyoVista in the United States, Europe or other regions.” Any factor that adversely impacts the approval, development and sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S. will have a negative impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations. We may face several challenges with respect to launching sales of the MyoVisto into the U.S. including, among others, that:

 

   

we may fail to obtain regulatory clearance or approvals or, even if regulatory approval is obtained, we may face adverse regulatory and/or legal actions;

 

   

we may not have adequate financial or other resources to properly market the MyoVista or sell it in economically viable quantities;

 

   

we may not be able to manufacture in commercial quantities, at an adequate quality or at an acceptable cost;

 

   

we may not be able to establish adequate sales, marketing and distribution channels;

 

   

healthcare professionals and patients may not accept the MyoVista;

 

   

we may not be able to compete with existing solutions for cardiac screening;

 

   

technological breakthroughs in heart disease screening solutions may reduce the potential demand for the MyoVista;

 

   

third-party payors may not agree to reimburse patients for any or all of the charges related to testing the MyoVista, which may adversely affect physicians’ adoption and use of the device; and

 

   

we may face third-party claims of intellectual property infringement.

If we are unable to obtain regulatory approval and accomplish any one or more of the challenges listed above, our ability to effectively launch sales of the MyoVista into the U.S. could be limited, which in turn could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. For additional information regarding risks related to our ability to successfully develop, market and sell the MyoVista, see “—Risks Related to Our Business and Industry—Our future success depends on our ability to develop, receive regulatory clearance or approval for, and introduce the MyoVista to the market in a timely manner. If we do not obtain and maintain the regulatory registrations and clearances for our device, we will be unable to market and sell the MyoVista in the United States, Europe or other regions” and “—Risks Related to Our Business and Industry—Our success will be dependent upon physician acceptance.”

Even if this offering is successful, we will need to raise substantial additional funding, which may not be available on acceptable terms, or at all. Failure to obtain funding on acceptable terms and on a timely basis may require us to curtail, delay or discontinue our development efforts and other operations.

We estimate the costs directly related to achieving FDA clearance for the MyoVista device, including costs for relevant Company personnel, associated device testing, validation and R&D, and completing the pivotal clinical validation study, would be approximately $3 million. If we are unable to obtain funding on a timely basis, we may (i) not be able to complete the process of FDA clearance if funding beyond this offering is required, (ii) need to significantly curtail, delay or discontinue our efforts to launch sales of the MyoVista into the U.S. if FDA clearance is achieved or (iii) be unable to continue operations or otherwise capitalize on our

 

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business opportunities, as desired, which could materially affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. Even if we achieve FDA clearance with the proceeds of this offering, we expect that we will require substantial additional capital for sales launch and marketing of the MyoVista. In addition, our planned expenses and operations may change as a result of many factors that could be currently unknown to us and we may need to seek additional funds sooner than planned. Our future funding requirements will depend on many factors including:

 

   

the progress, results and costs of our ongoing and planned studies and, if applicable, clinical trials of the MyoVista as well as any future products and services;

 

   

the cost, timing and outcomes of regulatory review of current and any future products and services;

 

   

the scope, progress, results and costs of product development, testing, manufacturing, pre-clinical development and, if applicable, clinical trials for any other product that we may develop or otherwise obtain in the future;

 

   

the cost of our future activities, including establishing sales, marketing and distribution capabilities for the MyoVista, in any particular geography, where we receive marketing and/or regulatory approval;

 

   

the terms and timing of any collaborative, licensing, payment plan and/or other arrangements that we may establish;

 

   

the costs of preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications, maintaining and enforcing our intellectual property rights and defending any intellectual property-related claims; and

 

   

the level of revenue, if any, received from commercial sales of the MyoVista if we receive approval for sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S.

We could also be required to seek additional funds at an earlier stage than would otherwise be desirable and, as a result, we may be required to relinquish rights to some of our intellectual property, our device, or otherwise agree to terms unfavorable to us or our shareholders, any of which may have a material adverse effect on our business. Even if we believe that we have sufficient funds for our current or future operating plans, we may seek additional capital if market conditions are favorable or if we have specific strategic objectives such as acquiring IP, partnering with a vendor or other worthwhile business endeavors.

Any additional fundraising efforts may divert our management from their day-to-day activities, which may adversely affect our ability to develop and launch sales of the MyoVista and any future product into the U.S. In addition, we cannot guarantee that future financing will be available in sufficient amounts or on terms acceptable to us, if at all.

All of our assets are subject to security interests.

At January 31, 2022, we had a total of $5.2 million of indebtedness. For more information, see “Capitalization” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Description of Indebtedness.”

Our ability to service our indebtedness will depend upon, among other things, the receipt of regulatory approvals for the MyoVista and thereafter our future financial and operating performance, which will be affected by prevailing economic conditions and financial, business, regulatory and other factors, some of which are beyond our control. If our operating results are not sufficient to service our current or future indebtedness, we will be forced to take actions such as reducing or delaying the development and sales and marketing of the MyoVista, restructuring or refinancing our indebtedness or seeking additional debt or equity capital or bankruptcy protection. We may not be able to affect any of these remedies on satisfactory terms or at all.

A breach of the terms and conditions of our indebtedness would likely result in an event of default. If an event of default occurs (after any applicable notice and cure periods), the lenders would be entitled to accelerate the repayment of amounts outstanding (including accrued and unpaid interest and fees). Upon such a default, the lenders could also foreclose against any collateral securing such obligations, which consists of all of our assets. In addition to the assets securing our indebtedness, our obligation to pay certain royalties to the inventor of certain specified MyoVista technology and proprietary and intellectual property rights thereto (including

 

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patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets and know-how) is secured by a first lien security interest. If we fail to pay those royalties, the inventor could foreclose on the technology. For more information, please see “Business—Intellectual Property.” If any such foreclosure occurred, we would likely not be able to continue to operate as a going concern.

Our independent registered public accounting firm has expressed substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern, which could prevent us from obtaining new financing either on reasonable terms or at all.

Our auditors’ report on our audited financial statements for Fiscal 2021 contains an explanatory paragraph regarding substantial doubts about our ability to continue as a going concern because we have experienced recurring losses, negative cash flows from operations, limited capital resources, a net shareholders’ deficit, as well as significant debt obligations. These events and conditions, along with other matters, indicate that a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt on our ability to continue as a going concern. The perception that we may not be able to continue as a going concern may have a material adverse effect on our share price and our ability to raise new capital (whether it is through the issuance of equity or debt securities or otherwise), enter into critical contractual relations with third parties and otherwise execute our business objectives. Until we can generate significant recurring revenues, we expect to satisfy our future cash needs through debt or equity financing. We cannot be certain that additional funding will be available to us on acceptable terms, if at all. Our financial statements do not include any adjustments that may result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

If we are unable to continue as a going concern, we may have to liquidate our assets, and the values we receive for our assets in liquidation or dissolution could be significantly lower than the values reflected in our financial statements.

Risks Related to Our Business and Industry

Our future success depends on our ability to develop, receive regulatory clearance or approval for, and introduce the MyoVista to the market in a timely manner. If we do not obtain and maintain the regulatory registrations and clearances for our device, we will be unable to market and sell the MyoVista in the United States, Europe or other regions.

In the United States, before we can market a new medical device, or a new use of, new claim for or significant modification to, an existing product, we must first receive either approval of a Premarket Approval Application, or PMA, clearance under Section 510(k), or be granted a De Novo classification, in accordance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, or the FDCA. For additional information on the PMA or the De Novo classification processes, see “Business—FDA and Other Government Regulation.”

The FDA can delay, limit or deny clearance or approval of a medical device for many reasons, including:

 

   

we may not be able to demonstrate to the FDA’s satisfaction that the MyoVista is safe and effective for its intended use;

 

   

the data from our pre-clinical studies and clinical trials may be insufficient to support clearance or approval, where required;

 

   

the manufacturing process or facilities we use or contract to use may not meet applicable requirements; and

 

   

disruptions at the FDA caused by funding shortages or global health concerns, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

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not part of the studies used for algorithm development. Due to the time of completion of the study, submission of the new validation study results requires a new De Novo submission. The new validation study is currently underway and we intend to submit a new De Novo application for the MyoVista later in the current fiscal year ending April 30, 2023. Additional clinical studies are being conducted as part of the outcome of the previous application process. The De Novo process can be expensive, lengthy and unpredictable. De Novo classification requests require the performance of at least one clinical trial. Despite the time, effort and cost, we may not ultimately be successful in completing the review process and our De Novo application may not be granted by the FDA in a timely manner or at all. Any delay or failure to obtain necessary regulatory clearances or approvals could harm our business. Furthermore, even if we are granted regulatory clearances or approvals, they may include significant limitations on the indicated uses for the MyoVista, which may limit the market for the device in the United States.

In order to sell the device in member countries of the European Economic Area, or EEA, our device must comply with the essential requirements of the EU Medical Device Regulation (EU) 2017/745, or EU MDR. Compliance with these requirements is a prerequisite to be able to affix the Conformité Européene, or CE, mark to our device, without which it cannot be sold or marketed in the EEA. For additional information on the PMA or the De Novo classification processes, see “Business—FDA and Other Government Regulation.”

The Company previously achieved a CE Mark under the EU Medical Devices Directive or MDD in February 2017. The Medical Device Directive was established on June 14, 1993 but the EU Medical Devices Directive, or MDD regulatory framework, has since been replaced by EU MDR. In order to sell in member countries of the European Economic Area, or EEA, our device must now comply with the essential requirements of the newer, updated regulatory framework or EU MDR. In October 2021, the Company submitted the documentation required to establish compliance with EU MDR. The submission of the technical file is currently under review and our CE Mark issued under MDD lapsed in February 2022. If the technical file submission is found to comply with the new requirements, a certificate of conformity will be issued to verify the Company’s compliance with EU MDR. An updated CE mark certificate under EU MDR will entitle the Company to market the MyoVista in the European Economic Area as well as other countries for which CE Mark represents an appropriate regulatory standard.

Sales of our device outside of the United States and the EEA are also subject to foreign regulatory requirements that vary widely from country to country. Approval procedures vary among countries and can involve additional testing. Complying with foreign regulatory requirements, including obtaining registrations, clearances or approvals, can be expensive and time-consuming, and we may not receive regulatory clearances or approvals in each country in which we plan to market our device or we may be unable to do so on a timely basis. If we modify our device, we may need to apply for additional regulatory clearances or approvals before we are permitted to sell the modified device. In addition, we may not continue to meet the quality and safety standards required to maintain the authorizations that we have received. If we are unable to maintain our authorizations in a particular country, we will no longer be able to sell the applicable device in that country.

Regulatory clearance or approval by the FDA does not ensure registration, clearance or approval by regulatory authorities in other countries, and registration, clearance or approval by one or more foreign regulatory authorities does not ensure registration, clearance or approval by regulatory authorities in other foreign countries or by the FDA. However, a failure or delay in obtaining registration or regulatory clearance or approval in one country may have a negative effect on the regulatory process in others.

Our success will be dependent upon physician acceptance.

Our future growth and profitability largely depend on our ability to increase physician awareness of the MyoVista and on the willingness of hospitals, physicians, patients and/or third-party payors to use it. These parties may not use our device unless they are able to determine, based on experience, clinical data, medical society recommendations and other analyses, that our device is safe, effective and cost-effective, on a stand-alone

 

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basis and relative to our competitors’ products. If we fail to deliver a device that physicians want to use, our revenue potential, financial results and business may be significantly harmed. Even if we are able to deliver a superior device and are able to raise physician awareness of our device through effective marketing, physicians tend to be slow in making changes to their medical treatment practices and may be hesitant to select our device as their preferred diagnostic device for a variety of reasons, including:

 

   

long-standing relationships with competing companies and distributors that sell competing devices;

 

   

lack of experience with the MyoVista and concerns that we are new to market;

 

   

lack or perceived lack of sufficient clinical evidence, including long-term data, supporting safety or clinical benefits; and

 

   

time commitment and skill development that may be required to gain familiarity and proficiency with the MyoVista.

Physicians play a significant role in determining the course of a patient’s treatment and, as a result, the type of treatment that will be utilized and provided to a patient. We intend to focus our sales, marketing and education efforts on educating cardiologists and any other potential referring physicians. However, if physicians do not perceive the MyoVista to be useful and reliable, we may not be able to attract or retain customers.

If third-party payors do not provide adequate coverage and reimbursement for the use of the MyoVista, our revenue will be negatively impacted.

The MyoVista does not currently have coverage and reimbursement approved for third-party payor coverage or reimbursement. Such reimbursement, if and when approved, will vary based on the identity of the third-party.

Our ability to successfully launch sales of the MyoVista into the U.S. and achieve market acceptance of the MyoVista depends, in significant part, on the availability of adequate financial coverage and reimbursement from third-party payors, including governmental payors (such as the Medicare and Medicaid programs in the U.S.), managed care organizations and private health insurers. Third-party payors decide which treatments they will cover and then establish reimbursement rates for those treatments. If approved and successfully marketed, we expect that the MyoVista may be purchased by hospitals and other providers who will then seek reimbursement from third-party payors for the use of the MyoVista and, in many cases, the decision whether or not to purchase the MyoVista will be dependent upon whether or not such purchaser will be able to seek reimbursement.

Increasingly, third-party payors are also examining the cost effectiveness of products, in addition to their safety and efficacy, when making coverage and payment decisions. Third-party payors have also instituted initiatives to limit the growth of healthcare costs using, for example, price regulation or controls and competitive pricing programs. Some third-party payors also require demonstrated superiority, on the basis of randomized clinical trials, or pre-approval of coverage, for new or innovative devices before they will reimburse healthcare providers who use such devices. Additionally, there is no uniform policy for coverage and reimbursement in the U.S., and coverage and reimbursement can differ significantly from payor to payor. Third-party payors often rely upon Medicare coverage policy and payment limitations in setting their own reimbursement rates, but also have their own methods and approval process apart from the Medicare coverage determination process. It is uncertain whether the MyoVista will be viewed as sufficiently cost effective to warrant coverage and adequate reimbursement levels for use in any given jurisdiction.

We expect to engage with the American Medical Association, or AMA, and American College of Cardiology to gain approval for use of the standard ECG reimbursement coding for the conventional ECG functions of the MyoVista. We will also seek to have private third-party payors provide reimbursement for the wavECG proprietary algorithm, or the MyoVista Algorithm. We cannot assure you that these efforts will be successful to our obtaining third-party payor reimbursement. The lack of reimbursement from third-party payors

 

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would have an adverse effect on our revenues, which could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Reimbursement systems in international markets vary significantly by country and, within some countries, by region and reimbursement approvals must be obtained on a country-by-country or a region-by-region basis. In certain international markets, a product must be approved for reimbursement before it can be approved for sale in that country. Furthermore, many international markets have government-managed healthcare systems that control reimbursement for new devices. In most markets, there are private insurance systems as well as government-managed systems. For more information regarding the process of receiving reimbursement approval, please see “Business—Market Strategy—Reimbursement.”

We will be dependent upon third-party manufacturers and suppliers, making us vulnerable to supply shortages and problems, increased costs and quality or compliance issues, any of which could harm our business.

The MyoVista consists mostly of off-the-shelf components and once we are able to sell the MyoVista, we will need to rely on third parties to supply components and assemble the components into a completed device. Any third-party supplier that we work with, and may eventually depend on, could encounter problems during sourcing and manufacturing that could delay or impede such supplier’s ability to meet our requirements. Any reliance on these third-party suppliers will also subjects us to other risks that could harm our business, including:

 

   

we are not currently a major customer of any of our suppliers, and these suppliers may therefore give other customers’ needs higher priority than ours;

 

   

we may not be able to obtain an adequate supply in a timely manner or on commercially reasonable terms;

 

   

our suppliers may make errors in manufacturing that could negatively affect the efficacy or safety of our device or cause delays in shipment;

 

   

we may have difficulty locating and qualifying alternative suppliers;

 

   

switching components or suppliers may require product redesign and possibly additional future submission(s) to the FDA or other similar foreign regulatory agencies, which could impede or delay our commercial activities;

 

   

one or more of our suppliers may be unwilling or unable to supply components of our device;

 

   

the occurrence of a fire, natural disaster or other catastrophe impacting one or more of our suppliers may affect their ability to deliver products to us in a timely manner; and

 

   

our suppliers may encounter financial or other business hardships unrelated to our demand, which could inhibit their ability to fulfill our orders and meet our requirements.

We may not be able to quickly establish additional or alternative suppliers if necessary, in part because we may need to undertake additional activities and incur additional expenses to establish such suppliers as required by the regulatory approval process. Any interruption or delay in obtaining products from our third-party suppliers, or our inability to obtain products from qualified alternate sources at acceptable prices in a timely manner, could impair our ability to meet the demand of our customers and cause them to switch to competing products. Given our reliance on certain suppliers, we may be susceptible to supply shortages while looking for alternate suppliers.

Medical device development is costly and involves continual technological change in order to remain competitive which may render the MyoVista obsolete.

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MyoVista as well as develop or acquire new technologies to keep pace with technological developments, evolving industry standards, as well as responses to changes in customer needs and expectations. The market for medical devices is unique due to factors such as: rapid technological change, medical advances, short device lifecycles, changing regulatory requirements and evolving industry standards.

Any one of these factors could either reduce potential demand for the MyoVista or require substantial resources and expenditures for, among other things, research, design and development, to avoid technological or market obsolescence. A failure to adequately develop enhancements and improvements to the MyoVista or acquire new devices that will address changing technologies and customer requirements adequately, or to introduce such devices on a timely basis, may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. We might have insufficient financial resources to improve the MyoVista at a competitive rate, if at all. Technological advances by one or more competitors or future entrants into the field may result in the MyoVista becoming non-competitive or obsolete, which may adversely affect our business and results of operations.

We face intense competition in the market and, as a result, we may be unable to effectively compete in our industry.

Many of our competitors, such as General Electric Company, or GE, Koninklijke Philips N.V., or Philips, and Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., or Hill-Rom, have long histories and strong reputations within the industry. These competitors have significantly greater brand recognition, and financial and human resources than we do. They also have more experience and capabilities in researching and developing diagnostic devices, obtaining and maintaining regulatory clearances and other requirements, manufacturing and marketing those products than we do. There is a significant risk that we may be unable to overcome the advantages held by our competition, and our inability to do so could lead to the failure of our business and the loss of your investment. In addition, we may be unable to develop additional products in the future or to keep pace with developments and innovations in the market and lose market share to our competitors.

Medical device markets, and more specifically ECG technologies and solutions markets, are competitive, which can lead to, among other things, price reductions, longer selling cycles, lower product margins, loss of market share and additional working capital requirements. To succeed, we must, among other critical matters, gain consumer acceptance for our device as compared to other solutions currently available in the cardiac screening market or advanced cardiac screening offering. For more information regarding risks related to our dependence on physician acceptance, see “—Our success will be dependent upon physician acceptance.”

If our competitors offer significant discounts on certain products and solutions, we may need to lower our prices or offer other favorable terms in order to compete successfully. Any broad-based changes to our prices and pricing policies could make it difficult to generate revenues or cause our revenues to decline. Moreover, if our competitors develop and market products and solutions that are more effective or desirable than products and solutions than we may develop, we may not convince our customers to use our products and solutions. Any such changes would likely reduce our commercial opportunity and revenue potential and could materially adversely impact our operating results.

If we are not able to attract and retain highly skilled managerial, scientific, technical and marketing personnel, we may not be able to implement our business model successfully.

Our success depends in part on our continued ability to attract, retain and motivate highly qualified management as well as clinical and scientific personnel to implement our business strategy. We are highly dependent upon our senior management, our employees, consultants and scientific and medical collaborators. Our management team must be able to act decisively to apply and adapt our business model in the rapidly changing markets in which we will compete. In addition, we rely upon technical and scientific employees or third-party contractors to effectively establish, manage and grow our business. In order to attract and retain

 

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highly skilled managerial, sales, scientific and technical personnel, we may need to pay them higher compensation or fees than currently expected and such higher compensation may have a negative effect on our operating results. Competition for experienced, high-quality personnel in the medical device field is intense. Our failure to hire and retain quality personnel on acceptable terms could impair our ability to develop new products and services and manage our business effectively.

We may need to expand our organization and we may experience difficulties in recruiting additional employees and consultants, which could disrupt our operations.

As our development and marketing plans and strategies develop, we will likely need additional managerial, operational, sales, marketing, financial, legal and other resources. The competition for qualified personnel in the medical device industry is intense. Due to this intense competition, we may be unable to attract and retain qualified personnel necessary for the development of our business or to recruit suitable replacement personnel.

Our management may need to divert its attention away from our day-to-day activities and devote a substantial amount of time to managing these growth activities. We may not be able to effectively manage the expansion of our operations, which may result in weaknesses in our infrastructure, operational mistakes, loss of business opportunities, loss of employees and reduced productivity among remaining employees. Our expected growth could require capital expenditures and may divert financial resources from other projects, such as the development of additional medical device products. If our management is unable to effectively manage our growth, our expenses may increase more than expected, our ability to generate and/or grow revenue could be reduced and we may not be able to implement our business strategy. Our future financial performance and our ability to market and sell medical device products and compete effectively will depend, in part, on our ability to effectively manage any future growth.

Our management team has limited experience managing a public company.

Some members of our management team have limited experience managing a publicly traded company, interacting with public company investors and complying with the increasingly complex laws pertaining to public companies in the United States. Our management team may not successfully or efficiently manage our transition to being a public company due to significant regulatory oversight and reporting obligations under the U.S. federal securities laws and the continuous scrutiny of securities analysts and investors. These new obligations and constituents will require significant attention from our senior management and could divert their attention away from the day-to-day management of our business, which could make it more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified persons to serve on our Board of Directors, any committees of our Board of Directors, or as executive officers and/or adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

We manage our business through a small number of employees and key consultants.

As of [                    ], 2022, we had 13 full-time employees and six independent consultants. Our future growth and success depend, to a large extent, on the continued service of members of our current management. Any of our employees and contractors may leave our Company or discontinue services at any time. Our operational success will substantially depend on the continued employment of our management, including our executive officers, technical staff and other key personnel. We do not currently maintain key person life insurance policies on any of our employees. The loss of key personnel may have an adverse effect on our operations and financial performance and adversely affect our ability to execute our business plan.

 

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We expect to conduct business outside of the U.S. and doing so exposes us to additional business, regulatory, political, operational, financial and economic risks.

We plan to conduct business outside of the U.S. which will therefore subject us to a number of risks, including, but not limited to, conflicting and changing laws and regulations such as privacy regulations, tax laws, export and import restrictions, employment laws, regulatory requirements and other governmental approvals, permits and licenses.

Since we anticipate conducting business outside of the U.S., we anticipate that we will be subject to rules and regulations in non-U.S. jurisdictions. In some countries, pricing may be subject to governmental control under certain circumstances. In these countries, pricing negotiations with governmental agencies can take considerable time after the receipt of marketing approval for a medical device. To obtain reimbursement or pricing approval in some countries, we may be required to conduct a clinical trial that compares the cost-effectiveness of the MyoVista to other available products. If reimbursement of our device is unavailable or limited in scope or amount, or if pricing is set at unsatisfactory levels, we may be unable to achieve or sustain profitability.

We are subject to certain U.S. and foreign anticorruption, anti-money laundering, export control, sanctions and other trade laws and regulations. We could face serious consequences for any violations of such laws and regulations.

Among other matters, U.S. and foreign anticorruption, anti-money laundering, export control, sanctions and other trade laws and regulations, which are collectively referred to as Trade Laws, prohibit companies and their employees, agents, clinical research organizations, legal counsel, accountants, consultants, contractors and other partners from authorizing, promising, offering, providing, soliciting or receiving, directly or indirectly, corrupt or improper payments or anything else of value to or from recipients in the public or private sector. Violations of Trade Laws can result in substantial criminal fines and civil penalties, imprisonment, the loss of trade privileges, debarment, tax reassessments, breach of contract and fraud litigation, reputational harm, and other consequences. We have direct or indirect interactions with officials and employees of government agencies or government-affiliated hospitals, universities and other organizations. We also expect our non-U.S. activities to increase over time. We plan to engage third parties for clinical trials and/or to obtain necessary permits, licenses, patent registrations and other regulatory approvals, and we can be held liable for the corrupt or other illegal activities of our personnel, agents or partners, even if we do not explicitly authorize or have prior knowledge of such activities.

We could become subject to product liability, warranty or similar claims and product recalls that could be expensive, divert management’s attention and harm our business reputation and financial results.

Our business exposes us to an inherent risk of potential product liability, warranty or similar claims and product recalls. The medical device industry has historically been litigious, and we face financial exposure to product liability, warranty or similar claims if the use of the MyoVista were to cause or contribute to injury or death. There is also the possibility that defects in the design or manufacture of the MyoVista may necessitate a product recall. Although we plan to maintain product liability insurance, the coverage limits of these policies may not be adequate to cover future claims. In the future, we may be unable to maintain product liability insurance on acceptable terms or at reasonable costs and such insurance may not provide us with adequate coverage against potential liabilities. A product liability claim, regardless of merit or ultimate outcome, or any product recall could result in substantial costs to us, damage to our reputation, customer dissatisfaction and frustration and a substantial diversion of management attention. A successful claim brought against us in excess of, or outside of, our insurance coverage could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our business and operations would suffer in the event of computer system failures, cyber-attacks or a deficiency in our cybersecurity.

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and those of third parties on which we rely, are vulnerable to damage from computer viruses, malware, natural disasters, terrorism, war, telecommunication and electrical failures, cyber-attacks or cyber-intrusions over the Internet, attachments to emails, persons inside our organization, or persons with access to systems inside our organization. The risk of a security breach or disruption, particularly through cyber-attacks or cyber intrusion, including by computer hackers, foreign governments, and cyber terrorists, has generally increased as the number, intensity and sophistication of attempted attacks and intrusions from around the world have increased. To the extent that any disruption or security breach was to result in a loss of or damage to our data or applications, or inappropriate disclosure of confidential or proprietary information, we could incur material legal claims and liability, including under data privacy and protection laws, damage to our reputation, disruption to our operations, and the further development of the MyoVista. Although we take measures to protect sensitive information from unauthorized access or disclosure, our information technology, or IT, and infrastructure, we may be vulnerable to cyber-attacks by hackers or viruses or breached due to employee error, malfeasance or other disruptions. We rely extensively on IT systems, networks and services, including internet sites, data hosting and processing facilities and tools, physical security systems and other hardware, software and technical applications and platforms, some of which are managed, hosted, provided and/or used by third parties or their vendors, to assist in conducting our business. A significant breakdown, invasion, corruption, destruction or interruption of critical information technology systems or infrastructure, by our workforce, others with authorized access to our systems or unauthorized persons could negatively impact operations. The ever-increasing use and evolution of technology, including cloud-based computing, creates opportunities for the unintentional dissemination or intentional destruction of confidential information stored in our or our third-party providers’ systems, portable media or storage devices. We could also experience a business interruption, theft of confidential information or reputational damage from industrial espionage attacks, malware or other cyber-attacks, which may compromise our system infrastructure or lead to data leakage, either internally or at our third-party providers. Although the aggregate impact on our operations and financial condition has not been material to date, we may become the target of events of this nature and expect them to continue as cybersecurity threats have been rapidly evolving in sophistication and becoming more prevalent in the industry. There can be no assurance, however, that our efforts will prevent breakdowns or breaches to our or our third-party providers’ databases or systems that could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our business may be impacted by changes in general economic conditions.

Our business is subject to risks arising from changes in domestic and global economic conditions, including adverse economic conditions in markets in which we operate, which may harm our business. If our future customers significantly reduce spending in areas in which our technology and products are utilized, or prioritize other expenditures over our technology and products, our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects would be materially adversely affected.

Disruption to the global economy could also result in a number of follow-on effects on our business, including a possible slow-down resulting from lower customer expenditures; inability of customers to pay for products on time, if at all; more restrictive export regulations which could limit our potential customer base; negative impact on our liquidity, financial condition and share price, which may impact our ability to raise capital in the market, obtain financing and secure other sources of funding in the future on terms favorable to us.

In addition, the occurrence of catastrophic events, such as hurricanes, storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, medical epidemics and other catastrophes that adversely affect the business climate in any of our markets could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Some of our operations are located in areas that may be in the future, susceptible to such occurrences.

We face business disruption and related risks resulting from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

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lives of a large portion of the global population. At this time, the pandemic has caused states of emergency to be declared in various countries, travel restrictions to be imposed globally and quarantines established in certain jurisdictions.

COVID-19 infection of our workforce could result in a temporary disruption in our business activities. The spread of an infectious disease, including COVID-19, may also result in the inability of our manufacturers to deliver components or finished products on a timely basis and may also result in the inability of our suppliers to deliver the parts required by our manufacturers to complete manufacturing of components or finished products. In addition, governments may divert spending from other budgeted resources as they seek to reduce and/or stop the spread of COVID-19. Such events may result in a period of business and manufacturing disruption, and in reduced operations, any of which could materially affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. The extent to which COVID-19 impacts our business will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted, including new information which may emerge concerning the severity of COVID-19 and the actions to contain COVID-19 or treat its impact, among others.

Risks Related to Product Development and Regulatory Approval

Our device and operations are subject to extensive government regulation and oversight both in the U.S. and abroad, and our failure to comply with applicable requirements could harm our business.

The MyoVista is subject to extensive regulation in the U.S. and elsewhere, including by the FDA and its foreign counterparts, the U.S. Department of Justice, or the DOJ, and the HHS. The FDA and foreign regulatory agencies regulate, among other things, with respect to our device: design, development and manufacturing; non-clinical and clinical testing, safety, efficacy, labeling, content and language of instructions for use and storage; clinical trials; product safety; establishment registration and device listing; marketing, sales and distribution; pre-market clearance and approval; conformity assessment procedures; record keeping procedures; advertising and promotion; recalls and field safety corrective actions; post-market surveillance, including reporting of deaths or serious injuries and malfunctions that, if they were to occur, could lead to death or serious injury; post-market approval studies; and product import and export.

The regulations our product is subject to are complex and have tended to become more stringent over time. Regulatory changes could result in restrictions on our ability to carry on or expand our operations, higher than anticipated costs or lower than anticipated sales for any approved, cleared or authorized product. FDA enforces these regulatory requirements through, among other means, periodic unannounced inspections. We do not know whether we will be found compliant in connection with any future regulatory inspections. Moreover, the FDA and state authorities have broad enforcement powers. Failure to comply with applicable regulations could jeopardize our ability to sell our future products, if cleared or approved, and result in enforcement actions such as: adverse publicity; warning, untitled letters, or it has come to our attention letters; fines; injunctions; consent decrees; civil penalties; customer notifications; repair, replacement, or refunds; termination of distribution; recalls or seizures of products; administrative detention of medical devices believed to be adulterated or misbranded; delays in the introduction of products into the market; operating restrictions; total or partial suspension of production; refusal to grant future clearances or approvals for new products, new intended uses or modifications to our device; withdrawals or suspensions of regulatory clearances or approvals in place, resulting in prohibitions on sales of our device; and in the most serious cases, criminal prosecution or penalties. The occurrence of any of these events would have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations and could result in shareholders losing their entire investment.

If and when our products are ready for sales launch into the U.S., modifications to our marketed products may require new 510(k) clearances, or may require us to cease marketing or recall the modified products until clearances or approvals are obtained.

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manufacturer to initially make and document a determination of whether or not a modification requires a new approval, supplement or clearance. A manufacturer may determine that a modification could not significantly affect safety or efficacy and does not represent a major change in its intended use, so that no new clearance or approval is necessary. The FDA may review any manufacturer’s decision. The FDA may not agree with our decisions regarding whether new clearances or approvals are necessary. We may make modifications or add additional features in the future that we believe, based on FDA’s regulatory framework, do not require a new 510(k) clearance or PMA. If the FDA disagrees with our determination and requires us to submit new 510(k) notifications or even a PMA for modifications to our previously cleared products for which we have concluded that new clearances or approvals are unnecessary, we may be required to cease marketing or to recall the modified product until we obtain clearance or approval, and we may be subject to significant enforcement actions. If the FDA requires us to go through a lengthier, more rigorous examination for future products or modifications to existing products than we had expected, product introductions or modifications could be delayed or canceled, which could adversely affect our ability to grow our business.

Clinical studies may be necessary to support future product submissions to the FDA. The clinical trial process is lengthy and expensive with uncertain outcomes, and often requires the enrollment of large numbers of patients, and suitable patients may be difficult to identify and recruit. Delays or failures in our clinical studies will prevent us from launching sales of modified or new products into the U.S. and will adversely affect our business, operating results and prospects.

Initiating and completing clinical studies necessary to support any future PMA or De Novo applications, and additional safety and efficacy data beyond that typically required for a 510(k) clearance, for our possible future product candidates, will be time-consuming and expensive and the outcome uncertain. Moreover, the results of early clinical studies are not necessarily predictive of future results, and any product we advance into clinical studies may not have favorable results in later clinical studies. The results of preclinical studies and clinical studies of our device conducted to date and ongoing or future studies and studies of our current, planned or future products may not be predictive of the results of later clinical studies, and interim results of a clinical trial do not necessarily predict final results. Our interpretation of data and results from our clinical studies do not ensure that we will achieve similar results in future clinical studies. In addition, preclinical and clinical data are often susceptible to various interpretations and analyses, and many companies that have believed their products performed satisfactorily in preclinical studies and earlier clinical studies have nonetheless failed to replicate results in later clinical studies. Products in later stages of clinical studies may fail to show the desired safety and efficacy despite having progressed through nonclinical studies and earlier clinical studies. Failure can occur at any stage of clinical testing. Our clinical studies may produce negative or inconclusive results, and we may decide, or regulators may require us, to conduct additional clinical and non-clinical testing in addition to those we have planned.

The initiation and completion of any of clinical studies may be prevented, delayed, or halted for numerous reasons. We may experience delays in our ongoing clinical studies for a number of reasons, which could adversely affect the costs, timing or successful completion of our clinical studies, including related to the following:

 

   

we may be required to submit an IDE application to the FDA, which must become effective prior to commencing certain human clinical studies of medical devices, and the FDA may reject our IDE application and notify us that we may not begin clinical studies;

 

   

regulators and other comparable foreign regulatory authorities may disagree as to the design or implementation of our clinical studies;

 

   

regulators and/or an Institutional Review Board, or IRB, or other reviewing bodies may not authorize us or our investigators to commence a clinical trial, or to conduct or continue a clinical trial at a prospective or specific trial site;

 

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we may not reach agreement on acceptable terms with prospective contract research organizations, or CROs, and clinical trial sites, the terms of which can be subject to extensive negotiation and may vary significantly among different CROs and trial sites;

 

   

clinical studies may produce negative or inconclusive results, and we may decide, or regulators may require us, to conduct additional clinical studies or abandon product development programs;

 

   

the number of subjects or patients required for clinical studies may be larger than we anticipate, enrollment in these clinical studies may be insufficient or slower than we anticipate, and the number of clinical studies being conducted at any given time may be high and result in fewer available patients for any given clinical trial, or patients may drop out of these clinical studies at a higher rate than we anticipate;

 

   

our third-party contractors, including those manufacturing products or conducting clinical studies on our behalf, may fail to comply with regulatory requirements or meet their contractual obligations to us in a timely manner, or at all;

 

   

we might have to suspend or terminate clinical studies for various reasons, including a finding that the subjects are being exposed to unacceptable health risks;

 

   

we may have to amend clinical trial protocols or conduct additional studies to reflect changes in regulatory requirements or guidance, which we may be required to submit to an IRB and/or regulatory authorities for re-examination;

 

   

regulators, IRBs, or other parties may require or recommend that we or our investigators suspend or terminate clinical research for various reasons, including safety signals or noncompliance with regulatory requirements;

 

   

the cost of clinical studies may be greater than we anticipate;

 

   

clinical sites may not adhere to the clinical protocol or may drop out of a clinical trial;

 

   

we may be unable to recruit a sufficient number of clinical trial sites;

 

   

regulators, IRBs, or other reviewing bodies may fail to approve or subsequently find fault with our manufacturing processes or facilities of third-party manufacturers with which we enter into agreement for clinical and commercial supplies, the supply of devices or other materials necessary to conduct clinical studies may be insufficient, inadequate or not available at an acceptable cost, or we may experience interruptions in supply;

 

   

approval policies or regulations of the FDA or applicable foreign regulatory agencies may change in a manner rendering our clinical data insufficient for approval; and

 

   

our current or future products may have undesirable side effects or other unexpected characteristics.

Any of these occurrences may significantly harm our business, financial condition and prospects. In addition, many of the factors that cause, or lead to, a delay in the commencement or completion of clinical studies may also ultimately lead to the denial of regulatory approval of our product candidates.

Clinical studies must be conducted in accordance with the laws and regulations of the FDA and other applicable regulatory authorities’ legal requirements, regulations or guidelines, and are subject to oversight by these governmental agencies and IRBs at the medical institutions where the clinical studies are conducted. Conducting successful clinical studies will require the enrollment of large numbers of patients, and suitable patients may be difficult to identify and recruit. Patient enrollment in clinical studies and completion of patient participation and follow-up depends on many factors, including the size of the patient population, the nature of the trial protocol, the attractiveness of, or the discomforts and risks associated with, the treatments received by enrolled subjects, the availability of appropriate clinical trial investigators, support staff, and proximity of patients to clinical sites and able to comply with the eligibility and exclusion criteria for participation in the

 

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clinical trial and patient compliance. For example, patients may be discouraged from enrolling in our clinical studies if the trial protocol requires them to undergo extensive post-treatment procedures or follow-up to assess the safety and effectiveness of our device or if they determine that the treatments received under the trial protocols are not attractive or involve unacceptable risks or discomforts.

We depend on our collaborators and on medical institutions and CROs to conduct our clinical studies in compliance with good clinical practice, or GCP, requirements. To the extent our collaborators or the CROs fail to enroll participants for our clinical studies, fail to conduct the study to GCP standards or are delayed for a significant time in the execution of studies, including achieving full enrollment, we may be affected by increased costs, program delays or both. In addition, clinical studies that are conducted in countries outside the United States may subject us to further delays and expenses as a result of increased shipment costs, additional regulatory requirements and the engagement of non-U.S. CROs, as well as expose us to risks associated with clinical investigators who are unknown to the FDA, and different standards of diagnosis, screening and medical care.

Development of sufficient and appropriate clinical protocols to demonstrate safety and efficacy are required and we may not adequately develop such protocols to support clearance and approval. Further, the FDA may require us to submit data on a greater number of patients than we originally anticipated and/or for a longer follow-up period or change the data collection requirements or data analysis applicable to our clinical studies. Delays in patient enrollment or failure of patients to continue to participate in a clinical trial may cause an increase in costs and delays in the approval and attempted sales launch of our device in the U.S. or result in the failure of the clinical trial. In addition, despite considerable time and expense invested in our clinical studies, the FDA may not consider our data adequate to demonstrate safety and efficacy. Such increased costs and delays or failures could adversely affect our business, operating results and prospects.

Medical device development involves a lengthy and expensive process with an uncertain outcome, and results of earlier studies may not be predictive of future study results.

Clinical testing is expensive and can take many years to complete, and its outcome is inherently uncertain. Failure can occur at any time during the clinical study process. The results of preclinical studies and early clinical studies of our product candidates may not be predictive of the results of later-stage clinical studies. Product candidates that have shown promising results in early-stage clinical studies may still suffer significant setbacks in subsequent advanced clinical studies. There is a high failure rate for medical devices proceeding through clinical studies, and product candidates in later stages of clinical studies may fail to show the desired sensitivity and specificity parameters despite having progressed satisfactorily through preclinical studies and initial clinical studies. A number of companies in the medical device industry have suffered significant setbacks in advanced clinical studies due to insufficient sensitivity and specificity or adverse safety profiles, notwithstanding promising results in earlier studies. Moreover, preclinical and clinical data are often susceptible to varying interpretations and analyses. We do not know whether any pivotal studies we may conduct will demonstrate consistent or adequate sensitivity and specificity sufficient to obtain regulatory approval to market our product candidates.

If the third parties on which we rely to conduct our clinical studies and to assist us with pre-clinical development do not perform as required or expected, we may be delayed or unable to obtain regulatory clearance or approval for sales launch of our device in the U.S.

We may not have the ability to independently conduct our pre-clinical and clinical studies for our future products and we may need to rely on third parties, such as CROs, medical institutions, clinical investigators and contract laboratories to conduct such studies. We would depend on our collaborators and on medical institutions and CROs to conduct our clinical studies in compliance with GCP requirements and other regulatory requirements. To the extent our collaborators or the CROs fail to enroll participants for our clinical studies, fail to conduct the study to GCP standards or are delayed for a significant time in the execution of studies, including achieving full enrollment, including on account of the outbreak of infectious disease, such as the COVID-19

 

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pandemic, or otherwise, we may be affected by increased costs, program delays or both, any resulting data may be unreliable or unusable for regulatory purposes, and we may be subject to enforcement action.

If these third parties do not successfully carry out their contractual duties or regulatory obligations or meet expected deadlines, if these third parties need to be replaced, or if the quality or accuracy of the data they obtain is compromised due to the failure to adhere to our clinical protocols or regulatory requirements or for other reasons, our pre-clinical development activities or clinical studies may be extended, delayed, suspended or terminated, and we may not be able to obtain regulatory approval for, or successfully launch sales of, our device on a timely basis, if at all, and our business, operating results and prospects may be adversely affected.

We may encounter substantial delays in our clinical studies, or we may fail to demonstrate specificity and sensitivity to the satisfaction of applicable regulatory authorities.

Before obtaining marketing approval from regulatory authorities for sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., we must conduct extensive clinical studies to demonstrate its specificity and sensitivity. Clinical testing is expensive, time consuming and uncertain as to outcome. We cannot guarantee that any clinical studies will be conducted as planned or completed on schedule, if at all. Our clinical studies involve adults and, before we are permitted to enroll them in clinical studies, we must demonstrate that although the research may pose a risk to the subjects, there is a prospect of direct benefit to each patient. We must do so to the satisfaction of each research site’s IRB. If we fail to adequately demonstrate this to the satisfaction of the relevant IRB, it will decline to approve the research, which could have significant adverse consequences for us.

A failure of one or more clinical studies can occur at any stage of testing, and our future clinical studies may not be successful. Events that may prevent successful or timely completion of clinical development include but are not limited to:

 

   

delays in reaching a consensus with regulatory agencies on study design;

 

   

delays in reaching agreement on acceptable terms with prospective contract research organizations, or CROs, and clinical study sites, the terms of which can be subject to extensive negotiation and may vary significantly among different CROs and clinical study sites;

 

   

delays in obtaining required IRB approval at each clinical study site;

 

   

imposition of a clinical hold by regulatory agencies, after review of an IDE application, or equivalent application, or an inspection of our clinical study operations or study sites;

 

   

delays in recruiting suitable patients to participate in our clinical studies;

 

   

difficulty collaborating with patient groups and investigators;

 

   

failure by our CROs, other third parties or us to adhere to clinical study requirements;

 

   

failure to perform in accordance with the FDA’s GCP requirements, or applicable regulatory guidelines in other countries;

 

   

delays in having patients complete participation in a study;

 

   

patients dropping out of a study;

 

   

occurrence of serious adverse events associated with the product candidate that are viewed to outweigh its potential benefits;

 

   

changes in regulatory requirements and guidance that require amending or submitting new clinical protocols;

 

   

the cost of clinical studies of our product candidates being greater than we anticipate;

 

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clinical studies of our product candidates producing negative or inconclusive results, which may result in us deciding, or regulators requiring us, to conduct additional clinical studies or abandon product development programs; and

 

   

delays in manufacturing, testing, releasing, validating or importing/exporting sufficient stable quantities of our product for use in clinical studies or the inability to do any of the foregoing.

Any inability to successfully complete preclinical and clinical development could result in additional costs to us or impair our ability to generate revenue. We may also be required to conduct additional safety, efficacy and comparability studies before we will be allowed to start clinical studies. Clinical study delays could also shorten any periods during which our device has patent protection and may allow our competitors to market products in the U.S. before we do, which could impair our ability to successfully launch sales of and market our product candidates and may harm our business and results of operations.

The results of future clinical studies may not support additional or new claims for future products or may result in the discovery of adverse side effects.

We cannot be certain that the results of our future clinical studies will support our claims for the MyoVista or any future product claims or that the FDA will agree with our conclusions regarding them. Success in pre-clinical studies and early clinical studies does not ensure that later clinical studies will be successful, and we cannot be sure that the later studies will replicate the results of prior studies and pre-clinical studies. The clinical trial process may fail to demonstrate that our product candidates are safe and effective for the proposed indicated uses, which could cause us to abandon a product candidate and may delay development of others. Any delay or termination of our clinical studies will delay the filing of our product submissions and, ultimately, our ability to launch sales of our product candidates and generate revenues. It is also possible that patients enrolled in clinical studies will experience adverse side effects that are not currently part of the future product’s profile.

Failure to comply with post-marketing regulatory requirements could subject us to enforcement actions, including substantial penalties, and might require us to recall or withdraw a product from the market.

If and when we receive regulatory clearance or approval of our product, we will remain subject to ongoing and pervasive regulatory requirements governing, among other things:

 

   

the manufacture—as set forth in the FDA’s Quality System Regulation, or QSR, requirements, which require manufacturers, including third-party manufacturers, to follow stringent design, testing, control, documentation and other quality assurance procedures during all aspects of the design and manufacturing process;

 

   

labeling and marketing regulations, which require that promotion is truthful, not misleading, fairly balanced and provides adequate directions for use and that all claims are substantiated, and also prohibit the promotion of products for unapproved or “off-label” uses and impose other restrictions on labeling; FDA guidance on off-label dissemination of information and responding to unsolicited requests for information;;

 

   

medical device reporting, sale, promotion, import, export, registration, and listing of devices.

 

   

clearance or approval of product modifications to 510(k)-cleared devices that could significantly affect safety or effectiveness or that would constitute a major change in intended use of one of our cleared devices;

 

   

medical device reporting regulations, which require that a manufacturer report to the FDA if a device it markets may have caused or contributed to a death or serious injury, or has malfunctioned and the device or a similar device that it markets would be likely to cause or contribute to a death or serious injury, if the malfunction were to recur;

 

   

correction, removal and recall reporting regulations, which require that manufacturers report to the FDA field corrections and product recalls or removals if undertaken to reduce a risk to health posed by the device or to remedy a violation of the FDCA that may present a risk to health;

 

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complying with the new federal law and regulations requiring Unique Device Identifiers, or UDI, on devices and also requiring the submission of certain information about each device to the FDA’s Global Unique Device Identification Database, or GUDID;

 

   

the FDA’s recall authority, whereby the agency can order device manufacturers to recall from the market a product that is in violation of governing laws and regulations; and

 

   

post-market surveillance activities and regulations, which apply when deemed by the FDA to be necessary to protect the public health or to provide additional safety and effectiveness data for the device.

The regulations to which we are subject are complex and have become more stringent over time. Regulatory changes could result in restrictions on our ability to continue or expand our operations, higher than anticipated costs, or lower than anticipated sales. Even after we have obtained the proper regulatory clearance or approval to market a device, we have ongoing responsibilities under FDA regulations and applicable foreign laws and regulations. The FDA, state and foreign regulatory authorities have broad enforcement powers. Our failure to comply with applicable regulatory requirements could result in enforcement action by the FDA, state or foreign regulatory authorities, which may include any of the following sanctions:

 

   

adverse publicity;

 

   

“it has come to our attention” letters, untitled letters or warning letters;

 

   

fines, injunctions, consent decrees and civil penalties;

 

   

recalls, termination of distribution, administrative detention, or seizure of our device;

 

   

customer notifications or repair, replacement or refunds;

 

   

operating restrictions or partial suspension or total shutdown of production;

 

   

delays in or refusal to grant our requests for future clearances or approvals or foreign marketing authorizations of new products, new intended uses, or modifications to existing products;

 

   

withdrawals or suspensions of product clearances or approvals, resulting in prohibitions on sales of our device;

 

   

FDA refusal to issue certificates to foreign governments needed to export products for sale in other countries; and

 

   

criminal prosecution.

Any of these sanctions could result in higher than anticipated costs or lower than anticipated sales and have a material adverse effect on our reputation, business, financial condition and results of operations.

In addition, the FDA or state or foreign authorities may change their clearance and approval policies, adopt additional regulations or revise existing regulations, or take other actions, which may require, prevent or delay clearance or approval of our future products under development on a timely basis. Such policy or regulatory changes could impose additional requirements upon us that could delay our ability to obtain new clearances or approvals, increase the costs of compliance or restrict our ability to maintain any approvals we are able to obtain.

The MyoVista must be manufactured in accordance with federal, state and foreign regulations, and we could be forced to recall our devices or terminate production if we fail to comply with these regulations.

The methods used in, and the facilities used for, the manufacture of our device must comply with the FDA’s Quality System Regulation, or QSR, which is a complex regulatory scheme that covers the procedures and documentation of the design, testing, production, process controls, quality assurance, labeling, packaging, handling, storage, distribution, installation, servicing and shipping of medical devices. As manufacturers of electron radiation-emitting products, we are also responsible for compliance with the radiological health regulations and certain radiation safety performance standards.

 

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Furthermore, we are required to verify that our suppliers maintain facilities, procedures and operations that comply with our quality standards and applicable regulatory requirements. The FDA enforces the QSR through periodic announced or unannounced inspections of medical device manufacturing facilities, which include the facilities of subcontractors. Our device is also subject to similar state regulations and various laws and regulations of foreign countries governing manufacturing.

Our third-party manufacturers may not take the necessary steps to comply with applicable regulations, which could cause delays in the delivery of our device. In addition, failure to comply with applicable FDA or state or foreign requirements or later discovery of previously unknown problems with our device or manufacturing processes could result in, among other things: warning letters or untitled letters; fines, injunctions or civil penalties; suspension or withdrawal of approvals; seizures or recalls of our device; total or partial suspension of production or distribution; administrative or judicially imposed sanctions; the FDA’s refusal to grant pending or future clearances or approvals for our device; clinical holds; refusal to permit the import or export of our device; and criminal prosecution of us, our suppliers or our employees.

Any of these actions could significantly and negatively affect supply of our device. If any of these events occurs, our reputation could be harmed, we could be exposed to product liability claims and we could lose customers and experience reduced sales and increased costs.

The misuse or off-label use of our device may harm our reputation in the marketplace, could potentially cause harm to the patient and that lead to product liability suits or result in costly investigations, fines or sanctions by regulatory bodies if we are deemed to have engaged in the promotion of these uses, any of which could be costly to our business.

Advertising and promotion of our future products that obtains approval in the United States may be heavily scrutinized by the FDA, the DOJ, HHS, state attorneys general, members of Congress, and the public. In addition, advertising and promotion of any future product that obtains approval outside of the United States will be heavily scrutinized by comparable foreign regulatory authorities.

We expect that, if cleared or approved, the MyoVista will also be cleared by the requisite regulatory authorities for specific indications. We expect to train our marketing personnel and direct sales force to not promote our devices for uses outside of the FDA-approved indications for use, known as “off-label uses.” Physicians may use our devices off-label, when in the physician’s independent professional medical judgment, he or she deems it appropriate as the FDA does not restrict or regulate a physician’s choice of treatment within the practice of medicine. There may be increased risk of injury to patients if physicians attempt to use our devices off-label. Furthermore, the use of our devices for indications other than those approved by the FDA or approved by any foreign regulatory body may not effectively treat such conditions, which could harm our reputation in the marketplace among healthcare providers and patients.

If the FDA or any state or foreign regulatory body determines that our promotional materials or training constitute promotion of an off-label use, it could request that we modify our training or promotional materials or subject us to regulatory or enforcement actions, including the issuance or imposition of a warning letter, an untitled letter, which is used for violators that do not necessitate a warning letter, injunction, seizure, civil fine or criminal penalties, which could have an adverse impact on our reputation and financial results. It is also possible that other federal, state or foreign enforcement authorities might take action under other regulatory authority, such as false claims laws, if they consider our business activities to constitute promotion of an off-label use, which could result in significant penalties, including, but not limited to, criminal, civil and administrative penalties, damages, fines, disgorgement, exclusion from participation in government healthcare programs and the curtailment or restructuring of our operations. We may become subject to such actions and, if we are not successful in defending against such actions, those actions may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Equivalent laws and potential consequences exist in foreign jurisdictions.

 

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In addition, if our device is cleared or approved, healthcare providers may misuse our device or use improper techniques if they are not adequately trained, potentially leading to injury and an increased risk of product liability. If our devices are misused or used with improper technique, we may become subject to costly litigation by our customers or their patients. Product liability claims could divert management’s attention from our core business, be expensive to defend and result in sizeable damage awards against us that may not be covered by insurance.

Our device may cause or contribute to adverse medical events or be subject to failures or malfunctions that we are required to report to the FDA, and if we fail to do so, we would be subject to sanctions that could harm our reputation, business, financial condition and results of operations. The discovery of serious safety issues with our device, or a recall of our device either voluntarily or at the direction of the FDA or another governmental authority, could have a negative impact on us.

If the MyoVista receives clearance, authorization, or approval, we will be subject to the FDA’s medical device reporting regulations and similar foreign regulations, which require us to report to the FDA when we receive or become aware of information that reasonably suggests that one or more of our device may have caused or contributed to a death or serious injury or malfunctioned in a way that, if the malfunction were to recur, could cause or contribute to a death or serious injury. The timing of our obligation to report is triggered by the date we become aware of the adverse event as well as the nature of the event. We may fail to report adverse events of which we become aware within the prescribed timeframe. We may also fail to recognize that we have become aware of a reportable adverse event, especially if it is not reported to us as an adverse event or if it is an adverse event that is unexpected or removed in time from the use of the product. If we fail to comply with our reporting obligations, the FDA or other regulatory bodies could take action, including warning letters, untitled letters, administrative actions, criminal prosecution, imposition of civil monetary penalties, revocation of our device clearance or approval, seizure of our device or delay in clearance or approval of future products.

The FDA and foreign regulatory bodies have the authority to require the recall of marketed products in the event of material deficiencies or defects in design or manufacture of a product or in the event that a product poses an unacceptable risk to health. The FDA’s authority to require a recall must be based on a finding that there is reasonable probability that the device could cause serious injury or death. We may also choose to voluntarily recall a product if any material deficiency is found. A government-mandated or voluntary recall by us could occur as a result of an unacceptable risk to health, component failures, malfunctions, manufacturing defects, labeling or design deficiencies, packaging defects or other deficiencies or failures to comply with applicable regulations. Product defects or other errors may occur in the future.

Depending on the corrective action we take to redress a product’s deficiencies or defects, the FDA may require, or we may decide, that we will need to obtain new clearances or approvals for the device before we may market or distribute the corrected device. Seeking such clearances or approvals may delay our ability to replace the recalled devices in a timely manner. Moreover, if we do not adequately address problems associated with our devices, we may face additional regulatory enforcement action, including FDA warning letters, product seizure, injunctions, administrative penalties or civil or criminal fines.

Companies are required to maintain certain records of recalls and corrections, even if they are not reportable to the FDA. We may initiate voluntary withdrawals or corrections for our device in the future that we determine do not require notification of the FDA. If the FDA disagrees with our determinations, it could require us to report those actions as recalls and we may be subject to enforcement action. A future recall announcement could harm our reputation with customers, potentially lead to product liability claims against us and negatively affect our sales. Any corrective action, whether voluntary or involuntary, as well as defending ourselves in a lawsuit, will require the dedication of our time and capital, distract management from operating our business and may harm our reputation and financial results.

 

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The MyoVista may in the future be subject to product recalls that could harm our reputation, business and financial results.

Medical devices can experience performance problems in the field that require review and possible corrective action. The occurrence of component failures, manufacturing errors, software errors, design defects or labeling inadequacies affecting a medical device could lead to a government-mandated or voluntary recall by the device manufacturer, in particular when such deficiencies may endanger health. The FDA requires that certain classifications of recalls be reported to the FDA within 10 working days after the recall is initiated. Companies are required to maintain certain records of recalls, even if they are not reportable to the FDA. We may initiate voluntary recalls involving our device in the future that we determine do not require notification of the FDA. If the FDA disagrees with our determinations, they could require us to report those actions as recalls. Product recalls may divert management attention and financial resources, expose us to product liability or other claims, harm our reputation with customers and adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We may be subject, directly or indirectly, to federal and state healthcare fraud and abuse laws, false claims laws and health information privacy and security laws. If we are unable to comply, or have not fully complied, with such laws, we could face substantial penalties.

Many federal, state and foreign healthcare laws and regulations apply to medical devices. We may be subject to certain federal and state regulations, including the federal healthcare programs’ Anti-Kickback Statute, which prohibits, among other things, knowingly and willfully soliciting, offering, receiving, or paying any remuneration, directly or indirectly, in cash or in kind, to induce or reward purchasing, ordering or arranging for or recommending the purchase or order of any item or service for which payment may be made, in whole or in part, under a federal healthcare program such as Medicare and Medicaid; the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, which imposes criminal and civil liability for knowingly and willfully executing, or attempting to execute, a scheme to defraud any healthcare benefit program, or knowingly and willfully falsifying, concealing or covering up a material fact or making any materially false statement in connection with the delivery of, or payment for, healthcare benefits, items or services; the federal Civil Monetary Penalties Law, which authorizes the imposition of substantial civil monetary penalties against an entity that engages in activities including, among others (1) knowingly presenting, or causing to be presented, a claim for services not provided as claimed or that is otherwise false or fraudulent in any way; (2) arranging for or contracting with an individual or entity that is excluded from participation in federal healthcare programs to provide items or services reimbursable by a federal healthcare program; (3) violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute; or (4) failing to report and return a known overpayment; the federal False Statements Statute, which prohibits knowingly and willfully falsifying, concealing, or covering up a material fact or making any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation, or making or using any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or entry, in connection with the delivery of or payment for healthcare benefits, items, or services; the federal civil False Claims Act, or the FCA, which prohibits, among other things, knowingly presenting, or causing to be presented claims for payment of government funds that are false or fraudulent, or knowingly making, using or causing to be made or used a false record or statement material to such a false or fraudulent claim, or knowingly concealing or knowingly and improperly avoiding, decreasing, or concealing an obligation to pay money to the federal government; and other federal and state false claims laws. The FCA prohibits anyone from knowingly presenting, conspiring to present, making a false statement in order to present, or causing to be presented, for payment to federal programs (including Medicare and Medicaid) claims for items or services that are false or fraudulent, claims for items or services not provided as claimed, or claims for medically unnecessary items or services. This law also prohibits anyone from knowingly underpaying an obligation owed to a federal program. Increasingly, U.S. federal agencies are requiring nonmonetary remedial measures, such as corporate integrity agreements in FCA settlements. The DOJ announced in 2016 its intent to follow the “Yates Memo,” taking a far more aggressive approach in pursuing individuals as FCA defendants in addition to corporations.

 

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The majority of states also have statutes similar to the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and false claims laws that apply to items and services reimbursed under Medicaid and other state programs, or, in several states, that apply regardless of whether the payor is a government entity or a private commercial entity. The Federal Open Payments, or Physician Payments Sunshine Act, program requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and biologics for which payment is available under Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, to track and report annually to the federal government (for disclosure to the public) certain payments and other transfers of value made to physicians and teaching hospitals as well as disclosure of payments and other transfers of value provided to physicians and teaching hospitals, and ownership and investment interests in the manufacturer held by physicians and other healthcare providers and their immediate family members and applicable group purchasing organizations. Our failure to appropriately track and report Sunshine Act covered payments to the government could result in civil fines and penalties, which could adversely affect the results of our operations. In addition, several U.S. states and localities have enacted legislation requiring medical device companies to establish marketing compliance programs, file periodic reports with the state, and/or make periodic public disclosures on sales, marketing, pricing, clinical trials, and other activities. Other state laws prohibit certain marketing-related activities including the provision of gifts, meals or other items to certain healthcare providers. Many of these laws and regulations contain ambiguous requirements that government officials have not yet clarified. Given the lack of clarity in the laws and their implementation, our reporting actions could be subject to the penalty provisions of the pertinent federal and state laws and regulations.

The medical device industry has been under heightened scrutiny as the subject of government investigations and enforcement actions involving manufacturers who allegedly offered unlawful inducements to potential or existing customers in an attempt to procure their business, including arrangements with physician consultants. If our operations or arrangements are found to be in violation of such governmental regulations, we may be subject to civil and criminal penalties, damages, fines, exclusion from the Medicare and Medicaid programs and the curtailment of our operations. All of these penalties could adversely affect our ability to operate our business and our financial results.

Legislative or regulatory reforms in the United States or the European Union may make it more difficult and costly for us to obtain regulatory clearances or approvals for our device or to manufacture, market or distribute our device after clearance or approval is obtained.

From time to time, legislation is drafted and introduced in Congress that could significantly change the statutory provisions governing the regulation of medical devices. In addition, the FDA may change its clearance and approval policies, adopt additional regulations or revise existing regulations, or take other actions, which may prevent or delay approval or clearance of our future products under development or impact our ability to modify our currently cleared products on a timely basis. Any new regulations or revisions or reinterpretations of existing regulations may impose additional costs or lengthen review times of planned or future products. It is impossible to predict whether legislative changes will be enacted or FDA regulations, guidance or interpretations changed, and what the impact of such changes, if any, may be.

FDA regulations and guidance are often revised or reinterpreted by the FDA in ways that may significantly affect our business and our device. Any new statutes, regulations or revisions or reinterpretations of existing regulations may impose additional costs or lengthen review times of any future products or make it more difficult to obtain clearance for or approval of, manufacture, market or distribute our device. We cannot determine what effect changes in regulations, statutes, legal interpretation or policies, when and if promulgated, enacted or adopted may have on our business in the future. Such changes could, among other things, require: additional testing prior to obtaining clearance or approval; changes to manufacturing methods; recall, replacement or discontinuance of our device; or additional record keeping.

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or administrative action, either in the United States or abroad. For example, certain forthcoming policies of the Biden administration could impact our business and industry. It is difficult to predict what policies may be implemented or how any such executive actions will be implemented, and the extent to which they will impact the FDA’s ability to exercise its regulatory authority. If executive actions or new policies impose restrictions on the FDA’s ability to engage in oversight and implementation activities in the normal course, our business may be negatively impacted. If we are slow or unable to adapt to changes in existing requirements or the adoption of new requirements or policies, or if we are not able to maintain regulatory compliance, we may lose any marketing approval or clearance that we may have obtained and we may not achieve or sustain profitability.

The European Parliament passed the Medical Devices Regulation (Regulation 2017/745), which repeals and replaces the EU Medical Devices Directive. The Medical Devices Regulation, among other things, is intended to establish a uniform, transparent, predictable and sustainable regulatory framework across the EEA for medical devices and ensure a high level of safety and health while supporting innovation. Among other things, the Medical Devices Regulation:

 

   

strengthen the rules on placing devices on the market and reinforce surveillance once they are available;

 

   

establish explicit provisions on manufacturers’ responsibilities for follow-up regarding the quality, performance and safety of devices placed on the market;

 

   

improve the traceability of medical devices throughout the supply chain to the end-user or patient through a unique identification number;

 

   

set up a central database to provide patients, healthcare professionals and the public with comprehensive information on products available in the EU; and

 

   

strengthened rules for the assessment of certain high-risk devices, which may have to undergo an additional check by experts before they are placed on the market.

These modifications may have an effect on the way we conduct our business in the EEA.

Healthcare legislative and regulatory reform measures may have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

Our industry is highly regulated and changes in law may adversely impact our business, operations or financial results. In the United States and some foreign jurisdictions, there have been, and continue to be, legislative and regulatory changes and proposed changes regarding the healthcare system and how its costs should be controlled or managed. Certain of these proposals could limit the prices we are able to charge for our device or the coverage and reimbursement available for our device and could limit the acceptance and availability of our device. In particular, there have been and continue to be a number of initiatives at the U.S. federal and state levels that are directed at containing or lowering the cost of healthcare. We cannot predict the initiatives that may be adopted in the future or their full impact. Additionally, it remains unclear how any new legislation or regulation might affect the prices we may obtain for any of our product for which regulatory approval is obtained. Any reduction in reimbursement from Medicare and other government programs may result in a similar reduction in payments from private payors. The implementation of cost containment measures or other healthcare reforms may prevent us from being able to generate revenue, attain profitability or market our device.

Recently, there has been heightened governmental scrutiny over the manner in which companies set prices for their marketed products, which has resulted in several U.S. Congressional inquiries and proposed and enacted federal legislation designed to bring transparency to product pricing and reduce the cost of products and services under government healthcare programs. Additionally, individual states in the United States have also increasingly passed legislation and implemented regulations designed to control product pricing, including price

 

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or reimbursement constraints, discounts, restrictions on certain product access and marketing cost disclosure and transparency measures. Moreover, regional healthcare authorities and individual hospitals are increasingly using bidding procedures to determine what products to purchase and which suppliers will be included in their healthcare programs. Adoption of price controls and other measures designed to restrict spending or purchasing power may prevent or limit our ability to generate revenue and attain profitability.

In addition, the delivery of healthcare in the European Union, including the establishment and operation of health services, is almost exclusively a matter for national, rather than EU, law and policy. National governments and health service providers have different priorities and approaches to the delivery of health care and the pricing and reimbursement of products in that context. Coupled with ever-increasing EU and national regulatory burdens on those wishing to develop and market products, this could prevent or delay marketing approval, restrict or regulate post-approval activities and affect our ability to launch sales of any products for which we obtain marketing approval.

We are currently unable to predict what additional legislation or regulation, if any, relating to the health care industry may be enacted in the future or what effect recently enacted federal legislation or any such additional legislation or regulation would have on our business. The pendency or approval of such proposals or reforms could result in a decrease in the price of our Common Stock or limit our ability to raise capital or to enter into collaboration agreements for the further development and potential marketing of our device.

Disruptions at the FDA and other government agencies caused by funding shortages or global health concerns could hinder their ability to hire, retain or deploy key leadership and other personnel, or otherwise prevent new or modified products from being developed, cleared or approved or launched for sale into the U.S. in a timely manner or at all, or otherwise prevent those agencies from performing normal business functions on which the operation of our business may rely, which could negatively impact our business.

The ability of the FDA to review and clear or approve new products can be affected by a variety of factors, including government budget and funding levels, statutory, regulatory, and policy changes, the FDA’s ability to hire and retain key personnel and accept the payment of user fees, and other events that may otherwise affect the FDA’s ability to perform routine functions. Average review times at the FDA have fluctuated in recent years as a result. In addition, government funding of other government agencies that fund research and development activities is subject to the political process, which is inherently fluid and unpredictable.

Disruptions at the FDA and other agencies may also slow the time necessary for new medical devices or modifications to cleared or approved medical devices to be reviewed and/or approved by necessary government agencies, which would adversely affect our business. For example, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in March of 2020 the FDA postponed most inspections of foreign manufacturing and domestic facilities. Although limited inspections were again initiated in 2021, FDA also utilized alternative methods for inspections and could continue to exercise discretion on a case-by-case basis to approve products based on a desk review, particularly for foreign inspections. If a prolonged government shutdown occurs, or if global health concerns continue to prevent or temporarily restrict the FDA or other regulatory authorities from conducting their regular inspections, reviews, or other regulatory activities, it could significantly impact the ability of the FDA to timely review and process our regulatory submissions, which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

Regulatory authorities outside the United States may adopt similar restrictions or other policy measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If a prolonged government shutdown occurs, or if global health concerns continue to prevent the FDA or other regulatory authorities from conducting their regular inspections, reviews, or other regulatory activities, it could significantly impact the ability of the FDA or other regulatory authorities to timely review and process our regulatory submissions, which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

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Changes in laws or regulations relating to data protection, or any actual or perceived failure by us to comply with such laws and regulations or our privacy policies, could materially and adversely affect our business or could lead to government enforcement actions and significant penalties against us, and adversely impact our operating results.

In the normal course of business, we will receive health information and other highly sensitive or confidential information and data of patients and other third parties, which we compile and analyze. Our collection and use of this data, including that of our vendors, might raise privacy and data protection concerns, which could negatively impact our business. There are numerous federal, state and international laws and regulations regarding privacy, data protection, information security, and the collection, storing, sharing, use, processing, transfer, disclosure, and protection of personal information and other data, and the scope of such laws and regulations may change, be subject to differing interpretations, and may be inconsistent among countries and regions we intend to operate in (e.g., the United States and the European Union), or conflict with other laws and regulations. The regulatory framework for privacy and data protection worldwide is, and is likely to remain for the foreseeable future, uncertain and complex, and this or other actual or alleged obligations may be interpreted and applied in a manner that we may not anticipate or that is inconsistent from one jurisdiction to another. Further, any significant change to applicable laws, regulations, or industry practices regarding the collection, use, retention, security, or disclosure of data, or any changes regarding the manner in which the consent of relevant users for the collection, use, retention, or disclosure of such data must be obtained, could increase our costs and require us to modify our services and products, possibly in a material manner, which we may be unable to complete, and may limit our ability to store and process patients’ data or develop new services and features.

In particular, we are subject to U.S. data protection laws and regulations (i.e., laws and regulations that address privacy and data security of personal information) at both the federal and state levels. The legislative and regulatory landscape for data protection continues to evolve, and in recent years there has been an increasing focus on privacy and data security issues. Numerous federal and state laws, including state data breach notification laws, state health information privacy laws, and federal and state consumer protection laws, govern the collection, use, and disclosure of health-related and other personal information. Failure to comply with such laws and regulations could result in government enforcement actions and create liability for us (including the imposition of significant civil or criminal penalties), private litigation and/or adverse publicity that could negatively affect our business.

In addition, we expect to obtain health information that is subject to privacy and security requirements under HIPAA and its implementing regulations. The Privacy Standards and Security Standards under HIPAA establish a set of standards for the protection of individually identifiable health information by health plans, health care clearinghouses and certain health care providers, referred to as Covered Entities, and the business associates with whom Covered Entities enter into service relationships pursuant to which individually identifiable health information may be exchanged. Notably, whereas HIPAA previously directly regulated only Covered Entities, HITECH makes certain of HIPAA’s privacy and security standards also directly applicable to Covered Entities’ business associates. As a result, both Covered Entities and business associates are now subject to significant civil and criminal penalties for failure to comply with Privacy Standards and Security Standards. As part of our normal operations, we expect to collect, process and retain personal identifying information regarding patients, including as a business associate of Covered Entities, so we expect to be subject to HIPAA, including changes implemented through HITECH, and we could be subject to criminal penalties if we improperly handle or knowingly obtain or disclose individually identifiable health information in a manner that is not authorized or permitted by HIPAA. A data breach affecting sensitive personal information, including health information, also could result in significant legal and financial exposure and reputational damages that could potentially have an adverse effect on our business.

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information. HITECH expands the notification requirement for breaches of patient-identifiable health information, restricts certain disclosures and sales of patient-identifiable health information, and provides for civil monetary penalties for HIPAA violations. HITECH also increased the civil and criminal penalties that may be imposed against Covered Entities and business associates and gave state attorneys general new authority to file civil actions for damages or injunctions in federal courts to enforce HIPAA and its implementing regulations and seek attorney’s fees and costs associated with pursuing federal civil actions. Additionally, certain states have adopted comparable privacy and security laws and regulations, some of which may be more stringent than HIPAA.

In addition, certain state laws govern the privacy and security of health-related and other personal information in certain circumstances, some of which may be more stringent, broader in scope or offer greater individual rights with respect to protected health information than HIPAA, many of which may differ from each other, thus, complicating compliance efforts. Such laws and regulations will be subject to interpretation by various courts and other governmental authorities, thus creating potentially complex compliance issues for us and our future customers and strategic partners. Failure to comply with these laws, where applicable, can result in the imposition of significant civil and/or criminal penalties and private litigation. For example, California enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, which creates individual privacy rights for California consumers (as defined in the law), including the right to opt out of certain disclosures of their information, and places increased privacy and security obligations on entities handling certain personal data of consumers or households and may apply to us in the future. The CCPA also creates a private right of action with statutory damages for certain data breaches, thereby potentially increasing risks associated with a data breach. Further, the California Privacy Rights Act, or CPRA, was recently passed in California. The CPRA will impose additional data protection obligations on covered businesses, including additional consumer rights processes, limitations on data uses, new audit requirements for sensitive data such as health information, and opt outs for certain uses of sensitive data. It will also create a new California data protection agency authorized to issue substantive regulations and could result in increased privacy and information security enforcement. The majority of the provisions will go into effect on January 1, 2023, and additional compliance investment and potential business process changes may be required. The CCPA and CPRA are reflective of a trend toward more stringent privacy legislation in the United States, as other states or the federal government have followed or may follow California’s lead and increase protections for U.S. residents. For example, on March 2, 2021, the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act, which will take effect on January 1, 2023, was signed into law, and the on July 8, 2021 the Colorado Privacy Act, which will take effect on July 1, 2023, was also signed into law. The CCPA has already prompted a number of proposals for new federal and state privacy legislation that, if passed, could increase our potential liability, add layers of complexity to compliance in the U.S. market, increase our compliance costs and adversely affect our business.

Internationally, many jurisdictions have or are considering enacting privacy or data protection laws or regulations relating to the collection, use, storage, transfer, disclosure and/or other processing of personal data, as well as certification requirements for the hosting of health data specifically. Such laws and regulations may include data hosting, data residency or data localization requirements (which generally require that certain types of data collected within a certain country be stored and processed within that country), data export restrictions, international transfer laws (which prohibit or impose conditions upon the transfer of such data from one country to another), or may require companies to implement privacy or data protection and security policies, enable users to access, correct and delete personal data stored or maintained by such companies, inform individuals of security breaches that affect their personal data or obtain individuals’ consent to use their personal data.

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which went into effect in May 2018, imposes stringent requirements for controllers and processors of personal data of individuals within the European Economic Area, or EEA. As Switzerland and the United Kingdom are not part of the European Union they enforce separate laws governing personal data, which are derived from or directly based on the GDPR. The GDPR applies to any company established in the EEA as well as to those outside the EEA if they collect, process, and use personal data in connection with the offering of goods or services to individuals in the EEA or the monitoring of their

 

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behavior. The GDPR, together with national legislation, regulations and guidelines of the EEA countries governing the processing of personal data, impose strict obligations and restrictions on the ability to collect, analyze and transfer personal data, including health data from clinical trials and adverse event reporting. In particular, these obligations and restrictions involve the consent of the individuals to whom the personal data relates, the information provided to the individuals, the transfer of personal data out of the EEA to jurisdictions deemed to have inadequate data protection laws, security breach notifications, security and confidentiality of the personal data and imposition of substantial potential fines for breaches of the data protection obligations. Companies that must comply with the GDPR face increased compliance obligations and risk, including more robust regulatory enforcement of data protection requirements and potential fines for noncompliance of up to €20 million or 4% of the annual global revenues of the noncompliant company, whichever is greater.

Among other requirements, the GDPR regulates transfers of personal data subject to the GDPR to third countries that have not been found to provide adequate protection to such personal data, including the United States, and the efficacy and longevity of current transfer mechanisms between the European Union, or EU, and the United States remains uncertain. In 2016, the EU and United States agreed to a transfer framework for data transferred from the EU to the United States, called the Privacy Shield, but the Privacy Shield was invalidated in July 2020 by the Court of Justice of the European Union, or CJEU. While the CJEU upheld the adequacy of the standard contractual clauses (a standard form of contract approved by the European Commission as an adequate personal data transfer mechanism, and potential alternative to the Privacy Shield), it made clear that reliance on them alone may not necessarily be sufficient in all circumstances. Use of the standard contractual clauses must now be assessed on a case-by-case basis taking into account the legal regime applicable in the destination country, in particular applicable surveillance laws and rights of individuals and additional measures and/or contractual provisions may need to be put in place, however, the nature of these additional measures is currently uncertain. The CJEU went on to state that if a competent supervisory authority believes that the standard contractual clauses cannot be complied with in the destination country and the required level of protection cannot be secured by other means, such supervisory authority is under an obligation to suspend or prohibit that transfer. The European Commission has published revised standard contractual clauses for data transfers from the EEA: the revised clauses must be used for relevant new data transfers from September 27, 2021; existing standard contractual clauses arrangements must be migrated to the revised clauses by December 27, 2022. If applicable, we would be required to implement the revised standard contractual clauses, in relation to relevant existing contracts and certain additional contracts and arrangements, within the relevant time frames. There is some uncertainty around whether the revised clauses can be used for all types of data transfers, particularly whether they can be relied on for data transfers to non-EEA entities subject to the GDPR.

While we implement various measures intended to enable us to comply with applicable privacy or data protection laws, regulations and contractual obligations, these measures may not always be effective and do not guarantee compliance. Any failure or perceived failure by us to comply with our contractual or legal obligations or regulatory requirements relating to privacy, data protection, or information security may result in governmental investigations or enforcement actions, litigation, claims, or public statements against us by consumer advocacy groups or others and could result in significant liability, cause our customers, partners or patients to lose trust in us, and otherwise materially and adversely affect our reputation and business. Furthermore, the costs of compliance with, and other burdens imposed by, the laws, regulations, and policies that are applicable to the businesses of our customers or partners may limit the adoption and use of, and reduce the overall demand for, our device. Additionally, if third parties we work with violate applicable laws, regulations, or agreements or suffer data breaches such violations or data breaches may put the data we have received at risk, could result in governmental investigations or enforcement actions, fines, litigation, claims, or public statements against us by consumer advocacy groups or others and could result in significant liability, cause our customers, partners or patients to lose trust in us, and otherwise materially and adversely affect our reputation and business. Further, public scrutiny of, or complaints about, technology companies or their data handling or data protection practices, even if unrelated to our business, industry or operations, may lead to increased scrutiny of technology companies, including us, and may cause government agencies to enact additional regulatory requirements, or to modify their enforcement or investigation activities, which may increase our costs and risks.

 

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Risks Related to Our Intellectual Property

If we are unable to obtain and maintain effective patent rights for our device, we may not be able to compete effectively in our markets. If we are unable to protect the confidentiality of our trade secrets or know-how, such proprietary information may be used by others to compete against us.

Our success and future revenue growth will depend, in part, on our ability to protect our patent rights. In addition to the protection afforded by any patents that may be granted, historically, we have relied on trade secret protection and confidentiality agreements with our employees, consultants, and contractors to protect proprietary know-how that is not patentable or that we elect not to patent, processes that are not easily known, knowable, or easily ascertainable, and for which patent infringement is difficult to monitor and enforce and any other elements of our product discovery and development processes that involve proprietary know-how, information or technology that is not covered by patents. However, agreements may be breached, trade secrets may be difficult to protect, and we may not receive adequate remedies for any breach. In addition, our trade secrets and intellectual property may otherwise become known or be independently discovered by competitors or other unauthorized third parties.

There is no guarantee that the patent applications that we submitted with regards to our technologies will result in patent grants. In the event of failure to obtain patent registration, our developments will not be proprietary, which might allow other entities to manufacture our device and compete with them.

Further, there is no assurance that all potentially relevant prior art relating to our patent applications has been found, which can invalidate a patent or prevent a patent from issuing from a pending patent application. Even if patents do successfully issue, and even if such patents cover our device, third parties may challenge their validity, enforceability, or scope, which may result in such patents being narrowed, found unenforceable or invalidated. Furthermore, even if they are unchallenged, our patent applications and any future patents may not adequately protect our intellectual property, products and provide exclusivity for our new products or future services or prevent others from designing around our claims. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that third parties will not infringe or misappropriate our patents or similar proprietary rights. In addition, there can be no assurance that we will not have to pursue litigation against other parties to assert its rights.

Any of these outcomes could impair our ability to prevent competition from third parties, which may have an adverse impact on our business.

If we cannot obtain and maintain effective patent rights for our device, we may not be able to compete effectively, and our business and results of operations would be harmed.

We cannot provide any assurances that our trade secrets and other confidential proprietary information will not be disclosed in violation of our confidentiality agreements or that competitors will not otherwise gain access to our trade secrets or independently develop substantially equivalent information and techniques. Also, misappropriation or unauthorized and unavoidable disclosure of our trade secrets and intellectual property could impair our competitive position and may have a material adverse effect on our business. Additionally, if the steps taken to maintain our trade secrets and intellectual property are deemed inadequate, we may have insufficient recourse against third parties for misappropriating any trade secret.

The patent position of medical device companies generally is highly uncertain and involves complex legal and factual questions for which many legal principles remain unresolved. In recent years, patent rights have been the subject of significant litigation within our industry. As a result, the issuance, scope, validity, enforceability and commercial value of our patent rights are highly uncertain. Further, the issuance of a patent is not conclusive as to its scope, validity or enforceability, and our owned and in-licensed patents may be challenged, invalidated or legally circumvented by third parties, or may expire. We cannot be certain that our patents will be upheld as valid and enforceable or will prevent the development of competitive products by third parties. For example, we

 

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may become involved in opposition, interference, derivation, inter partes review or other proceedings challenging our patent rights, and the outcome of any proceedings are highly uncertain. Such challenges may result in the patent claims of our owned or in-licensed patents being narrowed, invalidated or held unenforceable, which could limit our ability to stop or prevent us from stopping others from using or marketing similar or identical technology and products, or limit the duration of the patent protection of our products and technology. Consequently, competitors could develop, manufacture and sell products that directly compete with our products, which could decrease our sales and affect our ability to compete. In addition, competitors could attempt to reverse engineer our device to replicate some or all of the competitive advantages we derive from our development efforts, design around our protected technology, or develop their own competitive technologies that fall outside the scope of our patents. If our intellectual property does not adequately protect us from our competitors’ products and methods, our business and competitive position could be adversely affected. We may in the future become involved in litigation to protect the patents associated with our products, which could result in substantial costs and distraction to management and other employees.

Intellectual property rights of third-parties could adversely affect our ability to market our device, and we might be required to litigate or obtain licenses from third parties in order to develop or market our device. Such litigation or licenses could be costly or not available on commercially reasonable terms.

It is inherently difficult to conclusively assess our freedom to operate without infringing on third-party rights. Our competitive position may be adversely affected if existing patents or patents resulting from patent applications issued to third parties in the future or other third-party intellectual property rights are held to cover our device or elements thereof, or our manufacturing or uses relevant to our development plans. In such cases, we may not be in a position to develop or market products or services unless we successfully pursue litigation to nullify or invalidate the third-party intellectual property right concerned or enter into a license agreement with the intellectual property right holder, if available on commercially reasonable terms. There may also be pending patent applications that if they result in issued patents, could be alleged to be infringed by our new products or services. If such an infringement claim should be brought and be successful, we may be required to pay substantial damages, be forced to abandon our new products or services or seek a license from any patent holders. No assurances can be given that a license will be available on commercially reasonable terms, if at all.

It is also possible that we have failed to identify relevant third-party patents or applications. For example, U.S. patent applications filed before November 29, 2000 and certain U.S. patent applications filed after that date that will not be filed outside the United States remain confidential until patents issue. Patent applications in the United States and elsewhere are published approximately 18 months after the earliest filing for which priority is claimed, with such earliest filing date being commonly referred to as the priority date. Therefore, patent applications covering our new products could have been filed by others without our knowledge. Additionally, pending patent applications which have been published can, subject to certain limitations, be later amended in a

manner that could cover our services, our new products or the use of our new products. Third-party intellectual property right holders may also actively bring infringement claims against us. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to successfully settle or otherwise resolve such infringement claims. If we are unable to successfully settle future claims on terms acceptable to us, we may be required to engage in or continue costly, unpredictable and time-consuming litigation and may be prevented from or experience substantial delays in pursuing the development of and/or marketing our new products or services. If we fail in any such dispute, in addition to being forced to pay damages, we may be temporarily or permanently prohibited from selling or marketing our new products or services that are held to be infringing. We might, if possible, also be forced to redesign our new products so that we no longer infringe the third-party intellectual property rights. Any of these events, even if we were ultimately to prevail, could require us to divert substantial financial and management resources that we would otherwise be able to devote to our business.

We may be subject to claims challenging the inventorship of our intellectual property.

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intellectual property as an inventor or co-inventor. For example, we may have inventorship disputes arise from conflicting obligations of consultants or others who are involved in developing our device. Litigation may be necessary to defend against these and other claims challenging inventorship or claiming the right to compensation. If we fail in defending any such claims, in addition to paying monetary damages, we may lose valuable intellectual property rights, such as exclusive ownership of, or right to use, valuable intellectual property. Such an outcome could have a material adverse effect on our business. Even if we are successful in defending against such claims, litigation could result in substantial costs and be a distraction to management and other employees. Such litigation or proceedings could increase our operating losses and reduce the resources available for development activities or any future sales, marketing or distribution activities. Some of our competitors may be able to devote significantly more resources to intellectual property proceedings, and may have significantly broader intellectual property portfolios to assert against us if we assert our rights against them. Further, because of the substantial discovery required in connection with intellectual property litigation, there is a risk that some of our confidential information could be disclosed or otherwise compromised leading to others making, using, importing or selling products that are the same or substantially the same as ours, which could adversely affect our ability to compete in the market.

We may be involved in lawsuits to protect or enforce our intellectual property, which could be expensive, time consuming, and unsuccessful.

Competitors may infringe our intellectual property. If we were to initiate legal proceedings against a third-party to enforce a patent covering one of our new products or services, the defendant could counterclaim that the patent covering our product is invalid and/or unenforceable. In patent litigation in the United States, defendant counterclaims alleging invalidity and/or unenforceability are commonplace. Grounds for a validity challenge could be an alleged failure to meet any of several statutory requirements, including lack of novelty, obviousness, or non-enablement. Grounds for an unenforceability assertion could be an allegation that someone connected with prosecution of the patent withheld relevant information from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, or made a misleading statement, during prosecution. Under the Leahy-Smith Act, the validity of U.S. patents may also be challenged in post-grant proceedings before the USPTO. The outcome following legal assertions of invalidity and unenforceability is unpredictable.

Derivation proceedings initiated by third parties or brought by us may be necessary to determine the priority of inventions and/or their scope with respect to our patent or patent applications or those of our licensors. An unfavorable outcome could require us to cease using the related technology or to attempt to license rights to it from the prevailing party. Our business could be harmed if the prevailing party does not offer us a license on commercially reasonable terms. Our defense of litigation or interference proceedings may fail and, even if successful, may result in substantial costs and distract our management and other employees. In addition, the uncertainties associated with litigation could have a material adverse effect on our ability to raise the funds necessary to continue our clinical trials, continue our research programs, license necessary technology from third parties, or enter into development partnerships that would help us launch sales of new products or services into the U.S.

Furthermore, because of the substantial amount of discovery required in connection with intellectual property litigation, there is a risk that some of our confidential information could be compromised by disclosure during this type of litigation. There could also be public announcements of the results of hearings, motions, or other interim proceedings or developments. If securities analysts or investors perceive these results to be negative, it could have a material adverse effect on the price of our Common Stock.

Third-party claims of intellectual property infringement may prevent or delay our development and marketing efforts.

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industries expand and more patents are issued, the risk increases that our device may be subject to claims of infringement of the patent rights of third parties.

Third parties may assert that we are employing their proprietary technology without authorization. There may be third-party patents or patent applications with claims to materials, designs or methods of manufacture related to the use or manufacture of our device. There may be currently pending patent applications or continued patent applications that may later result in issued patents that our device may infringe. In addition, third parties may obtain patents or services in the future and claim that use of our technologies infringes upon these patents.

If any third-party patents were held by a court of competent jurisdiction to cover aspects of our processes for designs, or methods of use, the holders of any such patents may be able to block our ability to develop and market the applicable product unless we obtain a license or until such patent expires or is finally determined to be invalid or unenforceable. In either case, such a license may not be available on commercially reasonable terms or at all.

Parties making claims against us may obtain injunctive or other equitable relief, which could effectively block our ability to further develop and market our device. Defense of these claims, regardless of their merit, would involve substantial litigation expense and would be a substantial diversion of employee resources from our business. In the event of a successful claim of infringement against us, we may have to pay substantial damages, including treble damages and attorneys’ fees for willful infringement, pay royalties, redesign our infringing products or services, or obtain one or more licenses from third parties, which may be impossible or require substantial time and monetary expenditure.

Patent policy and rule changes could increase the uncertainties and costs surrounding the prosecution of our patent applications and the enforcement or defense of any issued patents.

Changes in either the patent laws or interpretation of the patent laws in the United States and other countries may diminish the value of any patents that may issue from our patent applications or narrow the scope of our patent protection. The laws of foreign countries may not protect our rights to the same extent as the laws of the United States. Publications of discoveries in the scientific literature often lag behind the actual discoveries, and patent applications in the United States and other jurisdictions are typically not published until 18 months after filing, or in some cases not at all. We therefore cannot be certain that we were the first to file the invention claimed in our owned and licensed patent or pending applications, or that we or our licensor were the first to file for patent protection of such inventions. Assuming all other requirements for patentability are met, in the United States prior to March 15, 2013, the first to make the claimed invention without undue delay in filing, is entitled to the patent, while generally outside the United States, the first to file a patent application is entitled to the patent. After March 15, 2013, under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (the “Leahy-Smith Act”), enacted on September 16, 2011, the United States has moved to a first to file system. The Leahy-Smith Act also includes a number of significant changes that affect the way patent applications will be prosecuted and may also affect patent litigation. In general, the Leahy-Smith Act and its implementation could increase the uncertainties and costs surrounding the prosecution of our patent applications and the enforcement or defense of any issued patents, all of which could have a material adverse effect on our business and financial condition.

The America Invents Act also includes a number of significant changes that affect the way patent applications are prosecuted, redefine prior art and provide more efficient and cost-effective avenues for competitors to challenge the validity of the patents. These include allowing third-party submission of prior art to the USPTO during patent prosecution and additional procedures to attack the validity of a patent by USPTO administered post-grant proceedings, including post-grant review, inter partes review, and derivation proceedings. Further, because of a lower evidentiary standard in USPTO proceedings compared to the evidentiary standard in U.S. federal courts necessary to invalidate a patent claim, a third party could potentially provide evidence in a USPTO proceeding sufficient for the USPTO to hold a claim invalid even though the same evidence would be insufficient to invalidate the claim if first presented in a district court action. Accordingly, a

 

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third party may attempt to use the USPTO procedures to invalidate our patent claims that would not have been invalidated if first challenged by the third party as a defendant in a district court action. Therefore, the America Invents Act and its implementation could increase the uncertainties and costs surrounding the prosecution of our patent applications and the enforcement or defense of our issued patents, all of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on several patent cases in recent years, either narrowing the scope of patent protection available in certain circumstances or weakening the rights of patent owners in certain situations. Depending on future actions by the U.S. Congress, the U.S. courts, the USPTO and the relevant law-making bodies in other countries, the laws and regulations governing patents could change in unpredictable ways that would weaken our ability to obtain new patents or to enforce our existing patents and patents that we might obtain in the future.

We may not be able to protect our intellectual property rights throughout the world.

Filing, prosecuting, and defending patents on products and services, as well as monitoring their infringement in all countries throughout the world would be prohibitively expensive, and our intellectual property rights in some countries can be less extensive than those in the United States. In addition, the laws of some foreign countries do not protect intellectual property rights to the same extent as federal and state laws in the United States.

Competitors may use our technologies develop their own products or services in jurisdictions where we have not obtained patent protection to and may export infringing products or services to territories where we have patent protection, but where patents are not enforced as strictly as they are in the United States. These products or services may compete with our device or services. Future patents or other intellectual property rights may not be effective or sufficient to prevent them from competing.

Many companies have encountered significant problems in protecting and defending intellectual property rights in foreign jurisdictions. The legal systems of certain countries, particularly certain developing countries, do not favor the enforcement of patents, trade secrets, and other intellectual property protection, which could make it difficult for us to stop the marketing of competing products or services in violation of our proprietary rights generally. Proceedings to enforce our patent rights in foreign jurisdictions, whether or not successful, could result in substantial costs and divert our efforts and attention from other aspects of our business, could put our future patents at risk of being invalidated or interpreted narrowly, put the issuance of our patent applications at risk, and could provoke third parties to assert claims against us. We may not prevail in any lawsuits that we initiate, and any damages or other remedies that we may be awarded, may not be commercially meaningful. Accordingly, our efforts to monitor and enforce our intellectual property rights around the world may be inadequate to obtain a significant commercial advantage from the intellectual property that we develop or license.

Risks Related to this Offering and the Ownership of our Securities

We do not know whether a market for our Common Stock or Warrants will develop or, if developed, be sustained, what the trading price of our Common Stock or Warrants will be, or whether there will be an active, liquid, trading market for our Common Stock or Warrants, which may trade at a discount from the initial public offering price and make it difficult for you to sell the Common Stock or Warrants you purchase.

Although we intend to apply to list our Common Stock and Warrants on Nasdaq, an active trading market for our Common Stock or Warrants may not be achieved or sustained. It may be difficult for you to sell your Common Stock or Warrants without depressing the market price for the Common Stock or Warrants or at all. Consequently, you may not be able to sell your Common Stock or Warrants at or above the offering price or at all. Further, an inactive market may also impair our ability to raise capital by selling additional shares of Common Stock and it also may impair our ability to enter into strategic partnerships or acquire companies, products, or services by using our equity securities as consideration.

 

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Prior to this offering, there has not been a public trading market for shares of our Common Stock or Warrants. We cannot predict the extent to which investor interest in us will lead to the development of a trading market or how active and liquid that market may become. If an active and liquid trading market does not develop or continue, you may have difficulty selling your Common Stock or Warrants at an attractive price or at all. The initial public offering price per share of Common Stock and per Warrants will be determined by agreement between us and the representative of the underwriters, and may not be indicative of the price at which shares of our Common Stock or Warrants will trade in the public market after this offering. The market price of our Common Stock or Warrants may decline below the initial offering price and you may not be able to sell your Common Stock or Warrants at or above the price you paid in this offering, or at all.

The market price of our Common Stock and Warrants may be highly volatile, and you could lose all or part of your investment.

The market price of our Common Stock and Warrants is likely to be volatile, which may prevent you from being able to sell your Common Stock or Warrants at or above the price you paid for your securities. This volatility could be the result of a variety of factors, which include:

 

   

whether we achieve our anticipated corporate objectives;

 

   

actual or anticipated fluctuations in our quarterly or annual operating results;

 

   

changes in our financial or operational estimates or projections;

 

   

our ability to implement our operational plans;

 

   

termination of lock-up agreements or other restrictions on the ability of our shareholders to sell shares after this offering;

 

   

changes in the economic performance or market valuations of companies similar to ours;

 

   

general economic or political conditions in the U.S. or elsewhere; and

 

   

other events or factors, including those resulting from war, incidents of terrorism or responses to these events.

In addition, the stock market in general, and the stock of publicly-traded medical device companies in particular, have experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations that have often been unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of such companies. Broad market and industry factors may negatively affect the market price of our Common Stock and Warrants, regardless of our actual operating performance, and we have little or no control over these factors.

Future sales of a substantial number of shares of our Common Stock by our existing shareholders could cause our stock price to decline.

We have a significant number of shares of restricted Common Stock that will become eligible for sale after this offering. Prior to the consummation of this offering, on a pro forma basis, we had [            ] shares of our Common Stock outstanding, $[            ] in convertible notes outstanding that are convertible into [            ] shares of our Common Stock (based on interest calculated through [                    ], 2022), [            ] shares of Series C Preferred Stock outstanding that, as of the date of this prospectus, are convertible into [            ] shares of Common Stock, warrants exercisable for [            ] shares of our Common Stock and, upon consummation of this offering, we have agreed to issue [            ] shares of our Common Stock and Warrants to purchase [            ] shares of our Common Stock based on an assumed initial public offering price of $[            ] per Unit. All of the shares and Warrants sold in this offering will be eligible for sale immediately upon effectiveness of this registration statement. All of the remaining shares will be eligible for sale in the public market upon (i) the effectiveness of a registration statement we are required to file relating to (a) the shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Bridge Notes and the exercise of the Bridge Warrants and the Pre-Funded Warrants, subject to the lock-up agreements applicable to

 

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such shares, and (b) the shares of our Common Stock issuable upon the conversion of the Series C Preferred Stock and (ii) the expiration of the lock-up agreements entered into in connection with this offering. For additional information regarding the lock-up agreements and the timing of their expiration, see “Shares Eligible for Future Sale–Lock-up Agreements” and “Underwriting–Lock-up Agreements”. In addition, and subject to any applicable lock-up agreements, under Rule 144 under the Securities Act as in effect on the date hereof, beginning 90 days after the date hereof, a person who holds restricted shares of Common Stock (assuming there are any restricted shares) and is not one of our affiliates at any time during the three months preceding a sale, and who has beneficially owned these restricted shares for at least six months, would be entitled to sell an unlimited number of shares of our Common Stock, provided current public information about us is available. In addition, under Rule 144, a person who holds restricted shares in us and is not one of our affiliates at any time during the three months preceding a sale, and who has beneficially owned these restricted shares for at least one year, would be entitled to sell an unlimited number of shares immediately upon the closing of this offering without regard to whether current public information about us is available. It is conceivable that following the holding period, many shareholders may wish to sell some or all of their shares. If our shareholders sell substantial amounts of our Common Stock in the public market at the same time, the market price of our Common Stock could decrease significantly due to an imbalance in the supply and demand of our Common Stock. Even if they do not actually sell the Common Stock, the perception in the public market that our shareholders might sell significant Common Stock could also depress the market price of our Common Stock.

If securities or industry analysts do not publish or cease publishing research or reports about us, our business or our market, or if they publish negative reports regarding our business or our securities, our share price and trading volume could decline.

The trading market for the Common Stock and the Warrants will be influenced by the research and reports that industry or securities analysts may publish about us, our business, our market or our competitors. We do not have any control over these analysts and we cannot provide any assurance that analysts will cover us or provide favorable coverage. If any of the analysts who may cover us adversely change their recommendation regarding the Common Stock or Warrants, or provide more favorable relative recommendations about our competitors, the price of our Common Stock and Warrants would likely decline. If any analyst who may cover us were to cease coverage of our Company or fail to regularly publish reports on us, we could lose visibility in the financial markets, which in turn could cause the price of our Common Stock and Warrants or trading volume to decline.

Management will have broad discretion as to the use of the proceeds from this offering.

Our management will have broad discretion in the allocation of the net proceeds and could use them for purposes other than those contemplated at the time of this offering. Our shareholders may not agree with the manner in which our management chooses to allocate and spend the net proceeds. For additional information regarding our anticipated uses of proceeds, see “Use of Proceeds”.

We will need additional capital beyond the capital raised in this offering, and the sale of additional shares of the Common Stock or equity or debt securities could result in additional dilution to our shareholders.

Although the net proceeds of this offering are anticipated to be sufficient to achieve FDA clearance, which would allow us to market the MyoVista in the U.S., there is no assurance that this would be the case and further funding may be required. We will need to raise additional capital beyond the capital raised in this offering in order to support the sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., provide working capital and support further R&D. Such additional capital may be raised through a combination of private and public equity offerings, debt financings and collaborations, and strategic and licensing arrangements. To the extent that we raise additional capital through the issuance of equity (such as this offering) or convertible debt securities, your ownership interest will be diluted, and the terms may include liquidation or other preferences that adversely affect your rights as a holder of our Common Stock or Warrants. Debt financing, if available, may involve agreements that include covenants limiting or restricting our ability to take certain actions, such as incurring debt, without prior approval, making capital expenditures or declaring dividends. If we raise additional funds through strategic partnerships and alliances and licensing arrangements with third parties, we may have to relinquish valuable rights to our technologies or product or grant

 

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licenses on terms that are not favorable to us. If we are unable to raise additional funds through equity or debt financing when needed, we may be required to delay, limit, reduce or terminate our product development, sales launch or marketing efforts or grant rights to develop and market product that we would otherwise prefer to develop and market ourselves.

We have identified weaknesses in our internal controls, and we cannot provide assurances that these weaknesses will be effectively remediated or that additional material weaknesses will not occur in the future.

Prior to the completion of this offering, we have been a private company with limited accounting personnel to adequately execute our accounting processes and limited supervisory resources with which to address our internal control over financial reporting. As a private company, we have not designed or maintained an effective control environment as required of public companies under the rules and regulations of the SEC. Although we are not yet subject to the certification or attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, management and our independent registered public accounting firm, Haskell & White LLP, identified several material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting in connection with our preparation and the audits of our financial statements for Fiscal 2021 and 2020.

A material weakness is a deficiency, or combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financing reporting such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of our annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. The material weaknesses we and our independent registered public accounting firms identified are listed below:

 

   

we did not maintain sufficient GAAP and SEC accounting resources commensurate with those required of a public company;

 

   

our financial reporting closing process did not effectively determine all period-end adjustments with a sufficient level of precision;

 

   

we did not employ a sufficient number of staff to maintain optimal segregation of duties and to provide optimal levels of oversight;

 

   

we did not employ month-end financial reporting controls that prevented timely production of accurate monthly financial reports;

 

   

we did not employ proper independent review of monthly financial reports to verify that such reports are accurate and reconciled properly to the supporting documentation schedules; and

 

   

we did not have strong accounting consideration and analysis over equity accounts, accruals, and inventory valuation.

These material weaknesses resulted in adjustments to our current and prior year financial statements primarily related to equity accounts, accruals, and inventory and could result in a misstatement of any account balances or disclosures that would result in a material misstatement to the annual or interim financial statements that would not be prevented or detected.

We have begun implementation of a plan to remediate these material weaknesses. These remediation measures are ongoing and include hiring additional accounting and financial reporting personnel and implementing additional policies, procedures and controls. We cannot assure you that these measures will significantly improve or remediate the material weaknesses described above. The implementation of these remediation measures is in the early stages and will require validation and testing of the design and operating effectiveness of internal controls over a sustained period of financial reporting cycles. As a result, the timing of when we will be able to fully remediate the material weaknesses is uncertain, and we may not fully remediate these material weaknesses until later in the current fiscal year ending April 30, 2023. If the steps we take do not remediate the material weaknesses in a timely manner, there could continue to be a reasonable possibility that these control deficiencies or others would result in a material misstatement of our annual or interim consolidated financial statements that would not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. This, in turn, could jeopardize our ability to comply with our reporting obligations, limit our ability to access the capital markets and adversely impact our stock price.

 

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We and our independent registered public accounting firms were not required to perform an evaluation of our internal control over financial reporting as of either April 30, 2021 or April 30, 2020 in accordance with the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Accordingly, we cannot assure you that we have identified all, or that we will not in the future have additional, material weaknesses. Material weaknesses may still exist when we report on the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as required by reporting requirements under Section 404 after the completion of this offering.

If we are unable to successfully remediate the existing material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting, the accuracy and timing of our financial reporting, and our stock price, may be adversely affected and we may be unable to maintain compliance with the applicable stock exchange listing requirements. Implementing any appropriate changes to our internal controls may divert the attention of our officers and employees, entail substantial costs to modify our existing processes and take significant time to complete. These changes may not, however, be effective in maintaining the adequacy of our internal controls, and any failure to maintain that adequacy, or consequent inability to produce accurate financial statements on a timely basis, could increase our operating costs and harm our business. In addition, investors’ perceptions that our internal controls are adequate or that we are unable to produce accurate financial statements on a timely basis may harm our stock price and make it more difficult for us to effectively market and sell our services to new and existing customers.

Our Board of Directors is authorized to issue and designate shares of our preferred stock in additional series without shareholder approval.

Our amended and restated certificate of formation authorizes our Board of Directors, without the approval of our shareholders, to issue shares of our preferred stock, subject to limitations prescribed by applicable law, rules and regulations and the provisions of our amended and restated certificate of formation, as shares of preferred stock in series, to establish from time to time the number of shares to be included in each such series and to fix the designation, powers, preferences, privileges and rights of the shares of each such series and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof. The powers, preferences and rights of these additional series of preferred stock may be senior to or on parity with our Common Stock, which may reduce its value.

Our principal shareholders, officers and directors currently beneficially own approximately [        ]% of our Common Stock. They will therefore be able to exert significant control over matters submitted to our shareholders for approval.

As of the date of this prospectus, our principal shareholders, officers and directors beneficially own approximately [        ]% of the outstanding shares of our Common Stock. This significant concentration of share ownership may adversely affect the trading price for our Common Stock because investors often perceive disadvantages in owning shares in companies with controlling shareholders. As a result, these shareholders, if they acted together, could significantly influence or even unilaterally approve matters requiring approval by our shareholders, including the election of directors and the approval of mergers or other business combination transactions. The interests of these shareholders may not always coincide with our interests or the interests of other shareholders. For more information regarding the beneficial ownership of such principal shareholders, officers and directors, see “Beneficial Ownership of Principal Shareholders and Management.”

If you purchase Common Stock in this offering, you will incur immediate and substantial dilution in the book value of your shares.

The offering price of the Common Stock is substantially higher than the net tangible book value per share of our Common Stock (attributing no value to the Warrants). Therefore, if you purchase Common Stock in this offering, you will pay a price per share that substantially exceeds our net tangible book value per share after this offering. To the extent outstanding options or warrants are exercised, you will incur further dilution. Based on an assumed offering price of $[            ] per share, which is the midpoint of the price range set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, you will experience immediate dilution of $[            ] per share, representing the difference between our pro forma net tangible book value per share of Common Stock after giving effect to this offering and the offering price. See “Dilution” for further information.

 

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The Warrants are speculative in nature.

The Warrants do not confer any rights of Common Stock ownership on their holders, such as voting rights or the right to receive dividends, but rather merely represent the right to acquire shares of Common Stock at a fixed price. Specifically, commencing on the date of issuance, holders of the Warrants may exercise their right to acquire the shares of Common Stock and pay an exercise price of $[         ], which is equal to the initial public offering price per Unit. Moreover, following this offering, the market value of the Warrants is uncertain and there can be no assurance that the market value of the Warrants will equal or exceed their exercise price. Furthermore, each Warrant will expire five years from the original issuance date. In the event our Common Stock price does not exceed the exercise price of the Warrants during the period when the Warrants are exercisable, the Warrants may not have any value.

Holders of the Warrants will have no rights as a holder of our Common Stock until they acquire our Common Stock.

Until you acquire our Common Stock upon exercise of your Warrants, you will have no rights with respect to Common Stock issuable upon exercise of your Warrants. Upon exercise of your Warrants, you will be entitled to exercise the rights of a holder of our Common Stock as to the security exercised only as to matters for which the record date occurs after the exercise.

Provisions of the Warrants could discourage an acquisition of us by a third party.

In addition to the provisions of our amended and restated certificate of formation and amended and restated bylaws, certain provisions of the Warrants could make it more difficult or expensive for a third party to acquire us. The Warrants prohibit us from engaging in certain transactions constituting “fundamental transactions” unless, among other things, the surviving entity assumes our obligations under the Warrants. These and other provisions of the Warrants could prevent or deter a third party from acquiring us even where the acquisition could be beneficial to you.

We will incur significant increased costs as a result of the listing of our securities for trading on Nasdaq. By becoming a public company in the U.S., our management will be required to devote substantial time to new compliance initiatives as well as compliance with ongoing U.S. requirements.

Upon the listing of securities on Nasdaq, we will become a publicly traded company in the United States and as such, we will incur additional significant accounting, legal and other expenses that we did not incur before the offering. We also anticipate that we will incur costs associated with corporate governance requirements of the SEC, as well as requirements under Section 404 and other provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. We expect these rules and regulations to increase our legal and financial compliance costs, introduce new costs such as investor relations, stock exchange listing fees and shareholder reporting, and to make some activities more time consuming and costly. The implementation and testing of such processes and systems may require us to hire outside consultants and incur other significant costs. Any future changes in the laws and regulations affecting public companies in the United States, including Section 404 and other provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the rules and regulations adopted by the SEC, for so long as they apply to us, will result in increased costs to us as we respond to such changes. These laws, rules and regulations could make it more difficult or more costly for us to obtain certain types of insurance, including director and officer liability insurance, and we may be forced to accept reduced policy limits and coverage or incur substantially higher costs to obtain the same or similar coverage. The impact of these requirements could also make it more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified persons to serve on our Board of Directors, any committees of our Board of Directors, or as executive officers.

We may be subject to securities litigation, which is expensive and could divert management attention.

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type could result in substantial costs and diversion of management’s attention and resources, which could seriously hurt our business. Any adverse determination in litigation could also subject us to significant liabilities.

We have never paid cash dividends on our Common Stock, and we do not anticipate paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future.

We have neither declared nor paid cash dividends, and we do not anticipate paying cash dividends in the foreseeable future. Therefore, you should not rely on an investment in Common Stock as a source for any future dividend income. Our Board of Directors has complete discretion as to when or whether to distribute dividends. Even if our Board of Directors decides to declare and pay dividends, the timing, amount and form of future dividends, if any, will depend on our future results of operations and cash flow, our capital requirements and surplus, the amount of distributions, if any, received by us from our subsidiaries, our financial condition, contractual restrictions and other factors deemed relevant by our Board of Directors.

We are an “emerging growth company,” and any decision on our part to comply with certain reduced disclosure requirements applicable to emerging growth companies could make the Common Stock and Warrants less attractive to investors.

We are an “emerging growth company” as defined in the JOBS Act, and, for as long as we continue to be an emerging growth company, we may choose to take advantage of exemptions from various reporting requirements applicable to other public companies including, but not limited to, not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, not being required to comply with any new requirements adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, or the PCAOB, requiring mandatory audit firm rotation or a supplement to the auditor’s report in which the auditor would be required to provide additional information about the audit and the financial statements of the issuer, not being required to comply with any new audit rules adopted by the PCAOB after April 5, 2012 unless the SEC determines otherwise, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and shareholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. We could remain an emerging growth company until the earlier of: (i) the last day of the fiscal year in which we have total annual gross revenues of $1.07 billion or more; (ii) the last day of our fiscal year following the fifth anniversary of the date of our first sale of common equity securities pursuant to an effective registration statement; (iii) the date on which we have issued more than $1.0 billion in nonconvertible debt during the previous three years; or (iv) the date on which we are deemed to be a large accelerated filer. We cannot predict if investors will find our Common Stock or Warrants less attractive if we choose to rely on these exemptions. If some investors find our Common Stock or Warrants less attractive as a result of any choices to reduce future disclosure, there may be a less active trading market for our Common Stock or Warrants and our stock price may be more volatile. Further, as a result of these scaled regulatory requirements, our disclosure may be more limited than that of other public companies and you may not have the same protections afforded to shareholders of such companies.

Section 107 of the JOBS Act also provides that an emerging growth company can take advantage of the extended transition period provided in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), for complying with new or revised accounting standards. We have opted for taking advantage of the extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards pursuant to Section 107(b) of the Jobs Act.

Anti-takeover provisions could make a third party acquisition of us difficult.

Our amended and restated certificate of formation and amended and restated bylaws eliminate the ability of shareholders to take action by less than unanimous written consent. This provision could make it more difficult for a third party to acquire us without the approval of our board. In addition, the Texas Business Organizations Code, or the TBOC, also contains certain provisions that could make an acquisition by a third party more difficult.

 

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If our shares become subject to the penny stock rules, it would become more difficult to trade our shares.

The SEC has adopted rules that regulate broker-dealer practices in connection with transactions in penny stocks. Penny stocks are generally equity securities with a price of less than $5.00, other than securities registered on certain national securities exchanges or authorized for quotation on certain automated quotation systems, provided that current price and volume information with respect to transactions in such securities is provided by the exchange or system. If we do not retain a listing on Nasdaq and if the price of our Common Stock is less than $5.00, our Common Stock will be deemed a penny stock. The penny stock rules require a broker-dealer, before a transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from those rules, to deliver a standardized risk disclosure document containing specified information. In addition, the penny stock rules require that before effecting any transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from those rules, a broker-dealer must make a special written determination that the penny stock is a suitable investment for the purchaser and receive (i) the purchaser’s written acknowledgment of the receipt of a risk disclosure statement; (ii) a written agreement to transactions involving penny stocks; and (iii) a signed and dated copy of a written suitability statement. These disclosure requirements may have the effect of reducing the trading activity in the secondary market for our Common Stock or Warrants, and therefore shareholders may have difficulty selling their shares of Common Stock or Warrants.

 

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USE OF PROCEEDS

We expect to receive net proceeds from this offering of approximately $[            ], after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses, or approximately $[            ] if the underwriters’ representative exercises the over-allotment option, with respect to both shares of Common Stock and Warrants, in full.

A $1.00 increase or decrease in the assumed public offering price of $[            ] per Unit would increase or decrease the proceeds from this offering by approximately $[            ] million, assuming that the number of Units offered by us, as set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, remains the same and after deducting the estimated underwriting discounts and commissions. Similarly, each increase or decrease of [            ] Units offered would increase or decrease our proceeds by approximately $[            ] million, assuming the assumed public offering price remains the same, and after deducting estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us. This information is illustrative only and will depend on the actual initial public offering price and other terms of this offering determined at pricing. We do not expect that a change in the initial public offering price or the number of Units by these amounts would have a material effect on our intended uses of the net proceeds from this offering, although a decrease in the initial offering price without a corresponding increase in the number of Units offered may accelerate the time at which we will need to seek additional capital.

We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering (i) for estimated costs of approximately $3 million directly related to achieving FDA clearance for the MyoVista device, including costs for relevant Company personnel, associated device testing, validation and R&D, and completing the pivotal clinical validation study, (ii) for working capital and general corporate purposes until we can obtain FDA approval, (iii) to pay accrued and unpaid interest to one lender (John Q. Adams, Sr., a former director of the Company) under the $1M Loan and Security Agreement, which was $0.1 million at January 31, 2022, and (iv) with respect to the remainder, if any, for working capital and general corporate purposes needed for sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., which may include the hiring of additional personnel, capital expenditures and the costs of operating as a public company. The $1M Loan and Security Agreement, as amended, matures on September 30, 2023, assuming completion of this offering. At January 31, 2022, the principal balance outstanding under the $1M Loan and Security Agreement was $1.0 million and the interest rate was 12% per annum. It is payable to Front Range Ventures, LLC, which is a beneficial owner of more than five percent (5%) of the combined voting power of our outstanding capital stock, and John Q. Adams, Sr. (a former director of the Company).

Changing circumstances may cause us to consume capital significantly faster than we currently anticipate. The amounts and timing of our actual expenditures will depend upon numerous factors, including the progress of our global marketing and sales efforts, our development efforts and the overall economic environment. Therefore, our management will retain broad discretion over the use of the proceeds from this offering. We may ultimately use the proceeds for different purposes than what we currently intend. Pending any ultimate use of any portion of the proceeds from this offering, if the anticipated proceeds will not be sufficient to fund all the proposed purposes, our management will determine the order of priority for using the proceeds, as well as the amount and sources of other funds needed. We believe that the funds raised in this offering will be sufficient to finance the purposes described above, and we do not think that material amounts of other funds will be necessary to finance such purposes.

Pending our use of the net proceeds from this offering, we may invest the net proceeds in a variety of capital preservation investments, including short-term, investment grade, interest bearing instruments and U.S. government securities.

 

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DIVIDEND POLICY

We have never declared or paid any cash dividends on our Common Stock and do not anticipate paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future. Payment of cash dividends, if any, in the future will be at the discretion of our Board of Directors and will depend on then-existing conditions, including our financial condition, operating results, contractual restrictions, capital requirements, business prospects and other factors our Board of Directors may deem relevant.

 

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CAPITALIZATION

The following table sets forth our cash and cash equivalents and our capitalization as of January 31, 2022:

 

   

on an actual basis;

 

   

on a pro forma basis to give effect to: (i) the reverse stock split; (ii) the conversion of up to the Maximum Percentage of the Bridge Notes by each holder thereof; (iii) the conversion of all of the $1.5M Notes; and (iv) the conversion of the Series A Preferred Stock and the Series B Preferred Stock; and

 

   

on a pro forma as adjusted basis to give effect to: (i) the reverse stock split; (ii) the conversion of up to the Maximum Percentage of the Bridge Notes by each holder thereof; (iii) the conversion of all of the $1.5M Notes; (iv) the conversion of the Series A Preferred Stock and the Series B Preferred Stock; and (v) the issuance of Units in this offering, at an assumed public offering price of $[            ] per Unit, which is the midpoint of the price range set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, and after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses, as if the sale of the Units had occurred on January 31, 2022.

The pro forma as adjusted information set forth in the table below is illustrative only and will be adjusted based on the actual public offering price and other terms of this offering determined at pricing.

You should read this table in conjunction with the sections titled “Selected Financial Data” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and our financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

     As of January 31, 2022  
     Actual     Pro
Forma(1)
     Pro Forma
as Adjusted
 
     (U.S. dollars in thousands)  
     (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)      (Unaudited)  

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 1,328       —          —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Indebtedness:

       

Bridge Notes

   $ 2,629       —          —    

$130K Note

     130       —          —    

$1.5M Notes

     1,500       —          —    

$1M Notes

     1,000       —          —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Indebtedness

     5,259       —          —    

Shareholders’ equity (deficit):

       

Series A Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share, 10,000 issued and outstanding as of January 31, 2022

     —         —          —    

Series B Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share, 10,000 issued and outstanding as of January 31, 2022

     —         —          —    

Series C Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share, 463,265 issued and outstanding

     —         —          —    

Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share, [            ] issued and outstanding, actual; [            ] shares issued and outstanding, pro forma; and [            ] shares issued and outstanding pro forma as adjusted

     110       —          —    

Additional paid-in capital

     48,138       —           

Accumulated deficit

     (52,350     —          —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total shareholders’ equity (deficit)

     (4,102     —          —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total capitalization

   $ 1,157     $ —        $ —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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  Stock) would be issued and we would receive approximately $             in additional net proceeds, based on the assumed initial public offering price of $             per Unit, which is the midpoint of the range set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, after deducting estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us; and (ii) cash and cash equivalents, total shareholders’ equity and total capitalization would each also increase by approximately $            .

The number of shares of Common Stock owned by existing shareholders is based on [            ] shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding as of January 31, 2022 and excludes the following as of such date:

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Series C Preferred Stock (including conversion of the shares of Series C Preferred Stock issuable upon conversion of the $130K Note). See “Description of Securities—Preferred Stock” for additional information;

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options issued to directors, employees and consultants of the Company, of which [            ] were vested as of such date;

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of the Investor Warrants, the $1M Lender Warrants, the $1.5M Lender Warrants, the Bridge Warrants, and the Pre-Funded Warrants. See “Description of Securities—Warrants” for more information;

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of the Warrants; and

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of the underwriters’ representative’s warrants.

This number of shares of Common Stock also excludes shares issuable pursuant to antidilution provisions set forth in the Bridge Warrants and the Series C Preferred Stock, which are each dependent on the market price of our Common Stock at the time of conversion. For additional information, see “Description of Securities—Antidilution Provisions.”

 

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DILUTION

If you invest in our Common Stock, your interest will be diluted immediately to the extent of the difference between the public offering price per share of Common Stock you will pay in this offering (attributing no value to the Warrants) and the pro forma net tangible book value per share after this offering. On January 31, 2022, we had a negative net tangible book value of $[            ], corresponding to a negative net tangible book value of [            ] per share. Net tangible book value per share represents the amount of our total tangible assets less our total liabilities, divided by [            ], the total number of shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding on January 31, 2022.

Our pro forma net tangible book value as of January 31, 2022 was $[            ], representing approximately $([            ]) per share. Pro forma net tangible book value per share represents the amount of our total tangible assets less our total liabilities, divided by the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding at January 31, 2022, after giving effect to (i) the reverse stock split; (ii) the issuance of [            ] shares in this offering; (iii) the conversion of the Bridge Notes into [            ] shares of Common Stock; (iv) the conversion of the $1.5M Notes into [            ] shares of Common Stock; and (v) the conversion of the Series A Preferred Stock and the Series B Preferred Stock into [            ] shares of Common Stock.

After giving effect to the sale of the shares of Common Stock offered by us in this offering (attributing no value to the Warrants), assuming no exercise of the underwriters’ representative’s warrants or the option to purchase additional shares of Common Stock or Warrants and after deducting the estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and management fees and estimated offering expenses payable by us, our pro forma net tangible book value estimated at January 31, 2022 would have been approximately $[            ] million, representing $[            ] per share. At the assumed public offering price for this offering of $[            ] per share (attributing no value to the Warrants), which is the midpoint of the price range set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, this represents an immediate increase in historical net tangible book value of $[            ] per share to existing shareholders and an immediate dilution in net tangible book value of $[            ] per share to purchasers of Common Stock that is part of the Units in this offering. Dilution for this purpose represents the difference between the price per share paid by these purchasers and pro forma net tangible book value per share of Common Stock immediately after the completion of this offering.

The following table illustrates this dilution on a per share basis to purchasers of Common Stock in this offering:

 

Assumed public offering price per share (attributing no value to the Warrants)

   $ [            

Pro forma net tangible book value per share as of January 31, 2022

   $ [            

Increase in pro forma net tangible book value per share attributable to new investors

   $ [            

Pro forma as adjusted net tangible book value per share after this offering

   $ [            

Dilution per share to new investors

   $ [            

Percentage of dilution in net tangible book value per share for new investors

     [            

The dilution information set forth in the table above is illustrative only and will be adjusted based on the actual public offering price and other terms of this offering determined at pricing.

A $1.00 increase or decrease in the assumed initial public offering price of $[            ] per Unit would increase or decrease our pro forma net tangible book value per share after this offering by $[            ] and the dilution per share to new investors by $[            ], assuming the number of Units offered by us, as set forth on the cover page of this prospectus, remains the same, after deducting the estimated underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us. We may also increase or decrease the number of Units we are offering.

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would increase or decrease pro forma net tangible book value per share after this offering by $[            ] per share and would increase or decrease the dilution per share to new investors by $[            ], after deducting estimated underwriting discounts and estimated offering expenses payable by us.

The following table summarizes, on a pro forma basis as of January 31, 2022, the differences between the number of shares of Common Stock acquired from us, the total amount paid and the average price per share paid by the existing holders of our Common Stock and by investors in this offering, based upon an assumed public offering price of $[            ] per Unit, which is the midpoint of the price range set forth on the cover page of this prospectus.

 

     Shares     Total Consideration     Average
Price Per
Share
 
     Number     Percent     Amount     Percent  

Existing shareholders

     [                 [             ]%    $ [                 [             ]%    $ [            

New investors

     [                 [                 [                 [                 [            
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Total

     [                 [             ]%    $ [                 [             ]%   

The number of shares of Common Stock owned by existing shareholders is based on [            ] shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding as of January 31, 2022, plus [            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon the conversion of up to the Maximum Percentage by each purchaser of the Bridge Notes, plus [            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon conversion of the $1.5M Notes, plus [            ] shares of Common Stock issued upon the conversion of all outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock in [            ] 2022. This number of shares of the Common Stock excludes:

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of Series C Preferred Stock (including conversion of the shares of Series C Preferred Stock issuable upon conversion of the $130K Note). See “Description of Securities—Preferred Stock” for additional information;

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options issued to directors, employees and consultants of the Company, of which [            ] were vested as of such date;

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of the Investor Warrants, the $1M Lender Warrants, the $1.5M Lender Warrants, the Bridge Warrants, and the Pre-Funded Warrants. See “Description of Securities—Warrants” for more information;

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of the Warrants; and

 

   

[            ] shares of Common Stock to be issued upon exercise of the underwriters’ representative’s warrants.

This number of shares of Common Stock also excludes shares issuable pursuant to antidilution provisions set forth in the Bridge Warrants and the Series C Preferred Stock, which are each dependent on the market price of our Common Stock at the time of conversion. For additional information, see “Description of Securities—Antidilution Provisions.”

If all of our issued and outstanding options, convertible securities and warrants had been exercised as of January 31, 2022, the number of shares of Common Stock held by existing shareholders would increase to [            ], or [            ]% of the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding after this offering, and the average price per share paid by the existing shareholders would be $[            ].

If the underwriters’ representative exercises its option to purchase additional shares of Common Stock and additional Warrants in full in this offering, assuming no exercise of the Warrants, the number of shares of Common Stock held by new investors will increase to [            ], or [            ]% of the total number of shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding after this offering and the percentage of shares of Common Stock held by existing shareholders will decrease to [            ]% of the total number of shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding.

 

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our financial statements and the related notes included elsewhere in this prospectus. The discussion below contains forward-looking statements that are based upon our current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to inaccurate assumptions and known or unknown risks and uncertainties, including those identified in “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and under “Risk Factors” elsewhere in this prospectus.

Overview

We are a medical technology company focused on applying innovative AI-based technology to an ECG (also known as an EKG) to expand and improve an ECG’s clinical usefulness. Our objective is to make an ECG a far more valuable cardiac screening tool, particularly in frontline or point-of-care clinical settings. HeartSciences’ first product candidate for FDA clearance, the MyoVista wavECG, or the MyoVista, is a resting 12-lead ECG that is also designed to provide diagnostic information related to cardiac dysfunction which has traditionally only been available through the use of cardiac imaging. The MyoVista also provides conventional ECG information in the same test. Our business model, which involves the use of the MyoVista device and consumables for each test, is expected to be “razor-razorblade” as the electrodes used with the MyoVista are proprietary to HeartSciences, and new electrodes are required for every test performed.

Our device is not cleared for marketing by the FDA and our future success is dependent upon receiving FDA De Novo clearance for the MyoVista and raising sufficient funds to finish our pivotal clinical validation study and device testing and development to submit for, and achieve, FDA De Novo clearance. Additional funding would then be required to support the sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., provide working capital and support further R&D.

We believe that there is currently no low-cost, front-line, medical device that is effective at screening for heart disease. As a result, we believe that frontline physicians face a significant challenge in determining if a patient has heart disease. Although many think of the ECG as the frontline heart disease test, in 2012, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, or USPSTF, conducted an evaluation of conventional ECG testing and stated: “There is no good evidence that an ECG helps physicians predict heart risks in people with no symptoms any better than traditional considerations such as current or former smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.”

ECG devices record the electrical signals of a patient’s heart. The ECG is a ubiquitous, relatively low-cost, simple and quick test; it is portable and can be performed in a wide range of clinical settings by a non-specialist clinician or clinical aide. There are three basic categories of heart disease: electrical (such as an arrhythmia), structural (such as valvular disease) and ischemic (such as coronary artery disease, or CAD). Conventional resting ECGs have limited sensitivity in detecting structural and ischemic disease and are typically used for diagnosing cardiac rhythm abnormalities, such as atrial fibrillation, also known as Afib, or acute coronary syndrome, such as a myocardial infarction, which is also known as a heart attack. However, traditional ECGs have a limited role in identifying cardiac dysfunction associated with structural and ischemic disease.

HeartSciences has designed the MyoVista to help address these limitations and extend the clinical capability of an ECG in detecting cardiac dysfunction. We apply AI-machine learning to the signal processed electrical signal of the heart. Our first algorithm, which is not yet FDA cleared, is designed to detect cardiac dysfunction caused by heart disease and/or age-related cardiac dysfunction.

 

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The editorial comment associated with the study titled “Prediction of Abnormal Myocardial Relaxation from Signal Processed Surface ECG” presented below discusses recent applications of machine learning to data derived from surface 12-lead ECGs in relation to cardiac dysfunction:

“These are some of the most significant advances in electrocardiography since its inception, which has historically had a limited, if any, role in the evaluation of cardiac dysfunction. In the past, our cardiovascular community was resigned to the fact that surface ECGs are poor indicators for cardiac dysfunction.”

Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH, MSC, Department of Cardiology, Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, Texas, et. al., Journal of American College of Cardiology Editorial Comment Volume 76 Number 8 2020.

Almost all forms of heart disease, including CAD and structural disease, affect heart muscle, or cardiac, function prior to symptoms. Impaired cardiac function is first observed as impaired cardiac relaxation which is an early indicator of diastolic dysfunction and usually continues to increase in severity as heart disease progresses. The diastolic phase of the cardiac cycle occurs when the heart muscle relaxes (following contraction). Diastolic dysfunction may also be related to age-related cardiac dysfunction.

If we receive FDA clearance for the MyoVista, our main target markets would be frontline healthcare environments in the U.S., such as primary care, to assist physician decision making in the cardiology referral process. Currently, cardiology referral decisions are often based on a patient’s risk factors and/or a conventional ECG test. Accordingly, many patients with heart disease are left undetected while no treatment or intervention is required for most patients referred for cardiac imaging. We believe that adding the capability to detect cardiac dysfunction to a standard 12-lead resting ECG could help improve cardiac referral pathways and be valuable for patients, physicians, health systems and third-party payors.

New Class II devices, such as the MyoVista, require FDA De Novo premarket review. The MyoVista along with its proprietary software and hardware is classified as a Class II medical device by the FDA. Premarket review and clearance by the FDA for these devices is generally accomplished through the 510(k) premarket notification process or De Novo classification request, or petition process. We previously submitted an FDA De Novo classification request in December 2019. Based on feedback and communications with the FDA during 2020, we have been making modifications to our device and are partially through a new, pivotal clinical validation study and the device testing and development necessary for a revised FDA De Novo submission, which we expect to take place later in the current fiscal year ending April 30, 2023.

For additional information regarding the FDA regulatory process, see “Business—FDA and Other Government Regulation.”

We require the funding from this offering to continue our work towards FDA resubmission and clearance. Although the net proceeds of this offering are anticipated to be sufficient to achieve FDA clearance, which would allow us to market the MyoVista in the U.S., there is no assurance that this would be the case. Additional funding would be required to support the sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., provide working capital and support further R&D. Our auditors’ report on our audited financial statements for Fiscal 2021 contains an explanatory paragraph regarding substantial doubts about our ability to continue as a going concern because we have experienced recurring losses, negative cash flows from operations, limited capital resources, a net shareholders’ deficit, as well as significant debt obligations. These events and conditions, along with other matters, indicate that a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt on our ability to continue as a going concern. If we are unable to continue as a going concern, we may have to liquidate our assets, and the values we receive for our assets in liquidation or dissolution could be significantly lower than the values reflected in our financial statements.

 

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Results of Operations

Revenues

Revenues, which have been minimal to date, consist mainly of sales of devices, electrodes and other supplies in the establishment of distributor relationships outside the U.S. during the approval, development and improvement of the MyoVista.

Cost of Sales

Cost of sales consists primarily of costs related to materials, components and subassemblies. Cost of sales also includes certain direct costs such as those incurred for shipping and freight.

Operating Expenses

Our operating expenses have consisted solely of research and development expenses and selling, general and administrative expenses.

Research and Development Expenses

Our research and development activities primarily consist of engineering and research programs associated with our MyoVista device. Research and development expenses include payroll and personnel-related costs for our research and development, clinical and regulatory personnel, including expenses related to stock-based compensation for such employees, consulting services, clinical trial expenses, regulatory expenses, prototyping and testing. Research and development expenses also include costs attributable to clinical trial expenses including clinical trial design, site development and study costs, data, related travel expenses, the cost of products used for clinical activities, internal and external costs associated with regulatory compliance and patent costs. We have expensed research and development costs as they have been incurred.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Our selling, general and administrative expenses consist of payroll and personnel-related costs for field support personnel, business development, consulting, stock-based compensation, and for administrative personnel that support our general operations such as executive management and financial accounting. Selling, general and administrative expenses also include costs attributable to professional fees for legal and accounting services, premises costs, IT, insurance, consulting, recruiting fees, travel expenses and depreciation.

Interest Expense

Interest expense relates to our loan facilities and convertible notes. For more information, see “—Description of Indebtedness.”

Other Income (Expense), Net

Other income (expense), net primarily consists of forgiveness of loans issued under the CARES Act.

 

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The following table summarizes our results of operations for the periods presented and as a percentage of our total revenue for those periods based on our statement of operations data. The year over year comparison of results of operations is not necessarily indicative of results of operations for future periods.

Summary of Statements of Operations for the nine months ended January 31, 2022 compared with the nine months ended January 31, 2021:

 

     For the nine months ended
January 31,
             
     2022     2021     $ Change     % Change  
     (In thousands, except percentages, unaudited)  

Revenue

   $ 10     $ 11     $ (1 )      -9

Cost of sales

     6       5       1       20
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Gross margin

     4       6       (2 )      -33
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Operating expenses:

        

Research and development

     1,646       1,114       532       48

Selling, general and administrative

     1,089       673       416       62

(Gain) loss on disposal of property and equipment

     —         —         —         —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Total operating expenses

     2,735       1,787       948       53
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Loss from operations

     (2,731     (1,781     (950 )      53

Interest expense

     (295     (68     (227 )      334

Gain on extinguishment of debt

     250       250       —         0

Other income

     1       —         1       —    

Other expense

     —         (2     2       -100
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Other income (expense), net

     (44     180       (224 )      -124
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Net loss

   $ (2,775   $ (1,601     (1,174 )      73
  

 

 

   

 

 

     

Revenues decreased by $1,000, or 9%, to $10,000 during the nine months ended January 31, 2022, compared to $11,000 during the nine months ended January 31, 2021. Our revenues to date have been in relation to establishing distributor relationships outside the United States during product development and improvement.

Cost of sales increased by $1,000, or 20%, to $6,000 during the nine months ended January 31, 2022, compared to $5,000 during the nine months ended January 31, 2021. The increase offset with decline in revenue above is due to applied sales discounts.

Research and development expenses increased $532,000 during the nine months ended January 31, 2022 when compared to the nine months ended January 31, 2021, an increase of 48%, primarily resulting from increase of $220,000 related to clinical trial studies, $220,000 in software consulting and hardware development, and $87,000 in payroll expenditures which is consistent with work being performed for algorithm development and ongoing clinical validation studies in preparation for a new De Novo submission.

For the nine months ended January 31, 2022, selling, general, and administrative expenses increased $416,000, or 62%, when compared to the nine months ended January 31, 2021. The increase is due to additional accounting and contract labor, audit, and recruiting fees in preparation for the offering.

Interest expense increased $227,000 during the nine months ended January 31, 2022 when compared to the nine months ended January 31, 2021, an increase of 334%, primarily due to interest from the $1.5M Notes issued in January 2021, interest related to the Bridge Notes and debt service amortization. For more information, see “—Description of Indebtedness.”

 

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Summary of Statements of Operations for Fiscal 2021 compared with Fiscal 2020:

     For the years ended April 30              
     2021     2020     $ Change     % Change  
     (In thousands, except percentages)  

Revenue

   $ 26     $ 64     $ (38     -59

Cost of sales

     11       46       (35     -76
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Gross margin

     15       18       (3     -17
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Operating expenses:

        

Research and development

     1,708       2,040       (332     -16

Selling, general and administrative

     875       1,796       (921     -51

(Gain) loss on disposal of property and equipment

     (2     10       (12     -120
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Total operating expenses

     2,581       3,846       (1,265     -33
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Loss from operations

     (2,566     (3,828     1,262       -33

Interest expense

     (132     (3     (129     4300

Gain on extinguishment of debt

     250       —         250       —    

Gain on settlement of payables

     —         22       (22     -100

Other expense

     (4     (2     (2     100
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Other income (expense), net

     114       17       97       571
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Net loss

   $ (2,452   $ (3,811     1,359       -36
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Revenues declined from $64,000 to $26,000 in 2021 when compared to 2020, a decrease of approximately 59%. Our revenues to date have been in relation to establishing distributor relationships outside the United States during product development and improvement. The decrease in revenue is due to the timing of engaging new distributors and declines resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic which impacted engagement with medical institutions and distributors.

The cost of sales decreased $35,000, or 76%, to $11,000 during Fiscal 2021 compared to $46,000 as of Fiscal 2020 and the decline is consistent with the decrease noted in revenue.

During Fiscal 2021, research and development expenses decreased $332,000 when compared to Fiscal 2020, a decrease of 16%, primarily resulting from decreases of $35,000 in premises costs, $133,000 in software consulting and $81,000 in payroll expenditures, which is consistent with work associated with the first De Novo submission that took place during Fiscal 2020 and cost reduction measures implemented by management at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During Fiscal 2021, selling, general, and administrative expenses decreased $921,000, or 51%, when compared to Fiscal 2020. The primary decreases were in payroll related expenditures and reductions in consulting and travel expenditures, which is consistent with cost reduction measures implemented by management at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interest expense increased $129,000 during Fiscal 2021 when compared to Fiscal 2020, primarily due to interest under the $1M Loan and Security Agreement entered into in April 2020. For more information, see “—Description of Indebtedness.”

Liquidity and Capital Resources

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principal sources of capital are cash on hand and the proceeds of future offerings of equity and debt securities. We cannot assure you that we will be able to consummate the sale of any such securities on terms acceptable to us, if at all.

As of January 31, 2022, we had approximately $1.3 million of cash, an increase of $0.6 million from $0.7 million as of April 31, 2021.

During the nine months ended January 31, 2022, we raised an additional $3.4 million in gross proceeds, offset by $377,000 in deferred financing costs, in connection with the 2021 Bridge Financing to support our on-going business plan.

Since our inception through January 31, 2022, we have funded our operations principally from sales of equity and debt securities.

The auditors’ report on our financial statements for Fiscal 2021 contains an explanatory paragraph regarding substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. The events and conditions described in this paragraph, along with other matters, indicate that a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt on our ability to continue as a going concern. Additionally, financial statements for future fiscal years may continue to include this explanatory paragraph with respect to our ability to continue as a going concern. Our financial statements do not include any adjustments that may result from the outcome of this uncertainty. This going concern opinion could materially limit our ability to raise additional funds through the issuance of equity or debt securities or otherwise. Until we can generate significant recurring revenues, we expect to satisfy our future cash needs through debt or equity financing. We cannot be certain that additional funding will be available to us on acceptable terms, if at all. If funds are not available, we may be required to delay, reduce the scope of, or eliminate research or development plans for, or efforts with respect to launch of sales of, our device. If we are unable to continue as a going concern, we may have to liquidate our assets, and the values we receive for our assets in liquidation or dissolution could be significantly lower than the values reflected in our financial statements. Our lack of cash resources and our potential inability to continue as a going concern may materially adversely affect our share price and our ability to raise new capital, enter into critical contractual relations with third parties and otherwise execute our business objectives.

The table below presents our cash flows for the periods indicated:

 

     Nine months
ended January 31, 2022
(Unaudited)
    Years Ended
April 30,
 

U.S. dollars, in thousands

  2021     2020  

Net cash used in operating activities

   $ (2,452   $ (2,452   $ (3,840

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

   $ (2   $ (1   $ 8  

Net cash provided by financing activities

   $ 3,058     $ 2,680     $ 1,810  

Net change in cash and cash equivalents during the period

   $ 605     $ 227     $ (2,022

Operating Activities

Net cash used by our operating activities of $2.5 million during the nine months ended January 31, 2022 was primarily due to our net loss of $2.8 million less net non-cash items of $78,000, offset by $401,000 of net changes in operating assets and liabilities.

Net cash used by our operating activities of $2.5 million during Fiscal 2021 was primarily due to our net loss of $2.5 million. Net cash used by our operating activities of $3.8 million during Fiscal 2020 was primarily due to our net loss of $3.8 million plus net non-cash items of $167,000, offset by $196,000 of net changes in operating assets and liabilities.

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equity securities, although we may not be able to complete financing on terms acceptable to us, if at all. The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a “going concern.” For more information, please refer to “Risk Factors—Our independent registered public accounting firm has expressed substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern, which could prevent us from obtaining new financing either on reasonable terms or at all.”

Financing Activities

Net cash provided by financing activities in the nine months ended January 31, 2022 of $3.0 million primarily relates to proceeds from the Bridge Notes of $3.4 million offset by deferred financing costs of $377,000.

During Fiscal 2021, net cash provided by financing activities was $2.68 million and was primarily from the issuance of convertible promissory notes, Series C Preferred Stock, and shareholder notes. During Fiscal 2020, net cash provided by financing activities was $1.81 million and was primarily from the issuance of convertible promissory notes, Series C Preferred Stock, and shareholder notes. For additional information, please refer to “—Description of Indebtedness.”

Future Capital Needs

Although we expect that the proceeds of this offering would be sufficient to achieve FDA clearance, which would allow us to market the MyoVista in the U.S., there is no assurance this would be case. Additional funding would be required to support the sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., provide working capital and support further R&D.

Description of Indebtedness

As of January 31, 2022, we had a total of $5.3 million of indebtedness, excluding accrued and unpaid interest, outstanding as follows:

 

     As of
January 31,
2022

(unaudited)
     As of April 30,  
     2021      2020  
     (U.S. dollars in thousands)  

Bridge Notes

   $ 2,629      $ —        $ —    

$130K Note

     130        130        101  

$1.5M Notes

     1,500        1,500        —    

$1M Loan and Security Agreement

     1,000        1,000        300  

PPP Loan

     —          250        250  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total:

   $ 5,259      $ 2,880      $ 651  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Bridge Notes

Pursuant to the 2021 Bridge Financing, the Company issued Bridge Notes in an aggregate principal amount of $4.7 million. The Bridge Notes bear interest at 8% per annum payable on the maturity date of the Bridge Notes of December 22, 2024 and are secured by a subordinated security interest in substantially all of the assets, including patents and other intellectual property, of the Company. From and after the one-year anniversary of the issuance of the Bridge Notes, the Company may prepay the principal of the Bridge Notes and all accrued and unpaid interest thereon at a price of 115% of the principal amount to be prepaid (plus accrued and unpaid interest). In addition, upon the occurrence of an event of default or a change of control of the Company (as defined in the Bridge Notes), the holders of the Bridge Notes may redeem their Bridge Notes in an amount equal to 125% of the principal amount (plus accrued and unpaid interest). The Company received net proceeds (net of the OID) of $4.2 million in connection with the 2021 Bridge Financing. For more information regarding the 2021 Bridge Financing, see “Prospectus Summary—Recent Developments—2021 Bridge Financing”.

 

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Each Bridge Note was issued with a 10% original issue discount and is convertible into a number of shares of Common Stock equal to an initial conversion price of the lower of (i) $[            ] per share or (ii) a 30% discount to the price per share in this offering (for purposes of this prospectus, we have assumed that this offering will be a qualified offering), which is referred to as the Conversion Price. The Bridge Notes will convert into shares of Common Stock at the Conversion Price automatically upon the consummation of this offering. Any holder (including its Attribution Parties) who would beneficially own in excess of the Maximum Percentage of 4.99% of the number of shares of the Common Stock outstanding immediately after giving effect to the conversion of all or any portion of the Bridge Notes, may elect to receive a Pre-Funded Warrant for all shares in excess of the Maximum Percentage. The Pre-Funded Warrants have substantially the same terms as the Bridge Warrants issued in the 2021 Bridge Financing. See “Description of Securities—Warrants” for more information. The exercise price of the Pre-Funded Warrants is $0.0001 per share. Any such Purchaser may adjust the Maximum Percentage at any time, upon 61 days’ notice, provided that the Maximum Percentage may not be adjusted above 9.99% of the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately prior to, and immediately after giving effect to, the conversion of all or any portion of the Bridge Notes. The exercise of the Pre-Funded Warrants is also subject to the Maximum Percentage except that any exercise of the Pre-Funded Warrants resulting in a number of shares in excess of the Maximum Percentage shall be deemed null and void and shall be cancelled ab initio.

For two years after the issuance date of the Bridge Notes until conversion, the Conversion Price of the Bridge Notes is subject to adjustment for certain events such as stock dividends and splits and issuances of shares of Common Stock or securities convertible into or exercisable for shares of Common Stock at a price less than the Conversion Price, in which event the Conversion Price will be subject to a full ratchet downward to the price at which such newly issued shares of Common Stock or securities convertible into or exercisable for shares of Common Stock were issued.

The Bridge Notes contain covenants that, among other things, restrict our ability to:

 

   

incur or guarantee additional indebtedness;

 

   

grant certain liens;

 

   

redeem or repay certain other indebtedness;

 

   

transfer or sell assets;

 

   

repurchase any equity securities;

 

   

pay dividends or make other distributions on capital stock or make other restricted payments;

 

   

engage in transactions with affiliates other than on an “arm’s length” basis; and

 

   

make any change in the principal nature of our business.

The Bridge Notes contain numerous events of default, including:

 

   

the failure to file a registration statement relating to the shares of Common Stock to be received upon conversion of the Bridge Notes as required by the Registration Rights Agreement;

 

   

the failure to keep any such registration statement in effect as required under the Registration Rights Agreement;

 

   

the suspension of our Common Stock from trading;

 

   

the failure to keep, as authorized shares reserved for issuance, 200% of the number of shares of Common Stock as shall be necessary to effect a conversion of the Bridge Notes;

 

   

nonpayment of principal or interest;

 

   

violations of covenants;

 

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the breach of any representation or warranty set forth in any of the documents and instruments executed and delivered in connection with the 2021 Bridge Financing;

 

   

cross default and cross acceleration to certain other indebtedness;

 

   

bankruptcy and judgments; and

 

   

the failure to pay any indebtedness greater than $250,000 when due.

$130K Note

On August 12, 2019, the Company entered into an unsecured drawdown convertible promissory note with Front Range Ventures, LLC, or FRV, for an aggregate amount not to exceed $130,000, which we refer to as the $130K Note. The $130K Note may be repaid at any time upon 20 days’ notice to the holder. The $130K Note is convertible into Series C Preferred Stock at any time, upon written notice by either the holder or the Company or at maturity, at the lowest price paid for the Series C Preferred Stock prior to conversion, which is currently $[            ] per share. The $130K Note matures 20 days following FDA clearance of the MyoVista. Under the terms of the agreement, the note is non-interest bearing.

The $130K Note does not contain any covenants that restrict our ability to conduct business. The $130K Note does not contain specific events of default but any breach of its terms by the Company would entitle FRV to all available rights and remedies, at law or in equity, available. In connection with the issuance of the $130K Note, we also issued [            ] shares of Common Stock to FRV.

$1.5M Notes

In December 2020, the Board of Directors approved the private offering to accredited investors of a series of secured convertible promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $1.5 million, which we refer to as the $1.5M Notes. The $1.5M Notes had an original maturity of July 31, 2022 and were subsequently amended on November 2, 2021, extending maturity to October 31, 2022, and further amended in [            ], 2022. As consideration for the extension in 2021, we issued the $1.5M Lender Warrants to the noteholders. For more information, see “Description of Securities—Warrants—$1.5M Lender Warrants.”

In the event the $1.5M Notes are converted into Common Stock on or prior to the maturity date, no interest shall accrue or be payable. Interest is only payable if the notes are not converted on or prior to the maturity date, in which event interest shall accrue and be payable on the outstanding principal balance of the notes at a simple interest rate of 12% per annum.

The $1.5M Notes are secured by substantially all of the Company’s assets and intellectual property. This security interest is subordinate to the security interests granted pursuant to the MyoVista Technology Agreement and the $1M Loan and Security Agreement described below.

The Company is entitled to either repay the principal and all accrued but unpaid interest on the $1.5M Notes upon giving 10 days written notice to the holders at any time; or the outstanding principal amount, and accrued but unpaid interest, is convertible into Common Stock at an exercise price of $[            ] per share, adjusted for any splits, recapitalizations, combinations or other similar transactions affecting the Company’s Common Stock upon or after any of the following events: (i) 30 days following FDA clearance of the MyoVista; (ii) the closing of further funding of $5 million or more which values the entire equity capital of the Company at $50 million or more; (iii) a public offering of Common Stock; or (iv) the sale or merger of a majority of the voting stock of the Company. Each holder of a note may elect for conversion at any time upon written notice to the Company. As of January 31, 2022, accrued and unpaid interest was approximately $170,000.

 

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The $1.5M Notes contain numerous events of default, including:

 

   

nonpayment of principal or interest;

 

   

violations or nonperformance of covenants

 

   

commencement of liquidation, reorganization, or dissolution; and

 

   

bankruptcy and judgments.

The $1.5M Notes do not contain any covenants, other than those that are defined as events of default listed above, that restrict our ability to conduct business.

We have assumed that all of the $1.5M Notes will convert into shares of Common Stock upon the consummation of this offering.

$1M Loan and Security Agreement

In April 2020, the Company entered into a loan and security agreement, which we refer to as the $1M Loan and Security Agreement, with FRV, which is a beneficial owner of more than five percent (5%) of the combined voting power of our outstanding capital stock, and John Q. Adams, Sr. (a former director of the Company). Each of FRV and Mr. Adams committed to lend a principal amount of $500,000, totaling $1 million, evidenced by secured, non-convertible promissory notes that we refer to as the $1M Notes. The loan was drawn in three installments of $300,000 upon execution of the $1M Loan and Security Agreement, $350,000 in July 2020 and $350,000 in September 2020. The loan accrues interest at a rate of 12% per annum, compounded annually, which is payable at maturity. The Company is also required to pay default interest at a rate of 18% per annum, compounded annually, on any unpaid amounts due at maturity until the loan amounts are fully repaid. The loan is secured by substantially all of the Company’s assets and intellectual property.

The loan had an original maturity date of September 30, 2021, which was amended on September 30, 2021, making the note repayable on demand. The loan was amended again on November 3, 2021, extending the maturity to September 30, 2022, and further amended in May 2022, extending the maturity to September 30, 2023, subject to completion of this offering. As consideration for the extension in November 2021, we issued the $1M Lender Warrants to FRV and Mr. Adams. For more information, see “Description of Securities—Warrants—$1M Lender Warrants.” In connection with the amendment in May 2022, we agreed to pay Mr. Adams all accrued and unpaid interest on his note prior to September 30, 2022. The extension in May 2022 is subject to the completion of this offering. As of January 31, 2022, accrued and unpaid interest totaled $196,000, of which approximately $98,000 was owed to Mr. Adams.

The $1M Notes contain numerous events of default, including:

 

   

nonpayment of principal or interest;

 

   

the breach of any representation or warranty set forth in any of the documents and instruments executed and delivered in connection with the $1M Loan and Security Agreement, as amended;

 

   

cross default and cross acceleration to certain other indebtedness;

 

   

bankruptcy and judgments;

 

   

a final judgment or order for payment of money in excess of $10,000 rendered against the Company;

 

   

cessation of our operations; and

 

   

sale, conveyance or disposition of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets or the effectuation of a transaction or series of related transactions in which more than 50% of the voting power of the Company is transferred.

The $1M Notes do not contain any covenants, other than those that are defined as events of default and therefore listed above, that restrict our ability to conduct business.

We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay this loan.

 

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Paycheck Protection Program Loans

On April 20, 2020, the Company received loan proceeds in the amount of $250,200 under the Paycheck Protection Program, or the PPP, which was established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Following the PPP guidelines, the loan was forgiven in November 2020.

On January 25, 2021, the Company received a second PPP loan in the amount of $250,200. Following the PPP guidelines, the loan was forgiven in June 2021.

Current Outlook

We have financed our operations to date primarily through the issuance of Common Stock, Preferred Stock and debt securities. We have incurred losses and generated negative cash flows from operations since inception. Since inception, we have generated limited revenues from the sale of products through establishment of distributor relationships outside the U.S. during the development of the MyoVista. We require FDA clearance to market the MyoVista in the U.S. and do not expect to generate significant revenues from the sale of our device in the near future or prior to FDA clearance.

As of January 31, 2022, our cash and cash equivalents were $1.3 million. We expect that our existing cash and cash equivalents as of the date of this prospectus will be sufficient to fund our current operations until August 2022, without using the net proceeds from this offering and/or the net proceeds from exercise of existing warrants. In addition, our operating plans may change as a result of many factors that may currently be unknown to us, and we may need to seek additional funds sooner than planned. Our future capital requirements will depend on many factors, including:

 

   

the progress and costs of our research and development activities;

 

   

the costs of manufacturing our device;

 

   

the costs of filing, prosecuting, enforcing and defending patent claims and other intellectual property rights;

 

   

the potential costs of contracting with third parties to provide marketing and distribution services for us or for building such capacities internally; and

 

   

the magnitude of our general and administrative expenses.

Until we can generate sufficient cash flow from operations, we expect to satisfy our future cash needs through equity financings. Additional funding would be required to support the sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., provide working capital and support further R&D. We cannot be certain that additional funding will be available to us when needed, on acceptable terms, if at all. If funds are not available, we may be required to delay, reduce the scope of, or eliminate research or development plans for, or efforts with respect to launch of sales of, our device. If we are unable to continue as a going concern, we may have to liquidate our assets, and the values we receive for our assets in liquidation or dissolution could be significantly lower than the values reflected in our financial statements. Our lack of cash resources and our potential inability to continue as a going concern may materially adversely affect our share price and our ability to raise new capital, enter into critical contractual relations with third parties and otherwise execute our business objectives.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based on our financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or U.S. GAAP. The preparation of these financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP requires us to make estimates, assumptions and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Our estimates are based on our knowledge of

 

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current events and actions we may undertake in the future and on various other factors that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying value of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may materially differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. We believe the accounting policies discussed below are critical to understanding our historical and future performance, as these policies relate to the more significant areas involving management’s judgements and estimates. For additional details regarding our critical accounting policies, see the “Financial Statements—Notes to the Financial Statements, Note 3 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies”.

Determination of Fair Value of Common Stock

Given the absence of a public trading market of our Common Stock, and in accordance with the guidance as outlined in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Accounting and Valuation Guide, Valuation of Privately-Held-Company Equity Securities Issued as Compensation, our Board of Directors exercised reasonable judgment and considered numerous objective and subjective factors to determine the best estimate of the fair value of our Common Stock including:

 

   

external market conditions affecting the medical devices industry and trends within the industry;

 

   

actual operating and financial performance;

 

   

current business conditions and projections;

 

   

the rights, preferences and privileges of our preferred stock relative to those of our common stock;

 

   

our financial condition and operating results, including our levels of available capital resources;

 

   

the progress of our research and development efforts;

 

   

equity market conditions affecting comparable public companies; and

 

   

general U.S. market conditions and the lack of marketability of our common stock.

Stock-Based Compensation

The Company accounts for employee and non-employee share-based compensation in accordance with the provisions of ASC 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation. Under ASC 718, share-based compensation cost is measured at the grant date, based on the calculated fair value of the award, and is recognized as an expense over the requisite service period (generally the vesting period of the equity grant).

The estimated fair value of common stock option awards is calculated using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, based on key assumptions such as fair value of common stock, expected volatility, and expected term. These estimates require the input of subjective assumptions, including (i) the expected stock price volatility, (ii) the calculation of the expected term of the award, (iii) the risk-free rate and (iv) expected dividend yields. As there has not been a public market for the Company’s common stock, management has determined the expected stock price volatility at the time of grant of the option by considering a number of objective and subjective factors, including stock price volatility of comparable companies that are publicly available and based on the industry, stage of life cycle, size and financial leverage of such other comparable companies.

The Company has estimated the expected term of its common stock options using the “simplified” method, whereby, the expected term equals the arithmetic average of the vesting term and the original contractual term of the option due to its lack of sufficient historical data. The expected volatility is derived from the historical volatilities of comparable publicly traded companies over a period approximately equal to the expected term for the options. The risk-free interest rates for periods within the expected term of the option are based on the US Treasury securities with a maturity date that commensurate with the expected term of the associated award. There is no expected dividend yield since the Company has never paid cash dividends and does not expect to pay cash dividends in the foreseeable future.

 

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For stock options issued to employees and non-employees, the fair value of stock-based awards is recognized as compensation expense over the requisite service period, which is defined as the period during which an employee is required to provide service in exchange for an award. The Company uses a straight-line attribution method for all grants that include only a service condition. The Company accounts for forfeitures when they occur. Stock-based compensation expense recognized in the financial statements is reduced by actual awards forfeited.

Debt

For additional information regarding our indebtedness, see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Description of Indebtedness.”

Pricing and Valuation of Inventories

Inventory consists of finished goods, work in progress, sub-assemblies and raw materials and is stated at the lower of cost or net realizable value. Net realizable value is the estimated sales price, which is derived from similar marketable devices, less standard costs approximating the purchase costs on a first-in, first-out basis. Reserves for slow-moving, excess, or obsolete inventories are recorded when required to reduce inventory values to their estimated net realizable values based on product life cycle, development plans, production expiration or quality issues. Inventory that is used for research and development are expensed as consumed.

Inventory consists mainly of raw materials and components used in the current hardware build of the MyoVista. Devices and components are used for research and development purposes and device sales, which to date have been in international markets as sale of the MyoVista in the U.S. is subject to FDA clearance. We are partially through a new, pivotal clinical validation study and device testing and development necessary for a revised FDA De Novo submission, which we expect to take place later in the current fiscal year ending April 30, 2023. We believe that our hardware platform is in final form; however, prior to FDA clearance and market acceptance of the MyoVista, further hardware changes could be necessary which could have an impact on net realizable values. The majority of the Company’s current inventory is intended for use to build finished products for sales both internationally and in the U.S. following regulatory clearance. Finished products do not contain materials that would degrade significantly over the useable life of the device and are considered to have a useable life of over seven years. Existing inventory related to finished devices are planned to be updated to the latest hardware revision and specifically allocated to a limited distribution for field reliability studies and are not slated for general purpose sales. On a quarterly basis, management evaluates inventory and makes specific write-offs and provides an allowance for inventory that is considered obsolete due to hardware and/or software related changes. If the Company does not receive FDA clearance and/or obtain market acceptance of the MyoVista, the Company could have further material write-downs of inventory due to obsolescence in excess of the amount currently reserved.

Going Concern

In accordance with Accounting Standards Codification, or ASC, 205-40, Going Concern, management has evaluated whether there are conditions or events, considered in the aggregate, that raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that these financial statements are issued. As of January 31, 2022, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $52.3 million and stockholder’s deficit of approximately $4.1 million. In addition, the Company has generated recurring losses and negative cash flows from operations since its inception. Based on its current business plan assumptions and expected cash burn rate, management believes that it has insufficient cash to fund its current operations without additional financing for the next 12 months. These factors raise substantial doubt regarding the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

Management evaluated the significance of these conditions in relation to its ability to meet its obligations. The Company’s continued operations will depend on its ability to raise additional capital through various potential sources such as an initial public offering, or IPO, equity and/or debt financings, or strategic relationships. The Company has

 

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implemented cost reduction measures and has continued its fundraising efforts as discussed in Note 4 to the financial statements. If the Company does not complete this offering, the Company plans to continue to fund its operations and capital funding needs through a combination of private equity offerings, debt financings, and other sources. While a number of the Company’s investors have participated in multiple rounds of funding, management can provide no assurance that such financing or strategic relationships will be available, which would likely have a material adverse effect on the Company and its financial statements. Additionally, the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon receiving FDA clearance and achieving profitable operations by marketing and selling its medical devices.

Therefore, there is substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the financial statements are issued. These financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of recorded asset amounts or the amounts and classification of liabilities that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period.

The JOBS Act and Smaller Reporting Company Status

We are an “emerging growth company,” or EGC, as defined in the JOBS Act. Under the JOBS Act, emerging growth companies can delay adopting new or revised accounting standards issued subsequent to the enactment of the JOBS Act until such time as those standards apply to private companies.

We have elected to use this extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards that have different effective dates for public and private companies until the earlier of the date we (i) are no longer an EGC or (ii) affirmatively and irrevocably opt out of the extended transition period provided in the JOBS Act. As a result, our financial statements may not be comparable to companies that comply with new or revised accounting pronouncements as of public company effective dates.

Thus, an emerging growth company can delay the adoption of certain accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies. We have irrevocably elected not to avail ourselves of this extended transition period, and, as a result, we will adopt new or revised accounting standards on the relevant dates on which adoption of such standards is required for other public companies.

We will remain an EGC until the earliest of (i) the last day of our fiscal year (a) following the fifth anniversary of the completion of this offering or (b) in which we have total annual gross revenues of at least $1.07 billion, (ii) the date on which we are deemed to be a large accelerated filer, which means the market value of our Common Stock that is held by non-affiliates exceeds $700.0 million as of the prior October 31st and (iii) the date on which we have issued more than $1.0 billion in non-convertible debt securities over a three-year period.

Even after we no longer qualify as an emerging growth company, we may still qualify as a “smaller reporting company,” which would allow us to continue to take advantage of many of the same exemptions from disclosure requirements, including not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in this prospectus and our periodic reports and proxy statements.

 

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BUSINESS

Company Overview

We are a medical technology company focused on applying innovative AI-based technology to an ECG (also known as an EKG) to expand and improve an ECG’s clinical usefulness. Our objective is to make an ECG a far more valuable cardiac screening tool, particularly in frontline or point-of-care clinical settings. HeartSciences’ first product candidate for FDA clearance, the MyoVista wavECG, or the MyoVista, is a resting 12-lead ECG that is also designed to provide diagnostic information related to cardiac dysfunction which has traditionally only been available through the use of cardiac imaging. The MyoVista also provides conventional ECG information in the same test. Our business model, which involves the use of the MyoVista device and consumables for each test, is expected to be “razor-razorblade” as the electrodes used with the MyoVista are proprietary to HeartSciences, and new electrodes are required for every test performed.

Our device is not cleared for marketing by the FDA and our future success is dependent upon receiving FDA De Novo clearance for the MyoVista and raising sufficient funds to finish our pivotal clinical validation study and device testing and development to submit for, and achieve, FDA De Novo clearance. Additional funding would then be required to support the sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., provide working capital and support further R&D. See “—Previous FDA De Novo Submission” and “—Proposed FDA De Novo Resubmission”.

We believe that there is currently no low-cost, front-line, medical device that is effective at screening for heart disease. As a result, we believe that frontline physicians face a significant challenge in determining if a patient has heart disease. Although many think of the ECG as the frontline heart disease test, in 2012, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, or USPSTF, conducted an evaluation of conventional ECG testing and stated: “There is no good evidence that an ECG helps physicians predict heart risks in people with no symptoms any better than traditional considerations such as current or former smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.”

ECG devices record the electrical signals of a patient’s heart. The ECG is a ubiquitous, relatively low-cost, simple and quick test; it is portable and can be performed in a wide range of clinical settings by a non-specialist clinician or clinical aide. There are three basic categories of heart disease: electrical (such as an arrhythmia), structural (such as valvular disease) and ischemic (such as coronary artery disease, or CAD). Conventional resting ECGs have limited sensitivity in detecting structural and ischemic disease and are typically used for diagnosing cardiac rhythm abnormalities, such as atrial fibrillation, also known as Afib, or acute coronary syndrome, such as a myocardial infarction, which is also known as a heart attack. However, traditional ECGs have a limited role in identifying cardiac dysfunction associated with structural and ischemic disease.

HeartSciences has designed the MyoVista to help address these limitations and extend the clinical capability of an ECG in detecting cardiac dysfunction. We apply AI-machine learning to the signal processed electrical signal of the heart. Our first algorithm, which is not yet FDA cleared, is designed to detect cardiac dysfunction caused by heart disease and/or age-related cardiac dysfunction.

The editorial comment associated with the study titled “Prediction of Abnormal Myocardial Relaxation from Signal Processed Surface ECG” presented below discusses recent applications of machine learning to data derived from surface 12-lead ECGs in relation to cardiac dysfunction:

“These are some of the most significant advances in electrocardiography since its inception, which has historically had a limited, if any, role in the evaluation of cardiac dysfunction. In the past, our cardiovascular community was resigned to the fact that surface ECGs are poor indicators for cardiac dysfunction.”

 

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Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH, MSC, Department of Cardiology, Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, Texas, et. al., Journal of American College of Cardiology Editorial Comment Volume 76 Number 8 2020.

Almost all forms of heart disease, including CAD and structural disease, affect heart muscle, or cardiac, function prior to symptoms. Impaired cardiac function is first observed as impaired cardiac relaxation which is an early indicator of diastolic dysfunction and usually continues to increase in severity as heart disease progresses. The diastolic phase of the cardiac cycle occurs when the heart muscle relaxes (following contraction). Diastolic dysfunction may also be related to age-related cardiac dysfunction.

If we receive FDA clearance for the MyoVista, our main target markets would be frontline healthcare environments in the U.S., such as primary care, to assist physician decision making in the cardiology referral process. Currently, cardiology referral decisions are often based on a patient’s risk factors and/or a conventional ECG test. Accordingly, many patients with heart disease are left undetected while no treatment or intervention is required for most patients referred for cardiac imaging. We believe that adding the capability to detect cardiac dysfunction to a standard 12-lead resting ECG could help improve cardiac referral pathways and be valuable for patients, physicians, health systems and third-party payors.

New Class II devices, such as the MyoVista require FDA De Novo premarket review. The MyoVista along with its proprietary software and hardware is classified as a Class II medical device by the FDA. Premarket review and clearance by the FDA for these devices is generally accomplished through the 510(k) premarket notification process or De Novo classification request, or petition process. We previously submitted an FDA De Novo classification request in December 2019. Based on feedback and communications with the FDA during 2020, we have been making modifications to our device and are partially through a new, pivotal clinical validation study and the device testing and development necessary for a revised FDA De Novo submission, which we expect to take place later in the current fiscal year ending April 30, 2023. For additional information regarding the FDA regulatory process, see “Business—FDA and Other Government Regulation.”

We require the funding from this offering to continue our work towards FDA resubmission and clearance. Although the net proceeds of this offering are anticipated to be sufficient to achieve FDA clearance, which would allow us to market the MyoVista in the U.S., there is no assurance that this would be the case. Additional funding would then be required to support the sales launch of the MyoVista into the U.S., provide working capital and support further R&D. Our auditors’ report on our audited financial statements for Fiscal 2021 contains an explanatory paragraph regarding substantial doubts about our ability to continue as a going concern because we have experienced recurring losses, negative cash flows from operations, limited capital resources, a net shareholders’ deficit, as well as significant debt obligations. These events and conditions, along with other matters, indicate that a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt on our ability to continue as a going concern. If we are unable to continue as a going concern, we may have to liquidate our assets, and the values we receive for our assets in liquidation or dissolution could be significantly lower than the values reflected in our financial statements.

Heart Disease Facts and Current ECG Testing Limitations

Heart disease refers to a variety of conditions that affect the heart—including heart rhythm problems, heart valve problems, genetic defects and blood-vessel diseases such as coronary artery disease. It is often referred to as the “silent killer” and, according to the American Heart Association, one in three patients are not properly diagnosed until after a heart attack occurs and 50% of men and 64% of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Statistics published by the CDC show that in the United States heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups. According to the CDC, one person dies from cardiovascular disease every 36 seconds and heart disease accounts for approximately one in four deaths. In 2018, 30.3 million U.S. adults were diagnosed with heart disease including 18.2 million adults with CAD. Approximately 605,000 patients in the U.S. have a heart attack each year with

 

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approximately 20% of deaths from CAD occurring in adults less than 65 years old. The scale of the problem is similar worldwide. In 2020, the World Health Organization confirmed that heart disease has remained the leading cause of death at the global level for the last 20 years. Ischemic heart disease now represents 16% of global deaths and an estimated 17.9 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2019, representing 32% of all global deaths.

As heart disease progresses to more acute stages, the cost to treat patients increases significantly. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cost to the healthcare system and is estimated to be responsible for one in every six healthcare dollars spent in the United States. Heart disease costs in the United States were approximately $363 billion in each of 2016 and 2017, including the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death. Governments, healthcare providers and payors are motivated to shift the diagnosis and management of these conditions to earlier stages where better patient outcomes can be delivered at lower costs.

We believe that there is currently no low-cost, front-line, medical device that is effective at screening for heart disease. As a result, frontline physicians face a significant challenge in determining if a patient has heart disease. The conventional ECG is thought of by many to be the front-line tool in cardiac testing, but it has poor sensitivity in detecting CAD or structural heart disease. According to Appropriate Use of Non-Invasive Testing for Diagnosis of Stable Coronary Artery Disease, an article published in the April 2014 issue of the Journal of European Society of Cardiology, current, conventional, resting 12-lead ECG devices have a 50% or less sensitivity in identifying CAD. In 2012, the USPSTF conducted an evaluation of conventional ECG testing and stated: “There is no good evidence that an ECG helps physicians predict heart risks in people with no symptoms any better than traditional considerations such as current or former smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.” In 2018, the USPSTF reconfirmed (i) its recommendation not to screen with resting or exercise ECG testing for adults at low risk of cardiovascular disease, or CVD, events and (ii) that it had found that there is also insufficient evidence to recommend screening with resting or exercise ECG tests for adults at intermediate or even high risk of CVD.

Despite the limitations of the conventional ECG and healthcare guidance around the world that recommends against its use for heart disease screening, in the absence of a better alternative, the ECG remains a ubiquitous and widely-used test throughout healthcare including non-cardiology settings. It is estimated that 1.5 to 3 million ECGs are performed worldwide every day, making it one of the most commonly used cardiac diagnostic tests and a fundamental tool in clinical practice. It is estimated that more than 100 million ECGs are performed each year in the United States. The 2018 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey indicated that patient care physicians, excluding anesthesiologists and federal facilities such as VA clinics, ordered or provided 27 million ECG tests and 4 million stress ECGs at office visits, and the 2017 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey showed that on ambulatory care visits to hospital emergency departments, an additional 28 million ECG tests were ordered or performed by hospital emergency departments.

Overuse of Expensive Cardiology-Based Diagnostic Testing

We believe that the absence of cost-effective front-line or primary-care-based testing has resulted in the over-use of costly cardiology-based diagnostic tests. Noninvasive cardiac tests are significant contributors to healthcare costs, accounting for greater than 40% of Medicare Part B spending on medical imaging, or over $17 billion annually according to the CMS. There are a variety of effective, though expensive, diagnostic tests for patients used to detect heart disease. These are typically performed in a specialist cardiology or hospital setting and include:

 

   

Stress ECG testing, a non-invasive diagnostic test with a cost of approximately $200 with, according to the American College of Cardiology, a sensitivity of 68% in the detection of CAD; typically performed in a cardiologist setting and requires the patient to run on a treadmill, which can be difficult for many patients. A study published in March 2018 by the American Heart Association, or AHA, demonstrated that among 553,027 patients that were younger than 65 that underwent stress testing, only 5.1% were

 

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hospitalized for a heart attack, required a stent, revascularization procedure or were referred for a coronary angiogram.

 

   

Echocardiogram, a non-invasive diagnostic imaging test, similar to an ultrasound, that is effective in the detection of heart disease; however, the Medicare cost of an echo in a hospital is approximately $600 and can be as much as $2,000 if performed privately. The echo is frequently ordered by primary care physicians and is the most common cardiac imaging test upon referral. According to the 2018 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, office-based patient care physicians, excluding anesthesiologists and federal facilities such as VA clinics, ordered or provided 10 million echos. However, according to a December 2017 study in Clinical Cardiology that examined the appropriateness versus the value of echocardiograms ordered by primary care physicians, only 22% of patients had abnormalities and only 2.5% experienced a change in patient management that corresponded with the initial suspected diagnosis and echocardiographic findings.

 

   

Cardiac imaging tests, such as nuclear stress tests and coronary CT angiograms, or CCTAs, alternatively can be conducted noninvasively, but typically cost $1,000 or more. There are more than 10 million cardiac imaging tests conducted in the United States each year. According to a study published by the AHA in September 2020 that reviewed previous CT test results of nearly 40,000 patients who underwent coronary CCTAs from January 2007 to December 2013, only 15.3% of patients had obstructive CAD. Despite the high negative outcome rates, costs and patient exposure to radiation, these tests remain commonplace.

 

   

Coronary angiogram, an invasive test in which dye that is visible by X-ray is injected into the blood vessels of the heart. The X-ray machine rapidly takes a series of images (angiograms), offering a look at the patient’s blood vessels. Coronary angiogram is considered the “gold standard” for diagnosing coronary arterial disease and can cost in excess of $5,000. According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, in a large 2010 study which reviewed angiogram results of 400,000 patients, only 38% of patients (without known CAD) actually had obstructive CAD.

We believe that the referral process for cardiology testing is inefficient and costly for health systems due to the absence of a gateway test which detects early heart disease at a high rate, particularly for primary care. Not only are many patients with heart disease missed, but most cardiology testing has a negative test result that requires no further treatment or testing.

Diastolic Dysfunction, an Early Indicator of Heart Disease

The symptoms and causes of cardiac dysfunction have been researched for many years. The causes of cardiac dysfunction during the contraction (systolic) phase, also called reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, have been well understood for many years. However, according to the American Heart Association Statistics Committee report in 2013, approximately 50% of patients with heart failure symptoms have ejection fraction measures that are not markedly abnormal. In addition, multiple articles published by the NIH state that approximately 50% of HF cases are due to severe diastolic dysfunction, also called heart failure with preserved ejection fraction or HFpEF. As a result, understanding the causes and progression of diastolic dysfunction has become a key area of scientific and clinical interest. This research has led to the understanding that almost all patients with systolic dysfunction also have diastolic dysfunction and almost all types of heart disease including CAD, valvular disease, cardiomyopathy, hypertension, congenital heart disease, and pericardial disease induce diastolic dysfunction.

According to an article by Dr. Dalane W. Kitzman, MD and Dr. William C. Little, MD published in the February 14, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, diastolic performance is sensitive to nearly all of the common disease processes that affect cardiovascular function. The article indicates that LV diastolic function is impaired by all of the common disease processes that affect LV function or produce LV hypertrophy or fibrosis, including hypertension, diabetes, ischemia, myocarditis, toxins, and infiltrative

 

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cardiomyopathies. LV diastolic dysfunction, or LVDD, begins early in the heart disease process and continues to increase in severity as heart disease progresses. LVDD is now recognized as one of the earliest signs of heart disease and typical onset occurs when a patient is still asymptomatic. We believe that the early detection of diastolic dysfunction can be a valuable marker for almost all forms of heart disease and age-related cardiac abnormalities that may otherwise be missed by current conventional ECG devices.

The myocardial ischemic cascade diagram below is a standard diagram in cardiology that illustrates the sequence of events that take place as ischemia (lack of blood supply to the heart) increases in severity. As noted below, the first detectable changes during the early stages of heart disease are in the diastolic phase. Conventional ECG changes, if seen at all, occur much later in the disease process. However, diastolic dysfunction continues to act as a reliable marker as heart disease progresses since the severity of dysfunction also increases.

 

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The proprietary MyoVista wavECG algorithm, or the MyoVista Algorithm, is designed to detect abnormally slow cardiac relaxation rates during the early diastolic phase of the cardiac cycle, an early indicator for diastolic dysfunction. The algorithm was designed based on e-prime, which is a key echocardiographic measure of left ventricular diastolic function. The echo measure e-prime, or e’, calculates the maximum left ventricle longitudinal tissue velocities during the early diastolic phase. E-prime is measured at each of the septal and lateral side of the mitral valve annulus to provide septal e’ and lateral e’. An abnormal left ventricular relaxation rate, as defined in the 2016 guidelines from the American Society of Echocardiography, is either septal e’ <7cm/sec or lateral e’ <10 cm/sec.

Product and Technology

The MyoVista device has been developed in response to the relatively recent understanding in cardiology that most forms of heart disease are associated with LV relaxation abnormalities and diastolic dysfunction. The MyoVista is a 12-lead resting ECG device that features our proprietary algorithm developed to detect cardiac dysfunction in the diastolic phase, specifically slower than normal left ventricular relaxation rates as defined by the American Society of Echocardiology Guidelines.

The MyoVista is also designed to include the capabilities of a full-featured conventional 12-lead resting ECG including analysis using the Glasgow Algorithm, also known as the Glasgow ECG Interpretation Algorithm. Developed by the University of Glasgow in the UK, the 12-lead ECG Analysis Algorithm has been relied upon for more than 35 years and is a widely respected resting ECG interpretive algorithms. The Glasgow Algorithm was developed and has been continuously improved over the years by a team of world-renowned ECG researchers. The Glasgow Algorithm is licensed to the Company pursuant to the Glasgow Licensing Agreement.

 

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For additional information regarding the Glasgow Algorithm and our license, see “—Intellectual Property—Glasgow Licensing Agreement.”

In the MyoVista, the conventional ECG (including the Glasgow Algorithm) and our proprietary algorithm are designed to detect diastolic abnormalities and are combined as a single test with results presented separately. The MyoVista has a high-resolution touchscreen display and incorporates many easy and intuitive to use features commonly associated with a tablet device. The MyoVista’s design focuses on ease of use and features include:

 

   

Wall mount and cart mount capabilities as well as tabletop.

 

   

Locking capability to a cart or table to prevent theft.

 

   

A backup lithium-ion battery to provide power if moving from location to location within an environment or if power has been lost.

 

   

A large 15.6” touch screen with very high resolution and contrast providing a quality color image on which to view a patient’s results, which is easily wiped clean for infection control purposes.

 

   

Gesture feature capabilities have been added for ease of use.

 

   

A touch screen that is designed to function even when the clinician is wearing latex gloves.

 

   

A touchscreen keyboard as well as the ability to connect a traditional keyboard.

 

   

An available HDMI display port to provide an oversized screen as a viewing option.

 

   

Electronic medical records integration capabilities that is critical for large hospitals.

 

   

Interpretive analysis software of the Glasgow Algorithm.

MyoVista device with 1 lead view of signal processed waveform

 

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inputs to the AI-based algorithm. A wavelet is a mathematical function used to divide a continuous-time signal into its different frequency components. A wavelet transform is the representation of the converted signal by wavelets. Wavelet transform mathematics has emerged over recent years as a valuable time–frequency analysis tool. It has been particularly useful in applications related to bio-signal processing such as ECG electrical signals. Our signal processing patents relate to the extraction and use of certain frequency related data from the signal processed ECG which are used to produce more accurate and effective algorithms. For more information about our patents, please refer to “—Intellectual Property.”

We have conducted multiple comparisons related to the additional algorithm performance benefits using the frequency information gathered through signal processing by comparing the number of frequency variables used in any given algorithm as compared to conventional ECG inputs and their related statistical significance. The frequency variables generated by the MyoVista consistently rank in the top-tier of statistically significant input variables to our AI algorithm and make up a significant overall percentage of the selected input variables as compared to the conventional ECG variables. During a 20-second test, more than 1,000 pieces of extracted data points may be obtained. The software on the device preselects which of the data variables represent the most valuable inputs for the cardiac dysfunction algorithm and uses those to perform an assessment. The output results of the test are provided as indicators and associated statements.

MyoVista Proprietary Algorithm Indications and Statements

 

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The MyoVista Algorithm is designed to detect whether a patient is negative or positive for abnormally slow left ventricular diastolic relaxation rates as defined by the American Society of Echocardiography. For patients whose results are highly positive or highly negative, the probability that the test is accurate is especially high. For patients whose results are borderline, the results mean that it is likely that the patient is close to the guideline thresholds and therefore the test produces borderline results.

The MyoVista has multiple reporting options which can be configured in the settings menu and includes an option for a clinical interpretation report. The clinical interpretation report includes clinical performance information observed in a reference clinical study population to provide context to a patient’s wavECG test results and assists interpretation by a physician. The device also performs all conventional ECG assessments including software-based automated ECG interpretation through incorporation of the Glasgow Algorithm.

 

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MyoVista Device screen image with descriptions

 

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MyoVista Patented Center Post Electrode Systems

Electrodes are the sticky patches that are applied to the skin to capture the ECG signal. The MyoVista Center Post Electrodes pictured below are high-quality, single-use disposable ECG electrodes that are designed to be used exclusively with the MyoVista. A new set of electrodes is required for each test.

Unlike a conventional ECG, the MyoVista is designed to analyze frequency content from the heart’s electrical signal. The MyoVista requires high-quality, low impedance signal capture to aid in obtaining the test results that the MyoVista is designed to provide. Accordingly, we have developed a patented cable connection and high-quality electrode system that is unique to us. The design of the electrodes includes a hollow center post connector (pictured below) that aligns firmly to the complementing post design on the cable grabber, allowing for a secure connection to help overcome the challenges of stable signal capture and induced signal noise that are common in other style electrodes.

 

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capture. Electrical tests per the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, or AAMI, standards were performed and demonstrated improved performance over multiple major brands of electrodes. The hydrogel adhesive, while easily repositionable, provides a comfortable and firm adhesion that provides positive contact with the skin surface and ensures optimal signal transmission and minimal signal noise. The electrodes also provide optimal skin contact while accommodating easy, painless removal after single use. The electrodes have passed the International Organization for Standardization, standard ISO 10993-1 for biocompatibility testing for skin sensitivity and irritations.

Previous FDA De Novo Submission

We previously submitted an FDA De Novo classification request in December 2019. Based on feedback and subsequent interaction with the FDA during 2020, we concluded that modifications to the device hardware and software would be necessary, and a new, pivotal clinical validation study would be required at different institutions to those involved in the original patient data collection process. As part of our prior De Novo submission, we provided clinical validation study data for 343 patients to the FDA. The 343-patient dataset was obtained as part of a larger data collection effort with multiple North American institutions to build and subsequently validate our diastolic LV relaxation abnormalities algorithm. Patient data in the 343-patient clinical validation dataset was kept separate from data for other patients which was used in algorithm development.

None of the prior 343-patient data will form part of the pivotal clinical validation study required for FDA De Novo resubmission. A new pivotal clinical validation study will be required for resubmission and this study is ongoing, the results of which could be materially different from those of the 343-patient study which are provided below. However, we believe providing those results which were previously submitted to the FDA is important to an understanding of our Company and device. See “Business—Proposed FDA De Novo Resubmission”.

The MyoVista output indicates a patient as either “highly negative,” “negative,” “borderline,” “positive” and/or “highly positive” for left ventricular relaxation abnormalities. See “Business—Product and Technology”. In the 2019 De Novo submission to the FDA we provided statistical results of sensitivity and specificity for two clinical endpoints with the intention of providing information to a physician on potential device performance depending on the interpretation of a borderline test result as either a positive or negative test result. Borderline is a standard classification used in a conventional ECG interpretive analysis and the 343-patient clinical validation dataset had 16.9% of patients classified as borderline.

The statistical results of sensitivity, specificity and accuracy from the previously submitted 343-patient clinical validation dataset, which will not form part of any new submission, are provided below. The results of the ongoing new, pivotal clinical validation study required for resubmission could be materially different.

 

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Borderline test result classified as positive

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Borderline test result classified as negative

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For additional information regarding government regulations and the regulatory authorization process, including the FDA’s authorization or clearance, see “—FDA and Other Government Regulation.”

Proposed FDA De Novo Resubmission

Based on feedback from the previous De Novo submission and subsequent interaction with the FDA, multiple changes have already been incorporated into the device and associated documentation, including software, user interface changes, documentation, and test report information, layout, style and language.

We are partially through patient recruitment for a new, pivotal clinical validation study for our proposed FDA De Novo resubmission. We submitted the design of the new study to the FDA for review prior to its commencement. The study is a minimum 575-patient clinical validation study. The FDA agreed that the study design should be acceptable and would be expected to provide statistical information on which the FDA can

 

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effectively evaluate the performance results of the MyoVista. The study is at the following institutions: Rutgers University (New Jersey), which is acting as the core lab, Beth Israel Hospital (Massachusetts), which is conducting patient recruitment, Scripps Health (California), Einstein Health (Pennsylvania), Montefiore Medical Center (New York) and UT Southwestern (Texas).

Since the prior De Novo submission, we have continued to explore algorithm improvements, through extraction of additional data points from the ECG signal and implementation of the latest AI techniques, which may be incorporated into the algorithm used for final clinical validation.

Additionally, we have been updating compliance standard and verification and validation testing, including electromagnetic compatibility or EMC testing due to testing guideline changes. Such testing is required for all FDA electronic medical devices.

We currently expect to resubmit for FDA De Novo clearance in the current fiscal year ending April 30, 2023, and the FDA’s De Novo classification authorization process generally takes from five to twelve months from the date the application is submitted, but can take significantly longer. For additional information regarding the FDA regulatory process, see “—FDA and Other Government Regulation”.

Market Opportunity

Diagnostic Gap

The significant diagnostic gap in heart disease is early identification. Heart disease often remains asymptomatic for many years as disease progresses until it reaches an acute stage, at which point many patients have a heart attack or die without prior diagnosis of disease. For this reason, heart disease is often referred to as the “silent killer.”

Frontline physicians face a significant challenge in identifying cardiac disease early. We believe that there is currently no low-cost, front-line, medical device that is effective at screening for heart disease. According to the 2018 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 72% of office visits involved patients having one or more of the main cardiac risk factors of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, or obesity. In the absence of a low-cost, front-line, medical device that is effective at screening for heart disease, frontline healthcare providers rely predominantly on a patient’s risk factors. Despite its poor sensitivity and limited ability to identify cardiac dysfunction associated with structural and ischemic disease, the conventional ECG test still remains widely used by frontline physicians. As a result of its current limitations, many patients with heart disease go undiagnosed, and many patients referred to cardiology for subsequent testing do not have heart disease.

In 2012, the USPSTF stated that there is no good evidence that an ECG helps physicians predict heart risks in people with no symptoms any better than traditional considerations such as smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, acknowledging the diagnostic gap that currently exists.

In addition, according to the CDC, cardiovascular disease remains the biggest cost for the US healthcare system at approximately $216 billion per year. The cost of treating acute cardiac events and heart failure is especially high in comparison to preventative treatment. Governments, healthcare providers and third-party payors are focused on shifting the diagnosis and management of heart disease to earlier stages where better patient outcomes can be delivered at lower cost; however, to make substantial progress in improving patient outcomes at lower costs, the existing diagnostic gap needs to be closed.

Changing Demographics

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Co-operation and Development, advances in the field of medicine have led to an increase in life expectancy which, as of 2019, was estimated to average 78.9 years for a person in the U.S., up from 75.4 years in 1990. As life expectancy increases, the average age of the population is expected to increase. According to the HHS, the population age 65 and older increased from 38.8 million in 2008 to 52.4 million in 2018 (a 35% increase) and is projected to reach 94.7 million in 2060. By 2030, more than 20 percent of U.S. residents are projected to be age 65 and over. Since heart disease is most common in elderly individuals, and that population pool is increasing, we believe there is a significant opportunity for a device such as the MyoVista.

Growing ECG Market

The demand for electrocardiograph devices and related supplies known as electrodes is on the rise worldwide. Despite the limitations of the conventional ECG and healthcare guidance around the world that recommends against its use for screening, in the absence of a better alternative, the ECG remains a ubiquitous and widely-used test throughout healthcare including non-cardiology settings. It is estimated that 1.5 million to 3.0 million ECGs are performed worldwide every day, making it one of the most commonly used diagnostic tests in healthcare and a fundamental tool in clinical practice. It is estimated that more than 100 million ECGs are performed each year in the United States. The 2018 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey reflected that office-based patient care physicians, excluding anesthesiologists and federal facilities such as VA clinics, ordered or provided 27 million ECG tests and four million stress ECGs during office visits and the 2017 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey showed that during ambulatory care visits to hospital emergency departments an additional 28 million ECG tests were ordered or performed by hospital emergency departments.

According to Markets and Markets Global Diagnostic ECG, approximately 770,000 ECG devices were estimated to have been sold worldwide in 2015. We expect changing demographics, such as the aging population and increasing rates of obesity, to contribute to even greater numbers of cardio-related testing, and therefore ECG devices and supply usage, over the coming years. According to Markets and Markets Diagnostic ECG Market (2019-2024), the global diagnostic ECG device market excluding supplies is approximately $7.5 billion per year and projected to be valued at $10.3 billion in 2024 with an expected 6.4% compounded annual growth rate, or CAGR.

Impetus to Identify Risks Earlier for More Effective Low-Cost Testing

A key goal of the HHS is reducing healthcare costs. This places pressure on physicians and healthcare institutions to contain healthcare costs. Additionally, one of the key objectives of HHS’s Healthy People 2030, is to increase preventive care for people of all ages. We believe that efforts towards preventive care and maintenance will lead to more testing for high-risk individuals and patients who have existing cardiac conditions. This trend, we believe, in tandem with the push to shorten hospital stays, has created an impetus to identify pre-symptomatic patients at risk more effectively at the front-line physician or clinic level and to treat recovering cardiac patients through outpatient care and rehabilitation.

Changing Nature of Healthcare Providers

The delivery of healthcare in the U.S. is evolving. Alternative treatment sites, such as retail clinics, concierge medicine, urgent care clinics and ambulatory surgical centers deliver care from qualified providers in settings outside of emergency departments, hospitals or traditional physician offices. We expect this trend to accelerate the drive to provide more effective preventative care and represents a significant opportunity for the introduction of MyoVista as a new medical device that offers an enhanced ability to screen for heart disease.

Retail Clinics. Retail clinics have seen significant growth and, according to a report by The Insight Partners titled, “Retail Clinics Market to 2027,” the global retail clinics market is expected to reach $8.1 billion in 2027 and increase from $3.4 billion in 2018. In the U.S., major players operating retail clinics include The Kroger Co., CVS Health, Rite Aid Corp, Walmart Inc., and Walgreens Co. Walmart alone has announced that it intends to

 

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have 4,000 primary care “supercenters” in stores by 2029 having opened its first one in 2019. Walmart and other retail clinic providers are seeking to radically change frontline health delivery by offering access to convenient, low-cost medical testing and treatment either with or without traditional insurance.

Concierge Medicine. Concierge medicine is increasing rapidly in the U.S. According to a 2021 report by Research and Markets, the U.S. concierge medicine market is expected to reach $10.0 billion by 2028 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 9.39% from 2021 to 2028. Increased waiting time for physician appointments, shortage of physicians and rising prevalence of chronic diseases are driving patients from conventional settings to non-traditional care settings. This, along with increased face time with physicians and a focus on preventive care, is driving the growth of the market.

Urgent Care Clinics. Urgent Care Clinics market sector has exhibited strong growth. According to IBIS World market research, shifting consumer preference to the convenience and timesaving of urgent care, coupled with rising hospital emergency care costs and a shortage of primary care physicians, has stimulated demand for industry services. In response, industry revenue is anticipated to grow at an annualized rate of 4.6% to $40.3 billion during 2022. An increase in the number of insured Americans has benefited industry operators due to the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. There are currently over 9,500 urgent care centers in the U.S.

Ambulatory Surgical Centers. According to a 2018 Research and Markets report on ambulatory surgical centers, the number of freestanding surgical centers has been expanding over the last decade, experiencing strong growth. As a result of this growth, the number of outpatient surgical procedures performed in ambulatory surgery centers increased by 32% from 2005 to 2017.

We believe that the scale of cardiac disease as well as changing demographics, growing ECG market, impetus to identify risks earlier for more effective low-cost testing, along with the increasing number and type of health care settings creates a significant opportunity for a device such as the MyoVista.

Capitation Provides an Incentive to Identify Medicare Advantage Patients

Healthcare providers are paid either through fee-for-service or capitation. Fee-for-service is a payment model where services are unbundled and paid for separately. In health care, the fee-for-service payment model incentivizes physicians to provide more treatments because payment is dependent on the quantity, rather than quality of care. Capitation is a payment arrangement that pays a physician or group of physicians a set amount for each enrolled person assigned to them, per period of time, whether or not that person seeks care. Under capitation, the amount of remuneration is based on the average expected healthcare utilization of that patient, with greater payment for patients with significant history of medical problems.

Approximately 42% (approximately 26 million people) of those covered by Medicare, according to CMS, are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. With respect to these patients, CMS pays capitation to healthcare providers. CMS uses risk adjustment to adjust capitation payments to health plans, either higher or lower, to account for the differences in health costs of individuals such as heart failure, CAD, angina and valvular heart disease. Accordingly, under CMS guidelines, risk factor adjustments per patient will provide payment that is higher for sicker patients who have conditions where diagnosis codes are documented in the medical record as a result of a face-to-face visit. Therefore, there is a financial incentive to identify those Medicare Advantage patients that are sicker, including those that have undiagnosed ailments such as heart disease. We believe that undiagnosed heart disease represents a significant problem, and we believe insurance plans that have a high number of Medicare Advantage patients could be a target market for MyoVista testing.

Market Strategy

General

Our objective is to make the MyoVista wavECG a standard-of-care, as an affordable, and valuable medical test.

 

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Our business model, which involves the capital sale of the MyoVista device and the use of proprietary supplies (electrodes) for each test, is “razor-razorblade.” The electrode connection system is patented, and we believe the electrodes are superior quality and facilitate high quality, stable ECG signal capture. The MyoVista is also designed to analyze frequency data along with conventional ECG information. Because new electrodes are needed for each test, our proprietary electrodes, if purchased, would provide recurring per-test revenue for each MyoVista device sold.

Our go-to market strategy focuses on device adoption rather than price maximization and we aim to ensure that the purchase price of the MyoVista is affordable. A major brand full-featured, resting 12-lead ECG, such as GE and Phillips, typically costs between $5,000 to $10,000 and we anticipate pricing our device competitively by setting the price for the MyoVista at the lower end of that range. As conventional ECGs are typically used multiple times per day (in a high use environment this could be as much as thirty times per day), the annual revenue from electrodes per device-in-use could exceed that of the upfront sale of the unit.

We intend to develop a direct sales force and to target hospitals, physicians’ offices as well as large retail healthcare organizations. We also intend to use technical presentations, peer reviewed clinical data, and reference sites to achieve penetration of these markets. Finally, we expect to expand our medical advisory board, conduct clinical trials with key opinion leaders, or KOLs, to generate the necessary clinical evidence in various healthcare settings, as well as establish reference sites among these customers.

Communicating the benefits and value to the medical community, while at the same time creating brand awareness, is fundamental to our marketing strategy. We anticipate that we will participate in a number of healthcare industry tradeshow events such as the American Heart Association and regional primary care events. Participating in these events will be in addition to limited advertising in key medical publications and targeted social media campaigns to increase awareness of MyoVista and its benefits.

We will also consider offering potential purchasers different financing options or models to assist them with certain costs related to the MyoVista such as, up-front costs related to purchasing the device or a licensing model charging a monthly fee, as is fairly common practice in healthcare.

Territories

Our initial sales focus will primarily be within the U.S. We intend to market the MyoVista in the U.S. using a direct sales force following FDA clearance. Outside of the U.S., for markets such as Europe and Latin America, we intend to utilize medical device distributors that have existing healthcare provider relationships and experience selling ECG devices, which will be supported by a small number of local field personnel.

The Company previously achieved regulatory compliance in Europe under the EU Medical Devices Directive, or MDD, in February 2017. With EU compliance, the Company is permitted to affix a certificate of conformity called a CE Mark denoting that the device is allowed to be marketed. This provided the Company with a limited number of distributor relationships in Europe including Neovitalis Aps, whose territory covers Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, and also a relationship with Heart Medical Europe BV, whose territory covers Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. These prior relationships aided the Company in development of the final version of the MyoVista device and its related proprietary software by eliciting feedback from KOLs in Europe. The MDD regulatory framework was established on June 14, 1993 but has since been replaced by EU MDR which became effective in May 2021. In order to sell medical devices in member countries of the European Economic Area, or EEA, our device must now comply with the requirements of the newer, updated regulatory framework or EU MDR. In October 2021, the Company submitted the documentation required to establish compliance with EU MDR. The submission of the technical file is currently under review. If the submission is found to comply with the new requirements, a new certificate of conformity will be issued to verify the Company’s compliance with EU MDR. An updated CE mark certificate under EU MDR will entitle the

 

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Company to market the MyoVista in the European Economic Area. The Company intends to pursue limited efforts in Europe though these distributor relationships as well as a limited number of additional distributor relationships outside the U.S. See “—FDA and other Government Regulation” for additional information.

Potential Markets

We believe that there is a large variety of potential markets for the MyoVista. Conventional ECGs are used throughout healthcare in almost every clinical setting including clinics, doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, and hospitals. In many of those settings, the additional information on cardiac dysfunction which the MyoVista is designed to provide, in addition to the conventional ECG information provided, could be extremely valuable. The MyoVista’s range of applications and potential uses are vast, and include providing:

 

   

Primary care—front-line cardiac testing/referral tool, heart disease screening.

 

   

Retail Healthcare—access to ECG testing at retail sites such as CVS, Walmart and Walgreens.

 

   

Emergency Departments—enhanced ECG testing for emergency room patients.

 

   

Cardiologists—prescreening cardiology patients

 

   

Hospitals —in-patient testing or testing prior to discharge, particularly cardiac wards.

 

   

Surgery—pre-anesthesia testing, pre/post intervention

 

   

Life Insurance testing—ECGs are sometimes required in connection with the issuance of life insurance policies.

 

   

Specialty Environments—screening for conditions such as, cardiomyopathy, cardiac oncology, drug trials, heart failure, and diabetes.

 

   

Athlete testing—cardiac screening programs for athletes.

Early Target Markets

Initially, our focus markets will be in the U.S. and will include: (i) cardiology; (ii) primary care providers that serve upper to middle income regions including concierge medicine providers; (iii) retail clinics and cardiac screening providers; and (iv) insurers with significant numbers of Medicare Advantage patients.

Cardiology. According to the American College of Cardiology, there are approximately 23,000 cardiologists in the U.S. We do not believe that cardiology will be the principal market for MyoVista as cardiologists diagnose specific heart disease conditions rather than screen for heart disease. Nonetheless, we intend to have an early focus on leading cardiologists or KOLs. We have experience internationally with KOL engagement and believe that building advocacy through KOLs and other respected cardiologists will be important as we seek to establish our new technology.

The Company intends to hire sales representatives that have experience presenting new medical devices to cardiologists. The initial focus will be on cardiology centers of excellence and working to generate sales and daily use at these institutions. The field team will also act as a liaison with HeartSciences clinical staff as clinical study opportunities present themselves. We believe that building clinical evidence, particularly for specific clinical indications for use, such as hypertensive patients, will be a key pillar not only in our discussions with payors, but also as a driver for competitive differentiation and adoption.

Primary Care and Concierge Medicine. According to the HHS, there are approximately 209,000 primary care physicians in the U.S., not including pediatricians. The 2018 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey showed that there were 860 million visits to nonfederal office-based patient care physicians of which approximately 50% were to primary care physicians. According to a 2021 report by Research and Markets, the

 

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U.S. concierge medicine market size is expected to reach $10.0 billion by 2028 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 9.39% from 2021 to 2028. In 2016, there were approximately 12,000 physicians that provide some level of concierge services with over half being either family medicine 32% or internal medicine 23%.

Informal feedback to date from concierge physicians and primary care physicians that serve upper to middle income regions indicates that a patient pay charge for utilizing the MyoVista would be generally accepted, which creates revenue potential and value for the physician. This would be in addition to reimbursement for the conventional ECG test provided by the MyoVista. The Company intends to initially hire sales representatives that will focus on these physicians in densely populated middle income to affluent regions of the U.S.

Additionally, primary care and concierge medicine clinics that are not hospital-based usually have flexible procurement processes and physicians have greater autonomy related to purchasing decisions for lower cost capital equipment. Concierge medicine is increasing rapidly in the U.S.

In order to take advantage of the market opportunity of selling to primary care physicians and concierge physicians:

 

   

We intend to create specialized marketing, sales, education and training materials focused on the primary care market.

 

   

The sales team will focus on demonstrating ease of use and clinical advantages as well as present the financial advantages of using the MyoVista device.

 

   

We will focus on practices in higher income areas initially. We believe that these practices tend to have more financial flexibility to purchase new devices. There are approximately 209,000 primary care physicians excluding pediatricians as well as 24,000 cardiologists. Sales efforts on specialized clinical areas will increase over time as the salesforce expands.

With initial reimbursement codes being the same as a conventional resting 12-lead ECG, the Company believes a MyoVista test should be profitable in cardiology and hospital environments as well as for primary care providers whose patient populations are not fundamentally reliant on Medicare. Moreover, the Company believes there is a significant opportunity in additional specialty areas but the sales process will take longer since there would need to be a body of clinical evidence that the MyoVista is effective in these additional clinical use areas, although no assurance can be given that evidence of such effectiveness will be able to be produced.

Competitive Advantages

Assuming FDA clearance of the MyoVista and that we have sufficient funds to launch sales of the MyoVista in the U.S., we believe that HeartSciences could have several competitive advantages:

 

   

Price comparability. A major brand, full-feature, resting 12-lead ECG typically costs between $5,000 to $10,000. We anticipate pricing our device competitively by setting the price for the MyoVista at the lower end of the range for a good-quality conventional ECG from a mainstream manufacturer. We believe that competitive pricing will help us to increase adoption of the MyoVista.

 

   

Familiarity of use and protocol. The conventional ECG is the most common cardiac test, is used in almost all areas of healthcare and is often performed by a physician assistant or a nurse, rather than a physician. The MyoVista is designed to provide both conventional ECG information and proprietary cardiac dysfunction information in a single test, using standard 12-lead ECG testing protocols with standard lead placement. We believe that this should enable the MyoVista to fit into existing testing pathways, make it easy to use, and, consequently, easy to train people to use, which can be barriers to adoption for some new healthcare technologies.

 

   

Positioned at the forefront of electrocardiography. There have been very few significant changes in the efficacy and indications for use of an ECG for many decades. We intend to position MyoVista at the forefront of electrocardiography science, which we believe could attract healthcare providers.

 

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Health system savings. We believe that the MyoVista could potentially generate significant cost savings to healthcare systems by improving earlier diagnosis of heart disease before it reaches an acute stage and reducing unnecessary referrals to cardiology that lead to unnecessary testing.

 

   

Physician Profitability. We believe that the MyoVista could offer primary care physicians a significant advance in their ability to assess patient heart health. Several primary care physicians have informed us that they would expect to be able to charge additional out-of-pocket patient fees of $25 to $100 for the additional diagnostic information provided by a MyoVista test until additional reimbursement can be obtained. Even based on low usage and competitive pricing, the payback on the capital cost of the MyoVista could potentially be realized quickly. We also expect to provide financing options (through third parties) which would avoid upfront capital costs to acquire the device. In high use environments such as a cardiac screening clinic, hospital or family practice office, we expect the financial returns to be significant especially if additional reimbursement is obtained. We intend to develop financial models demonstrating the potential profitability and to establish reference sites.

 

   

Razor-Razorblade Business Model. In addition to the MyoVista device sales, we expect to generate recurring supplies revenue from the sale of our proprietary electrodes, which are disposable and single use for each test. Unlike a conventional ECG, the MyoVista is designed to analyze frequency content from the heart’s electrical signal and we have developed a patented cable connection and high-quality electrode system that is unique to us and must be used when performing a MyoVista test. We expect the supply revenues from each test to provide recurring revenue and believe this will assist us in avoiding the need for high device pricing, which, in turn, should lower barriers to adoption.

Reimbursement

In addition to penetrating the health care settings described above, a key element of our strategy is to qualify for third-party payor reimbursement. This strategy has two stages. During the first stage, upon FDA approval, we intend to seek the support of the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, to use existing Current Procedural Terminology, or CPT, codes for the standard ECG functionality of the MyoVista. CPT codes are numbers assigned to each task or service provided by a healthcare provider including medical, surgical and diagnostic services. Insurers use the numbers to determine the amount to pay a provider. While we cannot assure you that we will receive such approval by ACC, this would provide physicians with the ability to use existing 12-lead ECG reimbursement codes. Medicare reimbursement for existing ECG testing procedures with interpretation and report ranges from approximately $17 to $55 depending on the type of healthcare facility. These charges would go directly to the healthcare facility/physician.

The existing procedure codes are:

 

   

CPT 93799: Unlisted cardiovascular procedure (not otherwise classified)

 

   

CPT 93000: Electrocardiogram, routine ECG with at least 12 leads; includes running test, interpretation and report

 

   

CPT 93005: Electrocardiogram, routine ECG with at least 12 leads; testing only, without interpretation and report

 

   

CPT 93010: Electrocardiogram, routine ECG with at least 12 leads, interpretation and report only

After this initial stage, our longer-term strategy is to obtain additional reimbursement for the MyoVista capabilities related to detecting cardiac dysfunction. While we cannot assure you that we will be successful in obtaining additional reimbursement codes, if we are successful, this could potentially provide total reimbursement that is greater than reimbursement for conventional ECG devices, which, in turn, could place the MyoVista at a competitive advantage. Any additional CPT codes or modifiers that are issued and recognized for the MyoVista related to our longer-term reimbursement strategy could provide a revenue advantage as compared to reimbursement for conventional ECG devices.

 

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Category III code. New technologies must meet AMA’s Level of Evidence and the Use Requirement, so a Category III code will be issued as a precursor to a final Category I code. Category III codes are generally temporary codes requiring additional studies and individual payor efforts to obtain coverage from each payor. Individual payors do not initially provide reimbursement for Category III codes so each payor will need clinical evidence that demonstrates the benefits of the MyoVista based cardiac dysfunction testing.

Category I code. Category I codes are long term codes that are expected to be in use for many years. Generally, to obtain this code, five peer-reviewed publications from at least two different patient populations are required. All third-party payors typically pay CAT I coded diagnostic testing procedures. Approval by the AMA CPT Editorial Panel of new or expanded CPT codes for the MyoVista ultimately could provide a revenue advantage as compared to reimbursement for conventional ECG devices.

New Tech Ambulatory Payment Classification (or APC) code. The new tech APC code is utilized for new and significant technologies which warrant having a unique code under the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System, or HCPCS. An HCPCS is a payment code issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, for use in ambulatory outpatient hospital environments and certain integrated practices. Once the device receives FDA clearance, the Company intends to quickly file an application for a cardiac dysfunction APC code for the MyoVista. If the application is successful, it would provide enhanced revenue over existing conventional ECG devices in a hospital integrated practice such as a cardiology practice.

Competition

The medical device industry is characterized by rapidly advancing technologies, intense competition, and a strong emphasis on proprietary products. There are many medical device companies, biotechnology companies, public and private universities and research organizations actively engaged in the research and development of products that may be similar to the MyoVista. Competitors could include traditional ECG manufacturers such as GE, Philips, and Nihon Kohden Corporation that may seek to innovate due to competition from HeartSciences, and new competitors that also see the opportunity to finally innovate in a market that, we believe, has significant need for improved products and technology change. The current ECG device manufacturers with the greatest market share are GE, Philips, and Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., or Hill-Rom. The leading competitors in the ECG market have substantially greater name recognition and financial, technical, manufacturing, marketing, research and development resources, and experience obtaining the FDA and other regulatory clearances of those devices and marketing and selling those devices around the world.

There are additional competitors that are using AI to innovate in electrocardiography including:

 

   

AliveCor Inc., a commercial stage developer of cardiac monitoring devices and applications for heart health monitoring. AliveCor’s ECG recorder has received FDA clearance.

 

   

Heart Output Input, Inc., or Heartio, a development stage, digital diagnostic utilizing AI in a cloud-based software tool used in conjunction with electrocardiograms to help emergency providers more effectively stratify patient risk and make admit/discharge decisions. Heartio currently does not have any FDA clearance or authorization.

 

   

Corvista Health Inc., a development stage ECG device company with a proprietary platform focused on diagnosing heart failure, coronary artery disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Corvista currently does not have any FDA clearance or authorization.

 

   

Anumana Inc., a development stage company funded by the MayoClinic focused on developing AI-enabled ECG algorithms for physician use, integrating point-of-care applications into existing workflows. Anumana currently does not have any FDA clearance or authorization.

Clinical Studies

We have participated in and/or conducted multiple studies at various sites including at Mount Sinai Health System, West Virginia University, University of California, Los Angeles, and The Baker Heart and Diabetes

 

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Institute in Australia. The purpose of conducting the studies was threefold: (i): to collect patient data using the MyoVista to build an effective proprietary algorithm designed to provide early detection of cardiac dysfunction and heart disease, (ii) to create proof-of-concept algorithms for determination by HeartSciences of the viability of an FDA version of the algorithm, and (iii) to use the collected data to conduct research for potential development of additional future algorithms. The peer review article summaries highlighted below used the proof-of-concept algorithms developed by the institutions from the MyoVista data collected. MyoVista devices were used in each study for the collection of patient ECG information. Data was extracted from these ECG readings to develop separate AI-based proof-of-concept algorithms in each individual study.

Following are summaries of the peer- reviewed articles:

Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) April 2018, Volume 71 Number 15 (2018) Partho P. Sengupta, MD DM, Hemant Kulkarni, MD, Jagat Narula, MD PHD, et al.

The study was conducted at Mount Sinai NY. The article is titled, “Prediction of Abnormal Myocardial Relaxation from Signal Processed Surface ECG” and presents the results from the investigator-initiated clinical study that focused on evaluating the feasibility of the MyoVista as a diagnostic tool for predicting the presence of abnormal cardiac muscle relaxation associated with Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction, or LVDD. All patients underwent a complete 2D doppler-based echocardiogram and a MyoVista wavECG test. Monte Carlo cross validation was performed using the average of 20 iterations for determining performance.

The study results demonstrated 80% sensitivity and 84% specificity (p-value 0.05) with an area under the curve, or AUC, of 91% for the prediction of low e’, an echocardiographic parameter widely used in determination of LVDD (95% confidence interval: 86%-95%). An incremental value comparison of the low e’ prediction algorithm as compared to using three clinical features associated with high risk, age, obesity and hypertension, along with conventional ECG risk categorization information resulted in demonstrating that the low e’ prediction algorithm alone provided an increase in AUC performance of 0.19% (p-value<0.0001) over the clinical features and conventional ECG risk information.

The Area Under a Receiver Operating Characteristics, or ROC, Curve is a widely used statistical performance evaluator that provides a measure of the accuracy of a diagnostic test typically calculated using data from a specific clinical study as a measure of performance. ROC is a probability curve and AUC represents the degree or measure of separability – the higher the AUC, the better the model is at distinguishing between patients with the disease and no disease. A test with no better accuracy than chance has an AUC of 0.5, while a test with perfect accuracy has an AUC of 1.

P-value is the probability of obtaining test results at least as extreme as the result actually observed, under the assumption that the null hypothesis is correct. When a statistical test is performed, a p-value helps determine the statistical significance of the results in relation to the null hypothesis. A null hypothesis is a type of statistical hypothesis that proposes that no statistical significance exists in a set of given observations. Hypothesis testing is used to assess the credibility of a hypothesis by using sample data. A low p-value indicates that observed data does not match the null hypothesis, and when the p-value is lower than the specified significance level (usually 5% or 0.05), the null hypothesis is rejected, and the finding is considered statistically significant.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) August 2020, Volume 76 Number 8 (2020) Nobuyuki Kagiyama, MD, PHD, Marco Piccirilli, PHD, Naveena Yanamala, PHD et al.

The participating centers were The Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, The West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute, The Windsor Cardiac Centre, Windsor, Ontario, Canada and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The article titled “Machine Learning Assessment of Left Ventricular Diastolic Function Based on Electrocardiographic Features” presents the results from evaluating the feasibility of MyoVista wavECG technology to provide actual quantitative estimates of the echocardiographic parameter of e’

 

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related to myocardial relaxation that can be used to identify LVDD. Diastolic dysfunction is recognized as playing a major role in the pathophysiology of heart failure. All subjects underwent a full echocardiographic examination and a MyoVista wavECG test.

The multicenter study enrolled a total of 1,202 subjects with data from one of the institutions used as an external test set n-388 for determining algorithm performance. Results from the estimated e’ values provided by the proof-of-concept algorithm discriminated the guideline-recommended thresholds for low e’ for determining abnormal myocardial relaxation, LVDD and systolic dysfunction (LV ejection fraction) with an AUC of 0.84, 0.80, and 0.81, respectively, in the external test set. Sensitivity and specificity in the external test set for predicting low e’ using the algorithm’s estimated e’ value provided a sensitivity of 90%, specificity of 61% (p-value<0.05), negative predictive value of 81% and positive predictive value of 77%. Moreover, the estimated e-prime values allowed prediction of LV diastolic dysfunction based on multiple age and sex-adjusted reference limits with an AUC of 0.94 in the external test set with sensitivity 89% and specificity 96% (p-value<0.05).

JACC Cardiovascular Imaging Oct 2021, Volume 14 Number 10

Elizabeth L. Potter, MBBS, Thomas H. Marwick, MBBS, PHD, MPH et al.

The participating centers were Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australian National University, Canberra, and the West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute.

The article titled “Machine Learning of ECG Waveforms to Improve Selection for Testing for Asymptomatic Left Ventricular Dysfunction Prompt” focused on developing a screening algorithm using the MyoVista for detection of Left Ventricular Dysfunction, or LVD. References to ewECG mean energy waveform ECG and are an alternative name for the MyoVista device and the included wavelet transform signal processing. The study that was the subject of this article consisted of 398 participants with n=287 for development of the feasibility algorithm and n=111 for use as an external test set for determining performance of the algorithm. All subjects received a full echocardiographic examination and a MyoVista wavECG test. Left Ventricular Dysfunction for this study is defined as a subject having (1) LVH or left ventricular hypertrophy, (2) abnormal global longitudinal strain or borderline GLS with left atrial enlargement or (3) abnormal LV filling pressure measures of E/e’ratios >15 or < 10 with left atrial enlargement or low e’ with LAE.

The study results in the external test set demonstrated 85% sensitivity and 72% specificity (p-value<0.05) with an of AUC 0.83, 95% confidence interval: 0.74 to 0.92. Conventional methods for Left Ventricular Dysfunction, or LVD, screening (ARIC score, BNP testing, and standard ECG analysis) had inferior screening capabilities.

The study below presents the results of a proof-of-concept algorithm developed using the data gathered from previous studies in which MyoVista ECGs were collected from study subjects. This research was conducted for the purpose of potential development of additional future algorithms for detection of additional heart disease conditions.

European Heart JournalDigital Health November 2020, Volume 1 Issue 1

Peter D. Farjo MD, Naveena Yanamala PHD et al.

The participating centers were West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Juntendo University, Japan and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Five hundred thirty-four subjects were included in this multicenter study with n=428 for the training set and n=106 for the test set.

The study article titled “Prediction of coronary artery calcium scoring from surface electrocardiogram in atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease: a pilot study” aimed to determine whether machine learning (ML) approaches can aid cardiovascular risk stratification by predicting guideline recommended

 

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Coronary Artery Calcium, or CAC, score categories from clinical features and surface electrocardiograms using the MyoVista. CAC scoring is an established tool for cardiovascular risk stratification.

The study results included two machine learning models that were developed for prediction of CAC scores equal to 0 and CAC >_400. The performance was evaluated using an independent data set, the CAC= 0 algorithm performance provided sensitivity 92%, specificity 70%, AUC 84% (p-value<0.05) and the CAC >_400 algorithm provided sensitivity 91%, specificity 75% and AUC 87% (p-value<0.05). The CAC >_400 model was further tested to risk stratify a cohort of 87 subjects referred for invasive coronary angiography. Using an intermediate or higher pretest probability (>_15%) which coincides with the European Society of Cardiography pretest probability guidelines, the model predicted the presence of significant coronary artery stenosis, the need for revascularization, notably bypass surgery, and major adverse cardiovascular events during a median follow-up period of two years.

FDA and Other Government Regulation

General

Our proposed products are subject to regulation by the FDA and various other federal and state agencies, as well as by foreign governmental agencies. These agencies enforce laws and regulations that govern the development, testing, manufacturing, labeling, advertising, marketing and distribution, and market surveillance of our medical device products.

In addition to those indicated below, the only other regulations we encounter are regulations that are common to all businesses, such as employment legislation, implied warranty laws, and environmental, health and safety standards, to the extent applicable. We will also encounter in the future industry-specific government regulations that would govern our device, if and when developed for commercial use. It may become the case that other regulatory approvals will be required for the design and manufacture of our device. In previous communications with the FDA, the Company determined that the submission would need to use the De Novo classification process for the MyoVista device.

FDA Requirements and Other Regulatory Approval Requirements

Our device and our operations are subject to regulation by numerous worldwide regulatory bodies including the FDA and comparable international regulatory agencies. In previous communications with the FDA, the Company determined that the submission would need to use the De Novo classification process for the MyoVista device.

Our device is subject to regulation as a medical device under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, or FDCA, as implemented and enforced by the FDA. The FDA regulates the development, design, non-clinical and clinical research, manufacturing, safety, efficacy, labeling, packaging, storage, installation, servicing, recordkeeping, premarket clearance or approval, import, export, adverse event reporting, advertising, promotion, marketing and distribution of medical devices to ensure that medical devices distributed domestically are safe and effective for their intended uses and otherwise meet the requirements of the FDCA.

In addition to U.S. regulations, we are subject to a variety of regulations in the European Economic Area, or the EEA, governing clinical trials and the commercial sales and distribution of our device. Whether or not we have or are required to obtain FDA clearance or approval for a product, we will be required to obtain authorization before commencing clinical trials and to obtain marketing authorization or approval of our device under the comparable regulatory authorities of countries outside of the United States before we can commence clinical trials or launch sales of our device in those countries. The approval process varies from country to country and the time may be longer or shorter than that required for FDA clearance or approval. Medical devices are generally subject to varying levels of regulatory control based on risk level of the device.

 

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A clearance or authorization letter from the FDA authorizes commercial marketing of the device for one or more specific indications of use. After clearance or authorization, the Company will be required to comply with a number of post-clearance requirements, including, but not limited to, Medical Device Reporting and complaint handling, and, if applicable, reporting of corrective actions. Also, quality control and manufacturing procedures must continue to conform to the QSR. The FDA periodically inspects manufacturing facilities to assess compliance with QSRs, which impose extensive procedural, substantive, and record keeping requirements on medical device manufacturers. In addition, changes to the manufacturing process are strictly regulated, and, depending on the change, validation activities may need to be performed. Accordingly, manufacturers must continue to expend time, money and effort in the area of production and quality control to maintain compliance with the QSR and other types of regulatory controls.

The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, will also regulate the advertising claims of the Company’s products to ensure that the claims it makes are consistent with its regulatory clearances, that there is scientific data to substantiate the claims and that product advertising is neither false nor misleading.

FDA Clearance Process and FDA Validation Clinical Study

Unless an exemption applies, each medical device commercially distributed in the United States requires FDA clearance of a 510(k) premarket notification, granting of a de novo request, or approval of an application for premarket approval, or PMA. Under the FDCA, medical devices are classified into one of three classes—Class I, Class II or Class III—depending on the degree of risk associated with each medical device and the extent of regulatory controls needed to ensure its safety and effectiveness.

Class I includes devices with the lowest risk to the patient and are those for which safety and effectiveness can be assured by adherence to the FDA’s General Controls for medical devices, which include compliance with the applicable portions of the Quality System Regulation, or QSR, facility registration and product listing, reporting of adverse medical events, and truthful and non-misleading labeling, advertising and promotional materials.

Class II devices are subject to the FDA’s General Controls, and special controls as deemed necessary by the FDA to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the device. These special controls can include performance standards, post-market surveillance, patient registries and FDA guidance documents. While most Class I devices are exempt from the 510(k) premarket notification requirement, manufacturers of most Class II devices are required to submit to the FDA a premarket notification under Section 510(k) of the FDCA requesting permission to commercially distribute the device. The FDA’s permission to commercially distribute a device subject to class II controls is generally described as 510(k) clearance.

Devices deemed by the FDA to pose the greatest risks, such as life sustaining, life supporting or some implantable devices, or devices that have a new intended use, or use advanced technology that is not substantially equivalent to that of a legally marketed device, are placed in Class III, requiring approval of a PMA. Some pre-amendment devices are unclassified but are subject to FDA’s premarket notification and clearance process in order to be commercially distributed.

510(k) Clearance Marketing Pathway

To obtain 510(k) clearance, we must submit to the FDA a premarket notification submission demonstrating that the proposed device is “substantially equivalent” to a predicate device already on the market. A predicate device is a legally marketed device that is not subject to PMA, i.e., a device that was legally marketed prior to May 28, 1976 (pre-amendments device) and for which a PMA is not required, a device that has been reclassified from Class III to Class II or I, or a device that was found substantially equivalent through the 510(k) process. The FDA’s 510(k) clearance process usually takes from three to twelve months, but often takes longer. The FDA may

 

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require additional information, including clinical data, to make a determination regarding substantial equivalence. In addition, the FDA collects user fees for certain medical device submissions and annual fees for medical device establishments.

If the FDA agrees that the device is substantially equivalent to a predicate device currently on the market, it will grant 510(k) clearance to commercially market the device. If the FDA determines that the device is “not substantially equivalent” to a previously cleared device, the device is automatically designated as a Class III device. The device sponsor must then fulfill more rigorous PMA requirements or can request a risk-based classification determination for the device in accordance with the “De Novo” process, which is a route to market novel medical devices that are low to moderate risk and are not substantially equivalent to a predicate device.

After a device receives 510(k) clearance, any modification that could significantly affect its safety or effectiveness, or that would constitute a major change in its intended use, will require a new 510(k) or possibly a PMA. The FDA requires each manufacturer to make this determination initially, but the FDA can review any such decision and can disagree with a manufacturer’s determination. If the FDA disagrees with our determination not to seek a new 510(k) clearance, the FDA may retroactively require us to seek 510(k) clearance or possibly a PMA. The FDA could also require us to cease marketing and distribution and/or recall the modified device until 510(k) clearance or a PMA is obtained. Also, in these circumstances, we may be subject to significant regulatory fines and penalties.

PMA Approval Pathway

Class III devices require approval of a PMA before they can be marketed, although some pre-amendment Class III devices for which the FDA has not yet required a PMA are cleared through the 510(k) process. The PMA process is more demanding than the 510(k) premarket notification process. In a PMA application, the manufacturer must demonstrate that the device is safe and effective, and the PMA application must be supported by extensive data, including data from preclinical studies and human clinical trials. The PMA application must also contain a full description of the device and its components, a full description of the methods, facilities, and controls used for manufacturing, and proposed labeling. Following receipt of a PMA application, the FDA determines whether the application is sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review. If the FDA accepts the application for review, it has 180 days under the FDCA to complete its review of a PMA application, although in practice, the FDA’s review often takes significantly longer, and can take up to several years. An advisory panel of experts from outside the FDA may be convened to review and evaluate the application and provide recommendations to the FDA as to the approvability of the device. The FDA may or may not accept the panel’s recommendation. In addition, the FDA will generally conduct a pre-approval inspection of the applicant or its third-party manufacturers’ or suppliers’ manufacturing facility or facilities to ensure compliance with the QSR. PMA devices are also subject to the payment of user fees.

The FDA will approve the new device for commercial distribution if it determines that the data and information in the PMA application constitute valid scientific evidence and that there is reasonable assurance that the device is safe and effective for its intended use(s). A PMA may include post-approval conditions intended to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the device, including, among other things, restrictions on labeling, promotion, sale and distribution, and collection of long-term follow-up data from patients in the clinical study that supported the PMA or requirements to conduct additional clinical studies post-approval. The FDA may condition PMA approval on some form of post-market surveillance when deemed necessary to protect the public health or to provide additional safety and efficacy data for the device in a larger population or for a longer period of use. In such cases, the manufacturer might be required to follow certain patient groups for a number of years and to make periodic reports to the FDA on the clinical status of those patients. Failure to comply with the conditions of approval can result in material adverse enforcement action, including withdrawal of the approval.

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of the device, require submission of a PMA supplement. PMA supplements often require submission of the same type of information as a PMA, except that the supplement is limited to information needed to support any changes from the device covered by the original PMA and may not require as extensive clinical data or the convening of an advisory panel. Certain other changes to an approved device require the submission of a new PMA, such as when the design change causes a different intended use, mode of operation, and technical basis of operation, or when the design change is so significant that a new generation of the device will be developed, and the data that were submitted with the original PMA are not applicable for the change in demonstrating a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness. None of our currently developed products require a PMA to be marketed.

De Novo Classification

Medical device types that the FDA has not previously classified as Class I, II or III are automatically classified into Class III regardless of the level of risk they pose. The Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 established a new route to market for low to moderate risk medical devices that are automatically placed into Class III due to the absence of a predicate device, called the “Request for Evaluation of Automatic Class III Designation,” or the De Novo classification procedure.

This procedure allows a manufacturer whose novel device is automatically classified into Class III to request down-classification of its medical device into Class I or Class II on the basis that the device presents low or moderate risk, rather than requiring the submission and approval of a PMA application. Prior to the enactment of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012, or FDASIA, a medical device could only be eligible for De Novo classification if the manufacturer first submitted a 510(k) pre-market notification and received a determination from the FDA that the device was not substantially equivalent. FDASIA streamlined the De Novo classification pathway by permitting manufacturers to request De Novo classification directly without first submitting a 510(k) pre-market notification to the FDA and receiving a not substantially equivalent determination. Under FDASIA, the FDA is required to classify the device within 120 days following receipt of the De Novo application. If the manufacturer seeks reclassification into Class II, the manufacturer must include a draft proposal for special controls that are necessary to provide a reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the medical device. In addition, the FDA may reject the reclassification petition if it identifies a legally marketed predicate device that would be appropriate for a 510(k) or determines that the device is not low to moderate risk or that general controls would be inadequate to control the risks and special controls cannot be developed.

Devices such as ECG devices are generally considered to have moderate risk and are generally classified as Class II devices. Applicants must submit a notification to the FDA demonstrating that its proposed device is either substantially equivalent to a predicate (existing) device that is a Class II, or for devices with no existing predicate they will seek to be designated with a De Novo classification. Through previous interactions and correspondence with the FDA, the Company determined there was not an existing predicate to the MyoVista AI algorithm and therefore was not eligible to submit an application via the more common 510(k) clearance process. The Company also previously received formal notification from the FDA that the regulatory pathway for MyoVista was determined to be with a De Novo classification.

After initial authorization, any modification that could significantly affect its safety or effectiveness, or that would constitute a major change or modification in its intended use, will require a new 510(k) clearance or, depending on the modification, another De Novo classification request, or PMA approval. The FDA requires each manufacturer to determine whether the proposed change requires submission of a 510(k) or a PMA in the first instance, but the FDA can review any such decision and disagree with a manufacturer’s determination. If the FDA disagrees with a manufacturer’s determination, the FDA can require the manufacturer to cease marketing and/or request the recall of the modified device until 510(k) marketing clearance or PMA approval is obtained. Also, in these circumstances, the manufacturer may be subject to significant regulatory fines or penalties. We

 

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have previously submitted and intend to seek authorization to market the device through submission of a new De Novo request for the MyoVista device. Delays in receipt or failure to receive the necessary clearances, or the failure to comply with existing or future regulatory requirements, could reduce the Company’s business prospects.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are almost always required to support a De Novo request and are sometimes required to support a 510(k) submission. All clinical investigations of investigational devices to determine safety and effectiveness must be conducted in accordance with the FDA’s investigational device exemption, or IDE, regulations which govern investigational device labeling, prohibit promotion of the investigational device, and specify an array of recordkeeping, reporting and monitoring responsibilities of study sponsors and study investigators. If the device presents a “significant risk” to human health, as defined by the FDA, the FDA requires the device sponsor to submit an IDE application to the FDA, which must become effective prior to commencing human clinical trials. A significant risk device is one that presents a potential for serious risk to the health, safety or welfare of a patient and either is implanted, used in supporting or sustaining human life, substantially important in diagnosing, curing, mitigating or treating disease or otherwise preventing impairment of human health, or otherwise presents a potential for serious risk to a subject. An IDE application must be supported by appropriate data, such as animal and laboratory test results, showing that it is safe to test the device in humans and that the testing protocol is scientifically sound. The IDE will automatically become effective 30 days after receipt by the FDA unless the FDA notifies the Company that the investigation may not begin. If the FDA determines that there are deficiencies or other concerns with an IDE for which it requires modification, the FDA may permit a clinical trial to proceed under a conditional approval.

In addition, the study must be approved by, and conducted under the oversight of, an Institutional Review Board, or IRB, for each clinical site. The IRB is responsible for the initial and continuing review of the IDE, and may pose additional requirements for the conduct of the study. If an IDE application is approved by the FDA and one or more IRBs, human clinical trials may begin at a specific number of investigational sites with a specific number of patients, as approved by the FDA. If the device presents a non-significant risk to the patient, a sponsor may begin the clinical trial after obtaining approval for the trial by one or more IRBs without separate approval from the FDA, but must still follow abbreviated IDE requirements, such as monitoring the investigation, ensuring that the investigators obtain informed consent, and labeling and record-keeping requirements. Acceptance of an IDE application for review does not guarantee that the FDA will allow the IDE to become effective and, if it does become effective, the FDA may or may not determine that the data derived from the trials support the safety and effectiveness of the device or warrant the continuation of clinical trials. An IDE supplement must be submitted to, and approved by, the FDA before a sponsor or investigator may make a change to the investigational plan that may affect its scientific soundness, study plan or the rights, safety or welfare of human subjects.

During a study, the sponsor is required to comply with the applicable FDA requirements, including, for example, trial monitoring, selecting clinical investigators and providing them with the investigational plan, ensuring IRB review, adverse event reporting, record keeping and prohibitions on the promotion of investigational devices or on making safety or effectiveness claims for them. The clinical investigators in the clinical study are also subject to FDA regulations and must obtain patient informed consent, rigorously follow the investigational plan and study protocol, control the disposition of the investigational device, and comply with all reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Additionally, after a trial begins, we, the FDA or the IRB could suspend or terminate a clinical trial at any time for various reasons, including a belief that the risks to study subjects outweigh the anticipated benefits.

 

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Post-market Regulation

After a device is cleared or approved for marketing, numerous and pervasive regulatory requirements continue to apply. These include:

 

   

establishment registration and device listing with the FDA;

 

   

QSR requirements, which require manufacturers, including third-party manufacturers, to follow stringent design, testing, control, documentation and other quality assurance procedures during all aspects of the design and manufacturing process;

 

   

labeling and marketing regulations, which require that promotion is truthful, not misleading, fairly balanced and provide adequate directions for use and that all claims are substantiated, and also prohibit the promotion of products for unapproved or “off-label” uses and impose other restrictions on labeling; FDA guidance on off-label dissemination of information and responding to unsolicited requests for information;

 

   

clearance or approval of product modifications to 510(k)-cleared devices, or those re-classified to 510(k) cleared devices, that could significantly affect safety or effectiveness or that would constitute a major change in intended use of one of our cleared devices, or approval of a supplement for certain modifications to PMA devices;

 

   

medical device reporting regulations, which require that a manufacturer report to the FDA if a device it markets may have caused or contributed to a death or serious injury, or has malfunctioned and the device or a similar device that it markets would be likely to cause or contribute to a death or serious injury, if the malfunction were to recur;

 

   

correction, removal and recall reporting regulations, which require that manufacturers report to the FDA field corrections and product recalls or removals if undertaken to reduce a risk to health posed by the device or to remedy a violation of the FDCA that may present a risk to health;

 

   

complying with the new federal law and regulations requiring Unique Device Identifiers (UDI) on devices and also requiring the submission of certain information about each device to the FDA’s Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID);

 

   

the FDA’s recall authority, whereby the agency can order device manufacturers to recall from the market a product that is in violation of governing laws and regulations; and

 

   

post-market surveillance activities and regulations, which apply when deemed by the FDA to be necessary to protect the public health or to provide additional safety and effectiveness data for the device.

The manufacturing processes for medical devices are required to comply with the applicable portions of the QSR, which cover the methods and the facilities and controls for the design, manufacture, testing, production, processes, controls, quality assurance, labeling, packaging, distribution, installation and servicing of finished devices intended for human use. The QSR also requires, among other things, maintenance of a device master file, device history file, and complaint files. These requirements impose certain procedural and documentation requirements upon us and our third-party manufacturers related to the methods used in and the facilities and controls used for designing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, storing, medical devices. As a manufacturer, we will be subject to periodic scheduled or unscheduled inspections by the FDA. Following these inspections, the FDA may assert noncompliance with QSR requirements on a Form 483, which is a report of observations from an inspection, or by way of “untitled letters” or “warning letters” that could cause us or any third-party manufacturers to modify certain activities. A Form 483 notice, if issued at the conclusion of an FDA inspection, can list conditions the FDA investigators believe may have violated QSR or other FDA requirements. We cannot be certain that we or our present or any future third-party manufacturers or suppliers will be able to comply with QSR or other FDA regulatory requirements to the agency’s satisfaction. Failure to comply with these obligations may lead to possible legal or regulatory enforcement action by the FDA.

 

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The FDA has broad regulatory compliance and enforcement powers. If the FDA determines that we failed to comply with applicable regulatory requirements, it can take a variety of compliance or enforcement actions, which may result in any of the following sanctions:

 

   

warning letters, untitled letters, fines, injunctions, consent decrees and civil penalties;

 

   

recalls, withdrawals, or administrative detention or seizure of our device;

 

   

operating restrictions or partial suspension or total shutdown of production;

 

   

refusing or delaying requests for 510(k) marketing clearance or PMA approvals of new products or modified products;

 

   

withdrawing 510(k) clearances or PMA approvals that have already been granted;

 

   

refusal to grant export or import approvals for our device; or

 

   

criminal prosecution.

Advertising and Promotion

The FDA and other regulatory agencies closely regulate the post-approval marketing and promotion of medical devices, including standards and regulations for direct-to-consumer advertising, communications about unapproved uses, industry-sponsored scientific and educational activities and promotional activities involving the internet. Devices may be marketed only for the approved or cleared indications and in accordance with the provisions of the approved or cleared label.

Foreign Regulation

As we plan to market our device in the EU and other foreign markets, in addition to regulations in the United States, we will be subject to a variety of foreign regulations governing clinical trials and commercial sales and distribution of our device in foreign countries. Whether or not we obtain FDA approval for a product, we must obtain approval of a product by the comparable regulatory authorities of foreign countries before we can commence clinical trials or marketing of the product in those countries. The approval process varies from country to country, and the time may be longer or shorter than that required for FDA approval. The requirements governing the conduct of clinical trials, product licensing, pricing and reimbursement also vary greatly from country to country and such regulatory requirements have been changing and increasing in some countries. We may be unable to maintain regulatory qualifications, clearances, approvals or CE Certificates of Conformity in these countries or to obtain clearances or approvals in other countries. We may incur significant costs in attempting to obtain, renew, or modify foreign regulatory clearances or approvals, qualifications or CE Certificates of Conformity. If we experience difficulties in receiving, maintaining, renewing or modifying necessary qualifications, clearances, approvals or CE Certificates of Conformity to market our products outside the United States, or if we fail to receive, renew, modify or maintain those qualifications, clearances, approvals or CE Certificates of Conformity, we may be unable to market our products or enhancements in certain international markets effectively, or at all. We previously received CE clearance for marketing the MyoVista in Europe and will continue efforts to maintain regulatory approval in Europe.

On April 5, 2017, a new regulation on medical devices was adopted to establish a modernized and more robust European Union legislative framework, with the aim of ensuring better protection of public health and patient safety: Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2017 on medical devices, amending Directive 2001/83/EC, Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 and repealing Council Directives 90/385/EEC and 93/42/EEC, which became applicable from May 26, 2021, or the EU MDR. The EU MDR repeals and replaces the EU Medical Devices Directive and unlike directives, which must be given effect through transposition into the national domestic laws of the Relevant States, regulations are directly applicable (i.e., without the need for transposition into national laws implementing

 

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them) in all Relevant States. The EU MDR is also applicable in the EEA. Regulations (as EU law instruments) must be applied in their entirety across the EU so that legal acts are automatically and uniformly applied to all EU countries as soon as they enter into force to minimize variations that may arise in transposition of EU law into national law. These modifications may have an effect on the way we design and manufacture products and conduct our business in the EU and EEA. For example, as a result of the transition towards the new regime, Notified Bodies have lengthened their review times, and product introductions or modifications could be delayed or canceled or otherwise rejected, which could adversely affect our ability to grow our business.

The Company previously achieved a CE Mark under the EU Medical Devices Directive or MDD in February 2017. The Medical Device Directive was established on June 14, 1993 but EU Medical Devices Directive or MDD regulatory framework has since been replaced by EU MDR. In order to sell in member countries of the European Economic Area, or EEA, our device must now comply with the essential requirements of the newer, updated regulatory framework or EU MDR. In October 2021, the Company submitted the documentation required to establish compliance with EU MDR. The submission of the technical file is currently under review and our CE Mark issued under MDD lapsed in February 2022. If the technical file submission is found to comply with the new requirements, a certificate of conformity will be issued to verify the Company’s compliance with EU MDR. An updated CE mark certificate under EU MDR will entitle the Company to market the MyoVista in the European Economic Area as well as other countries for which CE Mark represents an appropriate regulatory standard.

Intellectual Property

Our technology is protected by a patent portfolio as well as trade secrets, which together comprise an important part of technology protection especially when developing proprietary algorithms. We believe that the combination of patents and trade secrets create valuable competitive barriers for HeartSciences.

The USPTO has issued five utility patents and one design patent to us, and has allowed a sixth utility patent application. We have two utility patent applications under the USPTO’s review. These patents expire from March 5, 2029 to August 27, 2040. We also have seven utility patents (which expire from September 20, 2036 to March 9, 2037) and fourteen design registrations granted by international jurisdictions such as China, Japan, France, Germany and Australia, and have received an allowance of a further patent application by the European Patent Office. We also have several pending patent applications in several international jurisdictions including Brazil, Canada, India, Israel, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.

 

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The following chart includes a list of the five utility patents that have been granted to us by the USPTO:

 

Patent No.

 

Patent Title

 

Description of General Subject Matter

 

Expiration Date

US 8219186   System and method for scanning the heart   Medical apparatus for scanning the heart to locate and detect heart malfunctions, vascular and nonvascular plaque and ischemia.   March 5, 2029

US 9700226

US 10561327 (continuation of US 9700226)

  Quantitative Heart Testing   Heart condition and function can be quantified using repolarization measures and/or repolarization indices derived from a time-frequency transform of an electrocardiogram   September 20, 2036
US 10170846   Electrode and Cable Connectors in Electrocardiography   Patient cable connecting one or more electrodes to a processing device for processing ECG signals may include one or more electrode connectors mechanically keyed to respective electrodes   March 9, 2037
US 10856756   Time-Frequency Analysis of Electrocardiograms   Electrocardiograms can be analyzed in the time-frequency domain, following conversion into time-frequency maps, to determine characteristics or features of various waveforms, such as waveform morphology and/or the amplitude(s) and location(s) (in time and/or frequency) of one or more extrema of the waveform   September 11, 2038

The following chart includes a list of the trademarks that we have registered with the USPTO:

 

Application No.

  

Trademark

  

Type of Trademark

87/073,995    HEART TEST LABORATORIES    Design
87/073,975    MYOVISTA    Design
87/460,853    HEARTSCIENCES    Word
87/460,859    Heart Logo    Design
87/888,945    wavECG    Word

MyoVista Technology Agreement

In 2014, the Company entered into a technology agreement, which we refer to as the MyoVista Technology Agreement, with the inventor of certain specified MyoVista technology and proprietary and intellectual property rights thereto (including patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets and know-how). In the MyoVista Technology Agreement, the inventor conveyed ownership of all his rights in the MyoVista to us. In exchange, we (a) issued promissory notes in the amounts of $448,000, $700,000 and $300,000, payable to the inventor, all of which have been paid, and (b) entered into a security agreement with the inventor that requires us to pay the inventor royalties on any sales of the MyoVista. Royalty payments are $500 per device for the first 2,400 devices sold and then $200 per device thereafter until the aggregate amount of royalties paid to the inventor equals $3.5 million which, in any event, is the maximum amount we are required to pay in royalties under the MyoVista Technology Agreement.

 

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Glasgow Licensing Agreement

In December 2015, we entered into a licensing agreement, which we refer to as the Glasgow Licensing Agreement, with The University Court of the University of Glasgow, under which we obtained a non-exclusive, worldwide license, automatically renewing every five years, to software modules for an Android platform for analysis of resting 12-lead electrocardiograms and all intellectual property rights (including patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets and know-how) relating to the software modules, which are collectively referred to in only this section as the Glasgow Technology, to be used in the MyoVista. The Glasgow Licensing Agreement also granted the Company the right to sub-license all of the Company’s rights under the Glasgow Licensing Agreement to any third party to, among other things, manufacture, assemble, market, distribute and sell the MyoVista product containing the Glasgow Technology. Under the Glasgow Licensing Agreement, we are currently obliged to pay, per 12-month period, the greater of (i) $42,236, subject to a 3% increase each year, or (ii) the aggregate amount of royalties owed per MyoVista sold, which is $57.96 per unit for the first 2,000 sold, $46.37 per unit for the next 3,000 sold and $40.57 per unit thereafter, subject to a 3% increase each year.

Preparations for Manufacturing

At this time, we have fully functional hardware versions of the MyoVista, which have also been used in most of our medical clinical studies. We have a scalable manufacturing strategy and have engaged Benchmark Electronics, a firm with deep experience in manufacturing medical devices.

Benchmark Electronics is an NYSE listed US-based medical device manufacturing organization that is FDA Registered and ISO 13485 Certified and has over 30 years of product manufacturing experience.

Research and Development

The Company’s R&D staff designs the hardware, software and AI-based algorithms. Hardware development assistance is provided by outside consulting firms. The Company internally develops the signal processing software elements along with outside assistance. The user interface elements of the software are designed by the Company along with the assistance of outside consultants. The data science work necessary to build the AI-based algorithms is performed both internally and externally using outside consultants. Incorporation of all software elements into the MyoVista hardware is performed internally. We currently employ five full-time R&D staff.

We believe our research demonstrates the potential to develop further algorithms for a range of additional or alternative clinical indications. Studies involving use of the MyoVista have already been published as an example of alternative clinical indications. We believe that, in the future, the ECG will have significantly greater clinical value and will facilitate far more effective heart disease screening and referral.

Future Products

Our future plans include the development of additional algorithms for different clinical indications, additional hardware platforms and cloud-based services that allow other ECG devices to send standard ECG recordings and have them evaluated using our algorithms. Additional development opportunities could include development of a version of the algorithm to run on smartphones or tablets or a lower cost version of the MyoVista.

The Company has already cooperated with cardiology researchers to assist them in the development of three proof-of-concept algorithms in key specific areas of heart disease beyond cardiac dysfunction. For example, a proof-of-concept algorithm was developed to detect abnormally high coronary artery calcium scores; the results were published in the European Heart Journal in November 2020. Two additional proof-of-concept algorithms were developed by researchers and results presented as abstracts. A proof-of-concept algorithm was developed to predict which heart disease patients were at a higher risk for having a major adverse cardiac event, or MACE,

 

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within three years, and results were presented at the annual ACC conference in April 2021. In addition, a proof-of-concept algorithm has also been developed to detect patients that have valvular heart disease; results will be presented at the ACC conference in March 2022. Some additional opportunities for new algorithms include reduced ejection fraction and CAD.

Property and Facilities

The Company leases a 4,634 square foot suite located at 550 Reserve Street, Suite 360, Southlake, Texas 76092, pursuant to an Office Lease, dated May 2, 2017, by and between the Company and GPI-MT, LP. The lease is a 64-month lease and expires in January 2023. We consider our current office space sufficient to meet our anticipated needs for the foreseeable future and believe it is suitable for the conduct of our business.

Employees and Independent Contractors

As of [                ], 2022, we had 13 employees (including our Chief Executive Officer), all of which are full-time employees, and 6 independent contractors. All of our employment and consulting agreements include employees’ and consultants’ undertakings with respect to non-competition and assignment to us of intellectual property rights developed in the course of employment and with respect to confidentiality.

Legal Proceedings

From time to time, we may be involved in various claims and legal proceedings relating to claims arising out of our operations. We are not currently a party to any legal proceedings that, in the opinion of our management, are likely to have a material adverse effect on our business. Regardless of outcome, litigation can have an adverse impact on us because of defense and settlement costs, diversion of management resources and other factors.

 

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MANAGEMENT

Executive Officers and Directors

Our business and affairs are managed under the direction of our Board of Directors, which currently consists of five members. The number of directors is determined by our Board of Directors, subject to the terms of our amended and restated certificate of formation and amended and restated bylaws. Upon the completion of this offering, our Board of Directors will consist of five members.

Our Board of Directors will be divided into three classes as nearly equal in size as is practicable. The composition of the Board of Directors immediately following the offering will be as follows:

 

   

Class I, which will initially consist of Brian Szymczak and Bruce Bent, whose terms will expire at our annual meeting of shareholders to be held in 2023;

 

   

Class II, which will initially consist of Mark Hilz and Patrick Kanouff, whose terms will expire at our annual meeting of shareholders to be held in 2024; and

 

   

Class III, which will initially consist of Andrew Simpson, whose term will expire at our annual meeting of shareholders to be held in 2025.

Upon the expiration of the initial term of office for each class of directors, each director in such class shall be elected for a term of three years and serve until a successor is duly elected and qualified or until his or her earlier death, resignation or removal. Vacancies occurring on the Board of Directors, whether due to death, resignation, removal, retirement, disqualification or for any other reason, and newly created directorships resulting from an increase in the authorized number of directors, may be filled by a majority of the remaining members of the Board of Directors. Directors may be removed, but only for cause, with the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the voting power of our Common Stock and Preferred Stock voting together as a single class.

Director Independence

We have applied to list our Common Stock and Warrants on the Nasdaq. No assurance can be given that our application will be approved or that a trading market will develop. In the event our listing application is not approved, we will not consummate this offering. If our listing application is approved, upon the completion of this offering, our Common Stock and Warrants will be listed on the Nasdaq under the symbol “HSCS” and “HSCSW,” respectively. Under Nasdaq rules, independent directors must comprise a majority of a listed company’s Board of Directors within a specified period after completion of this offering. In addition, Nasdaq rules require that, subject to specified exceptions, each member of a listed company’s audit, compensation and nominating and governance committees must be independent. Under Nasdaq rules, a director will only qualify as an “independent director” if, in the opinion of that Company’s Board of Directors, that person does not have a relationship that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director. Ownership of a significant amount of our stock, by itself, does not constitute a material relationship.

Audit committee members of a listed company must also satisfy the independence criteria set forth in Rule 10A-3 under the Exchange Act. In order to be considered independent for purposes of Rule 10A-3, a member of an audit committee of a listed company may not, other than in his or her capacity as a member of the audit committee, the Board of Directors, or any other board committee: (i) accept, directly or indirectly, any consulting, advisory, or other compensatory fee from the listed company or any of its subsidiaries; or (ii) be an affiliated person of the listed company or any of its subsidiaries.

Our Board of Directors undertook a review of its composition, the composition of its committees and the independence of each director. Based upon information requested from and provided by each director concerning his or her background, employment and affiliations, including family relationships, our Board of Directors has determined that that Bruce Bent, Patrick Kanouff and Brian Szymczak, representing a majority of our directors, do not have any relationships that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a director and that each of these directors is “independent” as that term is defined under

 

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Nasdaq rules and Rule 10A-3 under the Exchange Act. In making these determinations, our Board of Directors considered the relationships that each non-employee director has with our Company and all other facts and circumstances our Board of Directors deemed relevant in determining their independence, including the beneficial ownership of our capital stock by each non-employee director.

Background and Experience of Directors and Executive Officers

When considering whether directors and nominees have the experience, qualifications, attributes or skills, taken as a whole, to enable our Board of Directors to satisfy its oversight responsibilities effectively in light of our business and structure, the Board of Directors focused primarily on each person’s background and experience as reflected in the information discussed in each of the directors’ individual biographies set forth below. We believe that our directors provide an appropriate mix of experience and skills relevant to the size and nature of our business.

The following table sets forth certain information regarding our executive officers and directors as of the date of this prospectus:

Board of Directors and Executive Officers

 

Name

   Age     

Position

Andrew Simpson

     53      President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mark Hilz

     63      Chief Operating Officer, Secretary and Director

Danielle Watson

     40      Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Bruce Bent

     66      Director

Patrick Kanouff

     52      Director

Brian Szymczak

     49      Director

Andrew Simpson—President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors

Since March 2022, Andrew Simpson, 53, has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Simpson has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, since June 2013, and as a director, since July 2012. Mr. Simpson is the sole director and controlling shareholder of Kyngstone Limited, which has provided consulting services to the Company. For more information related to this, see “Related Party Transactions—Agreements with Related Parties—Kyngstone Agreement.” Mr. Simpson has over 30 years’ experience across a variety of business sectors and sizes. He was Group CEO of The Peel Group from 2006 to 2010, which is a large private company in the UK which, at the time, had approximately $8 billion of business assets across the real estate, ports, airports, energy, media, telecoms and environmental sectors. He was a main board director of Speedy Hire plc from 2003 to 2006 (during which time it became a FTSE 250 company) and during his tenure was Managing Director of its Equipment Rental division which had revenues of approximately $200 million and was also responsible for the Group’s development and expansion which included seventeen acquisitions and several non-core divestments. Mr. Simpson qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and spent eight years working in investment banking at Rothschild, advising on a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions, debt and equity fundraisings, IPOs and other advisory assignments. Mr. Simpson graduated with first class honors in 1991 from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK where he received a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Accounting and Management Control.

Mark Hilz—Chief Operating Officer, Secretary and Director

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the Company from June 2013 until March 2022. Mr. Hilz has over 30 years of experience as a President and/or CEO of multiple startup companies. He was previously CEO of INX Inc., a technology infrastructure consulting company. INX Inc. started in 2000 and grew to $400 million in revenue. INX Inc. was traded on the NASDAQ, completed multiple offerings until it was acquired in December 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Hilz founded and was CEO of a technology logistics outsourcing firm, PC Service Source Inc., that grew to over $160 million in revenue. Mr. Hilz raised the startup capital from traditional venture capital sources and after four years of operations took PC Service Source Inc. public in an IPO as a NASDAQ global listed company. Mr. Hilz’s experience includes raising venture capital as well as multiple successful public offerings and numerous merger and acquisition transactions as both a buyer and a seller.

Danielle Watson—Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Since April 2022, Danielle Watson, 40, has served as our Chief Financial Officer. Prior to her appointment in April 2022, Ms. Watson, a CPA, served as the Company’s Financial Controller since November 2021. Ms. Watson brings over 15 years of financial experience to her role. Before joining the Company, Ms. Watson held senior leadership roles at Moss Adams, LLP from November 2007 to November 2021 where she provided audit and assurance services to both public and privately held companies with an emphasis in financial reporting, consolidations, strategic planning, purchase price accounting, and SEC reporting. Ms. Watson earned her Bachelor of Science, with a double concentration in accounting and finance from Texas Christian University and her Master of Science in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and is an active Certified Public Accountant in Texas.

Bruce Bent—Director

Since May 2020, Bruce Bent, 66, has served as a director of the Company. Mr. Bent has more than 35 years of experience in financial management. Since September 2014, Mr. Bent has served as Chairman of Enerdynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp., a TSXV listed public company. In addition, since March 2018, Mr. Bent has served as Chairman for Astro Aerospace Ltd., an OTC listed public company. Since June 2020, Mr. Bent has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Emeritus of The Matthews Group, referred to in this section as Matthews, and, from August 2004 to June 2020, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Matthews as well as president of various Canadian subsidiaries of Matthews. Matthews is a $500M real estate development company. During his tenure with Matthews, among other projects, Mr. Bent was integral in the completion of a $1.7 billion dollar corporate headquarters building for Encana (now Ovintiv Inv., NYSE: OVV). Since April 2000, Mr. Bent has served as president of MSW Investments Limited, a family office providing early stage financing. Mr. Bent graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (honors) and obtained his Chartered Professional Accounting designation from the Province of Ontario.

We believe Mr. Bent’s extensive financial experience provides valuable knowledge to our Board of Directors. In addition, Matthews is one of our largest shareholders. Mr. Bent also serves as the chairman of the Audit Committee and “audit committee financial expert.” For more information, see “—Board Committees—Audit Committee.”

Brian Szymczak—Director

Since 2014, Brian Szymczak, 49, has served as a director of the Company. Since 2014, Mr. Szymczak has been the lead attorney for Apollo Endosurgery, Inc., referred to in this section as Apollo, in Austin, Texas where he serves as Vice President of Legal and Compliance. In this role, Mr. Szymczak manages legal disputes and litigation matters and provides general legal counsel to the company’s leadership, sales, operations, research and development, and human resources groups. Prior to working at Apollo, from 2006 to 2014, Mr. Szymczak served in various roles including as Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs for a large surgical device manufacturer and from, 1999 to 2006, worked as an associate at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP where he counseled clients on patent and other intellectual property matters in a variety of industries. Mr. Szymczak is a 1999 graduate of Duke University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

 

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Mr. Szymczak was designated a director pursuant to the MyoVista Technology Agreement, which grants Guangren “Gary” Chen the right to designate a person of his choosing to sit on the Board of Directors of the Company. We believe Mr. Szymczak’s education, legal skills and experience with medical device manufacturers provides valuable knowledge to our Board of Directors.

Patrick Kanouff—Director

Since April 2019, Patrick Kanouff, 52, has served as a director of the Company. Mr. Kanouff has served as Chief Operating Officer of Bohemian Companies since 2020. Bohemian Companies is a private family financial office and is associated with Bohemian Asset Management, an investment management company with private equity, fixed income securities, and private equity investments. Prior to Bohemian Companies, from 2009 to 2014, Mr. Kanouff was the managing partner of Davis & Ceriani, P.C., a law firm located in Denver, CO, where Mr. Kanouff’s practice was comprised of a combination of complex commercial litigation and business counseling. Mr. Kanouff is a 1995 graduate of the University of Denver School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Creighton University.

Mr. Kanouff was designated as a director pursuant to the letter agreement entered into by and between the Company and FRV on April 10, 2019, or the FRV Side Letter, which grants FRV the right to designate a person of its choosing to sit on the Board of Directors of the Company. We believe Mr. Kanouff’s education and legal, operational and business counseling experience provides valuable knowledge to our Board of Directors.

Board Committees

Upon the closing of this offering, our Board of Directors will have three standing committees: an audit committee, a compensation committee and a nominating and corporate governance committee. Under Nasdaq rules and Rule 10A-3 under the Exchange Act, the membership of the audit committee is required to consist entirely of independent directors, subject to applicable phase-in periods. The following is a brief description of our committees.

Audit Committee

In accordance with our audit committee charter, after this offering, our audit committee will: oversee our corporate accounting and financial reporting processes and our internal controls over financial reporting; evaluate our independent registered public accounting firm’s qualifications, independence and performance; engage and provide for the compensation of our independent registered public accounting firm; approve the retention of our independent registered public accounting firm to perform any proposed permissible non-audit services; review our financial statements; review our critical accounting policies and estimates and internal controls over financial reporting; and discuss with management and our independent registered public accounting firm the results of the annual audit and the reviews of our quarterly financial statements. We believe that our audit committee members meet the requirements for financial literacy under the current requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Nasdaq and SEC rules and regulations. The audit committee will be composed of Bruce Bent, Patrick Kanouff and Brian Szymczak. Nasdaq rules require that all of the members of the audit committee meet the independence standards set forth above, subject to the applicable phase-in periods of Nasdaq. Our Board of Directors has determined that Bruce Bent, Patrick Kanouff and Brian Szymczak meet the independence requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Rule 10A-3 under the Exchange Act and the applicable listing standards of Nasdaq.

Compensation Committee

In accordance with our compensation committee charter, after this offering, our compensation committee will review and recommend policies relating to compensation and benefits of our officers and employees, including reviewing and approving corporate goals and objectives relevant to compensation of the Chief Executive Officer and other senior officers, evaluating the performance of these officers in light of those goals and objectives and setting compensation of these officers based on such evaluations. The compensation

 

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committee will also administer the issuance of stock options and other awards under our equity-based incentive plans. We believe that the composition of our compensation committee meets the requirements for independence under, and the functioning of our compensation committee complies with, any applicable requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Nasdaq and SEC rules and regulations. We intend to comply with future requirements to the extent they become applicable to us. The compensation committee will be composed of Bruce Bent, Patrick Kanouff and Brian Szymczak.

Nominating and Governance Committee

In accordance with our nominating and governance committee charter, after this offering, our nominating and governance committee will recommend to the Board of Directors nominees for election as directors, and meet as necessary to review director and nominees for election as directors; recommend members for each committee of the Board of Directors; oversee corporate governance standards and compliance with applicable listing and regulatory requirements; develop and recommend to the Board of Directors governance principles applicable to the company; and oversee the evaluation of the Board of Directors and its committees. We believe that the composition of our nominating and governance committee meets the requirements for independence under, and the functioning of our nominating and governance committee complies with, any applicable requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Nasdaq and SEC rules and regulations. We intend to comply with future requirements to the extent they become applicable to us. The nominating and governance committee will be composed of Bruce Bent, Patrick Kanouff and Brian Szymczak.

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

We will adopt a new code of business conduct and ethics that applies to all of our officers, directors and employees, including our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer and controller, or persons performing similar functions, which will be posted on our website. Our code of business conduct and ethics is a “code of ethics,” as defined in Item 406(b) of Regulation S-K. The information contained on, or accessible from, our website is not part of this prospectus by reference or otherwise. We will make any legally required disclosures regarding amendments to, or waivers of, provisions of our code of business conduct and ethics on our website.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

None of the members of our compensation committee is an executive officer or employee of our Company. None of our executive officers serves as a member of the Board of Directors or compensation committee of any entity that has one or more executive officers serving on our Board of Directors or compensation committee.

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Summary Compensation Table

The following table sets forth summary compensation information for our President, Chief Executive Officer and our Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer. We refer to these persons as our “named executive officers” in this prospectus. The Company had no other executive officers during Fiscal 2021 and Fiscal 2020. The following table includes all compensation earned by the named executive officers for the respective period, regardless of whether such amounts were actually paid during the period

 

Name and Position(1)

   Fiscal
Years
     Salary($)     Option
Awards($)(2)
     Total($)  

Andrew Simpson

President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors

     2021        —   (3)      43,225        43,225  
     2020        —   (3)      50,225        50,225  

Mark Hilz

Chief Operating Officer and Secretary

     2021        104,167       43,225        147,392  
     2020        219,276       50,225        269,501  
        —         —       

 

(1)

During Fiscal 2020 and Fiscal 2021, the Company did not employ a chief financial officer.

(2)

Represents the full grant date value of the stock award or option grant, as applicable, calculated in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation. Our policy and assumptions made in the valuation of share-based payments are contained in Note 7 of our Fiscal 2021 financial statements. The value of option awards presented in the Summary Compensation Table reflects the grant date fair value of the awards and does not correspond to the actual value that will be recognized by the named executive officers.

(3)

Excludes $100,000 and $191,667 in Fiscal 2021 and Fiscal 2020, respectively, in respect of fees payable to Kyngstone Limited of which Mr. Simpson is the sole director and controlling shareholder. For additional information regarding this agreement, see “Related Party Transactions.”

The annual base salary of Danielle Watson, our Chief Financial Officer, as of the date of this prospectus is $150,000. Additionally, (i) on February 1, 2022, Ms. Watson was granted options to purchase [ ] shares of the Company’s Common Stock at an exercise price of $[ ] per share, expiring February 1, 2032, and (ii) on March 1, 2022, Ms. Watson was granted options to purchase [ ] shares of the Company’s Common Stock at an exercise price of $[ ] per share, expiring March 1, 2032.

Employment Agreements

The Company has an employment agreement with its President and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Simpson and with its Chief Operating Officer and Secretary, Mark Hilz. The employment agreements for each of Mr. Simpson and Mr. Hilz provides for their terms of employment, duties and responsibilities, base salary, bonus and stock option opportunities at the discretion of the Board of Directors, and eligibility to participate in our employee benefit plans generally. Each of their employment agreements contains certain restrictive covenants that restrict their ability to take certain actions, such as a non-compete, a non-solicitation covenant restricting their ability to solicit employees of the Company, and the requirement that they devote their full time and attention to the business of the Company. Each of Mr. Simpson’s and Mr. Hilz’s employment agreements automatically renew until otherwise terminated in accordance with its terms.

 

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Outstanding Equity Awards at April 30, 2021

The following table shows outstanding option awards held by the named executive officers as of April 30, 2021:

 

    Option Awards     Stock Awards  

Name / Grant Date

  Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)

Vested
    Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)

Unvested
    Option
Exercise
Price ($)
    Option Expiration
Date
    Number of
Shares or Units
of Stock that
Have Not
Vested

(#)
    Market
Value of
Shares
or Units of
Stock that
Have Not
Vested

($)
 

Andrew Simpson

           

July 30, 2015

            [             ](1)   

May 1, 2016

    [             ](2)      [             ](2)      [                 May 1, 2026      

March 14, 2018

    —         [             ](2)      [                 March 14 2028      

November 1, 2018

    —         [             ](2)      [                 November 1, 2028      

September 1, 2019

    —         [             ](2)      [                 September 1, 2029      

November 6, 2020

    —         [             ](2)      [                 November 6, 2030      

Mark Hilz

           

July 30, 2015

            [             ](1)   

May 1, 2016

    [             ](2)      [             ](2)      [                 May 1, 2026      

March 14, 2018

    —         [             ](2)      [                 March 14 2028      

November 1, 2018

    —         [             ](2)      [                 November 1, 2028      

September 1, 2019

    —         [             ](2)      [                 September 1, 2029      

November 6, 2020

    —         [             ](2)      [                 November 6, 2030      

 

(1)

Represents restricted shares of Class B Preferred Stock. These restricted shares were converted into [            ] of Common Stock in             , 2022.

(2)

Represents options to purchase shares of Common Stock.

In March 2022, Andrew Simpson was granted options to purchase [            ] shares of the Company’s Common Stock at an exercise price of $[            ] per share, expiring [            ].

In March 2022, Mark Hilz was granted options to purchase [            ] shares of the Company’s Common Stock at an exercise price of $[            ] per share, expiring [            ].

Non-Employee Director Compensation

We compensate our directors with equity awards. There were no equity awards granted in Fiscal 2021.

The following table shows outstanding vested and unvested option awards held by the named directors as of April 30, 2021:

 

Name

   Vested Option
Awards
    Unvested Option
Awards
    Total Awards  

Bruce Bent

     [                 [                 [            

Brian Szymczak

     [                 [                 [            

Patrick Kanouff

     [                 [                 [            

In March 2022, Bruce Bent, Brian Szymczak and Patrick Kanouff were each granted options to purchase [            ] shares of the Company’s Common Stock at an exercise price of $[            ] per share, expiring [            ].

 

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BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF PRINCIPAL SHAREHOLDERS AND MANAGEMENT

The following table sets forth information regarding beneficial ownership of our Common Stock and Series C Preferred Stock as of [            ], 2022 by:

 

   

each person, or group of affiliated persons, known to us to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of our outstanding Common Stock or Series C Preferred Stock;

 

   

each of our directors and executive officers; and

 

   

all of our directors and executive officers as a group.

Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC, and includes voting or investment power with respect to the shares of capital stock indicated. The Common Stock issuable upon (i) conversion of notes or Series C Preferred Stock or (ii) exercise or conversion of convertible securities, Series C Preferred Stock, options or warrants that are exercisable or convertible within 60 days after [            ], 2022, are deemed outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of the person holding such convertible securities, Series C Preferred Stock, options or warrants but are not deemed outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.

We are not controlled by another corporation, by any foreign government or by any natural or legal persons except as set forth herein, and there are no arrangements known to us which would result in a change in control of our Company at a subsequent date. Except as indicated in footnotes to this table, we believe that the shareholders named in this table have sole voting and investment power with respect to all shares shown to be beneficially owned by them, based on information provided to us by such shareholders. Unless otherwise noted below, each beneficial owner’s address is c/o Heart Test Laboratories, Inc., 550 Reserve Street, Suite 360, Southlake, Texas 76092.

 

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With respect to the calculations set forth in the table below, the percentages of beneficial ownership prior to this offering are based on [            ] shares of our Common Stock deemed to be outstanding as of [            ] 2022, which assumes the conversion of the $1.5M Notes into a total of [            ] shares of Common Stock and the conversion of the Maximum Percentage of Bridge Notes into shares of Common Stock. The percentage of beneficial ownership in the table below is based on [            ] shares of our Common Stock assumed to be outstanding after the closing of this offering, which (i) assumes the exercise of all unvested options that vest as a result of this offering and (ii) excludes exercise of all other unvested options. The information in the table below assumes no exercise of the Warrants and no exercise of the underwriters’ representative’s warrants or option to purchase additional shares or Warrants.

 

     Beneficial Ownership  
     Number of Shares(1)     Percentage(2)  
     Common      Series C
Preferred
    Common
Prior to
Offering
    Common
After
Offering
    Series C
Preferred
    Combined
Voting
Power
Prior to
Offering(3)
    Combined
Voting
Power
After
Offering(3)
 

Holders of 5% or more of each class of our securities:

               

Dr. Guangren “Gary” Chen(4)

        —                                   —                              

Front Range Ventures, LLC(5)

        143,013                                 30.3                          

John H. Matthews(6)

        —                                   —                              

Paul Knuckley(7)

        25,162                                 5.2                          

John Q. Adams, Sr.(8)

        49,176                                 10.2                          

Lary Snodgrass(9)

        29,240                                 6.1                          

Directors and executive officers:

               

Andrew Simpson(10)

        [                                           1.2                          

Mark Hilz(11)

        [                                           *                            

Brian Szymczak(12)

        1,400                                 *                            

Patrick Kanouff(13)

        —                                   —                          

Bruce Bent(14)

        —                                   —                              

Danielle Watson

        —         —         —         —         —         —    

All directors and executive officers as a group (6 persons):

        27,522                                 1.9                          

 

*

Less than 1%.

(1)

For each person named in the table, the total number of shares of Series C Preferred Stock beneficially owned by such person is listed opposite of such person’s name. All outstanding shares of Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock were converted into shares of Common Stock in [            ] 2022, and no shares of Series A Preferred Stock or Series B Preferred Stock are outstanding as of the date of this prospectus.

(2)

For each person named in the table, the Series C Preferred Stock percentage listed opposite of such person’s name represents the percentage of the total number of the shares of Series C Preferred Stock owned by such person as a percentage of all of the shares our outstanding Series C Preferred Stock as a class. No shares of Series A Preferred Stock or Series B Preferred Stock are outstanding as of the date of this prospectus.

(3)

For each person named in the table, the voting percentages listed opposite of such person’s name under the columns “Combined Voting Power Prior to Offering” and “Combined Voting Power After Offering” represent the combined voting percentage of all shares of our Common Stock and Series C Preferred Stock, on an as converted basis, owned by such person prior to and immediately after the offering, respectively.

(4)

Includes [            ] shares of our Common Stock beneficially owned by Dr. Chen’s spouse.

(5)

Includes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Series C Preferred Stock; (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of $1M Lender Warrants; and (iii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the $130K Note. FRV’s sole member is the L. Lee Stryker Irrevocable Trust U/A/D 09/10/1974. Bohemian Asset Management, Inc. has voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares of our Common Stock on behalf of the L. Lee Stryker Irrevocable Trust U/A/D 09/10/1974.

 

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(6)

Mr. Matthews is the controlling shareholder of Matthews Holdings Southwest, Inc. and has sole voting and dispositive power over all of the shares set forth opposite his name. Includes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of $1.5M Lender Warrants; (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of $1.5M Notes beneficially owned by Mr. Matthews; and (iii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of Bridge Notes. Excludes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon not less than 61 days’ prior notice to the Company of the exercise of Prefunded Warrants and (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon not less than 61 days’ prior notice to the Company, of the exercise of Bridge Warrants.

(7)

All of the shares are owned of record by either PSKS Investments, L.P. or Mr. Knuckley and Mr. Knuckley, as general partner of PSKS Investments, L.P., has sole voting and dispositive power over all such shares. Includes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Series C Preferred Stock; (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of $1.5M Lender Warrants; (iii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of Bridge Notes; and (iv) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of Bridge Warrants.

(8)

Includes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Series C Preferred Stock and (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options issued as compensation for service as a director of the Company.

(9)

Includes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Series C Preferred Stock; (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of $1.5M Lender Warrants; (iii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of Bridge Notes; and (iv) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of Bridge Warrants. The number of shares of Common Stock and the number of shares of Series C Preferred Stock also includes, in aggregate, [            ] shares of our Common Stock and [            ] shares of the Series C Preferred Stock, respectively, owned by Lary Snodgrass Family Limited and Snodgrass Children’s Limited, of which Mr. Snodgrass is the sole managing member and general partner and has sole voting and dispositive power over all such shares.

(10)

Includes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of our Series C Preferred Stock; (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of $1.5M Lender Warrants; (iii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of Investor Warrants; and (iv) options to purchase [            ] shares of our Common Stock, which were issued as compensation for services rendered to the Company as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. Excludes [            ] shares of our Common Stock owned by the Simpson Family Benefit Trust, the trustee of which, [            ], has voting and dispositive power over all such shares. [            ] disclaims beneficial ownership of all such shares.

(11)

Includes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Series C Preferred Stock; (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of $1.5M Lender Warrants; and (iii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of Investor Warrants and (iv) options to purchase [            ] shares of our Common Stock issued as compensation for services as an officer of the Company.

(12)

Includes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of our Series C Preferred Stock; (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of our Series C Preferred Stock held jointly with Mr. Szymczak’s spouse; (iii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of $1.5M Lender Warrants; and (iv) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options issued as compensation for services rendered to the Company. Also includes 400 shares of our Series C Preferred Stock held jointly with Mr. Szymczak’s spouse.

(13)

Includes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options issued as compensation for services rendered to the Company; (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon conversion of Bridge Notes; and (iii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of Bridge Warrants.

(14)

Includes (i) [            ] shares of our Common Stock held by Mr. Bent’s spouse and (ii) [            ] shares of our Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options issued as compensation for services rendered to the Company.

 

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