8-K 1 tm2021290d1_8k.htm FORM 8-K





Washington, DC 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 28, 2020



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Nevada 001-38045 46-3522381
(State or other
jurisdiction of
(Commission File
(IRS Employer


1185 Avenue of the Americas, 3rd Floor

New York, New York 10036

(Address of principal executive offices, including ZIP code)


(973) 242-0005

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


Not applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share   NTRP   The Nasdaq Stock Market


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter). Emerging growth company. ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ¨








Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.


Certain members of management of Neurotrope, Inc. (the “Company” or “Neurotrope”), along with certain participants from Metuchen Pharmaceuticals, L.L.C., held a conference call for investors on May 28, 2020 to discuss the Company’s new Phase 2 study to evaluate long-term therapeutic effect of Bryostatin-1 for the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and the Company’s previously announced proposed merger with Metuchen Pharmaceuticals, L.L.C. and contemplated spin-off. A copy of the transcript for the conference call is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated by reference herein.


The information set forth in this Item 7.01, including the exhibit attached hereto, is intended to be furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.


Item 8.01 Other Events.


On May 28, 2020, the Company announced the launch of a new long-term Phase 2 clinical study of Bryostatin-1 for the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. The new Phase 2 clinical study, which is expected to enroll approximately 100 patients, will evaluate Bryostatin-1 in the absence of Namenda for a 6-month period, which will include two 11-week dosing cycles. The study will focus on AD patients with pre-specified moderately severe (Moderate Stratum; MMSE-2 baseline score 14-10) and moderate (MMSE-2 baseline score 18–15) disease, including a patient population that demonstrated the most evidence of benefit in a prior study, and will focus on assessing sustained cognitive benefit as measured by the Severe Impairment Battery (SIB) score, a widely accepted measure of cognitive function in advanced dementia patients. This study will be conducted in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), who granted the Company $2.7 million in funding to further investigate the therapeutic effect of Bryostatin-1 in this patient population. Analysis of the data will be conducted in consultation with Dr. Richard Thompson, Senior Scientist from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. The Company has engaged Worldwide Clinical Trials to initiate site recruitment and activation. The Company expects to dose the first patient during the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of this year.


Forward-Looking Statements


This communication contains forward-looking statements (including within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended) concerning Neurotrope, Metuchen, the proposed transactions and other matters.  These statements may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future plans, trends, events, results of operations or financial condition, or otherwise, based on current beliefs of the management of Neurotrope, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management.  Forward-looking statements generally include statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “likely,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” and other similar expressions. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement as a result of various factors, including, without limitation: the risk that the conditions to the closing of the transactions are not satisfied, including the failure to obtain stockholder approval for the transactions in a timely manner or at all; uncertainties as to the timing of the consummation of the Mergers and the Spin-Off and the ability of each of Petros, Neurotrope and Metuchen to consummate the transactions; risks related to Petros’ initial listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market at the closing of the proposed transaction; risks related to Neurotrope’s ability to correctly estimate its operating expenses and its expenses associated with the transaction; the ability of Neurotrope or Metuchen to protect their respective intellectual property rights; competitive responses to the transaction; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the transaction; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the transaction; and legislative, regulatory, political and economic developments. The foregoing review of important factors that could cause actual events to differ from expectations should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in Neurotrope’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC. Neurotrope can give no assurance that the conditions to the transaction will be satisfied. Except as required by applicable law, Neurotrope undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.





No Offer or Solicitation


This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law.  No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Subject to certain exceptions to be approved by the relevant regulators or certain facts to be ascertained, the public offer will not be made directly or indirectly, in or into any jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of such jurisdiction, or by use of the mails or by any means or instrumentality (including without limitation, facsimile transmission, telephone and the internet) of interstate or foreign commerce, or any facility of a national securities exchange, of any such jurisdiction. 

Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC


In connection with the proposed transaction among Petros, Neurotrope and Metuchen, Petros intends to file relevant materials with the SEC, including a registration statement that will contain a proxy statement and prospectus. NEUROTROPE URGES INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS TO READ THESE MATERIALS CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PETROS, NEUROTROPE, METUCHEN, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS.  Investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement, prospectus and other documents filed by Petros and Neurotrope with the SEC (when they become available) through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.  In addition, investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement, prospectus and other documents filed by Petros and Neurotrope with the SEC by contacting Investor Relations by mail at Neurotrope, Inc., Attn: Investor Relations, 1185 Avenue of the Americas, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10036.  Investors and stockholders are urged to read the proxy statement, prospectus and the other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed transaction.


Participants in the Solicitation


Petros, Neurotrope and Metuchen, and each of their respective directors and executive officers and certain of their other members of management and employees, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about Neurotrope’s directors and executive officers is included in Neurotrope’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the SEC on March 13, 2020.  Additional information regarding these persons and their interests in the transaction will be included in the proxy statement relating to the transactions when it is filed with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.







Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d) Exhibits.





Exhibit No.   Description
99.1   Conference Call Transcript held on May 28, 2020.








Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: May 28, 2020 /s/ Robert Weinstein

Name: Robert Weinstein

Title: Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President,
Secretary and Treasurer