S-1 1 v426673_s1.htm FORM S-1

  

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 11, 2015

 

Registration No. 333-_______

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM S-1

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

Neurotrope, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada 2834 46-3522381

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(Primary Standard Industrial

Classification Code Number)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

 

50 Park Place, Suite 1401

Newark, New Jersey 07102

973-242-0005

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number,

including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)

 

Charles S. Ramat

Neurotrope, Inc.

50 Park Place, Suite 1401

Newark, New Jersey 07102

973-242-0005

(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number,

including area code, of agent for service)

 

Copy to:

 

Kenneth R. Koch, Esq.

Jeffrey P. Schultz, Esq. 

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
666 Third Avenue

New York, New York 10017

212-935-3000

 

Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: From time to time after the effective date of this registration statement.

 

If any of the securities being registered on this Form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, check the following box. þ

 

If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. ¨

 

 

 

 

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. ¨

 

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

(Check one):

Large accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated filer ¨
Non-accelerated filer ¨ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company) Smaller reporting company þ

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of Each Class of Securities to be Registered

  Amount to
 be
Registered (1)
  Proposed
Maximum
Offering
Price
Per Share (2)
   Proposed
Maximum
Aggregate
Offering
Price
   Amount of
Registration
Fee
 
                   
Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share  240,024,699 shares  $0.505   $121,212,473   $12,206.10 

 

(1) Consists of 150% of each of the following: (a) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon conversion of 262,349.4 outstanding shares of our Series B Stock, (b) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series A warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (c) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series B warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (d) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series C warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.25 per share, (e) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series D warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.00 per share, (f) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series E warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, (g) 363,456 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.01 per share, (h) 1,090,370 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.60 per share, and (i) 1,153,000 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, subject to adjustment to $0.80 per share upon the exercise of all Series A Warrants or all Series B Warrants.  Pursuant to Rule 416 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the securities being registered hereunder include such indeterminate number of additional shares of common stock as may be issued after the date hereof as a result of stock splits, stock dividends, or similar transactions.

 

(2) Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(c) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, based on the average of the high and low prices of the registrant’s common stock as reported by the OTCQB marketplace (the “OTC Market”) on December 9, 2015. The shares offered hereunder may be sold by the selling stockholders from time to time in the open market, through privately negotiated transactions or a combination of these methods, at market prices prevailing at the time of sale or at negotiated prices.

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

Subject to completion, dated December 11, 2015

 

Neurotrope, Inc.

 

Prospectus

 

240,024,699 Shares

 

Common Stock

 

This prospectus relates to the sale of up to 240,024,699 shares of our common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, by the selling stockholders of Neurotrope, Inc., a Nevada corporation, named in this prospectus.  The shares being offered consist of 150% of each of the following: (a) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon conversion of 262,349.4 outstanding shares of our Series B Stock, (b) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series A warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (c) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series B warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (d) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series C warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.25 per share, (e) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series D warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.00 per share, (f) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series E warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, (g) 363,456 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.01 per share, (h) 1,090,370 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.60 per share, and (i) 1,153,000 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, subject to adjustment to $0.80 per share upon the exercise of all Series A Warrants or all Series B Warrants. The shares offered by this prospectus were issued in connection with our private placement of securities, which was completed in November 2015 (the “November 2015 Private Placement”), and may be sold by the selling stockholders from time to time in the open market, through privately negotiated transactions or a combination of these methods, at market prices prevailing at the time of sale or at negotiated prices.

 

Our common stock is traded on the OTCQB marketplace, or the OTC Market, under the symbol “NTRP.” On December 9, 2015, the last reported sale price for our common stock was $0.50 per share.

 

The distribution of the shares by the selling stockholders is not subject to any underwriting agreement. We will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares by the selling stockholders. We will bear all expenses of registration incurred in connection with this offering, but all selling and other expenses incurred by the selling stockholders will be borne by them.

 

Our business and an investment in our securities involve a high degree of risk. Before making any investment in our securities, you should read and carefully consider the risks described in the “Risk Factors” section beginning on page 12 of this prospectus.

 

You should rely only on the information contained in this prospectus and any prospectus supplement or amendment. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with different information. This prospectus may only be used where it is legal to sell these securities. The information in this prospectus is only accurate on and as of the date of this prospectus, regardless of the time of any sale of securities.

 

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

 

This prospectus is dated __________, _____

 

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You should rely only on the information contained in this prospectus or any prospectus supplement or amendment. We have not authorized any other person to provide you with information that is different from, or adds to, that contained in this prospectus. If anyone provides you with different or inconsistent information, you should not rely on it. We take no responsibility for, and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you. The selling stockholders are offering to sell and seeking offers to buy our common stock only in jurisdictions where offers and sales are permitted. You should assume that the information contained in this prospectus is accurate only as of the date of this prospectus, regardless of the time of delivery of this prospectus or of any sale of our common stock. Our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since that date. We are not making an offer of any securities in any jurisdiction.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

  Page
   
PROSPECTUS SUMMARY 3
   
THE OFFERING 9
   
NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 10
   
RISK FACTORS 12
   
SELLING STOCKHOLDERS 25
   
USE OF PROCEEDS 40
   
DETERMINATION OF OFFERING PRICE 40
   
MARKET FOR COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS 40
   
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 43
   
DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS 58
   
LEGAL PROCEEDINGS 75
   
DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, PROMOTERS AND CONTROL PERSONS 75
   
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION 81
   
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT 87
   
PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION 99
   
DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES 102
   
DISCLOSURE OF COMMISSION POSITION ON INDEMNIFICATION FOR SECURITIES ACT LIABILITIES 108
   
LEGAL MATTERS 108
   
EXPERTS 108
   
WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION 108
   
Index to Consolidated Financial Statements F-1

 

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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

 

The following summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this prospectus. This summary is not complete and does not contain all of the information that should be considered before investing in our common stock. Potential investors should read the entire prospectus carefully, including the more detailed information regarding our business provided below in the “Description of Business” section, the risks of purchasing our common stock discussed under the “Risk Factors” section, and our consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.

 

Unless the context indicates otherwise, all references in this registration statement to “Neurotrope,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Neurotrope, Inc. and its wholly-owned consolidated operating subsidiary, Neurotrope BioScience, Inc. All references in this prospectus to “Neurotrope BioScience” refer solely to Neurotrope BioScience, Inc.

 

Overview

 

We are a biopharmaceutical company with product candidates in pre-clinical and clinical development. Neurotrope BioScience began operations in October 2012. We are principally focused on developing a product platform based upon a drug candidate called bryostatin for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, or AD, which is in the clinical testing stage. We are also developing bryostatin for other neurodegenerative or cognitive diseases and dysfunctions, which are in pre-clinical testing.  We have a technology license and services agreement, or the BRNI License, with the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, and its affiliate NRV II, LLC, which we collectively refer to herein as BRNI, pursuant to which we have an exclusive non-transferable license to certain patents and technologies required to develop our proposed products. Neurotrope BioScience was formed for the primary purpose of commercializing the technologies initially developed by BRNI for therapeutic applications for AD or other cognitive dysfunctions. These technologies have been under development by BRNI since 1999 and, up until March 2013, have been financed by BRNI through funding from a variety of non-investor sources (which include not-for-profit foundations, the National Institutes of Health (which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and individual philanthropists). From March 2013 forward, development of the licensed technology has been funded principally through collaboration by BRNI with Neurotrope BioScience.

 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 36 million people worldwide had AD in 2010. The prevalence of AD is independent of race, ethnicity, geography, lifestyle and, to a large extent, genetics. The most common cause of developing AD is old age. In developing countries, where the median age of death is less than 65 years old, AD is rarely recognized or diagnosed. In the U.S., 5.2 million people were estimated to have AD in 2013, and 96% of these people were older than 65 years of age.

 

Researchers have explored and continue to explore a wide range of drug mechanisms in hopes of developing drugs to combat AD. We believe that our approach, which involves the activation of an enzyme called protein kinase C epsilon, or PKCε, represents a novel mechanism in potential AD drug therapies.

 

BRNI is conducting an enhanced access program, formerly known as compassionate use, of Bryostatin-1 in patients with advanced AD. Thus far, four patients with advanced AD have been treated, three of which were treated under an Investigational New Drug Application, IND, cleared by the FDA which is held by BRNI. One of these patients, who had familiar AD, has died, but the death was not drug-related. The study for another one of these patients has concluded after almost one year on the protocol. A fourth patient has recently commenced treatment. On the basis of communication from caregivers and treating physicians, BRNI, with our support, has decided to enroll one additional patient in the extended access program. We are providing limited funding and personnel support under the terms of our agreement with BRNI for this modest expansion of this clinical effort in AD in the 2015 to 2016 timeframe.

 

In October 2015, we announced the initiation of a Phase 2b clinical trial to evaluate bryostatin for the treatment of patients with moderately severe to severe AD. We have commenced enrollment and plan to enroll a total of up to 150 patients in the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, study at approximately 30 sites. The primary objective of the clinical trial will be to assess the appropriate dose of bryostatin and preliminary evaluation of the safety and efficacy of several doses of bryostatin in the patient population. We believe bryostatin may restore synaptic structures and functions damaged by AD, leading to improvements in cognition and memory. Beyond AD, we believe that several other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Fragile X Syndrome and Niemann Pick Type C Disease (which we are pursuing) ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury, depression and aging in the brain, may be amenable to treatment with bryostatin.

 

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To the extent resources permit, we intend to pursue development of selected technology platforms with applications related to the treatment of AD and other neurodegenerative disorders based on our current licensed technology or technology available from third party licensors or collaborators.

 

Financings to Date

 

In February 2013, through a private placement, Neurotrope BioScience issued 9,073,300 shares of its Series A convertible preferred stock, or Neurotrope BioScience Series A Stock, at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $9,073,300. In May 2013, Neurotrope BioScience issued an additional 1,313,325 shares of Neurotrope BioScience Series A Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $1,313,325. In August 2013, Neurotrope BioScience issued 11,533,375 of Neurotrope BioScience Series A Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $11,533,375. All of the outstanding shares of Neurotrope BioScience Series A Stock were converted on a one-for-one basis into shares of Neurotrope, Inc.’s Series A convertible preferred stock, or Series A Stock, in connection with the Reverse Merger (as defined below) in August 2013. In October 2013, we issued 1,080,000 additional shares of our Series A Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $1,080,000, for a total of $23,000,000 of gross proceeds raised between February and October 2013.

 

In the November 2015 Private Placement, we sold 26,234,940 units at $0.60 per unit with each unit consisting of Series B convertible preferred stock, or the Series B Stock, together with Series A through Series E warrants to purchase common stock, and certain placement agent warrants, resulting in gross proceeds of $15,640,963. The total number of units sold includes 166,667 units granted to Dr. Abeles as compensation for his services as a consultant to the Company, which accounts for $100,000 that is not included in our calculation of gross proceeds. The private placement was completed in two closings, which took place on November 13, 2015 and November 30, 2015. In connection with this private placement, effective as of November 13, 2015, the holders of all 16,656,894 shares of our Series A Stock converted their shares into 19,865,109 shares of our common stock, which included 3,208,215 shares of our common stock issued in accordance with anti-dilution provisions relating to the Series A Stock.

 

Organizational History

 

We were incorporated as BlueFlash Communications, Inc. in Florida on January 11, 2011. Prior to the Reverse Merger (as defined below) and Split-Off (as defined below), our business was to provide software solutions to deliver geo-location targeted coupon advertising to mobile internet devices.

 

On August 9, 2013, we reincorporated in the State of Nevada by merging into a newly-formed special-purpose subsidiary, Neurotrope, Inc., which was incorporated on June 13, 2013 and was the surviving corporation in such reincorporation merger, or the Reincorporation Merger. As a result of the Reincorporation Merger, (i) we changed our name to Neurotrope, Inc., (ii) we changed our jurisdiction of incorporation from Florida to Nevada, (iii) we increased our authorized capital stock from 300,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, to 300,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and 50,000,000 shares of “blank check” preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share, (iv) each share of BlueFlash Communications, Inc. common stock outstanding at the time of the Reincorporation Merger was automatically converted into 2.242 shares of Neurotrope, Inc. common stock, our common stock, with the result being that the 10,200,000 shares of common stock of BlueFlash Communications, Inc. outstanding immediately prior to the Reincorporation Merger were converted into 22,868,400 shares of common stock of Neurotrope, Inc. outstanding immediately thereafter. All share and per share numbers in this prospectus relating to the common stock of Neurotrope, Inc., prior to the Reincorporation Merger have been adjusted to give effect to this conversion, unless otherwise stated.

 

In connection with the Reincorporation Merger, we changed our fiscal year from a fiscal year ending on January 31 of each year to one ending on December 31 of each year.

 

On August 23, 2013, our wholly-owned subsidiary, Neurotrope Acquisition, Inc., or Acquisition Sub, a corporation formed in the State of Nevada on August 15, 2013 merged with and into Neurotrope BioScience, a corporation incorporated in the State of Delaware on October 31, 2012. Neurotrope BioScience was the surviving corporation in the merger, or the Reverse Merger, and became our wholly-owned subsidiary. All of the outstanding shares of Neurotrope BioScience common stock, or Neurotrope BioScience Common Stock, were converted into shares of our common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and all of the outstanding shares of Neurotrope BioScience Series A Stock were converted into shares of our Series A Stock, in each case on a one-for-one basis.

 

In connection with the Reverse Merger and pursuant to a split-off agreement, or Split-Off, we transferred our pre-Reverse Merger business to Marissa Watson, our pre-Reverse Merger majority stockholder, in exchange for the surrender and cancellation of 20,178,000 shares of our common stock owned by her.

 

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As a result of the Reverse Merger and Split-Off, we discontinued our pre-Reverse Merger business and acquired the business of Neurotrope BioScience. Following the Reverse Merger and Split-off, we have undertaken the business operations of Neurotrope BioScience as a publicly-traded company under the name Neurotrope, Inc., through Neurotrope BioScience, which is now our wholly-owned subsidiary.

 

In accordance with “reverse merger” accounting treatment, our historical financial statements as of period ends, and for periods ended, prior to the Reverse Merger have been and will be replaced with the historical financial statements of Neurotrope BioScience prior to the Reverse Merger in all applicable filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC.

 

Capital Needs

 

With the capital raised to date as described above and a cash and cash equivalent position of approximately $11.7 million as of December 9, 2015, we believe we have funding for approximately the next 12 months based upon our current product development plans. However, as described in this prospectus, we are currently reviewing our strategic plans. We intend to adjust our operating plans, to the extent possible, by rationalizing non-contractual variable overhead expenses so that we have at least 12 months of cash for operations at the end of fiscal year 2015. In addition, we may choose to further reevaluate our strategic plan in the future. There can be no assurance that our current funding will even last for 12 months. We will need to raise additional funds based upon advancing certain product development programs in our current and future pipeline. We will determine when and if to proceed with future fundraising efforts from time to time. There can be no assurance financing will be available to us when required on acceptable terms or at all.

 

About This Offering

 

This prospectus relates to the offering, which is not being underwritten, by the selling stockholders listed in this prospectus, of up to 240,024,699 shares of our common stock. The shares being offered consist of 150% of each of the following: (a) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon conversion of 262,349.4 outstanding shares of our Series B Stock, (b) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series A warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (c) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series B warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (d) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series C warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.25 per share, (e) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series D warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.00 per share, (f) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series E warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, (g) 363,456 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.01 per share, (h) 1,090,370 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.60 per share, and (i) 1,153,000 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, subject to adjustment to $0.80 per share upon the exercise of all Series A Warrants or all Series B Warrants. The shares offered by this prospectus were issued in connection with the November 2015 Private Placement, and may be sold by the selling stockholders from time to time in the open market, through negotiated transactions or otherwise at market prices prevailing at the time of sale or at negotiated prices.  We will receive none of the proceeds from the sale of the shares by the selling stockholders.  We are registering 150% of the shares of common stock underlying the Series B Stock and the warrants described above pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of November 13, 2015, between us and the investors in the November 2015 Private Placement. We will bear all expenses of registration incurred in connection with this offering, but all selling and other expenses incurred by the selling stockholders will be borne by them.

 

Selected Risks Associated with Our Business and Our Common Stock

 

Our business is subject to numerous risks described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this prospectus, which you should review carefully. You should carefully consider these risks before making an investment. Some of these risks include the following:

 

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·We will need additional financing to continue our operations. If we are unable to obtain additional financing on acceptable terms, we may have to curtail or cease our development plans and operations under such circumstances.

 

·We cannot guarantee that we will continue as a going concern because we have not yet been successful in establishing profitable operations.

 

·Our ongoing viability and ability to continue as a going concern depends on our ability to raise more capital, and to successfully develop and commercialize our licensed technologies.

 

·If the BRNI License were terminated, we would lose rights to a substantial portion of the intellectual property currently being developed by us. As a result, we may be required to cease operations.

 

·We are dependent on BRNI to conduct clinical and non-clinical studies of our drug candidates and to provide services for certain core aspects of our business. Under certain conditions, we may engage other third parties to provide such services in the future. Any interruption or failure by BRNI or any third parties to meet their obligations pursuant to various agreements with us could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. The BRNI License limits our ability to make certain decisions without BRNI’s consent.

 

·We have relied (without independent third-party verification) on the representations and materials provided by BRNI, including scientific, peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications, abstracts, slides, internal documents, verbal communications, patents and related patent filings, with respect to the results of its research related to our proposed products. Some of BRNI’s results have been included in this prospectus.

 

·We have a limited operating history upon which investors can evaluate our future prospects. It is difficult to judge our prospects.

 

·If we do not obtain the necessary regulatory approvals in the United States and/or other countries, we will not be able to sell our drug candidates.

 

·We have not generated any revenues since our inception and we do not expect to generate revenue for the foreseeable future. If we do not generate revenues and achieve profitability, we will likely have to curtail or cease our development plans and operations.

 

·Our commercial success will depend, in part, on our ability, and the ability of our licensors, to obtain and maintain patent protection. Our licensors’ failure to obtain and maintain patent protection for our products may have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

·Changes in our ownership could limit our ability to utilize net operating loss carry forwards.

 

·Our licensed patented technologies may infringe on other patents, which may expose us to costly litigation.

 

·We may not be able to protect our trade secrets and other unpatented proprietary technologies, which could give our competitors an advantage over us.

 

·We are dependent on Charles S. Ramat, our President and Chief Executive Officer, for the successful execution of our business plan. The loss of Mr. Ramat or other key members of our management team could have a material adverse effect on our business prospects.

 

·If we are unable to hire additional qualified personnel our business prospects may suffer.

 

·We may not be able to in-license or acquire new development-stage products or technologies.

 

·We are dependent upon the National Cancer Institute, or the NCI, to supply bryostatin for our clinical trials.

 

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·We expect to rely on third parties to manufacture our proposed products and, as a result, we may not be able to control our product development.

 

·We may rely on third parties for marketing and sales and our revenue prospects may depend on their efforts.

 

·If our products are not accepted by patients, the medical community or health insurance companies, our business prospects will suffer.

 

·The branded prescription segment of the pharmaceutical industry in which we operate is competitive, and we are particularly subject to the risks of such competition.

 

·Our business exposes us to potential product liability risks, which could result in significant product liability exposure.

 

·Although we have clinical trial product liability insurance and comprehensive insurance, a successful liability claim against us could exceed the limits of such coverages and have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.

 

·Reforms in the health care industry and the uncertainty associated with pharmaceutical pricing, reimbursement and related matters could adversely affect the marketing, pricing and demand for our product candidates, if approved.

 

·Consolidation in the pharmaceutical industry could materially affect our ability to operate as an independent entity.

 

·There currently is a limited public market for our common stock. Failure to develop or maintain an active trading market could negatively affect the value of our common stock and make it difficult or impossible for you to sell your shares.

 

·We cannot assure you that our common stock will become liquid or that it will be listed on a securities exchange.

 

·Our common stock is subject to the “penny stock” rules of the SEC and the trading market in the securities is limited, which makes transactions in the stock cumbersome and may reduce the value of an investment in our common stock.

 

·Volatility in the price of our common stock could lead to losses by investors and costly securities litigation.

 

·We do not anticipate dividends to be paid on our common stock, and investors may lose the entire amount of their investment.

 

·If securities analysts do not initiate coverage or continue to cover our common stock or publish unfavorable research or reports about our business, this may have a negative impact on the market price of our common stock.

 

·Because state securities “Blue Sky” laws prohibit trading absent compliance with individual state laws, State Blue Sky registration requirements could limit resale of the shares.

 

·You may experience dilution of your ownership interests because of the future issuance of additional shares of our common stock.

 

·The conversion of our issued and outstanding shares of Series B Stock could have the effect of diluting the voting power of common stockholders.

 

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·We may obtain additional capital through the issuance of preferred stock, which may limit your rights as a holder of our common stock.

 

·Being a public company is expensive and administratively burdensome.

 

·Any failure to maintain effective internal control over our financial reporting could materially adversely affect us.

 

·BRNI and its affiliate Neurosciences Research Ventures, Inc. are able to exercise substantial control over our business.

 

Corporate Information

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 50 Park Place, Suite 1401, Newark, New Jersey 07102. Our telephone number is 1-973-242-0005. Our website address is http://www.neurotropebioscience.com. The information on, or that can be accessed through, our website is not part of this prospectus.

 

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THE OFFERING

 

Common stock currently outstanding   48,841,649 shares (1)
     
Series B Stock currently outstanding   262,349.4 shares (2)
     
Series A through Series E Warrants currently outstanding   Warrants to purchase an aggregate of 131,174,700  shares of our common stock
     
Placement Agent Warrants currently outstanding   Warrants to purchase an aggregate of 2,606,826 shares of our common stock   
     
Common stock offered by the Company   None
     
Common stock offered by the selling stockholders   Up to 240,024,699 shares (3)
     
Use of proceeds   We will not receive any of the proceeds from the sales of our common stock by the selling stockholders.
     
OTC Market symbol   NTRP
     
Risk Factors   You should carefully consider the information set forth in this prospectus and, in particular, the specific factors set forth in the “Risk Factors” section beginning on page 12 of this prospectus before deciding whether or not to invest in shares of our common stock.

 

(1)As of December 9, 2015, and excludes warrants to purchase 1,375,432 shares of our common stock (1,325,000 at $1.00 and 50,432 at $0.01 per share) and options to purchase 8,582,952 shares of our common stock (with exercise prices ranging from $0.60 to $2.22 per share).

 

(2)Currently, our Series B Stock is convertible into our common stock at the option of the holder currently on a 100-for-one basis. However, each one one-hundredth share of our Series B Stock will convert into more than one share of our common stock in the event that we sell certain securities of the Company at a price per share that is less than the conversion price, which is currently set at $0.60 per share.

 

(3)Consists of 150% of each of the following: (a) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon conversion of 262,349.4 outstanding shares of our Series B Stock, (b) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series A warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (c) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series B warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (d) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series C warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.25 per share, (e) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series D warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.00 per share, (f) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series E warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, (g) 363,456 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.01 per share, (h) 1,090,370 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.60 per share, and (i) 1,153,000 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, subject to adjustment to $0.80 per share upon the exercise of all Series A Warrants or all Series B Warrants.

 

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Summary Financial Information

 

   Fiscal Year
Ended
December 31,
2014
   Fiscal Year
Ended
December 31,
2013
   Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2015
   Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2014
 
                 
Statement of Operations Data                    
                     
Revenues  $   $   $   $ 
                     
Total operating expenses  $9,267,120   $7,590,782   $6,911,018  $6,870,607 
                     
Net loss  $(9,253,323)  $(7,589,404)  $(6,908,174)  $(6,859,017)
                     
Statement of Cash Flows Data                    
                     
Cash used in operating activities  $(7,152,576)  $(5,533,441)  $(6,475,749)  $(5,097,100)
                     
Cash used in investing activities  $(54,943)  $   $(11,827)  $(48,720)
                     
Cash provided by financing activities  $6,132   $20,745,185   $20,756   $ 

 

   At
December 31,
2014
   At
December 31,
2013
   At
September 30,
2015
   At
September 30,
2014
 
                 
Balance Sheet Data                    
                     
Total current assets  $8,107,430   $15,298,803   $1,891,468   $10,220,536 
                     
Total assets  $8,161,048   $15,298,803   $1,952,254   $10,268,643 
                     
Total current liabilities  $1,289,188   $408,416   $1,598,978   $1,281,400 
                     
Total liabilities  $1,289,188   $408,416   $1,598,978   $1,281,400 
                     
Convertible redeemable preferred stock  $18,524,163   $19,943,572   $14,522,010   $19,639,022 
                     
Total stockholders’ deficit  $(11,652,303)  $(5,053,185)  $(14,168,734)  $(10,651,779)

 

NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This prospectus contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, in the section captioned “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and elsewhere. Any and all statements contained in this prospectus that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Terms such as “may,” “might,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “project,” “estimate,” “pro-forma,” “predict,” “potential,” “strategy,” “anticipate,” “attempt,” “develop,” “plan,” “help,” “believe,” “continue,” “intend,” “expect,” “future,” and terms of similar import (including the negative of any of the foregoing) may be intended to identify forward-looking statements. However, not all forward-looking statements may contain one or more of these identifying terms. Forward-looking statements in this prospectus may include, without limitation, statements regarding (i) the plans and objectives of management for future operations, including plans or objectives relating to the development of commercially viable pharmaceuticals, (ii) a projection of income (including income/loss), earnings (including earnings/loss) per share, capital expenditures, dividends, capital structure or other financial items, (iii) our future financial performance, including any such statement contained in a discussion and analysis of financial condition by management or in the results of operations included pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC, and (iv) the assumptions underlying or relating to any statement described in points (i), (ii) or (iii) above.

 

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The forward-looking statements are not meant to predict or guarantee actual results, performance, events or circumstances and may not be realized because they are based upon our current projections, plans, objectives, beliefs, expectations, estimates and assumptions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and other influences, many of which we have no control over. Actual results and the timing of certain events and circumstances may differ materially from those described by the forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties. Factors that may influence or contribute to the inaccuracy of the forward-looking statements or cause actual results to differ materially from expected or desired results may include, without limitation, our inability to obtain adequate financing, the significant length of time associated with drug development and related insufficient cash flows and resulting illiquidity, our inability to expand our business, significant government regulation of pharmaceuticals and the healthcare industry, lack of product diversification, volatility in the price of our raw materials, existing or increased competition, results of arbitration and litigation, stock volatility and illiquidity, and our failure to implement our business plans or strategies. A description of some of the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described by the forward-looking statements in this prospectus appears in the section captioned “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this prospectus. Readers should carefully review this prospectus in its entirety, including, but not limited to, our financial statements and the notes thereto and the risks described herein. We advise you to carefully review the reports and documents we file from time to time with the SEC, particularly our annual reports on Form 10-K, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our current reports on Form 8-K.

 

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because of the risks and uncertainties related to them and to the risk factors. We disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this prospectus to reflect any new information or future events or circumstances or otherwise. 

 

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RISK FACTORS

 

An investment in shares of our common stock is highly speculative and involves a high degree of risk. We face a variety of risks that may affect our operations and financial results and many of those risks are driven by factors that we cannot control or predict. Before investing in our common stock you should carefully consider the following risks, together with the financial and other information contained in this prospectus. If any of the following risks actually occurs, our business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations could be materially adversely affected. In that case, the trading price of our common stock would likely decline and you may lose all or a part of your investment. Only those investors who can bear the risk of loss of their entire investment should invest in our common stock.

 

Risks Related to Our Business and Financial Condition

 

We will need additional financing to continue our operations. If we are unable to obtain additional financing on acceptable terms, we will need to curtail or cease our development plans and operations.

 

As of December 9, 2015, we had approximately $11.7 million of available cash and cash equivalents. We are currently reviewing our current operating plans, and we will require additional capital. Additional funds may be raised through the issuance of equity securities and/or debt financing, there being no assurance that any type of financing on terms acceptable to us will be available or otherwise occur. Debt financing must be repaid regardless of whether we generate revenues or cash flows from operations and may be secured by substantially all of our assets. Any equity financing or debt financing that requires the issuance of warrants or other equity securities to the lender would cause the percentage ownership by our current stockholders to be diluted, which dilution may be substantial. Also, any additional equity securities issued may have rights, preferences or privileges senior to those of existing stockholders. Any equity financing at a price below the then current conversion price of our Series B Stock will result in an adjustment to the conversion ratio, applicable to such securities, resulting in the issuance of additional shares of our common stock upon the conversion of our Series B Stock, which would further dilute our other stockholders. If such financing is not available when required or is not available on acceptable terms, we may be required to reduce or eliminate certain product candidates and development activities, including those related to bryostatin, the “bryologs” or polyunsaturated fatty acid analogs, and it may ultimately require us to suspend or cease operations, which could cause investors to lose the entire amount of their investment.

 

We cannot guarantee that we will continue as a going concern because we have not yet been successful in establishing profitable operations.

 

We received a report from our independent registered public accounting firm on our financial statements for fiscal years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, which contained emphasis of matter language indicating substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. In addition, the footnotes to our financial statements contained in this prospectus list factors, including substantial losses, substantial contractual commitments, and failure to generate revenues, which raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

Our ongoing viability as a company depends on our ability to successfully develop and commercialize our licensed technology.

 

We are principally focused on developing a drug, bryostatin, for the treatment of AD and other diseases, which is still in the clinical testing stage and has not yet been fully developed. Our potential success is highly uncertain since our principal product candidate (bryostatin to treat AD) is in Phase 2 of development. Our other product candidates (use of bryostatin to treat Niemann Pick Type-C and Fragile X Syndrome) are even earlier in their development cycles. Bryostatin is also subject to regulatory approval. Our potential success depends upon our ability to raise more capital, complete development of and successfully commercialize bryostatin in a timely manner for the treatment of AD or other diseases. We must develop bryostatin, successfully test it for safety and efficacy in the targeted patient population, and manufacture the finished dosage form on a commercial scale to meet regulatory standards and receive regulatory approvals. The development and commercialization process is both time-consuming and costly, and involves a high degree of business risk. Bryostatin is still at an early stage in its product development cycle, and any follow-on product candidates are still at the concept stage. The results of pre-clinical and clinical testing of our product candidates are uncertain and we cannot assure anybody that we will be able to obtain regulatory approvals of our product candidates. If obtained, regulatory approval may take longer or be more expensive than anticipated. Furthermore, even if regulatory approvals are obtained, our products may not perform as we expect and we may not be able to successfully and profitably produce and market any products. Delays in any part of the process or our inability to obtain regulatory approval of our products could adversely affect our future operating results by restricting (or even prohibiting) the introduction and sale of our products.

 

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If the BRNI License were terminated, we may be required to cease operations.

 

Our rights to develop, commercialize and sell certain of our proposed products, including bryostatin, is, in part, dependent upon the BRNI License. BRNI has the right to terminate this agreement after 30 days prior notice in certain circumstances, including if we were to materially breach any provisions of the agreement after a 60-day cure period for breaches that are capable of being cured, in the event of certain bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings. Additionally, the BRNI License provides that the license may not be assigned, including by means of a change of control of the Company, or sublicensed without the consent of BRNI. For additional information regarding the BRNI License, see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Overview.” If the BRNI License were terminated, we would lose rights to a substantial portion of the intellectual property currently being developed by us and no longer have the rights to develop, commercialize and sell some of our proposed products. As a result, we may be required to cease operations under such circumstance.

 

We currently rely on BRNI, and may also rely on other independent third-party contract research organizations, to perform clinical and non-clinical studies of our drug candidate and to perform other research and development services.

 

The BRNI License requires us to use BRNI to provide research and development services and other scientific assistance and support services, including clinical trials, under certain conditions. The BRNI License limits our ability to make certain decisions, including those relating to our drug candidate, without BRNI’s consent. See “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Overview.” Under certain conditions, we may, however, also rely on independent third-party contract research organizations, or a CRO, to perform clinical and non-clinical studies of our drug candidate. Many important aspects of the services that may be performed for us by CROs would be out of our direct control. If there were to be any dispute or disruption in our relationship with such CROs, the development of our drug candidate may be delayed. Moreover, in our regulatory submissions, we would expect to rely on the quality and validity of the clinical work performed by our CROs. If any of our CROs’ processes, methodologies or results were determined to be invalid or inadequate, our own clinical data and results and related regulatory approvals could be materially adversely impacted.

 

We have relied on the representations and materials provided by BRNI, including scientific, peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications, abstracts, slides, internal documents, verbal communications, patents and related patent filings, with respect to the results of its research related to our proposed products.

 

BRNI began the development of the intellectual property that forms the basis for our proposed products in 1999. We have relied on the quality and validity of the research results obtained by BRNI with respect to this intellectual property, and we have conducted limited verification of the raw preclinical and clinical data produced by BRNI. No independent third-party has verified any such data. If any of BRNI’s basic processes, methodologies or results were determined to be invalid or inadequate, our own clinical data and results and related regulatory approvals, could be materially adversely impacted.

 

We have a limited operating history upon which investors can evaluate our future prospects.

 

Our drug product, bryostatin, is in an early development stage and we are subject to all of the risks inherent in the establishment of a new business enterprise. While development of our product candidates was started in 1999 by BRNI, Neurotrope BioScience was incorporated on October 31, 2012 and on that same date entered into the Technology License and Services Agreement with BRNI and NRV II, LLC for the continuing development and commercialization of our product candidates, and, therefore, we have a limited operating history. Our proposed products are currently in the research and development stage and we have not generated any revenues, nor do we expect our products to generate revenues for the near term, if ever. As a result, any investment in our securities must be evaluated in light of the potential problems, delays, uncertainties and complications encountered in connection with a newly established pharmaceutical development business. The risks include, but are not limited to, the possibilities that any or all of our potential products will be found to be unsafe, ineffective or, that the products once developed, although effective, are not economical to market; that our competitors hold proprietary rights that preclude us from marketing such products; that our competitors market a superior or equivalent product; or the failure to receive necessary regulatory clearances for our proposed products. To achieve profitable operations, we must successfully develop, obtain regulatory approval for, introduce and successfully market, sell or license at a profit product candidates that are currently in the research and development phase. We only have one product candidate in clinical development, i.e., bryostatin to treat AD. Much of the clinical development work and testing for our product candidates remains to be completed. No assurance can be given that our research and development efforts will be successful, that required regulatory approvals will be obtained, that any of our candidates will be safe and effective, that any products, if developed and introduced, will be successfully marketed, sold or licensed or achieve market acceptance or that products will be marketed at prices necessary to generate profits. Failure to successfully develop, obtain regulatory approvals for, or introduce and market, sell or license our products would have material adverse effects on our business prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

 

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If we do not obtain the necessary regulatory approvals in the United States and/or other countries, we will not be able to sell our drug candidates.

 

We cannot assure you that we will receive the approvals necessary to commercialize bryostatin, or any other potential drug candidates we acquire or attempt to develop in the future. We will need approval from the FDA to commercialize our drug candidates in the U.S. and approvals from similar regulatory authorities in foreign jurisdictions to commercialize our drug candidates in those jurisdictions. In order to obtain FDA approval of bryostatin or any other drug candidate for the treatment of AD, we must submit first an Investigational New Drug, or IND, application and then a New Drug Application, or NDA, to the FDA, demonstrating that the drug candidate is safe, pure and potent, and effective for its intended use. This demonstration requires significant research including completion of clinical trials. Satisfaction of the FDA’s regulatory requirements typically takes many years, depending upon the type, complexity and novelty of the drug candidate and requires substantial resources for research, development and testing. We cannot predict whether our clinical trials will demonstrate the safety and efficacy of our drug candidates or if the results of any clinical trials will be sufficient to advance to the next phase of development or for approval from the FDA. We also cannot predict whether our research and clinical approaches will result in drugs or therapeutics that the FDA considers safe and effective for the proposed indications. The FDA has substantial discretion in the drug approval process. The approval process may be delayed by changes in government regulation, future legislation or administrative action or changes in FDA policy that occur prior to or during our regulatory review. Delays in obtaining regulatory approvals may prevent or delay commercialization of, and our ability to derive revenues from, our drug candidates and diminish any competitive advantages that we may otherwise believe that we hold. Even if we comply with all FDA requests, the FDA may ultimately reject one or more of our applications. We may never obtain regulatory clearance for any of our drug candidates. Failure to obtain FDA approval of our drug candidates will leave us without a saleable product and therefore without any source of revenues. In addition, the FDA may require us to conduct additional clinical testing or to perform post-marketing studies, as a condition to granting marketing approval of a drug product or permit continued marketing, if previously approved. If conditional marketing approval is obtained, the results generated after approval could result in loss of marketing approval, changes in product labeling, and/or new or increased concerns about the side effects or efficacy of a product. The FDA has significant post-market authority, including the explicit authority to require post-market studies and clinical trials, labeling changes based on new safety information and compliance with FDA-approved risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. The FDA’s exercise of its authority has in some cases resulted, and in the future could result, in delays or increased costs during product development, clinical trials and regulatory review, increased costs to comply with additional post-approval regulatory requirements and potential restrictions on sales of approved drugs. In foreign jurisdictions, the regulatory approval processes generally include the same or similar risks as those associated with the FDA approval procedures described above. We cannot assure you that we will receive the approvals necessary to commercialize our drug candidates for sale either within or outside the United States.

 

We have not generated any revenues since our inception and we do not expect to generate revenue for the foreseeable future. If we do not generate revenues and achieve profitability, we will likely need to curtail or cease our development plans and operations.

 

Our ability to generate revenues depends upon many factors, including our ability to complete our currently planned clinical study and development of our proposed products, our ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals for our proposed products and our ability to successfully commercialize market and sell our products. We have not generated any revenues since we began operations on October 31, 2012. We expect to incur significant operating losses over the next several years. If we do not generate revenues, do not achieve profitability and do not have other sources of financing for our business, we will likely need to curtail or cease our development plans and operations, which could cause investors to lose the entire amount of their investment.

 

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Our commercial success will depend, in part, on our ability, and the ability of our licensors, to obtain and maintain patent protection. Our licensors’ failure to obtain and maintain patent protection for our products may have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

Pursuant to the BRNI License, we have obtained rights to certain patents owned by BRNI or licensed to NRV II, LLC by BRNI as of or subsequent to October 31, 2012. For additional information regarding the BRNI License, see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Overview.” In the future, we may seek rights from third parties to other patents or patent applications. Our success will depend, in part, on our ability and the ability of our licensors to maintain and/or obtain and enforce patent protection for our proposed products and to preserve our trade secrets, and to operate without infringing upon the proprietary rights of third parties. Patent positions in the field of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals are generally highly uncertain and involve complex legal and scientific questions. We cannot be certain that we or our licensors were the first inventors of inventions covered by our licensed patents or that we or they were the first to file. Accordingly, the patents licensed to us may not be valid or afford us protection against competitors with similar technology. The failure to maintain and/or obtain patent protection on the technologies underlying our proposed products may have material adverse effects on our competitive position and business prospects.

 

Changes in our ownership could limit our ability to utilize net operating loss carryforwards.

 

As of September 30, 2015 we had aggregate federal and state net operating loss carryforwards of $20.2 million, which begin to expire in fiscal 2032. Under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the Code, changes in our ownership may limit the amount of our net operating loss carryforwards that could be utilized annually to offset our future taxable income, if any. This limitation would generally apply in the event of a cumulative change in ownership of our company of more than 50% within a three-year period. Any such limitation may significantly reduce our ability to utilize our net operating loss carryforwards and tax credit carryforwards before they expire. Any such limitation, whether as the result of future offerings, prior private placements, sales of our common stock by our existing stockholders or additional sales of our common stock by us in the future (through the conversion of preferred stock, the exercise of outstanding warrants, or otherwise), could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations in future years. We have not completed a study to assess whether an ownership change for purposes of Section 382 has occurred, or whether there have been multiple ownership changes since our inception, due to the significant costs and complexities associated with such study.

 

Our licensed patented technologies may infringe on other patents, which may expose us to costly litigation.

 

It is possible that our licensed patented technologies may infringe on patents or other rights owned by others. We may have to alter our products or processes, pay additional licensing fees, pay to defend an infringement action or challenge the validity of the patents in court or cease activities altogether because of patent rights of third parties, thereby causing additional unexpected costs and delays to us. Patent litigation is costly and time consuming, and we may not have sufficient resources to pay for such litigation. Pursuant to the BRNI License, BRNI has the exclusive right (but not the obligation) to apply for, file, prosecute or maintain patents and patent applications for our licensed technologies. However, in order to maintain our rights to use our licensed technologies, we must reimburse BRNI for all of the attorney’s fees and other costs and expenses related to any of the foregoing. For additional information regarding the BRNI License, see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Overview.” If the patents licensed to us are determined to infringe a patent owned by a third party and we do not obtain a license under such third-party patents, or if we are found liable for infringement or are not able to have such third-party patents declared invalid, we may be liable for significant money damages, we may encounter significant delays in bringing products to market or we may be precluded from participating in the manufacture, use or sale of products or methods of treatment requiring such licenses.

 

We may not be able to protect our trade secrets and other unpatented proprietary technologies, which could give our competitors an advantage over us.

 

In addition to our reliance on patents and pending patents owned by BRNI, we rely upon trade secrets and other unpatented proprietary technologies. We may not be able to adequately protect our rights with regard to such unpatented proprietary technologies or competitors may independently develop substantially equivalent technologies. We seek to protect trade secrets and proprietary knowledge, in part through confidentiality agreements with our employees, consultants, advisors and collaborators. Nevertheless, these agreements may not effectively prevent disclosure of our confidential information and may not provide us with an adequate remedy in the event of unauthorized disclosure of such information and, as a result, our competitors could gain a competitive advantage over us.

 

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We are dependent on Charles S. Ramat, our President and Chief Executive Officer for the successful execution of our business plan. The loss of Mr. Ramat or other key members of our management team could have a material adverse effect on our business prospects.

 

We are highly dependent on Charles S. Ramat, our President and Chief Executive Officer. We are dependent on Charles S. Ramat’s and our directors’ networks of contacts and experience to recruit key talent to the Company. We do not have key-man insurance on any of our officers. Loss of the services of Charles S. Ramat or other key members of our management team or our Board of Directors’ ability to identify and hire key talent could have a material adverse effect on our business prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

 

If we are unable to hire additional qualified personnel, our business prospects may suffer.

 

Our success and achievement of our business plans depend upon our ability to recruit, hire, train and retain other highly qualified technical and managerial personnel. Competition for qualified employees among pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies is intense, and the loss of any of such persons, such as the recent departure of NBI’s Executive Vice President, Development or an inability to attract, retain and motivate any additional highly skilled employees required for the implementation of our business plans and activities could have a material adverse effect on us. Our inability to attract and retain the necessary technical and managerial personnel and consultants and scientific and/or regulatory consultants and advisors could have a material adverse effect on our business prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

 

We may not be able to in-license or acquire new development-stage products or technologies.

 

Our product commercialization strategy relies, to some extent, on our ability to in-license or acquire product formulation techniques, new chemical entities, or related know-how that has proprietary protection. If resources permit, we may also seek to acquire, by license or otherwise, other development stage products that are consistent with our product portfolio objectives and commercialization strategy. The acquisition of products requires the identification of appropriate candidates, negotiation of terms of acquisition, and financing for the acquisition and integration of the candidates into our portfolio. Failure to accomplish any of these tasks may diminish our growth rate and adversely alter our competitive position.

 

We are dependent upon the NCI to supply bryostatin for our clinical trials.

 

BRNI has entered into a material transfer agreement with the NCI, pursuant to which the NCI has agreed to supply bryostatin required for our pre-clinical research and clinical trials. This agreement does not provide for a sufficient amount of bryostatin to support the completion of our clinical trials that we are required to conduct in order to seek FDA approval of bryostatin for the treatment of AD. Therefore, BRNI or we will have to enter into one or more subsequent agreements with the NCI for the supply of additional amounts of bryostatin. If BRNI or we are unable to secure such additional agreements or if the NCI otherwise discontinues for any reason supplying us with bryostatin, then we would have to either secure another source of bryostatin or discontinue our efforts to develop and commercialize bryostatin for the treatment of AD. There can be no assurance that we will be able to secure future bryostatin supplies from any source on commercially reasonable terms, if at all.

 

We expect to rely on third parties to manufacture our proposed products and, as a result, we may not be able to control our product development or commercialization.

 

We currently do not have an FDA approved manufacturing facility. We expect to rely on contract manufacturers to produce quantities of products and substances necessary for product commercialization. See also the risk factor above captioned “We are dependent upon the NCI to supply bryostatin for our clinical trials.” Contract manufacturers that we use must adhere to current good manufacturing practice regulations enforced by the FDA through its facilities inspection program. If the facilities of such manufacturers cannot pass a pre-approval plant inspection, the FDA pre-market approval of our products will not be granted. As a result:

 

·there are a limited number of manufacturers that could produce the products for us and we may not be able to identify and enter into acceptable agreements with any manufacturers;

 

·the products may not be produced at costs or in quantities necessary to make them commercially viable;

 

·the quality of the products may not be acceptable to us and/or regulatory authorities;

 

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·our manufacturing partners may go out of business or file for bankruptcy;

 

·our manufacturing partners may decide not to manufacture our products for us;

 

·our manufacturing partners could fail to manufacture to our specifications;

 

·there could be delays in the delivery of quantities needed;

 

·we could be unable to fulfill our commercial needs in the event we obtain regulatory approvals and there is strong market demand; or

 

·ongoing inspections by the FDA or other regulatory authorities may result in suspensions, seizures, recalls, fines, injunctions, revocations and/or criminal prosecutions.

 

If we are unable to engage contract manufacturers or suppliers to manufacture or package our products, or if we are unable to contract for a sufficient supply of required products and substances on acceptable terms, or if we encounter delays or difficulties in our relationships with these manufacturers, or with a regulatory agency, then the submission of products for regulatory approval and subsequent sales of such products would be delayed. Any such delay may have a material adverse effect on our business prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

 

We may rely on third parties for marketing and sales and our revenue prospects may depend on their efforts.

 

We currently have no experience in sales, marketing or distribution. We do not anticipate having the resources in the foreseeable future to allocate to the sales and marketing of our proposed products. As a result, if our product development is successful, our future success will likely depend, in part, on our ability to enter into and maintain collaborative relationships with one or more third parties for sales, marketing or distribution, on the collaborator’s strategic interest in the products we have under development and on such collaborator’s ability to successfully market and sell any such products. We intend to pursue collaborative arrangements regarding the sales and marketing of our products as appropriate. However, we may not be able to establish or maintain such collaborative arrangements or, if we are able to do so, they may not have effective sales forces. To the extent that we decide not to, or are unable to, enter into collaborative arrangements with respect to the sales and marketing of our proposed products, significant capital expenditures, management resources and time will be required to establish and develop an in-house marketing and sales force with technical expertise. To the extent that we depend on third parties for marketing and distribution, any revenues received by us will depend upon the efforts of such third parties, which may not be successful.

 

If our products are not accepted by patients, the medical community or health insurance companies, our business prospects will suffer.

 

Commercial sales of any products we successfully develop will substantially depend upon the products’ efficacy and on their acceptance by patients, the medical community, providers of comprehensive healthcare insurance, healthcare benefit plan managers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS (which is the U.S. federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program), and other organizations. Widespread acceptance of our products will require educating patients, the medical community and third-party payors of medical treatments as to the benefits and reliability of the products. Our proposed products may not be accepted, and, even if they are accepted, we are unable to estimate the length of time it would take to gain such acceptance.

 

The branded prescription segment of the pharmaceutical industry in which we operate is competitive, and we are particularly subject to the risks of such competition.

 

The branded prescription segment of the pharmaceutical industry in which we operate is competitive, in part, because the products that are sold require extensive sales and marketing resources invested in their commercialization. The increasing cost of prescription pharmaceuticals has caused providers of comprehensive healthcare insurance, healthcare benefit plan managers, CMS, as well as other organizations, collectively known as third-party payors, to tightly control and dictate their drug formulary plans to control the costs associated with the use of prescription pharmaceutical products by enrollees in these plans. Our ability to gain formulary access to drug plans supported by these third-party payors is substantially dependent on the differentiated patient benefit that our proposed products can provide, compared closely to similar products claiming the same benefits or advantages. We may not be able to differentiate our proposed products from those of our competitors, successfully develop or introduce new products that are less costly or offer better performance than those of our competitors, or offer purchasers of our proposed products payment and other commercial terms as favorable as those offered by our competitors. We expect that some of our proposed products, even if successfully developed and commercialized, will eventually face competition from a significant number of biotechnology or large pharmaceutical companies. Because most of our competitors have substantially greater financial and other resources than we have, we are particularly subject to the risks inherent in competing with them. The effects of this competition could materially adversely affect our business prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

 

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We compete with many companies, research institutes, hospitals, governments and universities that are working to develop products and processes to treat or diagnose AD. We believe that others are doing research on Fragile X Syndrome and Niemann Pick disease. Many of these entities have substantially greater financial, technical, manufacturing, marketing, distribution and other resources than we do. However, there has been a dearth of new product introductions in the last 20 years for the treatment of AD symptoms in patients who begin exhibiting the memory and cognitive disorders associated with the disease. All of the products introduced to date for the treatment of AD have yielded negative or marginal results with little effect on the progression of AD and no improvement in the memory or cognitive performance of the patients receiving these therapies. The absolute determination of AD in patients is currently achieved only upon autopsy. We believe we are the only company currently pursuing PKCε activation as a mechanism to treat AD and neurodegenerative diseases. Although we believe that we have no direct competitors working in this same field on product candidates using the same mechanism of action, we cannot provide assurance that our competitors will not discover compounds or processes that may be competitive with our products and introduce such products or processes before us.

 

We are developing our product candidates to address unmet medical needs in the treatment of AD and other neurodegenerative diseases. Our competition will be determined in part by the potential indications for which drugs are developed and ultimately approved by regulatory authorities. Additionally, the timing of market introduction of some of our potential products or of competitors’ products may be an important competitive factor. Accordingly, the relative speed with which we can develop our product candidates, complete preclinical testing, clinical trials and approval processes and supply commercial quantities to market are expected to be important competitive factors. We expect that competition among products approved for sale will be based on various factors, including product efficacy, safety, reliability, availability, price and patent position.

 

Our business will expose us to potential product liability risks, which could result in significant product liability exposure.

 

Our business will expose us to potential product liability risks that are inherent in the testing, designing, manufacturing and marketing of human therapeutic products. Product liability insurance in the pharmaceutical industry is generally expensive, and we may not be able to obtain or maintain product liability insurance in the future on acceptable terms or with adequate coverage against potential liabilities, if at all. A successful products liability claim brought against us could have a material adverse effect on our business prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

  

A successful clinical trial liability claim against us could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition even with such insurance coverage.

 

Our business will expose us to potential liability that results from risks associated with conducting clinical trials of our product candidates. Although we have procured clinical trial product liability insurance coverage for our bryostatin product candidate with coverages and deductibles we believe are adequate, there is no guarantee that our coverage will be adequate to satisfy any liability we may incur. We do not currently have insurance with respect to any other drug product. A successful clinical trial liability claim brought against us could have a material adverse effect on our business prospects, financial condition and results of operations even if we successfully obtain clinical trial insurance.

 

A successful liability claim against us could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.

 

Our business and actions can expose us to potential liability risks that are inherent in business, generally, and in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically. While we maintain commercial general liability insurance with coverages and deductibles we believe are adequate, there is no guarantee that our coverage will be adequate to satisfy any liability we may incur. A successful liability claim brought against us could have a material adverse effect on our business prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

 

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Reforms in the health care industry and the uncertainty associated with pharmaceutical and laboratory test pricing, reimbursement and related matters could adversely affect the marketing, pricing and demand for our products.

 

Public and private entities are seeking ways to reduce or contain increasing health care costs. All generic pharmaceutical manufacturers whose products are covered by the Medicaid program are required to rebate to each state a percentage of their “average manufacturer price” for the products in question. The extension of prescription drug coverage to all Medicare recipients was approved by Congress several years ago. Numerous other proposals to curb rising pharmaceutical prices have also been introduced or proposed in Congress and in some state legislatures. We cannot predict the nature of the measures that may be adopted or their effect on our competitive position. Our ability to market our products depends, in part, on reimbursement levels for them and related treatment established by health care providers, private health insurers and other organizations, including health maintenance organizations and managed care organizations. In the event that governmental authorities enact additional legislation or adopt regulations that affect third party coverage and reimbursement, demand for our products may be reduced, which may materially adversely affect our business prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

 

Consolidation in the pharmaceutical industry could materially affect our ability to operate as an independent entity.

 

The pressure to grow revenues while containing the escalating costs of basic research and development has resulted in an increase in mergers and acquisitions in our industry. More consolidation in the pharmaceutical industry is expected over the next five years. We could become an acquisition target by a larger competitor and, as a consequence, suffer serious disruptions to our business model or even lose control of our ability to operate as an independent entity. Such events could have a material adverse effect on our product development efforts or the commercialization of our proposed products.

 

Risks Related to Our Common Stock

 

There currently is a limited public market for our common stock. Failure to develop or maintain an active trading market could negatively affect the value of our common stock and make it difficult or impossible for you to sell your shares.

 

There is currently a limited public market for shares of our common stock, and an active trading market may never develop or, if developed, may not be maintained. Our common stock is not listed on a stock exchange. Our common stock is quoted on the OTC Market. The OTC Market is a thinly traded market and lacks the liquidity of certain other public markets with which some investors may have more experience. The average daily trading volume in our common stock was approximately 11,500 shares during the 90-day period ended December 9, 2015. We do not currently and may not ever be able to satisfy the listing requirements for our common stock to be listed on a national securities exchange, which are often a more widely-traded and liquid market. Some, but not all, of the factors which may delay or prevent the listing of our common stock on a more widely-traded and liquid market include the following: our stockholders’ equity may be insufficient; the market value of our outstanding securities may be too low; our net income from operations may be too low; our common stock may not be sufficiently widely held; we may not be able to secure market makers for our common stock; and we may fail to meet the rules and requirements mandated by the several exchanges and markets to have our common stock listed. Should we fail to satisfy the initial listing standards of the national exchanges, or our common stock is otherwise rejected for listing and remains listed on the OTC Market or suspended from the OTC Market, the trading price of our common stock could suffer and the trading market for our common stock may be less liquid and our common stock price may be subject to increased volatility.

 

We cannot assure you that our common stock will become liquid or that it will be listed on a securities exchange.

 

Until our common stock is listed on a national securities exchange, such as The New York Stock Exchange or The Nasdaq Stock Market, we expect our common stock to remain eligible for quotation on the OTC Market, or on another over-the-counter quotation system, or in the “pink sheets.” In those venues, however, an investor may find it difficult to obtain accurate quotations as to the market value of our common stock. In addition, if we fail to meet the criteria set forth in SEC regulations, various requirements would be imposed by law on broker-dealers who sell our securities to persons other than established customers and accredited investors. Consequently, such regulations may deter broker-dealers from recommending or selling our common stock, which may further affect the liquidity of our common stock. This would also make it more difficult for us to raise capital.

   

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Our common stock is subject to the “penny stock” rules of the SEC and the trading market in the securities is limited, which makes transactions in the stock cumbersome and may reduce the value of an investment in our common stock.

 

The SEC has adopted Rule 15g-9 which establishes the definition of a “penny stock,” for the purposes relevant to us, as any equity security that has a market price of less than $5.00 per share or with an exercise price of less than $5.00 per share, subject to certain exceptions. For any transaction involving a penny stock, unless exempt, the rules require:

 

·that a broker or dealer approve a person’s account for transactions in penny stocks; and

 

·that the broker or dealer receive from the investor a written agreement to the transaction, setting forth the identity and quantity of the penny stock to be purchased.

 

In order to approve a person’s account for transactions in penny stocks, the broker or dealer must:

 

·obtain financial information and investment experience objectives of the person; and

 

·make a reasonable determination that the transactions in penny stocks are suitable for that person and the person has sufficient knowledge and experience in financial matters to be capable of evaluating the risks of transactions in penny stocks

 

The broker or dealer must also deliver, prior to any transaction in a penny stock, a disclosure schedule prescribed by the SEC relating to the penny stock market, which, in highlight form sets forth:

 

·the basis on which the broker or dealer made the suitability determination; and

 

·that the broker or dealer received a signed, written agreement from the investor prior to the transaction.

 

Generally, brokers and potential investors may be less willing to execute transactions in securities subject to the “penny stock” rules. This may make it more difficult for existing stockholders to dispose of such securities and cause a decline in the market value of such securities.

 

Rule 15g-2 requires that disclosure has to be made about the risks of investing in penny stocks in both public offerings and in secondary trading and about the commissions payable to both the broker-dealer and the registered representative, current quotations for the securities and the rights and remedies available to an investor in cases of fraud in penny stock transactions. Finally, monthly statements have to be sent disclosing recent price information for the penny stock held in the account and information on the limited market in penny stocks. If we remain subject to the penny stock rules for any significant period, it could have an adverse effect on the market, if any, for our securities. If our securities are subject to the penny stock rules, investors will find it more difficult to dispose of our securities.

 

Volatility in the price of our common stock could lead to losses by investors and costly securities litigation.

 

The trading price of our common stock is likely to be highly volatile and could fluctuate in response to factors such as:

 

·additions or departures of key personnel;

 

·actual or anticipated variations in our operating results;

 

·announcements of developments by us or our competitors;

 

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·announcements by us or our competitors of significant acquisitions, strategic partnerships, joint ventures or capital commitments;

 

·adoption of new accounting standards affecting our industry;

 

·sales of our common stock or other securities in the open market or in any publicized transaction;

 

·changes in our industry;

 

·regulatory and economic developments, including our ability to obtain working capital financing;

 

·shares of our common stock are saleable under Rule 144 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act, and as a result, potential and actual sales of our common stock by our present stockholders may have a depressive effect on the price of our common stock in the marketplace;

 

·on August 29, 2014, we filed a Registration Statement on Form 8-A with the SEC, and as a result, potential and actual sales of our common stock by our present stockholders may have a depressive effect on the price of our common stock in the marketplace;

 

·on April 8, 2015, we filed a Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 to Registration Statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 333- 200664), which became effective on May 11, 2015. Potential and actual sales of our common stock by our present stockholders pursuant to such Registration Statement may have a depressive effect on the price of our common stock in the marketplace;

 

·our ability to execute our business plan;

 

·other events or factors, many of which are beyond our control; and

 

·announcement of clinical trial results.

  

The stock market is subject to significant price and volume fluctuations. In the past, following periods of volatility in the market price of a company’s securities, securities class action litigation has often been initiated against the public company. Litigation initiated against us, whether or not successful, could result in substantial costs and diversion of our management’s attention and resources, which could harm our business and financial condition.

 

We do not anticipate dividends to be paid on our common stock, and investors may lose the entire amount of their investment.

 

Cash dividends have never been declared or paid on our common stock, and we do not anticipate such a declaration or payment for the foreseeable future. We expect to use future earnings, if any, to fund business growth. Therefore, stockholders will not likely receive any funds absent a sale of their shares. If we do not pay dividends, our common stock may be less valuable because a return on your investment will only occur if our stock price appreciates. We cannot assure stockholders of a positive return on their investment when they sell their shares, nor can we assure that stockholders will not lose the entire amount of their investment.

 

If securities analysts do not initiate coverage or continue to cover our common stock or if they publish unfavorable research or reports about our business, there could be a negative impact on the market price of our common stock.

 

The trading market for our common stock may depend, in part, on the research and reports that securities analysts publish about our business and the Company. It is often more difficult to obtain analyst coverage for companies whose securities are traded on the OTC Market. We do not have any control over securities analysts. There is no guarantee that securities analysts will cover our common stock. If securities analysts do not cover our common stock, the lack of research coverage may adversely affect its market price. If we are covered by securities analysts, and our stock is the subject of an unfavorable report, our stock price and trading volume would likely decline. If one or more of these analysts ceases to cover the Company or fails to publish regular reports on the Company, we could lose visibility in the financial markets, which could cause our stock price or trading volume to decline.

 

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Because state securities “Blue Sky” laws prohibit trading absent compliance with individual state laws, state Blue Sky registration requirements could limit resale of the shares.

 

Transfer of our common stock may be restricted under the securities laws and regulations promulgated by various states and foreign jurisdictions, commonly referred to as “Blue Sky” laws. Absent compliance with such individual “Blue Sky” laws, our common stock may not be traded in such jurisdictions. We currently maintain information which permits sales of securities pursuant to the “manuals exemption”. This manuals exemption permits a security to be sold by stockholders in a particular state without being registered if the company issuing the security has a listing for that security in a securities manual recognized by that state. The listing entry must contain (i) the names of issuers, officers, and directors, (ii) an issuer’s balance sheet, and (iii) a profit and loss statement for either the fiscal year preceding the balance sheet or for the most recent fiscal year of operations. The principal accepted manuals are those published by Standard and Poor’s, and Mergent, Inc. Many states expressly recognize these manuals. Certain states either do not recognize principal accepted manuals or do not expressly recognize the manuals exemption. These states include: Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee and Virginia. Registration of the securities is required in these states in order for such securities to be sold by stockholders in such states. As a result, it will not be possible for persons to resell shares of our common stock pursuant to this registration statement in these states without such registration. There is no assurance that the state securities divisions will approve these registrations. Accordingly, investors should consider the secondary market for our securities to be a limited one.

 

You may experience dilution of your ownership interests because of the future issuance of additional shares of our common stock.

 

Any future issuance of our equity or equity-backed securities will dilute then-current stockholders’ ownership percentages and could also result in a decrease in the fair market value of our equity securities, because our assets would be owned by a larger pool of outstanding equity. As described above, we will need additional financing to continue our operations and may raise additional capital through public or private offerings of our common or preferred stock or other securities that are convertible into or exercisable for our common or preferred stock. We may also issue such securities in connection with hiring or retaining employees and consultants (including stock options and other equity compensation issued under our equity incentive plans), as payment to providers of goods and services, in connection with future acquisitions or for other business purposes. Our Board of Directors may at any time authorize the issuance of additional common or preferred stock without common stockholder approval, subject only to the total number of authorized common and preferred shares set forth in our Articles of Incorporation. The terms of equity securities issued by us in future transactions may be more favorable to new investors, and may include dividend and/or liquidation preferences, superior voting rights and the issuance of warrants or other derivative securities, which may have a further dilutive effect. Also, the future issuance of any such additional shares of our common or preferred stock or other securities may create downward pressure on the trading price of our common stock. There can be no assurance that any such future issuances will not be at a price (or exercise prices) below the price at which shares of our common stock are then traded.

 

The conversion of our issued and outstanding shares of Series B Stock will have the effect of diluting the voting power of existing common stockholders.

 

The conversion of shares of our Series B Stock could have the effect of changing or preventing a change of control of us and will dilute your interests. Our authorized capital stock includes 50,000,000 shares of preferred stock, of which 333,333 shares are designated as Series B Stock. Currently, our Series B Stock converts into common stock on a one-hundred-for-one basis. However, each one-hundredth share of our Series B Stock will convert into more than one share of our common stock in the event that we sell certain securities of the Company at a price per share that is less than the conversion price, which is currently set at $0.60 per share. The 45-day average price per share of our common stock for 45-day time period ended December 9, 2015 and the 90-day average price per share of our common stock for the 90-day time period ended December 9, 2015 were $0.58 and $0.60, respectively. On December 9, 2015, the last reported sales price for our common stock was $0.50 per share.

 

The effects of the conversion of shares of our Series B Stock upon the rights of our common stockholders might include, among other things, restricting dividends on our common stock, diluting the voting power of our common stockholders, reducing the market price of our common stock, or impairing the liquidation rights of our common stock.

 

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We may obtain additional capital through the issuance of preferred stock, which may limit your rights as a holder of our common stock.

 

Without any stockholder vote or action, our Board of Directors may designate and approve for issuance shares of our preferred stock. The terms of any preferred stock may include priority claims to assets and dividends and special voting rights which could limit the rights of the holders of our common stock. The designation and issuance of preferred stock favorable to current management or stockholders could make any possible takeover of us or the removal of our management more difficult.

 

Being a public company is expensive and administratively burdensome.

 

Public reporting companies are subject to the information and reporting requirements of the Securities Act, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, and other federal securities laws, rules and regulations related thereto, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Prior to August 29, 2014, we voluntarily filed certain reports with the SEC pursuant to the Exchange Act. On August 29, 2014, we filed a Registration Statement on Form 8-A with the SEC, which subjects us to the rules and regulations of the Exchange Act, including those requiring annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. Complying with these laws and regulations requires the time and attention of our Board of Directors and management, and increases our expenses. Among other things, public reporting companies must:

 

·maintain and evaluate a system of internal controls over financial reporting in compliance with the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the related rules and regulations of the SEC and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board;

 

·maintain policies relating to disclosure controls and procedures;

 

·prepare and distribute periodic reports in compliance with our obligations under federal securities laws;

 

·institute a more comprehensive compliance function, including with respect to corporate governance; and

 

·involve, to a greater degree, our outside legal counsel and accountants in the above activities.

 

The costs of preparing and filing annual and quarterly reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC and furnishing audited reports to stockholders is expensive and much greater than that of a privately-held company, and compliance with these rules and regulations may require us to hire additional financial reporting, internal controls and other finance personnel, and will involve a material increase in regulatory, legal and accounting expenses and the attention of management. We currently do not comply with all of these regulations. See below Risk Factor entitled “Any failure to maintain effective internal control over our financial reporting could materially adversely affect us.” There can be no assurance that we will be able to comply with the applicable regulations in a timely manner, if at all. In addition, being a public company has made it more expensive for us to obtain director and officer liability insurance. In the future, we may be required to accept reduced coverage or incur substantially higher costs to obtain this coverage. These factors could also make it more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified executives and members of our Board of Directors, particularly directors willing to serve on the audit and compensation committees.

 

Any failure to maintain effective internal control over our financial reporting could materially adversely affect us.

 

Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or Section 404, requires us to include in our annual reports on Form 10-K an assessment by management of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. In addition, at such time, if any, as we are no longer a “smaller reporting company,” our independent auditors will have to attest to and report on management’s assessment of the effectiveness of such internal control over financial reporting. We have limited experience operating as a public reporting company under the level of internal control over financial reporting required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. We performed an evaluation under the supervision and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, respectively, of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting. Based on their evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting are not effective due to the material weakness resulting from a limited segregation of duties among our employees with respect to our control activities. This deficiency is the result of our limited number of employees. This deficiency may affect management’s ability to determine if errors or inappropriate actions have taken place. Management is required to apply its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible changes in our disclosure controls and procedures.

 

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Even in the event that our management concludes that our internal control over financial reporting becomes effective, if our independent auditors are not satisfied with the adequacy of our internal control over financial reporting, or if the independent auditors interpret the requirements, rules or regulations differently than we do, then (to the extent we are no longer a “smaller reporting company”) they may decline to attest to management’s assessment or may issue a report that is qualified. Any of these events could result in a loss of investor confidence in the reliability of our financial statements, which in turn could negatively impact the price of our common stock.

 

We must perform system and process evaluation and testing of our internal control over financial reporting to allow management and (if required in the future) our independent registered public accounting firm to report on the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting, as required by Section 404. Our compliance with Section 404 may require that we incur substantial accounting expense and expend significant management efforts. We currently do not have an internal audit group, and we will need to retain the services of additional accounting and financial staff or consultants with appropriate public company experience and technical accounting knowledge to satisfy the ongoing requirements of Section 404.

 

Neurosciences Research Ventures, Inc. will be able to exercise substantial control over our business.

 

BRNI, through its affiliate Neurosciences Research Ventures, Inc., or NRV, owns 9,025,000 shares of our common stock and options to purchase 1,662,500 shares of our common stock. In the aggregate, such securities represented beneficial ownership of approximately 21.9% of our common stock as of December 9, 2015. Additionally, pursuant to a certain letter agreement dated November 12, 2015 between the Company and NRV, NRV has the right to nominate two representatives for election to our Board of Directors. Pursuant to this right, William S. Singer and James Gottlieb are members of our Board of Directors. As a result of the foregoing, BRNI and NRV are able to exercise substantial influence over our business, policies and practices.

 

In addition, Dr. Daniel Alkon, our Chief Scientific Officer, founding Scientific Director of BRNI and the Toyota Chair in Neuroscience at BRNI, owns 950,000 shares of our common stock and options to purchase 175,000 shares of our common stock. In the aggregate, such securities represented beneficial ownership of approximately 2.3% of our common stock as of December 9, 2015.

 

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SELLING STOCKHOLDERS

 

This prospectus relates to the sale of up to 240,024,699 shares of our common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, by the selling stockholders named in this prospectus.

 

In November 2015, through a private placement, we sold an aggregate of 26,234,940 units at $0.60 per unit, with each unit consisting of shares of our Series B Stock together with Series A through Series E warrants to purchase common stock, and certain placement agent warrants, resulting in gross proceeds to the Company of $15,640,963. The private placement was completed in two closings, which took place on November 13, 2015 and November 30, 2015 pursuant to a securities purchase agreement, or the Securities Purchase Agreement, among the Company and the selling stockholders, dated as of November 13, 2015.

 

In accordance with the terms of a registration rights agreement among the Company and the selling stockholders entered into in connection with the Securities Purchase Agreement, we are hereby registering, and the shares being offered by this prospectus consist of, 150% of each of the following securities issued in connection with the Securities Purchase Agreement: (a) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon conversion of 262,349.4 outstanding shares of our Series B Stock, (b) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series A warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (c) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series B warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (d) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series C warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.25 per share, (e) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series D warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.00 per share, (f) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series E warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, (g) 363,456 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.01 per share, (h) 1,090,370 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.60 per share, and (i) 1,153,000 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, subject to adjustment to $0.80 per share upon the exercise of all Series A Warrants or all Series B Warrants.

 

The first column in the table below lists the selling stockholders.  The second column lists the number of shares of common stock beneficially owned by each selling stockholder, based on such stockholder’s respective ownership of shares of our common stock, shares of our Series B Stock, warrants and options as of December 9, 2015, assuming conversion of the Series B Stock and exercise of all warrants and options held by the selling stockholders on that date, without regard to any limitations on conversions, amortizations, redemptions or exercises. The number of shares owned are those beneficially owned, as determined under the rules of the SEC, and such information is not necessarily indicative of beneficial ownership for any other purpose. Beneficial ownership includes any shares of our common stock as to which a person had sole or shared voting power or investment power and any shares of common stock which the person had the right to acquire within 60 days of December 9, 2015, through the exercise of any option, warrant or right, through conversion of any security or pursuant to the automatic termination of a power of attorney or revocation of a trust, discretionary account or similar arrangement, and such shares are deemed to be beneficially owned and outstanding for computing the share ownership and percentage of the person holding such options, warrants or other rights, but are not deemed outstanding for computing the percentage of any other person. Beneficial ownership percentages are calculated based on 48,841,649 shares of our common stock outstanding as of December 9, 2015. Unless otherwise set forth below, based upon the information furnished to us, (a) the persons and entities named in the table have sole voting and sole investment power with respect to the shares set forth opposite the selling stockholder’s name, subject to community property laws, where applicable, (b) no selling stockholder had any position, office or other material relationship within the past three years, with us or with any of our predecessors or affiliates, and (c) no selling stockholder is a broker-dealer or an affiliate of a broker-dealer. Selling stockholders who are broker-dealers or affiliates of broker-dealers are indicated by footnote. We have been advised that these broker-dealers and affiliates of broker-dealers purchased our common stock in the ordinary course of business, not for resale, and, at the time of purchase, did not have any agreements or understandings, directly or indirectly, with any person to distribute such common stock.

 

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The third column lists the shares of common stock issuable upon the conversion of our Series B Stock being offered by this prospectus by the selling stockholders, and the fourth column lists the shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants being offered by this prospectus by the selling stockholders, which are, in each case, 150% of the securities purchased by such selling stockholders pursuant to the Securities Purchase Agreement. Under the terms of the Series B Stock and the warrants, a selling stockholder may not convert the Series B Stock or exercise the warrants to the extent (but only to the extent) such selling stockholder or any of its affiliates would beneficially own greater than 9.99% of our common stock.

 

Because the conversion price of the Series B Stock and the exercise price of the warrants may be adjusted, the number of shares that will actually be issued may be more or less than the number of shares being offered by this prospectus.  The fifth and sixth columns assume the sale of all of the shares offered by the selling stockholders pursuant to this prospectus, and the sixth column identifies (if one percent or more) the percentage of our common stock to be beneficially owned by each selling stockholder after completion of the offering 

 

The table below has been prepared based upon information furnished to us. We have not undertaken any independent research as to the stock holdings of any selling stockholders. The selling stockholders identified below may have sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of some or all of their shares in transactions exempt from or not subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Information concerning the selling stockholders may change from time to time and, if necessary, we will amend or supplement this prospectus accordingly. We cannot give an estimate as to the number of shares of our common stock that will actually be held by the selling stockholders upon termination of this offering because the selling stockholders may offer some or all of their common stock under the offering contemplated by this prospectus or acquire additional shares of common stock. The total number of shares that may be sold hereunder will not exceed the number of shares offered hereby. Please read the section entitled “Plan of Distribution” in this prospectus.

 

Selling
Stockholder
  Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
prior to the
offering
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
conversion
of Series B
Stock
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
exercise of
warrants
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2) 
    Percentage
of common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2)(3)
 
Abeles, John(4)     6,187,002       250,000       1,250,002       5,187,000       1.8  
AIGH Investment Partners LLC(5)     2,500,002       625,000       3,125,002       0         *
AIGH Investment Partners LP(6)     5,000,004       1,250,001       6,250,005       0         *
Allan Lipkowitz Revocable Living Trust U/A 8/26/05(7)     500,004       125,001       625,005       0         *
Alpha Capital Anstalt(8)     7,500,000       1,875,000       9,375,000       0         *
Altstiel, Larry, MD, PhD(9)     250,002       62,500       312,502       0         *
American Capital Management LLC(10)     2,000,004       500,001       2,500,005       0         *

 

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Stockholder
  Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
prior to the
offering
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
conversion
of Series B
Stock
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
exercise of
warrants
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2) 
    Percentage
of common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2)(3)
 
Anderson, Kent Tucker     1,256,136       255,000       1,275,000       236,136             *
Armitage, Barclay     129,221       25,000       125,002       29,219         *
Baker, Adrienne     558,442       125,001       625,005       58,438         *
Baker, Christopher     500,004       125,001       625,005       0         *
Bell Family Trust, dtd 2/2/95, as amended(11)     1,298,153       250,000       1,250,002       298,151         *
Benison, Jeffrey     258,000       64,500       322,500       0         *
Berkovits, Elliot     200,004       50,001       250,005       0         *
Berkowitz, Hershel     300,000       75,000       375,000       0         *
Blatt, Jonathan & Gina JTWROS     120,000       30,000       150,000       0         *
Blazier, John C.     250,002       62,500       312,502       0         *
Blum, Christopher J. and Denise M., JTWROS     143,852       30,000       150,000       23,852         *
Bozarth LLC(12)     559,634       125,001       625,005       59,630         *
Brenner, Andrew S.     180,000       45,000       225,000       0         *
Brescia, Rocco, Jr.     129,221       25,000       125,002       29,219         *
Brio Capital Master Fund Ltd.(13)     5,238,525       1,250,001       6,250,005       238,521         *
Cardone, Scott(14)     43,633       0       65,449       0         *
Cialone, Juli-Ann     252,000       63,000       315,000       0         *
Chestler, Daniel     618,072       125,001       625,005       118,068         *
Chicago Investments, Inc.(15)     559,634       125,001       625,005       59,630         *
Codi, Joseph     338,255       62,500       312,502       88,253         *
Cohen, Richard     366,877       62,500       312,502       116,875         *

 

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Selling
Stockholder
  Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
prior to the
offering
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
conversion
of Series B
Stock
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
exercise of
warrants
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2) 
    Percentage
of common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2)(3)
 
Corbin, Lee Harrison     294,000       67,500       337,500       24,000             *
Cotter, John A. & Wendy M. Cotter, JTWROS     179,815       37,500       187,500       29,815         *
Cozzolino, Christopher(16)     11,433       0       17,149       0         *
Currie Family Trust Dtd 6/26/1987, As Amended(17)     654,327       125,001       625,005       154,323         *
Dailey, Robert Jackman     500,004       125,001       625,005       0         *
Dave Rickey & Daughters Foundation Charitable Trust Dtd 8/15/2002(18)     150,000       37,500       187,500       0         *
David M. Rickey Trust Dtd 5/8/2002(19)     300,000       75,000       375,000       0         *
DeAtkine, David Jr.     252,000       63,000       315,000       0         *
DeLoach, Dennis R., Jr.     281,815       63,000       315,000       29,815         *
DiChiara, Stephen A.     250,002       62,500       312,502       0         *
Dimitry, Theodore     358,438       75,000       375,000       58,438         *
Dritz, James L.     563,630       126,000       630,000       59,630         *
Dritz, Russell S     252,000       63,000       315,000       0         *
Due Mondi Investments, Ltd.(20)     208,438       37,500       187,500       58,438         *
EFD Capital. Inc.(21)     60,000       0       75,000       10,000         *
Ehrenstein, Paul(22)     30,000       0       45,000       0         *
Ellis International LP(23)     13,570,002       3,392,500       16,962,502       0         *

 

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Selling
Stockholder
  Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
prior to the
offering
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
conversion
of Series B
Stock
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
exercise of
warrants
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2) 
    Percentage
of common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2)(3)
 
Empery Asset Master, Ltd(24)     4,163,520       1,040,880       5,204,400       0             *
Empery Tax Efficient, LP(25)     2,707,992       676,998       3,384,990       0         *
Empery Tax Efficient II, LP(26)     3,128,490       782,123       3,910,613       0         *
Engel, Suzanne     179,815       37,500       187,500       29,815         *
Ernest W. Moody Revocable Trust, dated Jan 14, 2009(27)     5,000,004       1,250,001       6,250,005       0         *
Firstfire Global Opportunities LLC(28)     2,000,004       500,001       2,500,005       0         *
Fischhoff, Brian & Andrea     150,000       37,500       187,500       0         *
Fisher, Melissa     2,176,510       500,001       2,500,005       176,506         *
Foster Family Trust, dtd 04-13-2001(29)     500,004       125,001       625,005       0         *
Frankel, Robert D.     208,849       30,000       150,000       88,849         *
Freeland, Charles     417,698       60,000       300,000       177,698         *
Gentile, Albert & Hiedi, JTWROS     100,002       25,000       125,002       0         *
Gibralt Capital Corporation(30)     5,000,004       125,001       625,005       0         *
Gostanian, Justin     250,002       62,500       312,502       0         *
Gostanian, Nicholas     250,002       62,500       312,502       0         *
Gould, Peter C     179,034       30,000       150,000       59,034         *
Greenberg, Dean A.     246,754       50,001       250,005       46,750         *
Greenberger, Marc     235,782       50,001       250,005       35,778         *

 

 29 

 

 

Selling
Stockholder
  Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
prior to the
offering
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
conversion
of Series B
Stock
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
exercise of
warrants
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2) 
    Percentage
of common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2)(3)
 
Greene, Jonathan and Laura M., JTWROS     30,000       7,500       37,500       0             *
Greenover Group LP(31)     1,394,458       125,001       625,005       894,454         *
Gubbay Investments, LLC(32)     279,221       62,500       312,502       29,219         *
H Investment Company, LLC(33)     500,004       125,001       625,005       0         *
Hackett Family Trust, dtd 07.27.98(34)     659,630       150,000       750,000       59,630         *
Haddad, Souheil F     250,002       62,500       312,502       0         *
Haft, Jay(35)     338,255       62,500       312,502       88,253         *
Hale, Allan L     250,002       62,500       312,502       0         *
Hanley, Kimberly(36)     4,777       0       7,165       0         *
Harrigan, Todd(37)     8,265       0       12,397       0         *
Hart, Kara Lynn     200,004       50,001       250,005       0         *
Herrmann, Tim(38)     133,862       0       200,793       0         *
Hudson Bay Master Fund Ltd(39)     10,000,002       2,500,000       12,500,002       0         *
Hummel, Daniel W. and Allaire, JTWROS     123,854       25,000       125,002       23,852         *
Iroquois Capital Investment Group LLC(40)     1,000,002       250,001       1,250,003       0         *
Iroquois Master Fund Ltd(41)     12,000,000       3,000,000       15,000,000       0         *
Iseli, Andre     309,036       62,500       312,502       59,034         *
Janssen, Morgan(42)     39,807       0       59,711       0         *
Janssen, Peter(43)     50,000       0       75,000       0         *
Jaret, Alec H.     309,632       62,501       312,503       59,630         *

 

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Selling
Stockholder
  Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
prior to the
offering
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
conversion
of Series B
Stock
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
exercise of
warrants
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2) 
    Percentage
of common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2)(3)
 
Joel L. Hochman Revocable Trust UAD 12/8/1994(44)     299,630       60,000       300,000       59,630             *
Kadi Family Trust, dtd Aug 31, 2006(45)     200,004       50,001       250,005       0         *
Kagan, Gamliel     200,010       50,003       250,013       0         *
Kastner, Peter S     250,002       62,501       312,503       0         *
Kaul, Pradeep     1,096,307       125,001       625,005       596,303         *
Kingsbrook Opportunities Master Fund LP(46)     999,996       249,999       1,249,995       0         *
Koch, Kevin & Susan, JTWROS     179,815       37,500       187,500       29,815         *
Konik, Lisa Demarco & Randal     200,004       50,001       250,005       0         *
Konik, Ryan(47)     13,901       0       20,852       0         *
Lance & Dalia Nagel Family Trust U/A dtd 05/19/2009(48)     366,877       62,501       312,503       116,875         *
Landskowsky, David(49)     428,815       0       643,223       0         *
Lebhar, Clay G.     588,257       125,001       625,005       88,253         *
Lincoln Park Capital Fund, LLC(50)     2,250,000       562,500       2,812,500       0         *
Manzi, Joseph     558,442       125,001       625,005       58,438         *
Mathieu, Michael J.     400,002       100,001       500,003       0         *
McGrandy, Lindsey(51)     12,974       0       19,461       0         *
McGregor, Clyde S & LeAnn P. Pope, JTWROS     20,596,307       5,000,001       25,000,005       596,303         *
McGurk, Tom, Jr.     100,002       25,001       125,003       0         *

 

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Stockholder
  Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
prior to the
offering
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
conversion
of Series B
Stock
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
exercise of
warrants
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2) 
    Percentage
of common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2)(3)
 
Mendelson, Alan     100,002       25,001       125,003       0             *
Meryle Evans Family Trust, dtd 12/22/2011(52)     796,963       125,001       625,005       296,959         *
Michael, Daniel     178,438       30,000       150,000       58,438         *
Northlea Partners LLLP(53)     2,144,458       312,501       1,562,505       894,454         *
NTR21 Holdings, LLC(54)     2,192,615       250,001       1,250,003       1,192,613         *
O’Connell, Edward     173,071       30,000       150,000       53,071         *
Omenn, Gilbert     416,875       75,000       375,000       116,875         *
Pallini, Larry H     89,815       15,000       75,000       29,815         *
Peierls, Brian Eliot     862,706       163,500       817,500       208,706         *
Peierls, E. Jeffrey     1,438,521       300,000       1,500,000       238,521         *
Peierls Bypass Trust [The](55)     192,000       48,000       240,000       0         *
Peierls Foundation, Inc. (Non-Profit) [The](56)     5,600,004       1,400,001       7,000,005       0         *
Pierce, Michael J.     1,616,875       375,000       1,875,000       116,875         *
Pruzansky, Joel     250,002       62,501       312,503       0         *
R-Squared Partners, LLC(57)     360,000       90,000       450,000       0         *
Raza, Saiyed. Atiq & Nandini Saraiya, JTWROS     499,998       125,000       624,998       0         *
Renaud, Stephen(58)     644,959       25,001       942,438       0         *
Republic Construction Corp(59)     149,219       30,000       150,000       29,219         *
Regan, Daniel     100,002       25,001       125,003       0         *

 

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Stockholder
  Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
prior to the
offering
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
conversion
of Series B
Stock
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
exercise of
warrants
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2) 
    Percentage
of common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2)(3)
 
Revocable Trust Agreement between Roland F. Hartman and Roland F. Hartman Trust Dtd. 6/5/1998(60)     147,706       25,001       125,003       47,704             *
Robert A. McCleeary Revocable Trust dtd 11/1/2006(61)     98,852       18,750       93,750       23,852         *
RS & VS Ltd.(62)     250,002       62,501       312,503       0         *
Rogers, Dyke     1,500,000       375,000       1,875,000       0         *
Rubenstein, Eric(63)     498,641       0       747,962       0         *
Sack Family Investment Fund, LLC(64)     1,000,002       250,000       1,250,002       0         *
Schaffer, Mitchell(65)     3,300       0       4,950       0         *
Schlosser, Alyson D     252,000       63,000       315,000       0         *
SDL Ventures, LLC(66)     3,477,042       750,000       3,750,000       477,042         *
Segal, Aaron(67)     152,559       0       228,839       0         *
Seyburn, Bruce     500,004       125,001       625,005       0         *
Shymansky, J. Stephen     700,404       175,101       875,505       0         *
Silverman, Michael(68)     674,902       30,000       982,353       0         *
Skrzypczak, Casimir     180,000       45,000       225,000       0         *
Smith, Brian C     250,002       62,501       312,503       0         *
Stark, Michael     500,004       125,001       625,005       0         *
Strawbridge, William     273,000       30,000       150,000       153,000         *
Strazzulla, Domenic     279,817       62,501       312,503       29,815         *
Stringer, Howard     368,070       62,501       312,503       118,068         *
Struve, Clayton A.     1,478,893       325,001       1,625,003       178,891         *

 

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Stockholder
  Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
prior to the
offering
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
conversion
of Series B
Stock
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
exercise of
warrants
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2) 
    Percentage
of common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2)(3)
 
Trout Capital(69)     25,000       0       37,500       0             *
Trust of Paul E. Freiman & Anna Mazzuchi Freiman, Dated May 24, 1996(70)     1,000,002       250,001       1,250,003       0         *
U.D. Ethel F. Peierls Charitable Lead Trust(71)     719,150       145,500       727,500       137,150         *
U.D.E.F. Peierls for Brian E. Peierls(72)     544,475       123,000       615,000       52,475         *
U.D.E.F. Peierls for E. Jeffrey Peierls(73)     544,475       123,000       615,000       52,475         *
U.D.J.N. Peierls for Brian Eliot Peierls(74)     672,749       150,000       750,000       72,749         *
U.D.J.N. Peierls for E. Jeffrey Peierls(75)     672,749       150,000       750,000       72,749         *
U.D.E.S. Peierls for E.F. Peierls et al(76)     330,000       82,500       412,500       0         *
U.W.E.S. Peierls for Brian E. Peierls – Accumulation(77)     479,704       108,000       540,000       47,704         *
U.W.E.S. Peierls for E. Jeffrey Peierls – Accumulation (78)     301,008       67,500       337,500       31,008         *
U.W.J.N. Peierls for Brian E. Peierls(79)     591,208       132,000       660,000       63,208         *
U.W.J.N. Peierls for E. Jeffrey Peierls(80)     591,208       132,000       660,000       63,208         *
Wagner, John V.     588,257       125,001       625,005       88,253         *
Washburn, Christopher     309,036       62,501       312,503       59,034         *
Weinstein, Robert(81)     250,002       62,501       312,503       0         *

 

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Selling
Stockholder
  Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
prior to the
offering
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
conversion
of Series B
Stock
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Maximum
number of
shares
of common stock
issuable
upon
exercise of
warrants
owned prior
to this
offering and
registered
hereby(1)
    Shares of
common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2) 
    Percentage
of common
stock
beneficially
owned
upon
completion
of the
offering(2)(3)
 
Whiting Holdings LP(82)     2,348,136       528,000       2,640,000       236,136             *
Whited, Craig     300,000       75,000       375,000       0         *
Wiesenberg, James     150,000       37,500       187,500       0         *
Wilke, Susanne     100,002       25,000       125,002       0         *
Willis, Michael L. and Sharon D. Willis JTWROS     300,004       50,001       250,005       100,000         *
Yanowitz, Joel     200,004       50,001       250,005       0         *
Zahavi, Thomas     120,000       30,000       150,000       0         *

  

* Denotes less than 1%

 

1)An aggregate of (a) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock are issuable upon conversion of 262,349.4 outstanding shares of our Series B Stock, (b) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock are issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series A warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (c) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock are issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series B warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.80 per share, (d) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock are issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series C warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.25 per share, (e) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock are issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series D warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.00 per share, (f) 26,234,940 shares of our common stock are issuable upon exercise of the outstanding Series E warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, (g) 363,456 shares of our common stock are issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.01 per share, (h) 1,090,370 shares of our common stock are issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $0.60 per share, and (i) 1,153,000 shares of our common stock are issuable upon exercise of placement agent warrants to purchase our common stock having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, subject to adjustment to $0.80 per share upon the exercise of all Series A Warrants or all Series B Warrants. We are registering 150% of such securities. The total number of units sold includes 166,667 units granted to Dr. Abeles as compensation for his services as a consultant to the Company, which accounts for $100,000 that is not included in our calculation of gross proceeds.
2)Assumes all of the shares of common stock to be registered on the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, including all shares of our common stock underlying shares of our Series B Stock and Series A through Series E purchase warrants held by the selling stockholders, are sold in the offering and that shares of our common stock beneficially owned by such selling stockholders but not being registered by this prospectus are not sold.
3)Percentages are calculated based on an aggregate of 48,841,649 shares of common stock outstanding as of December 9, 2015 and assumes the sale of all securities registered hereby.
4)John Abeles served on our Board of Directors until November 12, 2015. He continues to serve as a consultant to the Company.
5)Orin Hirschman is the president of AIGH Investment Partners LLC and has sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares.
6)Orin Hirschman is the general partner of AIGH Investment Partners LP and has sole voting and dispositive power with respect to the shares.
7)Allan Lipkowitz is the trustee of Allan Lipkowitz Revocable Living Trust 8/26/2005 and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
8)Konrad Ackerman has voting and dispositive control with respect to the securities being offered.
9)Larry Altstiel serves on our Board of Directors.
10)Kimberly Page has the authority and responsibility for the investments made on behalf of American Capital Management LLC and accordingly, has voting and dispositive power over the securities held by American Capital Management LLC.
11)Hester L. Bell is the Trustee of The Bell Family Trust as amended, and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
12)Donna Bozarth is the Manager of Bozarth LLC and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.

 

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13)Shaye Hirsch is the Director of Brio Capital Master Fund Ltd. and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
14)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 10,638 shares of common stock at $0.01/share, (2) warrants to purchase 31,912 shares of common stock at $0.60/share and (3) warrants to purchase 1,083 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
15)Joshua S. Kanter is the President of Chicago Investments, Inc. and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
16)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 2,858 shares of common stock at $0.01/share and (2) warrants to purchase 8,575 shares of common stock at $0.60/share.
17)Dr. Malcolm Currie and Barbara Currie are Co-Trustees of the Currie Family Trust and have shared voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
18)David M. Rickey is the Trustee of the Dave Rickey & Daughters Foundation Charitable Trust and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
19)David M. Rickey is the Trustee of the David M. Rickey Trust dtd 5/8/02 and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
20)Robert S. Beadle is the President of Due Mondi Investments Ltd. and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
21)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: warrants to purchase 50,000 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
22)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: warrants to purchase 30,000 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
23)The selling shareholder is controlled by Mendy Scheen who has the power and control to vote and sell the securities.
24)Empery Asset Management LP, the authorized agent of Empery Asset Master Ltd ("EAM"), has discretionary authority to vote and dispose of the shares held by EAM and may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of these shares. Martin Hoe and Ryan Lane, in their capacity as investment managers of Empery Asset Management LP, may also be deemed to have investment discretion and voting power over the shares held by EAM. EAM, Mr. Hoe and Mr. Lane each disclaim any beneficial ownership of these shares.
25)Empery Asset Management LP, the authorized agent of Empery Tax Efficient, LP ("ETE"), has discretionary authority to vote and dispose of the shares held by ETE and may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of these shares. Martin Hoe and Ryan Lane, in their capacity as investment managers of Empery Asset Management LP, may also be deemed to have investment discretion and voting power over the shares held by ETE. ETE, Mr. Hoe and Mr. Lane each disclaim any beneficial ownership of these shares.
26)Empery Asset Management LP, the authorized agent of Empery Tax Efficient, LP ("ETE II"), has discretionary authority to vote and dispose of the shares held by ETE II and may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of these shares. Martin Hoe and Ryan Lane, in their capacity as investment managers of Empery Asset Management LP, may also be deemed to have investment discretion and voting power over the shares held by ETE II. ETE II, Mr. Hoe and Mr. Lane each disclaim any beneficial ownership of these shares.
27)Ernest W. Moody is the Trustee of the Ernest W. Moody Revocable Trust, dated Jan 14, 2009. As a result of the foregoing, he may be deemed to have beneficial ownership (as determined under Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) of the shares of common stock beneficially owned by Ernest W. Moody Revocable Trust, dated Jan 14, 2009.
28)Seth Fireman is the managing partner of FirstFire Global Opportunities LLC and owns voting control of the membership interests in FirstFire Global Opportunities LLC, and Mr. Fireman has sole power to vote or to direct the vote and sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of all securities owned directly by FirstFire Global Opportunities LLC.
29)Dwight D. Foster, III and Jane C. Foster are trustees of the Foster Family Trust, U.D.T. dated June 18, 2010, or the Foster Trust, and share voting and dispositive power over the shares held by the Foster Trust.
30)Ryan Chan is the Chief Financial Officer of Gibralt Capital Corporation and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
31)J. Kelley Williams, Jr. is a Member of Greenover Managers, LLC, which is the General Partner of Greenover Group, LP and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
32)David Gubbay is the Manager of Gubbay Investments LLC and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
33)Pamela M. Baker is the manager of the selling stockholder has the power to vote or dispose of the securities held of record by the selling stockholder and may be deemed to beneficially own those securities. Ms. Baker disclaims beneficial ownership with respect to such shares, except to the extent of her pecuniary interest therein, if any.

  

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34)Terry Clinton Hackett is the Trustee of the Hackett Family Trust dtd 7.27.98 and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
35)Jay Haft is a director of the Company. Shares of our common stock beneficially owned prior to the offering includes 226,445 shares underlying stock options held by Mr. Haft that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, but does not include 223,555 shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015.
36)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 1,038 shares of common stock at $0.01/share, (2) warrants to purchase 3,114 shares of common stock at $0.60/share and (3) warrants to purchase 625 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
37)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 1,794 shares of common stock at $0.01/share, (2) warrants to purchase 5,388 shares of common stock at $0.60/share and (3) warrants to purchase 1,083 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
38)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 33,195 shares of common stock at $0.01/share, (2) warrants to purchase 99,584 shares of common stock at $0.60/share and (3) warrants to purchase 1,083 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
39)Hudson Bay Capital Management LP, the investment manager of Hudson Bay Master Fund Ltd., has voting and investment power over these securities. Sander Gerber is the managing member of Hudson Bay Capital GP LLC, which is the general partner of Hudson Bay Capital Management LP. Sander Gerber disclaims beneficial ownership over these securities.
40)Joshua Silverman and Richard Abbe are the natural persons with voting and dispositive power over the shares held by Iroquois Capital Investment Group LLC.
41)Iroquois Capital Management L.L.C. (“Iroquois Capital”) is the investment manager of Iroquois Master Fund, Ltd (“IMF”). Consequently, Iroquois Capital has voting control and investment discretion over securities held by IMF. As managing members of Iroquois Capital, Joshua Silverman and Richard Abbe make voting and investment decisions on behalf of Iroquois Capital in its capacity as investment manager to IMF. As a result of the foregoing, Mr. Silverman and Mr. Abbe may be deemed to have beneficial ownership (as determined under Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) of the securities held by IMF. 
42)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 2,340 shares of common stock at $0.01/share, (2) warrants to purchase 7,017 shares of common stock at $0.60/share and (3) warrants to purchase 30,450 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
43)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 50,000 shares of common stock at $0.60/share.
44)Joel L. Hochman is the Trustee of the Joel L. Hochman Revocable Trust UAD 12/8/1994 and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
45)William Kadi and Sandra Kadi are the Trustees of the selling stockholder and have voting and investment power over the shares.
46)Kingsbrook Partners LP (“Kingsbrook Partners”) is the investment manager of Kingsbrook Opportunities Master Fund LP (“Kingsbrook Opportunities”) and consequently has voting control and investment discretion over securities held by Kingsbrook Opportunities. Kingsbrook Opportunities GP LLC (“Opportunities GP”) is the general partner of Kingsbrook Opportunities and may be considered the beneficial owner of any securities deemed to be beneficially owned by Kingsbrook Opportunities. KB GP LLC (“GP LLC”) is the general partner of Kingsbrook Partners and may be considered the beneficial owner of any securities deemed to be beneficially owned by Kingsbrook Partners. Ari J. Storch, Adam J. Chill and Scott M. Wallace are the sole managing members of Opportunities GP and GP LLC and as a result may be considered beneficial owners of any securities deemed beneficially owned by Opportunities GP and GP LLC. Each of Kingsbrook Partners, Opportunities GP, GP LLC and Messrs. Storch, Chill and Wallace disclaim beneficial ownership of these securities.
47)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 3,475 shares of common stock at $0.01/share and (2) warrants to purchase 10,426 shares of common stock at $0.60/share.
48)Lance Director Nagel and Dalia Charnels Nagel are the Co-Trustees of the Lance & Dalia Nagel Family Trust and have shared voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
49)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 105,764 shares of common stock at $0.01/share, (2) warrants to purchase 317,279 shares of common stock at $0.60/share and (3) warrants to purchase 5,772 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
50)Josh Scheinfeld and Jonathan Cope, the Managing Members of Lincoln Park Capital, LLC, are deemed to be beneficial owners of all of the shares of common stock owned by Lincoln Park Capital Fund, LLC.

 

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51)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 3,243 shares of common stock at $0.01/share and (2) warrants to purchase 9,731 shares of common stock at $0.60/share.
52)Steven Evans is the Trustee of the Meryle Evans Family Trust and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
53)John H. Abeles is the Managing Member of Northlea Partners, LLLP and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Dr. Abeles served on our Board of Directors until November 12, 2015. He continues to serve as a consultant to the Company. Shares of our common stock beneficially owned prior to the offering includes 1,078,514 shares underlying stock options held by Dr. Abeles that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, but does not include 126,986 shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015.
54)Charles S. Ramat is the President of NRT21 Equities Corp, which is the Managing Member of NTR21 Holdings, LLC and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Ramat is serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and also is a director of the Company. Shares of our common stock beneficially owned prior to the offering includes 1,191,226 shares underlying stock options held by Mr. Ramat that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, but does not include 763,178 shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015.
55)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of The Peierls Bypass Trust and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
56)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the President and Authorized Officer of The Peierls Foundation, Inc. and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
57)Neil Rock has voting and dispositive power over shares held by R-Squared Partners, LLC.
58)Consists of 143,402 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of common stock purchase warrants received by Stephen Renaud, an affiliate of a broker-dealer which acted as placement agent in the 2013 PPO. Mr. Renaud received the warrants in in the ordinary course of business for his own account and, at the time of receipt, had no agreements or understandings with any person, directly or indirectly, to further distribute the securities. Also consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 20,188 shares of common stock at $0.01/share, (2) warrants to purchase 50,493 shares of common stock at $0.60/share and (3) warrants to purchase 474,276 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
59)Richard Arnos is the President of the Republic Construction Corporation and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
60)Roland F. Hartman is the Trustee of Revocable Trust Agreement between Roland F. Hartman and Roland T. Hartman DTD 06/05/1998 and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
61)Robert A. McCleeary is the Trustee of the Robert A. McCleeary Revocable Trust dtd 11/01/06 and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
62)Rodney N. Schorlemmer is the Manager of RS & VS Ltd. and has sole voting and investment power over the shares held thereby.
63)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 123,220 shares of common stock at $0.01/share, (2) warrants to purchase 369,650 shares of common stock at $0.60/share and (3) warrants to purchase 15,771 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
64)Burton M. Sack is the Managing Member of the Sack Family Investment Fund, LLC and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
65)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 825 shares of common stock at $0.01/share and (2) warrants to purchase 2,475 shares of common stock at $0.60/share.
66)Donald R. Scifres is the Managing Director of SDL Ventures and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.
67)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 24,745 shares of common stock at $0.01/share, (2) warrants to purchase 74,232 shares of common stock at $0.60/share and (3) warrants to purchase 53,582 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
68)Consists of 143,402 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of common stock purchase warrants received by Michael Silverman, an affiliate of a broker-dealer which acted as placement agent in the 2013 PPO. Mr. Silverman received the warrants in the ordinary course of business for his own account and, at the time of receipt, had no agreements or understandings with any person, directly or indirectly, to further distribute the securities. Also consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 30,133 shares of common stock at $0.01/share, (2) warrants to purchase 50,494 shares of common stock at $0.60/share and (3) warrants to purchase 474,275 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.

 

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69)Consists of 150% of each of the following placement warrants: (1) warrants to purchase 25,000 shares of common stock at $1.50/share.
70)Paul Freiman and Anna Mazzuchi Freiman are Co-Trustees of Trust of Paul E. Freiman & Anna Mazzuchi Freiman, dated May 24, 1996. Paul Freiman serves on our Board of Directors.
71)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of UD Ethel F. Peierls Charitable Lead Trust and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
72)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of UD E.F. Peierls for Brian E. Peierls and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
73)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of UD E.F. Peierls for E. Jeffrey Peierls and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
74)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of UD J.N. Peierls For Brian E. Peierls and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
75)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of UD J.N. Peierls For E. Jeffrey Peierls and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
76)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of UD E.S. Peierls for E.F. Peierls et al and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
77)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of UW E.S. Peierls for Brian E. Peierls – Accumulation and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
78)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of UW E.S. Peierls for E. Jeffrey Peierls – Accumulation and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
79)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of UW J.N. Peierls for Brian E. Peierls and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
80)E. Jeffrey Peierls is the Trustee of UW J.N. Peierls for E. Jeffrey Peierls and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby. Mr. Peierls is also a selling stockholder for his own account.
81)Robert Weinstein serves as our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer.
82)Mark S. Whiting is the Member of Whiting Management, G.P., which is the General Partner of Whiting Holdings, LP and has sole voting and investment power over the shares owned thereby.

 

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USE OF PROCEEDS

 

We will not receive proceeds from sales of our common stock made under this prospectus.

 

DETERMINATION OF OFFERING PRICE

 

There currently is a limited public market for our common stock. The selling stockholders will determine at what price they may sell the offered shares, and such sales may be made at prevailing market prices or at privately negotiated prices. See “Plan of Distribution” below for more information.

 

MARKET FOR COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

 

Market Information and Holders

 

Our common stock is currently eligible for quotation and trades on the OTC Market under the symbol “NTRP.” The quotation of our common stock began on or about October 2, 2013. There has been very limited trading in our common stock to date.

 

As of December 9, 2015, we had 48,841,649 shares of our common stock issued and outstanding held by approximately 62 stockholders of record. To date, we have not paid dividends on our common stock.

 

As of December 9, 2015, we also had the following securities outstanding:

 

·262,349.4 shares of our Series B Stock held by 146 stockholders of record, convertible at any time into shares of our common stock. Our Series B Stock currently converts into our common stock on a one-hundred-for-one basis, but is subject to adjustment in certain circumstances as provided in the rights and designations of the Series B Stock, including upon the sale of certain securities at a price less than the current conversion price.

 

·26,234,940 Series A warrants to purchase shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.80 per share with an expiration date five years from the date of issuance.

 

·26,234,940 Series B warrants to purchase shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.80 per share with an expiration date of one year from the date of issuance.

 

·26,234,940 Series C warrants to purchase shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $1.25 per share with an expiration date of five years from the issuance date.

 

·26,234,940 Series D warrants, which are contingent upon the exercise of the Series B warrants, to purchase shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $1.00 per share with an expiration date that is five years from the date of the initial exercise of the Series B warrants.

 

·26,234,940 Series E warrants, which are contingent upon the exercise of the Series C warrants, to purchase shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $1.50 per share with an expiration date that is five years from the date of the initial exercise of the Series C warrants.

 

·363,456 placement agent warrants to purchase shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.01 per share.

 

·1,090,370 placement agent warrants to purchase shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.60 per share.

 

·1,153,000 placement agent warrants to purchase shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $1.50 per share, subject to adjustment to $0.80 per share upon the exercise of all Series A Warrants or all Series B Warrants.

 

·Placement agent warrants to purchase 1,375,432 shares of our common stock, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances as provided therein, of which, 50,432 have an exercise price of $0.01 per share and 1,325,000 have an exercise price of $1.00.

 

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The following table sets forth the high and low closing bid prices for our common stock for the fiscal quarter indicated as reported on the OTC Market. The quotations reflect inter-dealer prices, without retail mark-up, mark-down or commission and may not represent actual transactions. Our common stock is very thinly traded and, thus, pricing of our common stock on the OTC Market does not necessarily represent its fair market value.

 

Period  High   Low 
Quarter ended December 31, 2013 (commencing October 2, 2013)  $2.25   $1.40 
Quarter ended March 31, 2014   2.80    1.47 
Quarter ended June 30, 2014   1.98    1.25 
Quarter ended September 30, 2014   1.70    0.50 
Quarter ended December 31, 2014   1.22    0.51 
Quarter ended March 31, 2015   1.79    0.80 
Quarter ended June 30, 2015   1.29    0.51 
Quarter ended September 30, 2015   1.00    0.55 
Quarter ending December 31, 2015 (through December 9, 2015)   0.79    0.45 

 

Dividends

 

We have never paid any cash dividends on our capital stock and do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future. We intend to retain future earnings, if any, to fund our ongoing operations and future capital requirements. Any future determination to pay cash dividends will be at the discretion of our Board of Directors and will be dependent upon our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements and such other factors as the Board of Directors deems relevant. Other than provisions of the Nevada Revised Statutes requiring post-dividend solvency according to certain measures, there are no material statutory restrictions limiting, or that are likely to limit, our ability to pay dividends on our common stock.

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plan

 

On August 22, 2013, our Board of Directors adopted, and on August 22, 2013, our stockholders approved, our 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, which reserved a total of 7,000,000 shares of our common stock for issuance pursuant to awards granted under the plan. On July 23, 2014, our Board of Directors approved an amendment to our 2013 Equity Incentive Plan to increase the number of shares of common stock issuable thereunder by an additional 3,000,000 shares, so that the Company’s officers, key employees, consultants and directors can be granted stock options and other equity incentive awards with respect to an aggregate of 10,000,000 shares of our common stock. Pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code, this amendment must be approved by our stockholders within one year in order to allow for incentive stock option grants to be made. We hereinafter refer to our 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended, as the 2013 Plan.

 

The following table provides information as of December 31, 2014, with respect to the shares of our common stock that may be issued under our existing equity compensation plan:

 

Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

Plan category  Number of securities
to be issued upon
exercise of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights
   Weighted-average
exercise price of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights
   Number of securities
remaining available for
future issuance under
equity
compensation plans
(excluding securities
reflected in column (a))
 
   (a)   (b)   (c) 
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders (1)    7,769,202   $1.395    2,230,798 
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders   0    0    0 
Total   7,769,202   $1.395    2,230,798 

 

(1) The 2013 Plan

 

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As described below, incentive awards authorized under the 2013 Plan include, but are not limited to, incentive stock options within the meaning of Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, the Code. If an award granted under the 2013 Plan expires, terminates, is unexercised or is forfeited, or if any shares are surrendered to us in connection with the exercise of an incentive award, the shares subject to such award and the surrendered shares will become available for further awards under the 2013 Plan.

 

The number of shares of our common stock subject to the 2013 Plan or any number of shares subject to (a) any numerical limit in the 2013 Plan, (b) to the terms of any incentive award or (c) to any combination of the foregoing, is expected to be adjusted in the event of any change in our outstanding common stock by reason of any stock dividend, spin-off, split-up, stock split, reverse stock split, recapitalization, reclassification, merger, consolidation, liquidation, business combination or exchange of shares or similar transaction.

 

Administration

 

The Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors or our Board of Directors administers the 2013 Plan. Subject to the terms of the 2013 Plan, the Compensation Committee or our Board of Directors has complete authority and discretion to determine the terms of awards under the 2013 Plan.

 

Grants

 

The 2013 Plan authorizes the grant to participants of nonqualified stock options, incentive stock options, restricted stock awards, restricted stock units, performance grants intended to comply with Section 162(m) of the Code and stock appreciation rights, as described below:

 

·Options granted under the 2013 Plan entitle the grantee, upon exercise, to purchase a specified number of shares from us at a specified exercise price per share. The exercise price for shares of our common stock covered by an option generally cannot be less than the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant unless agreed to otherwise at the time of the grant. In addition, in the case of an incentive stock option granted to an employee who, at the time the incentive stock option is granted, owns stock representing more than 10% of the voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or any parent or subsidiary, the per share exercise price will be no less than 110% of the fair market value of our common stock on the date of grant.

 

·Restricted stock awards and restricted stock units may be awarded on terms and conditions established by the Compensation Committee or Board of Directors, which may include performance conditions for restricted stock awards and the lapse of restrictions on the achievement of one or more performance goals for restricted stock units.

 

·The Compensation Committee or Board of Directors may make performance grants, each of which will contain performance goals for the award, including the performance criteria, the target and maximum amounts payable, and other terms and conditions.

 

·The 2013 Plan authorizes the granting of stock awards. The Compensation Committee or Board of Directors will establish the number of shares of our common stock to be awarded and the terms applicable to each award, including performance restrictions.

 

·Stock appreciation rights entitle the participant to receive a distribution in an amount not to exceed the number of shares of our common stock subject to the portion of the stock appreciation rights exercised multiplied by the difference between the market price of a share of our common stock on the date of exercise of the stock appreciation rights and the market price of a share of our common stock on the date of grant of the stock appreciation rights.

 

The maximum aggregate number of shares of common stock that may be awarded and sold under the 2013 Plan is 10,000,000.

 

Duration, Amendment, and Termination

 

The Board of Directors has the power to amend, suspend or terminate the 2013 Plan without stockholder approval or ratification at any time or from time to time. No change may be made that increases the total number of shares of our common stock reserved for issuance pursuant to incentive awards or reduces the minimum exercise price for options or exchange of options for other incentive awards, unless such change is authorized by our stockholders within one year. Unless sooner terminated, the 2013 Plan will terminate ten years after it is adopted.

 

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

 

You should read the following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations together with “Selected Financial Data” and our financial statements and the related notes appearing elsewhere in this prospectus. In addition to historical information, this discussion and analysis contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Our actual results may differ materially from those discussed below. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those identified below, and those discussed in the section titled “Risk Factors” included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

On August 23, 2013, our wholly-owned subsidiary, Neurotrope Acquisition, Inc., a corporation formed in the State of Nevada on August 15, 2013 merged with and into Neurotrope BioScience. Neurotrope BioScience was the surviving corporation in the Reverse Merger and became Neurotrope, Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary. All of the outstanding Neurotrope BioScience Common Stock was converted into shares of the Company’s common stock on a one-for-one basis, and all of the outstanding shares of Neurotrope BioScience Series A Stock were converted into shares of our Series A Stock, in each case on a one-for-one basis. As the result of the Reverse Merger and the change in business and operations of the Company, from engaging in the business of providing software solutions to deliver geo-location targeted coupon advertising to mobile internet devices, to the biotechnology business, including the development of a drug candidate called bryostatin for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, or AD, a discussion of the past financial results of Neurotrope, Inc. (i.e., while operating as BlueFlash Communications, Inc.) is not pertinent, and under applicable accounting principles, the historical financial results of Neurotrope BioScience, the accounting acquirer, prior to the Reverse Merger, are considered our historical financial results.

 

The following discussion highlights our results of operations and the principal factors that have affected our financial condition as well as our liquidity and capital resources for the periods described, and provides information that management believes is relevant for an assessment and understanding of the statements of financial condition and results of operations presented herein. The following discussion and analysis are based on the unaudited financial statements contained in this report, which we have prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles. You should read the discussion and analysis together with such financial statements and the related notes thereto.

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The audited financial statements for our fiscal years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 and the unaudited financial statements for our fiscal quarters ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, include a summary of our significant accounting policies and should be read in conjunction with the discussion below and our financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this prospectus. In the opinion of management, all material adjustments necessary to present fairly the results of operations for such periods have been included in financial statements. All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature.

 

Overview

 

Neurotrope BioScience was founded as a Delaware corporation in October 2012. Our activities since Neurotrope BioScience’s inception through September 30, 2015 have been devoted primarily to the research and development of AD therapeutic products and related diagnostics using patented technology and raising capital. This technology is licensed by us from the Blanchette Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, or BRNI, and its affiliate, NRV II, LLC pursuant to the Amended and Restated Technology License and Services Agreement, or BRNI License, entered into on February 4, 2015 and amended on November 12, 2015. Prior to being licensed to us, the technology had been under development by BRNI since 1999 and was financed by BRNI from a variety of non-investor sources including not-for-profit foundations, the National Institutes of Health and individual philanthropists up until March 2013. From March 2013 forward, development of the licensed technology has been funded principally through collaboration by BRNI with Neurotrope BioScience. See the description of Neurotrope BioScience financings below in “Financial Condition, Liquidity and Capital Resources – Sources and Uses of Liquidity.” The Company has not realized any revenues from its operations.

 

The BRNI License further amended and restated that certain Technology License and Services Agreement executed as of October 31, 2012, which was previously amended by Amendment No. 1 to the Technology License and Services Agreement as of August 21, 2013.

 

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Pursuant to the BRNI License, Neurotrope BioScience maintained its exclusive (except as described below), non-transferable (except pursuant to the BRNI License’s assignment provision), world-wide, royalty-bearing right, with a right to sublicense (in accordance with the terms and conditions described below), under BRNI’s and NRV II’s respective right, title and interest in and to certain patents and technology owned by BRNI or licensed to NRV II, LLC by BRNI as of or subsequent to October 31, 2012 to develop, use, manufacture, market, offer for sale, sell, distribute, import and export certain products or services for therapeutic and diagnostic applications for AD and other cognitive dysfunctions in humans or animals (the “Field of Use”). Additionally, the BRNI License specifies that all patents that issue from a certain patent application, shall constitute licensed patents and all trade secrets, know-how and other confidential information claimed by such patents constitute licensed technology under the BRNI License. Furthermore, on July 10, 2015 under the terms of the Statement of Work and Account Satisfaction Agreement dated February 4, 2015, Neurotrope BioScience’s rights relating to an in vitro diagnostic test system reverted to BRNI. See Note 6 – Related Party Transactions and Licensing/Research Agreements to the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements included above.

 

Notwithstanding the above license terms, BRNI and its affiliates retain rights to use the licensed intellectual property in the Field of Use to engage in research and development and other non-commercial activities and to provide services to Neurotrope BioScience or to perform other activities in connection with the BRNI License.

 

Under the BRNI License, BRNI is a preferred service provider in certain circumstances and Neurotrope BioScience may not enter into sublicense agreements with third parties except with BRNI’s prior written consent, which consent shall not be commercially unreasonably withheld. Furthermore, the BRNI License dated February 4, 2015 revises the agreement that was entered into as of October 31, 2012 and amended on August 21, 2013, in that it provides that any intellectual property developed, conceived or created in connection with a sublicense agreement that Neurotrope BioScience entered into with a third party pursuant to the terms of the BRNI License will be licensed to BRNI and its affiliates for any and all non-commercial purposes, on a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable, non-terminable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, transferable basis, with the right to freely sublicense such intellectual property. Previously, the agreement had provided that such intellectual property would be assigned to BRNI.

  

Under the BRNI License, BRNI and Neurotrope BioScience will jointly own data, reports and information that is generated on or after February 28, 2013, by Neurotrope BioScience, on behalf of Neurotrope BioScience by a third party or by BRNI pursuant to a statement of work that the parties enter into pursuant to the BRNI License, in each case to the extent not constituting or containing any data, reports or information generated prior to such date or by BRNI not pursuant to a statement of work (the “Jointly Owned Data”). BRNI has agreed not to use the Jointly Owned Data inside or outside the Field of Use for any commercial purpose during the term of the BRNI License or following any expiration of the BRNI License other than an expiration that is the result of a breach by Neurotrope BioScience of the BRNI License that caused any licensed patent to expire, become abandoned or be declared unenforceable or invalid or caused any licensed technology to enter the public domain (a “Natural Expiration”), provided, however, BRNI may use the Jointly Owned Data inside or outside the Field of Use for any commercial purpose following any termination of the BRNI License. Also, BRNI granted Neurotrope BioScience a license during the term and following any Natural Expiration, to use certain BRNI data in the Field of Use for any commercial purposes falling within the scope of the license granted to Neurotrope BioScience under the BRNI License.

 

The BRNI License further requires us to pay BRNI (i) a fixed research fee equal to a pro-rata amount of $1 million in the year during which we close on a $25 million round of financing, (ii) a fixed research fee of $1 million per year for each of the five calendar years following the completion of such financing and (iii) an annual fixed research fee in an amount to be negotiated and agreed upon no later than 90 days prior to the end of the fifth calendar year following the completion of such financing to be paid with respect to each remaining calendar year during the term of the BRNI License.

 

On November 12, 2015, we entered into an amendment to the BRNI License. The amendment eliminates the requirement that Neurotrope Bioscience pay BRNI prepaid royalties equal to five percent (5%) of financing proceeds received by Neurotrope Bioscience in any financing prior to a public offering and provides that Neurotrope Bioscience will deliver to BRNI, following each closing pursuant to a certain securities purchase agreement, an amount equal to 2.5% of the Post-PA Fee Proceeds received at such closing. In addition, the amendment provides that on or prior to December 31, 2016, Neurotrope Bioscience shall deliver to BRNI an amount equal to 2.5% of the aggregate Post-PA Fee Proceeds received at the closings. Each payment would constitute an advance royalty payment to BRNI and will be offset (with no interest) against the amount of future royalty obligations payable until such time that the amount of such future royalty obligations equals in full the amount of the advance royalty payments made. “Post-PA Fee Proceeds” means the gross proceeds received, less all amounts paid to the placement agent(s), in relation to such gross proceeds. No other expenses of Neurotrope Bioscience shall be subtracted from the gross proceeds to determine the “Post-PA Fee Proceeds.”

 

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The term of the BRNI License continues until the later of the date (i) the last of the licensed patents expires, is abandoned or is declared unenforceable or invalid (in each case, determined in accordance with the BRNI License) and (ii) the last of the licensed technology enters the public domain. Either party has the right to terminate the BRNI License after 30 days prior notice in certain circumstances, including if either party were to materially breach any provisions of the BRNI License and does not cure such material breach within 60-days from notice of such material breach from the non-breaching party, for breaches that are capable of being cured, in the event of certain bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings or in the event of the termination of a certain Stockholders Agreement dated August 23, 2013 (which was terminated on November 12, 2015 and replaced with a letter agreement – see “Directors, Executive Officers, Promoters and Control Persons – Directors and Executive Officers”), with respect to us.

 

Concurrently with the November 12, 2015 amendment to the BRNI License, Neurotrope Bioscience entered into a new Statement of Work Agreement pursuant to the BRNI License Agreement (the “November 2015 SOW Agreement”). The November 2015 SOW Agreement replaced the February 2015 SOW Agreement, which was effective as of October 1, 2014 and expired on September 30, 2015.

 

Pursuant to the November 2015 SOW Agreement, Neurotrope Bioscience agreed to pay BRNI one million one hundred sixty-six thousand six hundred sixty-six dollars ($1,166,666) in service fees payable in the amount of eighty-three thousand three hundred thirty-three dollars ($83,333) per month for each month from November 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. The payments under the November 2015 SOW Agreement will satisfy Neurotrope Bioscience’s obligations to reimburse BRNI pursuant to Section 5.6 of the BRNI License for any and all attorneys’ fees, translation costs, filing fees, maintenance fees, and other costs and expenses related to applying for, filing, prosecuting, and maintaining patents and applications for the licensed intellectual property incurred by BRNI during the term of the November 2015 SOW Agreement (but, for the avoidance of doubt, such payments shall not satisfy any attorneys’ fees, translation costs, filing fees, maintenance fees, or other costs or expenses related to applying for, filing, prosecuting, and maintaining patents and applications for the licensed intellectual property incurred by BRNI after the expiration or termination of the November 2015 SOW Agreement term), as well as any litigation costs which BRNI may incur related to any of the licensed intellectual property during the November 2015 SOW Agreement term. BRNI shall not commence any litigation to enforce the licensed intellectual property without the consent of Neurotrope (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, delayed, or denied).

 

In consideration for the payments made pursuant to the November 2015 SOW Agreement, BRNI shall perform the services requested by Neurotrope Bioscience for the further development of Neurotrope’s bryostatin drug platform. In addition, under the terms of the November 2015 SOW Agreement, BRNI may enroll one (1) additional compassionate use, in addition to the compassionate use patient currently enrolled, in trials of BRNI’s Alzheimer’s therapeutic drug platform during the November 2015 SOW Agreement term, and the payments set forth above, shall satisfy any and all of Neurotrope Bioscience’s obligation whatsoever to BRNI or to any other third party for costs incurred or to be incurred by BRNI relating to such trials. Neurotrope Bioscience and BRNI shall jointly review protocols which shall be established to the parties’ mutual satisfaction and contain appropriate safety measures to be employed by the treating physician. No additional compassionate use or expanded access patients will be enrolled by BRNI without the consent of Neurotrope Bioscience.

 

On May 12, 2014, we entered into a license agreement (the “Stanford Agreement”), with The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (“Stanford”) pursuant to which Stanford granted us a revenue-bearing, world-wide right and exclusive license, with the right to grant sublicenses (on certain conditions), under certain patent rights and related technology for the use of bryostatin structural derivatives, known as “bryologs,” for use in the treatment of central nervous system disorders, lysosomal storage diseases, stroke, cardio protection and traumatic brain injury, for the life of the licensed patents. Pursuant to the Stanford Agreement, we paid a $60,000 license initiation fee to Stanford. We currently pay Stanford a $10,000 annual license maintenance fee, and will pay milestone payments in the aggregate amount of up to $3,700,000 upon the achievement of certain product development events commencing upon the filing of the first IND application through approval of an applicable product, as well as low single-digit royalties on net sales of the licensed products. Each party has the right to terminate the Stanford Agreement for an uncured material breach of the other party. Additionally, we may terminate the Stanford Agreement at any time upon 60 days written notice to Stanford.

 

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On May 15, 2014, we entered into an agreement with a contract research organization, or CRO, to conduct a Phase 2a clinical trial relating to the evaluation of bryostatin for the treatment of AD. We agreed to pay fees to the CRO totaling $715,159 based upon signing of the agreement and the CRO achieving certain clinical trial milestones, plus reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. During November 2014, we amended the original agreement which reduced the number of subjects in the clinical trial from 15 to nine, resulting in a reduced total cost estimate of $657,236. The trial was completed in early 2015 and the results were reported as described below.

 

On July 14, 2014, Neurotrope BioScience entered into an Exclusive License Agreement, or the “Mount Sinai Agreement”, with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, or Mount Sinai. Pursuant to the Mount Sinai Agreement, Mount Sinai granted Neurotrope BioScience a revenue-bearing, world-wide right and (i) exclusive license, with the right to grant sublicenses (on certain conditions), under Mount Sinai’s interest in certain joint patent rights, as well as in certain test results and data, and (ii) non-exclusive license, with the right to grant sublicenses on certain conditions, to certain technical information. The Mount Sinai Agreement allows Neurotrope BioScience to research, discover, develop, make, have made, use, have used, import, lease, sell, have sold and offer for sale the Mount Sinai licensed products relating to the diagnostic, prophylactic or therapeutic use for treating diseases or disorders in humans relying on activation of PKC epsilon, which includes Niemann-Pick C Disease. Pursuant to the Mount Sinai Agreement, Neurotrope BioScience paid $25,000 license initiation fee to Mount Sinai. Neurotrope BioScience paid Mount Sinai the current $10,000 annual license maintenance fee which will continue to be paid until minimum royalty payments are due, and will pay milestone payments in the aggregate amount of up to $3,500,000 upon the achievement of certain product development events relating to the approval of a licensed product in the United States and other jurisdictions, as well as (a) low single-digit royalties on net sales of the Mount Sinai licensed products, and (b) a portion of sublicense fees ranging from a significant double-digit percentage based on sublicensing before completion of in vivo proof-of-concept experiments to a mid-single digit percentage after product approval. Each party has the right to terminate the Mount Sinai Agreement for an uncured material breach of the other party. Additionally, Neurotrope BioScience may terminate the Mount Sinai Agreement at any time upon 60 days written notice to Mount Sinai. Further, upon termination, Neurotrope BioScience may continue to sell any and all Mount Sinai licensed products, provided that Neurotrope BioScience will pay Mount Sinai a reduced royalty for Mount Sinai licensed products that are indicated as therapeutics or diagnostics for Niemann Pick disease which are sold following termination of the Mount Sinai Agreement.

 

On July 29, 2014, we announced that we initiated our Phase 2a clinical trial to evaluate bryostatin for the treatment of patients with AD. The trial was being conducted under an IND application filed by BRNI. BRNI transferred its rights and obligations arising under such IND application to us on February 4, 2015. We enrolled a total of nine patients in the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single dose study. Six patients were randomized to receive bryostatin by injection and three received a matching placebo control. The primary objective of the clinical trial was to assess the safety and tolerability of a single dose of bryostatin in the treatment of patients with AD. The secondary objectives of the study were the preliminary evaluation of the efficacy of a single dose of bryostatin in the treatment of patients with AD, its pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and the evaluation of any correlation between changes in PKC epsilon with plasma levels of bryostatin and with improvement in cognitive function. On February 24, 2015, we announced that the Phase 2a clinical trial met its primary endpoint demonstrating preliminary safety and tolerability of bryostatin. On March 17, 2015, we announced that preliminary assessment of PKC epsilon levels in peripheral monocytes demonstrated a significant increase in total PKC protein levels at the end of the bryostatin infusion consistent with target engagement. An additional secondary objective of the study was the evaluation of efficacy following a single dose of bryostatin and there was no measurable improvement in cognition in this mildly impaired patient population.

 

Following on these results, on October 9, 2015, Neurotrope BioScience, Inc., our wholly-owned consolidated operating subsidiary, executed a Services Agreement with Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc., or WCT, effective as of August 31, 2015. The Services Agreement relates to services for Neurotrope BioScience’s Phase 2b clinical study assessing the safety, tolerability and efficacy of bryostatin in the treatment of moderately severe to severe Alzheimer’s Disease, or the Study. Pursuant to the terms of the Services Agreement, WCT will provide services to enroll approximately one hundred and fifty (150) study subjects at approximately 30 sites across the United States. Depending upon our resources, we intend to begin enrollment at the initial sites by the end of 2015. Assuming prompt enrollment at the majority of the sites, we expect that within approximately 15 months, we will receive data from an interim analysis with final top line results available in approximately 18 months from the start of enrollment. This trial is designed to administer dosing of bryostatin for up to six months for moderately severe to severe AD patients. Among the trial’s endpoints are the measurement of improvement in cognition, activities of daily living and behavior. The Company’s goal is to show the robust treatment effect that the regulatory agencies, the marketplace and, most importantly, our patients and their caregivers are seeking.

 

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The total estimated budget for the services, including pass-through costs, is approximately $11.6 million. Neurotrope BioScience paid WCT an advance payment of $200,000 upon execution of the Agreement. Neurotrope BioScience may terminate the Agreement without cause upon sixty (60) days’ prior written notice.

 

Recent Events

 

In the November 2015 Private Placement, we sold 26,234,940 units at $0.60 per unit, with each unit consisting of Series B Stock together with Series A through Series E warrants to purchase common stock, and certain placement agent warrants, resulting in gross proceeds of $15,640,963. The total number of units sold includes 166,667 units granted to Dr. Abeles as compensation for his services as a consultant to the Company, which accounts for $100,000 that is not included in our calculation of gross proceeds. The private placement was completed in two closings, which took place on November 13, 2015 and November 30, 2015. In connection with this private placement, effective as of November 13, 2015, the holders of all 16,656,894 shares of our Series A Stock converted their shares into 19,865,109 shares of our common stock, which included 3,208,215 shares of our common stock issued in accordance with anti-dilution provisions relating to the Series A Stock.

 

Going Concern

 

As shown in the consolidated financial statements contained in this report, we have generated no revenues to date, have incurred substantial losses, and have substantial contractual commitments pursuant to various agreements to which we are a party.

 

Our ability to continue existence is dependent upon our continuing efforts to obtain additional financing to carry out our business plan. We intend to fund our operations through equity and/or debt financing arrangements and any revenues generated in the future. However, there can be no assurance that these arrangements, if any, will be sufficient to fund our ongoing capital expenditures, working capital, and other cash requirements. The outcome of these matters cannot be predicted at this time. 

 

There can be no assurance that any additional financings will be available to us on satisfactory terms and conditions, if at all. These conditions raise substantial doubt as to our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this report do not include any adjustments related to the recoverability or classification of asset-carrying amounts or the amounts and classification of liabilities that may result should we be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

Strategy

 

One of the central tenets of BRNI’s and our research and development is the belief that the neurodegeneration underlying these neurological diseases can be halted or reversed. We believe that the process of halting and reversing neurodegeneration may be achieved by an improvement in nerve cell viability and synaptic function through activation of an enzyme called PKC. This enzyme is actually a super family of isozymes (α, β, γ, δ, ε…) which have different activities in different tissues. The PKC epsilon variant has a very high concentration in the synapses of neurons, suggesting it plays a role in maintaining synaptic function. Deficient activity or low concentrations of PKC epsilon in aging subjects is proposed by BRNI to be one of the primary causes of the neurodegeneration seen in AD. Through a variety of the latest biomedical techniques and animal models developed to map and quantify neuroregeneration, BRNI has established a central role for PKC epsilon in re-modeling or restoring synaptic function in both healthy and diseased neurons in the central nervous system. In contrast to the industry’s historic focus on product candidates relating to either removal of amyloid plaque or Tau pathology in the brain, which have collectively resulted in numerous, failed clinical trials, Neurotrope is following a new and novel approach to AD drug development. Specifically, research conducted in animal models by the Company’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Dan Alkon, of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, showed that PKCε, when stimulated, initiated a cascade of enzymatic events, ultimately improved synaptic function, increased vital neurotropic factors and induced formation of new synapses. The stimulation of PKCε is far upstream from the formation of plaques and tangles, which may be considered pathologic markers of AD, rather than causes. As a potent modulator of PKCε at low dose levels, bryostatin has been shown to stimulate this key enzyme in our animal models, thus showing potential promise in restoring memory and learning function.

 

Our lead product candidate in the Neurotrope armamentarium is bryostatin. This drug has previously been evaluated in over 1,400 patients at the National Cancer Institute, or NCI, for the treatment of various forms of cancer. While bryostatin did not show sufficient anti-cancer effects to warrant commercialization of the compound, much useful information on the safety, pharmacodynamics, and toxicity of the drug was gleaned from these human trials. The NCI has allowed BRNI access to the valuable chemical, animal and human data from its cancer studies, to which we, in turn, have access under the BRNI License to be used in our own research and regulatory programs.

 

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It was discovered by BRNI that at a much lower dose than that which was used in these anti-cancer trials, bryostatin is a potent activator of PKC epsilon and thus may have efficacy in treating AD.

 

In addition, BRNI is conducting an expanded access program of Bryostatin-1 in patients with advanced AD. The purpose of the program is to provide experimental care to patients and to gain experience in understanding dosing, safety and efficacy of the drug in these patients. In this program, patients receive the drug, with informed consent, under the supervision of licensed physicians who are experts in the care of patients with advanced dementia. Treating physicians monitor safety and clinical outcomes. Thus far, four patients with advanced AD have been treated, three of which were treated under an Investigational New Drug Application, IND, cleared by the FDA which is held by BRNI. One of these patients, who had familiar AD, has died, but the death was not drug-related. The study for another one of these patients has concluded after almost one year on the protocol. A fourth patient has recently commenced treatment. On the basis of communication from caregivers and treating physicians, BRNI, with our support, has decided to enroll one additional patient in the extended access program. We are providing limited funding and personnel support under the terms of our agreement with BRNI for the modest expansion of this clinical effort in AD in the 2015 to 2016 timeframe. It is essential to note that this study is an open label study with no placebo control. We recognize that this study does not meet accepted scientific standards of a rigorous double blind placebo controlled clinical trial and does not provide rigorous data regarding safety and efficacy. Therefore, information derived from this program is purely anecdotal and cannot be used to support any scientific claims regarding either safety or efficacy.

   

Our strategy is to efficiently utilize our licensed proprietary and patented technologies to further the development of those technologies toward commercializing a therapeutic for AD and potentially utilize these technologies to treat other neurological diseases. We may also seek to acquire, by license or otherwise, other development stage products that are consistent with our product portfolio objectives and commercialization strategy. In addition, we plan to utilize technologies licensed from BRNI and Mount Sinai in order to pursue therapeutics for orphan drug indications, including Fragile X Syndrome and Niemann-Pick Type C disease. We license intellectual property from BRNI relating to Fragile X Syndrome (“FXS”). FXS is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and the most common known genetic cause of autism or autism spectrum disorders. Symptoms of FXS include a range from learning disabilities to more severe cognitive or intellectual disabilities. Delays in speech and language development are common, as are a variety of physical and behavioral characteristics. FXS is caused by a “full mutation” of the FMR1 Gene. There are approximately 135,000 Fragile X Syndrome patients in the United States and a similar number in Europe. Neurotrope BioScience receives support from the FRAXA Research Foundation, Inc. (“FRAXA”) to fund a pre-clinical Fragile X Syndrome (“FXS”) behavior study for bryostatin at FRAXA’s purpose built laboratory located at the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile. FRAXA will provide full funding for a preclinical study to evaluate the behavioral effects of bryostatin-1 in a FXS mouse model. We have formed an experienced clinical advisory board to assist us with the first protocol for a planned Phase 2a study in approximately 20 to 30 patients. We expect to complete the first clinical trial, depending upon our resources, by the end of 2016. We have been granted orphan drug designation by the FDA for the use of bryostatin in the treatment of Fragile X Syndrome.

 

Use of bryostatin to treat Niemann-Pick Type C Disease (“NP-C”) is being developed by the Company with collaborations with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, or Mt. Sinai, and with the organization Support of Accelerated Research (“SOAR”). NP-C mainly affects children who develop severe neurologic symptoms including gait disturbance and cognitive deficits early in life. There are approximately 3,500 NP-C patients in the United States and a similar number in Europe. Patients with NP-C have a gene defect that results in the loss of the “normal” NPC1 or NPC2 protein that is important for cholesterol trafficking. As a result of the gene defect, patients have accumulation of cholesterol and a number of other lipids such as sphingolipids, as well as an accumulation of gangliosides in various tissues, including the brain. Rates of disease progression and life expectancy vary widely; however, the majority of patients die between 10 and 25 years of age. Progressive neurological manifestations in NP-C patients have a profound effect on quality of life for both the patients and their caregivers.

 

Neurotrope Bioscience presented the findings of an in vitro study of bryostatin’s effects on Niemann Pick Type C1 cells, or NPC1 cells at the annual Michael, Marcia & Christa Parseghian Scientific Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C research at the University of Notre Dame in June 2015. The presentation reported the results of in vitro studies of three PKC activators, bryostatin, DCPLA and diazoxide, on their ability to correct the cholesterol transport defect in NPC1 cells. The studies, conducted at Mt. Sinai, in conjunction with Neurotrope, concluded that all three PKC activators were able to induce clearance of cholesterol from NPC1 cells to varying degrees and at different drug concentrations. The study demonstrated that bryostatin was the most potent compound showing statistically significant activity at the nanomolar concentration. A second patient cell line with a completely distinct NPC1 genotype was also tested with similar results. In vivo studies are currently underway at Mt. Sinai to evaluate the effect of bryostatin in an animal model of Niemann-Pick Type C. We are working towards completion of the necessary pre-clinical work in order to obtain FDA approval of an IND, or investigational new drug application. Assuming that the pre-clinical work shows positive activity, we expect to apply for orphan drug designation for this indication.

 

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Following the conference, the Company announced in June 2015 that Neurotrope Bioscience would conduct an additional preclinical study, in collaboration with a leading research institution, to examine the effect of bryostatin in Niemann-Pick type C mice (NP-C Mice). The study is being funded by several family foundations under the auspices of SOAR-NPC. This planned study will examine the effects of various dosing regimens of bryostatin in NP-C Mice over a brief treatment period. Specifically, the in vivo study will seek to confirm previous in vitro studies that suggest bryostatin may be effective in correcting the cholesterol transport defect in NP-C. The Company expects the results of the study to be available in the fourth quarter of 2015. This study is designed to examine the ability of bryostatin treatment to remove cholesterol from the brain which is believed to be critical for an effective therapy of NP-C.

 

Critical Accounting Policies, Estimates, and Judgments

 

Our financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles that are generally accepted in the United States. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. We continually evaluate our estimates and judgments, the most critical of which are those related to accounting for equity compensation and our commitments to strategic alliance partners and the timing of the achievement of collaboration milestones. We base our estimates and judgments on historical experience and other factors that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Materially different results can occur as circumstances change and additional information becomes known. Besides the estimates identified above that are considered critical, we make many other accounting estimates in preparing our financial statements and related disclosures. All estimates, whether or not deemed critical, affect reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, as well as disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities. These estimates and judgments are also based on historical experience and other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. Materially different results can occur as circumstances change and additional information becomes known, even for estimates and judgments that are not deemed critical.

 

Results of Operations

 

Comparison of the Years ended December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013

 

Revenues

 

We did not generate any revenues for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.

 

Operating Expenses

 

Overview

 

Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $9,267,120 versus $7,590,782 for the year ended December 31, 2013, an increase of approximately 22%. The increase in operating expenses is due primarily to the acceleration of product research and development activities relating to its collaboration with BRNI and the treatment and diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, which was partially offset by a decrease in general and administrative expenses.

 

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Research and Development Expenses

 

   Year ended December 31, 2014   Year ended December 31, 2013 
   Therapeutic   Diagnostic   Patents &
Licenses
   Total   Therapeutic   Diagnostic   Patents &
Licenses
   Total 
Related Party (BRNI)  $789,172   $1,096,984   $337,487   $2,223,643   $245,830   $873,495   $248,319   $1,367,644 
Non-Related Party   1,183,534    0    59,172    1,242,706    0    0    0    0 
Total  $1,972,706   $1,096,984   $396,659   $3,466,349   $245,830   $873,495   $248,319   $1,367,644 

 

For the year ended December 31, 2014, we incurred $2,223,643 of research and development – related party expenses versus $1,367,644 for the year ended December 31, 2013. These expenses were incurred pursuant to our strategic alliance with BRNI for ongoing research and development principally relating to the development of our potential therapeutic and former diagnostic product. Of these expenses, for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, $789,172 and $245,830, respectively, related to the development of our potential AD therapeutic product, $1,096,984 and $873,495, respectively, related to the continuing development of our former potential AD diagnostic product, and $337,487 and $248,319, respectively, was incurred for patent expenses associated with the two licensed technology platforms from BRNI.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2014, we incurred $1,242,706 in research and development expenses with non-related parties versus $0 for the year ended December 31, 2013. These expenses were incurred pursuant to developing the potential AD therapeutic product. Of these expenses, for the year ended December 31, 2014, $907,753 related to producing and storing drug product for clinical trial patient dosing for our Phase 2a clinical trial, which was completed and the drug product utilized during 2014, $185,700 for clinical consulting services, $90,081 was incurred for inventory management of drug product for clinical trials and $59,172 of licensing payment amortization relating to the Stanford and Mount Sinai license agreements.

 

The February 2015 SOW was effective as of October 1, 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2014, we incurred $600,000 in expenses relating to the February 2015 SOW versus $0 for the year ended December 31, 2013. Of this $600,000, we paid $400,000 in 2014, and we paid the remaining $200,000 in 2015.

 

General and Administrative Expenses

 

We incurred related party general and administrative expenses relating to BRNI and its affiliates totaling $108,693 and $1,446,986 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, a decrease of approximately 92%. The decrease is primarily attributable to the payment of a royalty of $0 and $1,038,750 to BRNI, respectively, such difference in the royalties due to BRNI is a result of royalties paid to BRNI in 2013 in connection with the closing of fundraising transactions that occurred in 2013 and; $108,694 versus $61,000 paid to our prior and current Chairmen for services in that capacity provided to us, respectively. In addition, for the year ended December 31, 2013, $347,236 of wages, taxes, insurance and consulting fees relating to our former President and Chief Executive Officer were classified as related party expenses.

 

We incurred $4,488,415 and $1,653,208 of other general and administrative expenses for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, an increase of approximately 171%. Of the amounts for the years ended December 31, 2014 versus the comparable 2013 period: $2,123,189 was incurred for wages, bonuses, vacation pay and taxes for six employees versus $105,111, such difference due to the fact that we had one employee employed for a portion of 2013 versus six full-time employees in 2014; $691,867 for ongoing legal expenses versus $731,056 for ongoing legal expenses, plus one-time legal expenses for the BRNI License and closing of the merger and private placement financing; $876,704 was incurred for outside operations consulting services versus $424,971; $215,696 was incurred for travel expenses versus $0; $188,310 was incurred for investor relations services versus $0; $147,635 was incurred for professional fees associated with auditing, financial, accounting and tax advisory services versus $311,502, such difference is due to the merger and private placement transactions that occurred in 2013; $104,320 was incurred for insurance versus $47,094; $60,000 was incurred for payments to our Executive Chairman versus $0; and $80,694 was incurred for office supplies, license fees, filing costs, rent, advertising and other, mostly relating to new office facilities in New Jersey, versus $33,474.

 

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Stock Based Compensation Expenses

 

We incurred related party non-cash expenses totaling $252,868 versus $2,854,745 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, in connection with the issuance of stock options. The decrease is a result of the issuance of stock options pursuant to the merger and private placement transactions that occurred in 2013.

 

We incurred $950,795 and $268,199 of non-related party non-cash expenses for issuance of stock options for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

 

Other Income

 

We earned $13,797 of interest income for the year ended December 31, 2014 versus $1,378 for the year ended December 31, 2013 on funds temporarily deposited in an interest bearing money market account.

 

Net loss and earnings (losses) per share

 

We incurred losses of $9,253,323 and $7,589,404 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The increased loss was primarily due to our increased activities and new employee hiring during the current period. Earnings (losses) per share were ($0.49) and ($0.40) for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The increase in loss per share is primarily attributable to the increase in our operating loss for the current period.

 

Financial Condition, Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Since the inception of Neurotrope BioScience, we have primarily devoted our efforts to the development of our therapeutic products, raising capital, negotiating the BRNI License and, until June 30, 2015, the license we formerly held under the BRNI License Agreement to certain technology, including rights relating to an in vitro test system based on examination of skin cells intended to predict the presence of Alzheimer’s disease in humans (the “AD Diagnostic Test”) toward commercialization while conducting business planning and recruiting executive management.

 

Cash and Working Capital

 

Since inception, we incurred negative cash flows from operations. As of December 31, 2014, we had an accumulated deficit of $18,282,689 and had working capital of $6,818,242 as compared to working capital of $14,890,387 as of December 31, 2013. The $8,072,146 decrease in working capital was attributable to our expenditures relating to development of a potential therapeutic and potential former diagnostic product and general and administrative expenses which resulted in a net loss of $9,253,323 and capital expenditures of $54,943 offset by non-cash expenses of $1,236,120 for the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

Sources and Uses of Liquidity

 

Since inception, we have satisfied our operating cash requirements from the private placement of Series A Preferred Stock sold principally to outside investors.

 

In February 2013, through a private placement, we issued 9,073,300 shares of Series A Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $9,073,300. In connection with the closing of the private placement, we paid a placement agent $882,330. In May 2013, we issued an additional 1,313,325 shares of Series A Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $1,313,325, on which we paid a placement agent $131,332. In August 2013, through an additional private placement, we issued 11,533,375 of Series A Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $11,533,375. In connection with the closing of the August 2013 private placement, we paid a placement agent $1,103,338. Further, Neurotrope BioScience became a wholly-owned subsidiary of a publicly traded company in the Reverse Merger. In October 2013, through an additional private placement, we issued 1,080,000 of Series A Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $1,080,000. In connection with the closing of the private placement, we paid a placement agent $108,000.

 

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On November 13, 2015, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement to sell up to 26,234,940 units in a private placement at a per unit purchase price equal to $0.60. Each unit consisted of (i) one one-hundredth share of Series B Stock convertible into one share of our common stock, (ii) one warrant to acquire, at an exercise price of $0.80 per share with an expiration date five years from the date of issuance, one share of our common stock (the “Series A Warrant”), (iii) one warrant to acquire, at an exercise price of $0.80 per share with an expiration date of one year from the date of issuance, one share of our common stock (the “Series B Warrant”), (iv) one warrant to acquire, at an exercise price of $1.25 per share with an expiration date of five years from the issuance date, one share of our common stock (the “Series C Warrant”), (v) one warrant, which is contingent upon the exercise of the Series B Warrant, to acquire, at an exercise price of $1.00 per share with an expiration date that is five years from the date of the initial exercise of the Series B Warrant, one share of our common stock (the “Series D Warrant”), and (vi) one warrant, which is contingent upon the exercise of the Series C Warrant, to acquire, at an initial exercise price of $1.50 per share with an expiration date that is five years from the date of the initial exercise of the Series C Warrant, one share of our common stock (the “Series E Warrant”, and together with the Series A Warrant, the Series B Warrant, the Series C Warrant and the Series D Warrant, the “Investor Warrants”). The exercise prices of the Investor Warrants are initially subject to full protection for dilutive issuances. The Series A Warrant and Series B Warrant each contain a mandatory exercise right of ours to force exercise of the warrant if our common stock trades at or above $1.50 for 20 consecutive trading days (subject to certain conditions, including a $150,000 minimum daily volume requirement). The Series C Warrant contains a mandatory exercise right of the Company to force exercise of the warrant if our common stock trades at or above $2.00 for 20 consecutive trading days (subject to certain conditions, including a $150,000 minimum daily volume requirement). In addition, pursuant to the terms of the Securities Purchase Agreement, we may sell, in one additional closing on the same terms and conditions as those contained in the purchase agreement, additional units to one or more buyers (each, an “Additional Investor”), each of which is either (a) an institutional investor that focuses on the biotech industry, (b) an investor of our Series A Stock, (c) any investor investing under $5,000 or (d) any person approved in writing by each of those selling stockholders who are institutional investors and such selling stockholder’s purchase price (together with such selling stockholder’s institutional affiliates) equals or exceeds $1,000,000 (the “Large Buyers”). The Large Buyers also have certain consent rights with respect to any Additional Investor. In connection with the private placement, the holders of our Series A Stock consented to convert their holdings into common stock. The closing of the private placement was subject to customary closing conditions and was completed in two closings, which took place on November 13, 2015 and November 30, 2015. The gross proceeds from the closing of the initial portion of the private placement were approximately $15,330,000 and from the second portion of the private placement were $311,000.

 

Going Concern

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. As shown in the accompanying consolidated financial statements, we have generated no revenues to-date have incurred substantial losses during the Company’s development stage, and have substantial contractual commitments pursuant to various agreements to which we are a party.

 

Our ability to continue existence is dependent upon our continuing efforts to obtain additional financing to carry out our business plan during the development stage. We intend to fund our operations through equity and/or debt financing arrangements and any revenues generated in the future. However, there can be no assurance that these arrangements, if any, will be sufficient to fund our ongoing capital expenditures, working capital, and other cash requirements. The outcome of these matters cannot be predicted at this time.

 

There can be no assurance that any additional financings will be available to us on satisfactory terms and conditions, if at all. These conditions raise substantial doubt as to our ability to continue as a going concern.

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments related to the recoverability or classification of asset-carrying amounts or the amounts and classification of liabilities that may result should we be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We did not engage in any “off-balance sheet arrangements” (as that term is defined in Item 303(a)(4)(ii) of Regulation S-K) as of December 31, 2014. 

 

Results of Operations

 

Comparison of the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014

 

Revenues

 

We did not generate any revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.

 

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Operating Expenses

 

Overview

 

Total operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 were $6,911,236 versus $6,870,607 for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of approximately 1%. The increase in operating expenses is due primarily to the acceleration of product research and development activities relating to efforts to commercialize pharmaceutical products for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and its collaboration with BRNI and an increase in general and administrative expenses to support product research and development activities offset by a decrease in non-cash stock compensation expenses.

 

Research and Development Expenses

 

   Nine months ended September 30, 2015   Nine months ended September 30, 2014 
   Therapeutic   Diagnostic   Patents &
Licenses
   Total   Therapeutic   Diagnostic   Patents &
Licenses
   Total 
Related Party (BRNI)  $NA   $NA   $NA   $1,852,428   $474,892   $1,096,984   $337,487   $1,909,363 
Non-Related Party   1,295,065    0    53,078    1,348,143    740,107    0    34,082    774,189 
Total  $1,295,065   $0   $53,078   $3,200,571   $1,214,999   $1,096,984   $371,569   $2,683,552 

  

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, we incurred $1,852,428 of research and development – related party expenses versus $1,909,363 for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. These expenses are incurred pursuant to our strategic alliance with BRNI for ongoing research and development principally relating to the development of our potential therapeutic under the terms of the February 2015 SOW. We paid a flat fee of $200,000 per month through September 30, 2015, which covered product development activities and maintenance of the licensed patent portfolio and paid separately for certain expenses relating to analytical testing and consulting fees.

  

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, we incurred $1,348,143 in research and development expenses with non-related parties versus $774,189 for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of approximately 73%. These expenses were incurred pursuant to developing the potential AD therapeutic product and products relating to orphan drug indications. Of these expenses, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, $1,108,509 related to conducting our AD Phase 2a clinical trial and related production, inventory management and storing of drug product versus $651,412 for the comparable 2014 period, $156,072 for clinical consulting services versus $88,695 for the comparable 2014 period, $41,078 of licensing payment amortization relating to the Stanford and Mount Sinai license agreements versus $34,082 for the comparable 2014 period, $30,484 for orphan drug development costs versus $0 for the comparable 2014 period, and $12,000 for development of alternative drug supply with Stanford University versus $0 for the comparable 2014 period. We expect our research and development expenses to increase, as our resources permit, in order to advance our potential products.

 

General and Administrative Expenses

 

We incurred related party general and administrative expenses totaling $81,000 and $81,693 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. This amount is attributable to the payments to our prior Chairman for services provided to us as a director.

 

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We incurred $3,242,220 and $3,174,489 of other general and administrative expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, an increase of approximately 5%. Of the amounts for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period: $2,017,166 was incurred for wages, bonuses, vacation pay, severance, taxes and insurance for five employees plus our Chairman, versus $1,443,445 for six employees for the 2014 comparable period; $597,096 for ongoing legal expenses versus $489,807; $171,736 was incurred for investor relations services versus $100,908; $177,800 was incurred for insurance versus $75,202; $0 was incurred for outside operations consulting services versus $714,953 based upon the Company either hiring the consultants or completing services provided by such consultants; $117,090 was incurred for travel expenses versus $175,769; $98,023 was incurred for professional fees associated with auditing, financial, accounting and tax advisory services versus $125,403; and $143,806 was incurred for office rent and utilities, supplies, license fees, filing costs, rent, advertising and other, mostly relating to office facilities in New Jersey offset by a credit of $80,497 relating to a settlement of a payable to a service provider versus $49,002. As further discussed in Note 4 (Contractual Commitments) and Note 12 (Subsequent Events) that are included in the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited) above, with respect to the amounts that we incurred for severance, we have accrued a total of $265,000 of severance payments as of September 30, 2015, which are contingent upon us raising additional capital in excess of $7.5 million.

 

Stock Based Compensation Expenses

 

We incurred related party non-cash expenses totaling $131,453 versus $208,569 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, in connection with the issuance of stock options, and we incurred $255,774 and $722,304 of non-related party non-cash expenses for issuance of stock options for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The decrease is a result of canceling previously issued stock options terminated in 2014 partially offset by the issuance of new stock options during the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

 

Other Income

 

We earned $2,844 of net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 versus $11,590 for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 on funds temporarily deposited in an interest bearing money market account. This decrease is attributable to the reduction in cash balances.

 

Net loss and earnings (losses) per share

 

We incurred losses of $6,908,174 and $6,859,017 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The increased loss was primarily due to our increased activities and new employee hiring during 2014 offset by a decrease in non-cash stock-based compensation expenses. Earnings (losses) per common share including dividends accruable on Series A Preferred Stock were ($0.30) and ($0.38) for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The increase in loss per share is primarily attributable to the decrease in our operating loss for the current period partially offset by the increase in the number of weighted average number of shares.

 

Comparison of the three months ended September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014

 

Revenues

 

We did not generate any revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.

 

Operating Expenses

 

Overview

 

Total operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2015 were $1,892,304 versus $3,144,315 for the three months ended September 30, 2014, a decrease of approximately 40%. The decrease in operating expenses is due primarily to reductions in research and development and general and administrative expenses and non-cash stock-based compensation expenses.

 

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Research and Development Expenses

 

    Three months ended September 30, 2015     Three months ended September 30, 2014  
    Therapeutic     Diagnostic     Patents &
Licenses
    Total     Therapeutic     Diagnostic     Patents &
Licenses
    Total  
Related Party (BRNI)   $ NA     $ NA     $ NA     $ 636,547     $ 368,361     $ 274,246     $ 203,528     $ 846,135  
Non-Related Party     261,324       0       7,341       268,665       368,221       0       0       368,221  
Total   $ 261,324     $ 0     $ 7,341     $ 905,212     $ 736,582     $ 274,246     $ 203,528     $ 1,214,356  

 

For the three months ended September 30, 2015, we incurred $636,547 of research and development – related party expenses versus $846,135 for the three months ended September 30, 2014. These expenses were incurred pursuant to our strategic alliance with BRNI for ongoing research and development principally relating to the development of our potential therapeutic and the former AD Diagnostic Test. Under the terms of the February 2015 SOW, we paid BRNI a flat fee of $200,000 per month which covers product development activities and maintenance of the licensed patent portfolio and paid separately for certain expenses relating to analytical testing and consulting fees.

 

For the three months ended September 30, 2015, we incurred $268,665 in research and development expenses with non-related parties versus $368,221 for the three months ended September 30, 2014. These expenses were incurred pursuant to developing the potential AD therapeutic product and products relating to orphan drug indications. Of these expenses, for the three months ended September 30, 2015, $235,724 related to conducting our AD Phase 2a clinical trial and related production and inventory management and storing of drug product versus $610,279 for the comparable 2014 period, $17,331 for clinical consulting services versus $88,695 for the comparable 2014 period, $7,341 of licensing payment amortization relating to the Stanford and Mount Sinai license agreements versus $24,048 for the comparable 2014 period, $12,469 for orphan drug development costs versus $0 for the comparable 2014 period, and ($4,200) for development of alternative drug supply with Stanford University versus $0 for the comparable 2014 period. The credit balance relates to a reclassification and capitalization of licensing fees paid during the first half of 2015.

 

General and Administrative Expenses

 

We incurred related party general and administrative expenses totaling $27,000 and $27,693 for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. This amount is attributable to the payments to our prior Chairman for services provided to us as a director.

 

We incurred $817,880 and $1,307,877 of other general and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, a decrease of approximately 30%. Of the amounts for the three months ended September 30, 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period: $506,818 was incurred for wages, bonuses, vacation pay, severance, taxes and insurance for five employees plus our Chairman versus $589,051 for six employees for the 2014 comparable period and other expenses totaling approximately $284,000 paid to the Company’s former President and Chief Executive Officer; $200,796 for ongoing legal expenses versus $249,970; $43,616 was incurred for investor relations services versus $34,228; $51,051 was incurred for insurance versus $33,652; $0 was incurred for outside operations consulting services versus $291,876 based upon the Company either hiring the consultants or completing services provided by such consultants; $35,061 was incurred for travel expenses versus $41,892; $22,521 was incurred for professional fees associated with auditing, financial, accounting and tax advisory services versus $31,608; and $38,514 was incurred for office rent and utilities, supplies, license fees, filing costs, rent, advertising and other, mostly relating to office facilities in New Jersey offset by a credit of $80,497 relating to a settlement of a payable to a service provider versus $35,600.

 

Stock Based Compensation Expenses

 

We incurred related party non-cash expenses totaling $44,299 versus $74,302 for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, in connection with the issuance of stock options, and we incurred $97,913 and $520,087 of non-related party non-cash expenses for issuance of stock options for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. During the three months ended September 30, 2014, several new stock options awards were granted with immediate vesting provisions.

 

Other Income

 

We earned $355 of net interest income for the three months ended September 30, 2015 versus $2,707 for the three months ended September 30, 2014 on funds temporarily deposited in an interest bearing money market account. This decrease is attributable to the reduction in cash balances.

 

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Net loss and earnings (losses) per share

 

We incurred losses of $1,891,949 and $3,141,608 for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The decreased loss was primarily due to decrease in head count during the second quarter of 2015 and decreased non-cash stock compensation expenses. Earnings (losses) per common share including dividends accruable on Series A Preferred Stock were ($0.08) and ($0.16) for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The decrease in losses coincides with a decrease in losses and an increase in weighted average common shares outstanding.

 

Financial Condition, Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Since the inception of Neurotrope BioScience, we have primarily devoted our efforts to the development of our therapeutic products, raising capital, negotiating the BRNI License and, until June 30, 2015, the former AD Diagnostic Test toward commercialization while conducting business planning and recruiting executive management.

 

Cash and Working Capital

 

Since inception, we incurred negative cash flows from operations. As of September 30, 2015, we had an accumulated deficit of $25,190,863 and had working capital of $292,490 as compared to working capital of $6,818,242 as of December 31, 2014. The $6,525,752 decrease in working capital was attributable to our expenditures relating principally to development of potential therapeutic products and potential former diagnostic product and general and administrative expenses, which resulted in a net loss of $6,908,174 and capital expenditures of $11,827 offset by non-cash expenses of $391,886 and proceeds from the exercise of common stock warrants of $2,363 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

 

Sources and Uses of Liquidity

 

Since inception, we have satisfied our operating cash requirements from the private placement of Series A Preferred Stock sold principally to outside investors.

 

In February 2013, through a private placement, we issued 9,073,300 shares of Series A Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $9,073,300. In connection with the closing of the private placement, we paid a placement agent $882,330. In May 2013, we issued an additional 1,313,325 shares of Series A Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $1,313,325, on which we paid a placement agent $131,332. In August 2013, through an additional private placement, we issued 11,533,375 of Series A Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $11,533,375. In connection with the closing of the August 2013 private placement, we paid a placement agent $1,103,338. Further, Neurotrope BioScience became a wholly-owned subsidiary of a publicly traded company in the Reverse Merger. In October 2013, through an additional private placement, we issued 1,080,000 of Series A Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $1,080,000. In connection with the closing of the private placement, we paid a placement agent $108,000.

 

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On November 13, 2015, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement to sell up to 26,234,940 units in a private placement at a per unit purchase price equal to $0.60. Each unit consisted of (i) one one-hundredth share of Series B Stock convertible into one share of our common stock, (ii) one warrant to acquire, at an exercise price of $0.80 per share with an expiration date five years from the date of issuance, one share of our common stock (the “Series A Warrant”), (iii) one warrant to acquire, at an exercise price of $0.80 per share with an expiration date of one year from the date of issuance, one share of our common stock (the “Series B Warrant”), (iv) one warrant to acquire, at an exercise price of $1.25 per share with an expiration date of five years from the issuance date, one share of our common stock (the “Series C Warrant”), (v) one warrant, which is contingent upon the exercise of the Series B Warrant, to acquire, at an exercise price of $1.00 per share with an expiration date that is five years from the date of the initial exercise of the Series B Warrant, one share of our common stock (the “Series D Warrant”), and (vi) one warrant, which is contingent upon the exercise of the Series C Warrant, to acquire, at an initial exercise price of $1.50 per share with an expiration date that is five years from the date of the initial exercise of the Series C Warrant, one share of our common stock (the “Series E Warrant”, and together with the Series A Warrant, the Series B Warrant, the Series C Warrant and the Series D Warrant, the “Investor Warrants”). The exercise prices of the Investor Warrants are initially subject to full protection for dilutive issuances. The Series A Warrant and Series B Warrant each contain a mandatory exercise right of ours to force exercise of the warrant if our common stock trades at or above $1.50 for 20 consecutive trading days (subject to certain conditions, including a $150,000 minimum daily volume requirement). The Series C Warrant contains a mandatory exercise right of the Company to force exercise of the warrant if our common stock trades at or above $2.00 for 20 consecutive trading days (subject to certain conditions, including a $150,000 minimum daily volume requirement). In addition, pursuant to the terms of the Securities Purchase Agreement, we may sell, in one additional closing on the same terms and conditions as those contained in the purchase agreement, additional units to one or more buyers (each, an “Additional Investor”), each of which is either (a) an institutional investor that focuses on the biotech industry, (b) an investor of our Series A Stock, (c) any investor investing under $5,000 or (d) any person approved in writing by each of those selling stockholders who are institutional investors and such selling stockholder’s purchase price (together with such selling stockholder’s institutional affiliates) equals or exceeds $1,000,000 (the “Large Buyers”). The Large Buyers also have certain consent rights with respect to any Additional Investor. In connection with the private placement, the holders of our Series A Stock consented to convert their holdings into common stock. The closing of the private placement was subject to customary closing conditions and was completed in two closings, which took place on November 13, 2015 and November 30, 2015. The gross proceeds from the closing of the initial portion of the private placement were approximately $15,330,000 and from the second portion of the private placement were $311,000.

 

As of December 9, 2015, we had cash and cash equivalents totaling approximately $11.7 million. Management believes we may have sufficient capital to fund the Company through the next twelve months based upon our product development plans. However, as described in this prospectus, we are currently reviewing our strategic plans. We intend to adjust our operating plans, to the extent possible, by rationalizing non-contractual variable overhead expenses so that we have at least 12 months of cash for operations at the end of fiscal year 2015. In addition, we may choose to further reevaluate our strategic plan in the future (See “Going Concern” below).

 

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DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS

 

Immediately following the Reverse Merger, the business of Neurotrope BioScience became our business. Neurotrope BioScience was formed for the primary purpose of commercializing the technologies initially developed by BRNI for therapeutic or diagnostic applications for AD or other cognitive dysfunctions.

 

History

 

As described in the Prospectus Summary above under the heading “Organizational History,” we were incorporated in Florida as BlueFlash Communications, Inc. on January 11, 2011. Prior to the Reverse Merger and Split-Off (each as defined above), our business was established to provide software solutions to deliver geo-location targeted coupon advertising to mobile internet devices. As a result of the Split-Off and the Reverse Merger, the Company discontinued its pre-Reverse Merger business and acquired the business of Neurotrope BioScience.

 

Our authorized capital stock currently consists of 300,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.0001, and 50,000,000 shares of “blank check” preferred stock, par value $0.0001, 24,325,000 of which has been designated as Series A Preferred Stock and 333,333 of which has been designated as Series B Preferred Stock. Our common stock is quoted on the OTC Market (OTCQB) under the symbol “NTRP.”

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 50 Park Place, Suite 1401, Newark, New Jersey 07102. Our telephone number is 1-973-242-0005. Our website address is www.neurotropebioscience.com.

 

Neurotrope BioScience was incorporated on October 31, 2012, under the laws of the State of Delaware, for the primary purpose of commercializing the technologies initially developed by BRNI for therapeutic and diagnostic applications for AD and other cognitive dysfunctions. The Company has been principally focused on developing two product platforms, a drug candidate called bryostatin for the treatment of AD and our diagnostic test for AD, both of which are in the clinical testing stage.

 

On October 31, 2012, Neurotrope BioScience entered into the Technology License and Services Agreement, the BRNI License, with BRNI and its affiliate NRV II, LLC, pursuant to which it was granted an exclusive non-transferable license to certain patents and technologies required to develop our proposed products. On February 4, 2015, the parties entered into an Amended and Restated Technology License and Services Agreement that further amended and restated the BRNI License. (For additional information, see “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions—BRNI License.”) Neurotrope BioScience was formed for the primary purpose of commercializing certain technologies, which were initially developed by BRNI, for therapeutic or diagnostic applications for AD or other neurodegenerative disorders. These technologies have been under development by BRNI since 1999 and, up until March 2013, were financed by BRNI through significant funding from a variety of non-investor sources (which included not-for-profit foundations, the National Institutes of Health (which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and contributions from individuals). From March 2013 forward, development of the licensed technology has been funded principally through collaboration by BRNI with Neurotrope BioScience.

 

Bryostatin is a potent modulator of the enzyme protein kinase C epsilon (“PKCε”). In preclinical in vivo models, this effect has been shown to play an important role in slowing or reversing AD and restoring cognition, memory and motor skills.

 

Bryostatin modulates the same enzyme target used by the former diagnostic test for the detection of AD. We believe bryostatin may restore synaptic structures and functions damaged by AD, leading to improvements in cognition and memory. Beyond AD, several other neurodegenerative diseases, such as ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury, Fragile X mental retardation, depression and aging in the brain, may be amenable to treatment with the same approach.

 

BRNI is conducting an enhanced access program of Bryostatin-1 in patients with advanced AD. Thus far, three patients with advanced AD have been treated, two of which were treated under an IND application cleared by the FDA which is held by BRNI. The study for one of these patients concluded in 2014 and the other patient is still being treated after six months on the protocol. On the basis of communication from caregivers and treating physicians, BRNI, with our support, has decided to enroll additional patients in the extended access program. We are providing funding and personnel support under the terms of our agreement with BRNI for a modest expansion of this clinical effort in AD in 2015.

 

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On July 29, 2014, we announced that we initiated our Phase 2a clinical trial to evaluate bryostatin for the treatment of patients with AD. The trial was being conducted under an IND application filed by BRNI. BRNI transferred its rights and obligations arising under such IND application to us on February 4, 2015. We enrolled a total of nine patients in the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single dose study. Six patients were randomized to receive bryostatin by injection and three received a matching placebo control. The primary objective of the clinical trial was to assess the safety and tolerability of a single dose of bryostatin in the treatment of patients with AD. The secondary objectives of the study were the preliminary evaluation of the efficacy of a single dose of bryostatin in the treatment of patients with AD, its pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and the evaluation of any correlation between changes in PKCε with plasma levels of bryostatin and with improvement in cognitive function. On February 24, 2015, we announced that the Phase 2a clinical trial met its primary endpoint demonstrating preliminary safety and tolerability of bryostatin. On March 17, 2015, we announced that preliminary assessment of PKCε levels in peripheral monocytes demonstrated a significant increase in total PKC protein levels at the end of the bryostatin infusion consistent with target engagement. An additional secondary objective of the study was the evaluation of efficacy following a single dose of bryostatin; there was no measurable improvement in cognition in this mildly impaired patient population.

 

In addition to bryostatin for AD, we intend to pursue development of selected other technology platforms with applications related to the treatment of AD and other neurodegenerative disorders based on our current licensed technology or technology available from third party licensors or collaborators.

 

AD and the Potential Market for our Products 

 

The Epidemic of AD

 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it was estimated that 36 million people worldwide had AD in 2010. The prevalence of AD is independent of race, ethnicity, geography, lifestyle and, to a large extent, genetics. The most common cause of developing AD is living a long life. In developing countries where the median age of death is less than 65 years old, AD is rarely recognized or diagnosed. In the U.S. in 2014, 5.2 million people are estimated to have AD, and approximately 96% of these people are older than 65 years of age.

 

Researchers continue to explore a wide range of drug mechanisms in hopes of developing drugs to combat this disease. Figure 1 illustrates the range of mechanisms under consideration. Our approach, which involves the activation of the enzyme PKCε, represents a novel mechanism in the armamentarium of potential AD drug therapies.

 

Figure 1. Different Pharmacologic Targets being pursued for the Treatment of AD1

 

 

It has been shown that, during several years preceding the diagnosis of dementia associated with AD, there is a gradual cognition decline, which at first may have rather benign characteristics. Entering the mild cognitive impairment (“MCI”) phase of the disease marks progression of AD to the point where there is a significant loss of synapses (the junctions between nerve cells) preventing effective neurotransmission (Figure 2). This precursor phase transitions into mild, moderate and, finally, severe stages of the disease that are characterized by greater systemic loss of neurons in the brain tissue.

 

 

1 Business Insights: Reference Code B100040-005, Publication Date May 2011, “Advances in AD Drug Discovery”

 

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Figure 2. Early Diagnosis of AD is Essential to Effective Treatment2

 

 

This progressive degeneration produces some abnormalities in the brain’s neurotransmitter systems. Multiple failures in acetylcholine and glutamate neurotransmitter systems (neurotransmitters) appear to underlie some of the symptomology of AD, and thus these systems have become targets for pharmacologic intervention.

 

The loss of neuronal function and neuronal cell death is also related to the abnormal processing of β amyloid (“Aβ”) peptide, ultimately leading to the formation of Aβ plaques (protein deposits) in the brain. As illustrated in Figure 2, this amyloid load in the brain usually becomes marked before the symptoms of the MCI phase appear in AD patients.

 

The conventional amyloid cascade hypothesis holds that amyloid pathology leads to tau proteins (a protein found in nerve cells) being deposited within neurons in the form of insoluble tangles, excitotoxicity (overstimulation of nerve cells by neurotransmitters), inflammation and finally synaptic depletion and neuronal death. The majority of drug development efforts to date have focused on stopping the production of Aβ or its fragments, and the elimination of these peptides from either intracellular or extracellular locations has represented the preponderance of drug design efforts to halt the progression of AD. However, these efforts have been largely unsuccessful.

 

We believe the current failures of therapies clearing formed amyloid come from an incorrect view of the process. In our view, amyloid plaques are one of the pathologic hallmarks of AD, but cognitive deficits and synaptic loss can often occur in AD patients in the absence of amyloid plaques. We believe the appearance of these plaques is not necessarily linked to the death of neurons or synapses, and that the elimination of the plaques does not restore cognitive function as already demonstrated in extensive clinical testing with pathologic correlates. However, we believe that the soluble amyloid pre-plaque oligomers do appear to be important in the progression of the disease.

 

In animal studies, BRNI found that PKCε activation in neurons targets the loss of synapses in the brains of animals with AD, and can delay or temporarily arrest other elements of the disease, i.e. the elevation of the toxic Aβ peptide, the loss of neurons, the appearance of plaques, and the loss of cognitive function.

 

Potential Market for Our Products

 

According to an article titled “Progress in AD” published in The Journal of Neurology in 2012, there has been a dearth of new product introductions in the last 20 years either for the treatment of AD symptoms or its definitive diagnosis in patients who begin exhibiting the memory and cognitive disorders associated with the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, all of the products introduced to date for the treatment of AD have yielded negative or marginal results with no long-term effect on the progression of AD and no improvement in the memory or cognitive performance of the patients receiving these therapies. With 36 million people worldwide estimated to have had AD in 2010, there is significant commercial potential for a new therapeutic that is effective in delaying the progression of the disease.

 

We believe the markets for drugs or therapies to treat and analyze AD exist exclusively in the developed world and principally comprise the North American, European and Japanese markets. The aggregate AD market is subdivided into four distinct segments, which are shown in Figure 3, as are the projected compounded annual growth rates (“CAGRs”) for these segments over the 2009-2014 timeframe.

 

 

2 Lancet Neurol. 2010;9,119. CR Jack et al, “ Hypothetical model of dynamic biomarkers of the Alzheimer’s pathological cascade”

 

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Sales of the major drug therapies available only by prescription are reported in Figure 3, which includes, among others, the acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (Exelon®, Razadyne®, and Aricept®) and the glutamate antagonist, Namenda®.3 These drugs are approved for the symptomatic treatment of the cognitive aspects of AD, but have no meaningful effect on disease progression, giving only temporary improvement in cognitive decline. Despite their limited efficacy, this group of drugs had collective worldwide sales in 2011 in excess of approximately $6 billion, according to a BBC Research Report. The negative CAGR for this segment reflects the fact that this class of drugs faces generic competition over the timeframe considered.

 

Figure 3. Global Market for AD ($ mm): 2009-20144

 

Market Segments  2009   2014   CAGR%
2009-14
 
Prescription Drugs for AD   5,947    5,211    -2.6%
Diagnostics / Biomarkers   1,164    2,855    19.6%
Therapeutics for Treatment of Symptoms   567    726    5.1 
Imaging   361    852    18.7 
Total   8,040    9,644    3.7 

 

The “Therapeutics for Treatment of Symptoms” category cited in Figure 3 represents drugs from other classes that are being used to temporarily treat some of the symptoms of AD.5

 

Neurotrope’s Proposed Products

 

Challenges in Treating AD

 

One of the challenges in treating AD is that its symptoms become manifest only years after the disease process has actually commenced. Treatment strategies attempting to intervene once symptoms become apparent are focused on stimulating the neurotransmitter activity of still healthy neurons, or removing the amyloid plaque deposited in the brain. All drug development efforts to date that have targeted the removal of beta-amyloid or tau protein as their therapeutic mechanism of action have failed, and drugs approved for stimulating neurotransmitter activity offer short-lived, palliative results for AD patients. As such, these strategies have yielded negative or marginal results with no effect on the progression of AD and no improvement in the memory or cognitive performance of the patients receiving these therapies.

 

Dead or dying neurons cannot be returned to function, and many in the AD field currently believe that stemming the progression of the disease may only be possible with very early stage intervention. The FDA is encouraging the pharmaceutical industry to increase efforts to investigate such early stage interventional treatments by recommending that modified clinical endpoints, both functional and cognitive, be established to monitor the efficacy of drug prototypes being tested in early stage AD patients, according to an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine.6

 

In contrast, we believe that our data from various preclinical animal models demonstrates that activation of PKCε in central nervous system neurons improves neuronal vitality and function in areas of the brain damaged by AD, resulting in the improvement of memory and cognition.

 

 

3 Exelon is a registered trademark of Novartis AG Corporation; Razadyne is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson Corporation; Aricept is a registered trademark of Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd. Corporation; and Namenda is a registered trademark of Merz Pharma GmbH & Co.

 

4 BCC Research Report PHM062A AD Therapeutics and Diagnostics: Global Markets, January 2010. Available at http://www.bccresearch.com/market-research/pharmaceuticals/alzheimers-disease-therapeutics-phm062a.html.

 

5 See footnote 3.

 

6 NEJM.org: The New England Journal of Medicine, March 15, 2013, page 1: Drug Development of Early AD, N. Kozauer, M.D., and Russell Katz, M.D.

 

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Synaptogenesis

 

We believe that deficient activity or low concentrations of PKCε in aging subjects is one of the main causes of the neurodegeneration seen in AD. The schematic in Figure 4 illustrates only a portion of the changes mediated by PKCε, and how it may help reverse the neuronal damage and loss central to the pathogenic process in AD.

 

Figure 4. PKCε Activation Involves 5 Different Mechanisms to Stop the Progression of AD7

 

 

Activation of PKCε has been achieved with drug prototypes that mimic the activity of diacylglycerol and phosphatidylserine, which are the natural binding targets for this enzyme. In addition, a variety of in vitro and in vivo animal models have demonstrated that these drug prototypes are effective in restoring the structure and function of neuronal synapses. Our first clinical application of the PKCε activators is focused on the treatment of AD, but a number of other neurodegenerative diseases may be amenable to similar treatment. A list of these potential future drug targets is shown in Figure 5.

 

Figure 5. Therapeutic targets for neuroregeneration through PKCε activation

 

 

Treatment of AD by Stimulating Synaptic Regeneration and Prevention of Neuronal Death

 

BRNI’s research program in this area lies outside the conventional wisdom that has dominated research efforts in the industry. The pathology of AD likely has multiple layers in its development, and the accumulating presence of tau phosphorylated tangles and Aβ are causative factors in the poisoning of neurons and the resultant cognitive and memory disorders. However, once this process presents clinical manifestations of AD, restoring synaptic function thus far has not been effectively achieved by removing Aβ plaques with experimental drug interventions. Once neurons are poisoned with Aβ, the loss of function to the patient has been irreversible.

 

 

7 Based on unpublished BRNI research.

 

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BRNI’s and our approach is to restore general viability and hence synaptic function in still-functioning neurons by stimulating the regeneration and growth of the dendritic branches in these neurons. (Dendrites are the branched projections of a neuron that act to propagate the electrochemical stimulation received from other neural cells.) This process can be visualized at the microscopic level in the neuronal cells of rats whose neurons have been damaged by ischemic shock (depriving oxygen) or traumatic injury to the brain. The morphology of the damaged neurons in these animal models looks strikingly different after they are treated with experimental drugs that activate PKCε. The new growth of dendritic trees on the damaged neurons creates a multiplicity of new synaptic connections, basically re-wiring the damaged neurons and restoring their function. Earlier therapeutic intervention with a PKCε activator produces better outcomes in tests measuring restored animal cognitive function.

 

PKCε Activation Stimulates the Formation of New Synaptic Connections

 

The new synaptic connections formed from the damaged neurons in rats can be demonstrated in various behavioral models for the animals that are used to measure memory functions. Treatment with bryostatin, for 12 weeks in genetically modified rodents pre-disposed to develop an AD-type of pathology showed that bryostatin promoted the growth of new synapses and preserved the existing synapses. In addition, this drug also stopped the decrease of PKCε and the increase of soluble amyloid.8

 

In cell tissue cultures, the difference in morphology between neurons damaged by the application of ASPD (a modified form of Aβ) as compared to neurons activated by the application of bryostatin + retinoic acid (a metabolite of vitamin A) is seen in Figure 6. Treatment with bryostatin, through PKCε activation, stimulates the regeneration of neurons and the formation of new synaptic connections.

 

Figure 6. Synaptogenesis in Hippocampus Neurons9

 

 

The Central Role of PKCε in Maintaining Neuron Structure and Function

 

Upon activation, PKCε migrates from the intracellular fluid to the cell membrane, where it activates signal-regulating enzymes (specifically the MAP kinases Erk1/2 and NF-κβ), causing a series of changes leading to increased DNA transcription, synaptic maturation, a consequent increase in levels of growth factor proteins (such as nerve growth factor and brain-derived neurotrophic factor), an inhibition of programmed cell-death and a reduction of β amyloid.

 

This myriad of events is orchestrated by PKCε, and prompts a number of secondary events occurring in both the pre- and post-synaptic portions of the neuron. Cellular visualization of this effect shows an increase in the number of pre-synaptic vesicles in the neurons, an increase in pre-synaptic levels of PKCε and an increase in the number of mushroom spines associated with individual synaptic boutons (knoblike enlargements at the end of a nerve fiber, where it forms a synapse), which spines may be important in memory. Their genesis in these neurons is responsible for the formation of new synapses.

 

 

 8 Journal of Neuroscience 2011, 31 (2), 630, D. Alkon et al.

 

9 Based on unpublished BRNI research.

 

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The central role of PKCε activation in these dynamic events does not contradict the amyloid hypotheses for AD, but offers an alternative target for therapeutic intervention which could prevent the formation of tangles and plaque.

 

Decreased amyloid formation from PKCε activation results from an increase in the rate of Aβ degradation by ECE (endothelin converting enzyme) and induction of αsecretase cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (the precursor molecule to Aβ) through phosphorylation of an enzyme known as Erk. In rodent models genetically predisposed to forming large amounts of amyloid deposits in their brains, PKCε activation was found to interrupt the ongoing formation of amyloid, suggesting that this approach may delay the progression of AD.

 

The key to BRNI’s innovation in this area has been in identifying highly potent drug prototypes that at low concentrations cause the specific and transient activation of PKCε, without interacting with the other isozyme variants of PKC whose inactivation would negate the synaptogenic properties of the e isoform.

 

Testing PKCε Activation in Humans

 

The basic drug mechanism invoking PKCε activation for neuronal regeneration has never been evaluated in man for any drug class or therapeutic application. We believe that the research in this field as described above is an ideal platform for testing this approach in human subjects.

 

We have licensed a body of biomedical research from BRNI that is comprised of new methods and drug prototypes designed to stimulate neuronal regeneration. For additional information, see “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions—BRNI License.” We believe the commercial application of this technology has potential to impact AD as well as traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke, post-traumatic stress syndrome and learning disorders.

 

Drug Prototypes That Treat AD through Regeneration

 

BRNI has developed a new chemical family of polyunsaturated fatty acid (“PUFA”) analogs, which appear to be effective in the activation of PKCε. Representative structures of bryostatin and a lead PUFA analog are shown in Figure 7

 

Figure 7. Structures of Bryostatin 1 and a PUFA Analog Effective in the Activation of PKCε10

 

 

Ki values = effective concentration of the drug in achieving 50% activation of PKCε

 

These molecules activate PKCε by binding to two different and distinct active sites on the enzyme. The natural ligands that bind to these sites are diacylglycerol and phosphatidylserine. Bryostatin acts as a mimetic (mimic) for diacylglycerol by binding to the diacylglycerol site and, similarly, the PUFA analogs act as mimetics for phosphatidylserine by binding to the phosphatidylserine site.

 

Part of the hierarchal array of in vitro and in vivo tests useful in optimizing the potency of our potential drug prototypes is displayed in Figure 8.

 

 

10 Trends in Biochemical Sciences V. 34, #3, p.136. T.J. Nelson et al, “ Neuroprotective versus Tumorigenic protein kinase C activators”

 

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Figure 8. Optimization of PKCε Activation Effects in Lead Drug Candidates: Array of in vitro and in vivo Test Models11

 

 

Bryostatin

 

Our lead product candidate is bryostatin. Bryostatin is a natural product isolated from a marine invertebrate organism, a bryozoan called Bugula neritina. Several total syntheses of this complex molecule have been achieved in recent years in various academic chemistry laboratories, and these approaches represent a possible alternative source of this drug. Bryostatin is a PKCα and e activator that was originally developed as a potential anticancer drug. According to Clinical Cancer Research, this drug candidate was previously evaluated in 63 clinical studies involving more than 1,200 patients at the NCI for the treatment of various forms of cancer. While having failed these studies as an experimental anti-cancer therapy, much useful information on the safety, pharmacodynamics and toxicity of the drug was obtained from these in-human trials.

 

It was discovered that at a much lower dose than what was used in these anticancer trials, bryostatin is a potent activator of PKCε and may have efficacy in treating AD. As described above, activation of PKCε has now been shown to partially restore synaptic function in neurons damaged by AD in in vitro and in vivo animal models.

 

The NCI has entered into a material transfer agreement with BRNI to provide the bryostatin required for pre-clinical research as well as the Phase 2 clinical trials planned by the Company. The clinical material transfer agreement specifies that BRNI retains all of the bryostatin intellectual property. Our license agreement with BRNI (see “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions—BRNI License”) permits our access to new bryostatin clinical trial data and information held by the NCI, as well as past clinical, safety and toxicity data compiled by the NCI during the time this drug was being evaluated for its anticancer properties. See “Risk Factors—We are dependent upon the NCI to supply bryostatin for our clinical trials.”

 

BRNI previously conducted an exploratory evaluation of bryostatin on a compassionate use basis in AD patients who have an inherited form of AD, frequently called familial AD, under an FDA-approved study protocol. Familial AD results from one of four major mutations in the genome, and this mutation is passed on from generation to generation within a family that carries the defective gene. The tragic consequence of familial AD is that it strikes its victims at an early age, often while they are in their twenties. The aggressive progression of familial AD can render these patients in the terminal stages of AD in their late 30s and early 40s.

  

 

11 Based on unpublished BRNI research.

 

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Effective November 13, 2013, we agreed to a statement of work with BRNI pursuant to which we contracted for the further development of our potential therapeutic product. Pursuant to this statement of work, we paid BRNI $251,939 for related personnel and research services. BRNI completed the services pursuant to this statement of work in 2014.

 

As of March 12, 2014, we entered into a statement of work with BRNI to continue pre-clinical activities relating to the commercialization of our therapeutic product. We paid BRNI the entire total pursuant to this statement of work of approximately $465,000 during the year ended December 31, 2014. BRNI completed the services pursuant to this statement of work in 2014.

 

Bryologs

 

On May 12, 2014, we entered into a license agreement (the “Stanford License”) with The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (“Stanford”) pursuant to which Stanford has granted to us a revenue-bearing, world-wide right and exclusive license, with the right to grant sublicenses (on certain conditions), under three issued U.S. patents and one pending U.S. patent and related technology for the use of bryostatin structural derivatives, known as “bryologs,” for use in the treatment of central nervous system disorders, lysosomal storage diseases, stroke, cardioprotection and traumatic brain injury, collectively referred to as the Licensed Field of Use, for the life of the licensed patents.

 

As mentioned above, our initial drug candidate, bryostatin, is a natural product isolated from a marine invertebrate organism, a bryozoan called Bugula neritina. However, it takes large quantities of biomass harvested from the oceans to produce even small quantities of bryostatin, and supply is limited.

 

Stanford researchers have synthesized a large family of bryologs over a number of years as part of a research program to define the essential molecular features critical to bryostatin’s biological activity. The bryologs are easier to produce than bryostatin due to their less complex chemical structures. They represent a collection of potential drug candidates, some of which we expect to advance to clinical trials for the treatment of several neurodegenerative diseases such as ischemic stroke, Fragile X Syndrome, traumatic brain injury and AD, although there can be no assurance that we will be successful in doing so. We plan to advance a bryolog drug candidate into clinical development in the 2016 timeframe.

 

We are required by the Stanford License to use commercially reasonable efforts to develop, manufacture, and sell products (“Licensed Products”) in the Licensed Field of Use. In addition, we must meet specific diligence milestones, and upon meeting such milestones, make specified milestone payments to Stanford. We will also pay Stanford royalties on net sales (as defined in the Stanford License), if any, of Licensed Products.

 

Stanford retains the right, on behalf of itself and all other non-profit research institutions, to practice the licensed patents and use the licensed technology for any non-profit purpose, including sponsored research and collaborations. The license is also subject to Title 35, Sections 200-204, of the United States Code, which governs patent rights in inventions made with U.S. government assistance. Among other things, these provisions provide the United States government with nonexclusive rights in the licensed patents. They also impose the obligation that product based on the licensed patents sold or produced in the United States be “manufactured substantially in the United States.”

 

PUFA Analogs

 

Several other drug prototypes termed the PUFA analogs have been synthesized at BRNI and evaluated for their PKCε activating properties in models of AD. The PUFA analogs are not structurally related to bryostatin and activate PKCε at a different site. We believe the PUFA analogs represent a potential source for follow-on drug candidates. PKCε activators from the PUFA family of drug prototypes have demonstrated neuroregeneration efficacy roughly equivalent to that of bryostatin. If the PUFA analogs show adequate potency in preclinical models of AD, we would plan to advance a drug prototype from this chemical family.

 

Other Potential Products

 

We may acquire, by license or otherwise, other development stage products that are consistent with our product portfolio objectives and commercialization strategy. 

  

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Discontinued Research 

 

We had planned to develop two other lines of research related to learning and memory disorders: (i) drug prototypes that activate or inhibit the enzyme carbonic anhydrase to modulate the attention status of animals, which may have had applications for attention deficit disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, and (ii) generalizing the application of a blood-brain-barrier delivery system to a variety of drugs through a contract research service to be offered to other pharmaceutical companies seeking to improve the penetration of their drug prototypes into the brain.

 

We have decided, however, to focus our efforts on neurodegenerative diseases, which are the most advanced programs in our portfolio, and therefore will not be pursuing either the drug candidate for activating carbonic anhydrase or the blood-brain-barrier delivery system.

 

We also relinquished rights to the AD diagnostic system under the terms of the February 2015 SOW (see below).

 

February 2015 SOW

 

On February 4, 2015, we entered into a Statement of Work and Account Satisfaction Agreement with BRNI (the “February 2015 SOW”), which was effective as of October 1, 2014 and continues until September 30, 2015.

 

Pursuant to the February 2015 SOW, we agreed, among other things, to pay BRNI twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) in quarterly payments during the twelve months from the date of the February 2015 SOW in exchange for advising and consulting services by BRNI’s chief scientist regarding our contract with Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital for the use of bryostatin in the treatment of Niemann-Pick Type C disease.

 

Under the February 2015 SOW, Neurotrope BioScience also agreed to pay BRNI two million four hundred thousand dollars ($2,400,000) in service fees and other amounts payable at a rate of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) per month for each month from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. The parties agreed that the first six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) of payments satisfy certain outstanding amounts owed to BRNI. In consideration for the February 2015 SOW, in addition to the terms described above, BRNI also agreed to (a) use commercially reasonable efforts to enroll, at no cost to Neurotrope BioScience, at least four (4) additional compassionate use or expanded access patients, in trials of BRNI’s Alzheimer’s therapeutic drug platform during the term of the February 2015 SOW, (b) perform certain services requested by Neurotrope BioScience for the further development of BRNI’s Alzheimer’s therapeutic drug platform, (c) perform certain services for the further development of BRNI’s Alzheimer’s diagnostic test, (d) to the extent permitted by applicable law, transfer all of its rights and regulatory obligations, except for those relating to the compassionate use expanded access trials, associated with BRNI’s IND 71,276 to Neurotrope BioScience, (e) conduct initial research on the application of its PKC epsilon platform to treat Fragile X disease, along with various other terms and conditions, (f) conduct initial research on PUFA derivatives for the purpose of developing a commercially usable PKCε activator and (g) provide assistance, advice and other similar services to us regarding our analysis of bryologs pursuant to our agreement with Stanford University, for the purpose of developing a commercially usable PKCε activator. Furthermore, BRNI agreed to transfer a certain amount of bryostatin drug substance and bryostatin kits containing drug substance for non-human use to a third-party for storage. In order for BRNI to perform certain of the services described in (c) above, Neurotrope BioScience reimbursed a third party for services BRNI received from such third party in the amount of $150,000 in connection with BRNI’s former diagnostic trial program with such third party. Also, under certain conditions, Neurotrope Bioscience has agreed to enter into an agreement with a specified research institution for the analysis of tissue samples and autopsy results for a validation trial as part of the development process for the diagnostic test. If Neurotrope Bioscience does not proceed with a certain portion of such agreement by June 30, 2015, then the rights to the diagnostic test will revert to BRNI and Neurotrope Bioscience will no longer be licensed thereto.

 

Services Agreement

 

On October 9, 2015, Neurotrope BioScience, Inc., our wholly-owned consolidated operating subsidiary, executed a Services Agreement with Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc., or WCT, effective as of August 31, 2015. The Services Agreement relates to services for Neurotrope BioScience’s Phase 2b clinical study assessing the safety, tolerability and efficacy of bryostatin in the treatment of moderately severe to severe AD. Pursuant to the terms of the Services Agreement, WCT will provide services to enroll approximately one hundred and fifty (150) study subjects at approximately 30 sites across the United States. Depending upon our resources, we intend to begin enrollment at the initial sites by the end of 2015. Assuming prompt enrollment at the majority of the sites, we expect that within approximately 15 months, we will receive data from an interim analysis with final top line results available in approximately 18 months from the start of enrollment. This trial is designed to administer dosing of bryostatin for up to six months for moderately severe to severe AD patients. Among the trial’s endpoints are the measurement of improvement in cognition, activities of daily living and behavior. The Company’s goal is to show the robust treatment effect that the regulatory agencies, the marketplace and, most importantly, our patients and their caregivers are seeking.

 

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Intellectual Property

 

Technology License and Services Agreement

 

On February 4, 2015, Neurotrope BioScience, BRNI and NRV II, LLC entered into an Amended and Restated Technology License and Services Agreement (the “BRNI License”), which further amended and restated the Technology License and Services Agreement dated as of October 31, 2012, as amended by Amendment No. 1 dated as of August 21, 2013.

 

Pursuant to the BRNI License, Neurotrope BioScience maintained its exclusive (except as described below), non-transferable (except pursuant to the BRNI License’s assignment provision), world-wide, royalty-bearing right, with a right to sublicense (in accordance with the terms and conditions described below), under BRNI’s and NRV II’s respective right, title and interest in and to certain patents and technology owned by BRNI or licensed to NRV II, LLC by BRNI as of or subsequent to October 31, 2012 to develop, use, manufacture, market, offer for sale, sell, distribute, import and export certain products or services for therapeutic and diagnostic applications for AD and other cognitive dysfunctions in humans or animals (the “Field of Use”). Additionally, the BRNI License specifies that all patents that issue from a certain patent application, shall constitute licensed patents and all trade secrets, know-how and other confidential information claimed by such patents constitute licensed technology under the BRNI License.

 

Notwithstanding the above license terms, BRNI and its affiliates retain rights to use the licensed intellectual property in the Field of Use to engage in research and development and other non-commercial activities and to provide services to Neurotrope BioScience or to perform other activities in connection with the BRNI License.

 

Under the BRNI License, Neurotrope BioScience may not enter into sublicense agreements with third parties except with BRNI’s prior written consent, which consent shall not be commercially unreasonably withheld. Furthermore, the BRNI License dated February 4, 2015 revises the agreement that was entered into as of October 31, 2012 and amended on August 21, 2013, in that it provides that any intellectual property developed, conceived or created in connection with a sublicense agreement that Neurotrope BioScience entered into with a third party pursuant to the terms of the BRNI License will be licensed to BRNI and its affiliates for any and all non-commercial purposes, on a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable, non-terminable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, transferable basis, with the right to freely sublicense such intellectual property. Previously, the agreement had provided that such intellectual property would be assigned to BRNI.

 

Pursuant to the terms of the November 12, 2015 amendment to the BRNI License, Neurotrope Bioscience will deliver to BRNI, following each closing pursuant to a certain securities purchase agreement, an amount equal to 2.5% of the Post-PA Fee Proceeds received at such closing. In addition, the amendment provides that on or prior to December 31, 2016, Neurotrope Bioscience shall deliver to BRNI an amount equal to 2.5% of the aggregate Post-PA Fee Proceeds received at the closings. Each payment would constitute an advance royalty payment to BRNI and will be offset (with no interest) against the amount of future royalty obligations payable until such time that the amount of such future royalty obligations equals in full the amount of the advance royalty payments made. “Post-PA Fee Proceeds” means the gross proceeds received, less all amounts paid to the placement agent(s), in relation to such gross proceeds. No other expenses of Neurotrope Bioscience shall be subtracted from the gross proceeds to determine the “Post-PA Fee Proceeds.”

 

Under the BRNI License, BRNI and Neurotrope BioScience will jointly own data, reports and information that is generated on or after February 28, 2013, pursuant to the license agreement dated October 31, 2012 and amended on August 21, 2013, by Neurotrope BioScience, on behalf of Neurotrope BioScience by a third party or by BRNI pursuant to a statement of work that the parties enter into pursuant to the BRNI License, in each case to the extent not constituting or containing any data, reports or information generated prior to such date or by BRNI not pursuant to a statement of work (the “Jointly Owned Data”). BRNI has agreed not to use the Jointly Owned Data inside or outside the Field of Use for any commercial purpose during the term of the BRNI License or following any expiration of the BRNI License other than an expiration that is the result of a breach by Neurotrope BioScience of the BRNI License that caused any licensed patent to expire, become abandoned or be declared unenforceable or invalid or caused any licensed technology to enter the public domain (a “Natural Expiration”) provided, however, BRNI may use the Jointly Owned Data inside or outside the Field of Use for any commercial purpose following any termination of the BRNI License. Also, BRNI granted Neurotrope BioScience a license during the term and following any Natural Expiration, to use certain BRNI data in the Field of Use for any commercial purposes falling within the scope of the license granted to Neurotrope BioScience under the BRNI License.

 

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The BRNI License further requires us to pay BRNI (i) a fixed research fee equal to a pro-rata amount of $1 million in the year during which we close on a $25 million round of financing, (ii) a fixed research fee of $1 million per year for each of the five calendar years following the completion of such financing and (iii) an annual fixed research fee in an amount to be negotiated and agreed upon no later than 90 days prior to the end of the fifth calendar year following the completion of such financing to be paid with respect to each remaining calendar year during the term of the BRNI License.

 

The term of the BRNI License continues until the later of the date (i) the last of the licensed patents expires, is abandoned or is declared unenforceable or invalid (in each case, determined in accordance with the BRNI License) and (ii) the last of the licensed technology enters the public domain. BRNI has the right to terminate the BRNI License after 30 days prior notice in certain circumstances, including if we were to materially breach any provisions of the BRNI License and does not cure such material breach within 60-days from notice of such material breach from the non-breaching party, for breaches that are capable of being cured, in the event of certain bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings.

 

Our Licensed Intellectual Property

 

We have licensed from BRNI an extensive intellectual property portfolio that includes issued patents, pending patent applications and provisional patent applications, in the U.S. and elsewhere, which, we believe, together cover these key pharmaceutical markets. A method of use patent has been issued to BRNI that covers the use of the PUFA family of molecules for the same therapeutic applications.

 

We believe the BRNI License provides us rights to the patents and technologies required to develop our proposed products. The patents and technologies licensed to us pursuant to the BRNI License include, without limitation, the following:

 

·therapies based on bryostatin and PUFA chemical families;

 

·methods for treating AD.

 

A number of BRNI’s patent applications for treatment of neurological disorders have been under active prosecution for many years and have been the subject of multiple rejections for anticipation and/or obviousness based on prior art. There are no guarantees that BRNI’s pending patent applications will issue into commercially meaningful patents. If these patent applications are not approved or successfully prosecuted, then we will attempt to seek other means of protecting its proprietary position including, but not limited to, trade secrets, proprietary formulations and methods, etc.

 

A substantial amount of in-human data exists that was generated by the NCI that involves the earlier evaluation of bryostatin as an anticancer agent. The NCI also holds the existing inventory of the bryostatin drug product which is suitable for use in man. Our use of the substantial data package generated by the NCI on bryostatin, as well as access to the clinical supply of this substance, is permitted under a material transfer agreements entered into and between the NCI and BRNI.

 

There are no known patent conflicts or freedom to operate issues at this time which could encumber our ability to commercialize either the AD diagnostic system or the PKCε activators for the treatment of cognition and memory disorders. However, we cannot provide any assurance that such conflicts will not arise in the future. See the Risk Factors captioned “Our commercial success will depend, in part, on our ability, and the ability of our licensors, to obtain and maintain patent protection. Our licensors’ failure to obtain and maintain patent protection for our products may have a material adverse effect on our business.” and “Our licensed patented technologies may infringe on other patents, which may expose us to costly litigation.” under “Risk Factors”.

 

We also have the right to re-license certain patents and patent applications in certain jurisdictions that we had licensed under the BRNI License but had previously elected to relinquish. In the event that we decide to re-license any of such patents and/or patent applications, then we are required to reimburse BRNI for all of the attorneys’ fees, translation costs, filing fees, maintenance fees, and other costs and expenses related to such patents and/or patent applications that have been incurred since we elected to relinquish them under the BRNI License.

 

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Governmental Regulation and Product Approval

 

The manufacturing and marketing of our potential products and our ongoing research and development activities are subject to extensive regulation by the FDA and comparable regulatory agencies in state and local jurisdictions and in foreign countries.

 

United States Regulation of Drugs

 

Before any drug product can be marketed in the United States, it must receive approval from the FDA. To receive this approval, any drug we develop must undergo rigorous preclinical testing and clinical trials that demonstrate the product candidate’s safety and effectiveness for each indicated use. This extensive regulatory process controls, among other things, the development, testing, manufacture, safety, efficacy, record keeping, labeling, storage, approval, advertising, promotion, sale, and distribution of pharmaceutical products.

 

In general, before any new pharmaceutical product can be marketed in the United States, the process typically required by the FDA includes:

 

·preclinical laboratory and animal tests;

 

·submission of an IND, which must become effective before human clinical trials may begin;

 

·adequate and well-controlled human clinical trials to establish the safety and efficacy of the proposed drug for its intended use;

 

·pre-approval inspection of manufacturing facilities and selected clinical investigators;

 

·submission of a New Drug Application (“NDA”) to the FDA; and

 

·FDA approval of an NDA or an NDA supplement (for subsequent indications or other modifications, including a change in location of the manufacturing facility).

 

Preclinical Testing

 

In the United States, drug candidates are tested in animals until adequate proof of safety and efficacy is established. These preclinical studies generally evaluate the mechanism of action and pharmacology of the product and assess the potential safety and efficacy of the product. Tested compounds must be produced according to applicable current good manufacturing practice requirements and preclinical safety tests must be conducted in compliance with FDA and international regulations regarding good laboratory practices. The results of the preclinical tests, together with manufacturing information and analytical data, are generally submitted to the FDA as part of an IND, which must become effective before human clinical trials may commence. The IND will automatically become effective 30 days after receipt by the FDA, unless before that time the FDA requests an extension or raises concerns about the conduct of the clinical trials as outlined in the application. If the FDA has any concerns, the sponsor of the IND and the FDA must resolve the concerns before clinical trials can begin. Regulatory authorities may require additional preclinical data before allowing the clinical studies to commence or proceed from one phase to another, and could demand that the studies be discontinued or suspended at any time if there are significant safety issues. Furthermore, an independent institutional review board for each medical center proposing to participate in the conduct of the clinical trial must review and approve the clinical protocol and patient informed consent form before commencement of the study at the respective medical center.

 

Clinical Trials

 

Clinical trials for new drug candidates are typically conducted in three sequential phases that may overlap. In phase 1, the initial introduction of the drug candidate into healthy human volunteers, the emphasis is on testing for safety or adverse effects, dosage, tolerance, metabolism, distribution, excretion, and clinical pharmacology. Phase 2 involves studies in a limited patient population to determine the initial efficacy of the drug candidate for specific targeted indications, to determine dosage tolerance and optimal dosage and to identify possible adverse side effects and safety risks. Once a compound shows evidence of activity and is found to have an acceptable safety profile in phase 2 evaluations, pivotal phase 3 trials are undertaken to more fully evaluate clinical outcomes and to establish the overall risk/benefit profile of the drug, and to provide, if appropriate, an adequate basis for product labeling. During all clinical trials, physicians will monitor patients to determine effectiveness of the drug candidate and to observe and report any reactions or safety risks that may result from use of the drug candidate. The FDA, the trial sites institutional review board or the sponsor may suspend a clinical trial at any time on various grounds, including a finding that the subjects are being exposed to an unacceptable health risk.

 

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The data from the clinical trials, together with preclinical data and other supporting information that establishes a drug candidate’s profile, are submitted to the FDA in the form of an NDA or NDA supplement (for approval of a new indication if the product candidate is already approved for another indication). Under applicable laws and FDA regulations, each NDA submitted for FDA approval is usually given an internal administrative review within 45 to 60 days following submission of the NDA. If deemed complete, the FDA will “file” the NDA, thereby triggering substantive review of the application. The FDA can refuse to file any NDA that it deems incomplete or not properly reviewable. The FDA has established internal substantive review goals of six months for priority NDAs (for drugs addressing serious or life threatening conditions for which there is an unmet medical need) and ten months for regular NDAs. The FDA, however, is not legally required to complete its review within these periods, and these performance goals may change over time. Moreover, the outcome of the review, even if generally favorable, is not typically an actual approval, but an “action letter” that describes additional work that must be done before the NDA can be approved. The FDA’s review of an NDA may involve review and recommendations by an independent FDA advisory committee. The FDA may deny approval of an NDA or an NDA supplement if the applicable regulatory criteria are not satisfied, or it may require additional clinical data and/or an additional pivotal phase 3 clinical trial. Even if such data are submitted, the FDA may ultimately decide that the NDA or NDA supplement does not satisfy the criteria for approval.

 

Data Review and Approval

 

Substantial financial resources are necessary to fund the research, clinical trials and related activities necessary to satisfy FDA requirements or similar requirements of state, local and foreign regulatory agencies. It normally takes many years to satisfy these various regulatory requirements, assuming they are satisfied. Information generated in this process is susceptible to varying interpretations that could delay, limit, or prevent regulatory approval at any stage of the process. Accordingly, the actual time and expense required to bring a product to market may vary substantially. We cannot assure you that we will submit applications for required authorizations to manufacture and/or market potential products or that any such application will be reviewed and approved by the appropriate regulatory authorities in a timely manner, if at all. Data obtained from clinical activities is not always conclusive and may be susceptible to varying interpretations, which could delay, limit or prevent regulatory approval. Success in early stage clinical trials does not ensure success in later stage clinical trials. Even if a product candidate receives regulatory approval, the approval may be significantly limited to specific disease states, patient populations and dosages, or have conditions placed on them that restrict the commercial applications, advertising, promotion or distribution of these products. 

 

Once issued, the FDA may withdraw product approval if ongoing regulatory standards are not met or if safety problems occur after the product reaches the market. In addition, the FDA may require testing and surveillance programs to monitor the effect of approved products which have been commercialized, and the FDA has the power to prevent or limit further marketing of a product based on the results of these post-marketing programs. The FDA may also request additional clinical trials after a product is approved. These so-called phase 4 studies may be made a condition to be satisfied after a drug receives approval. The results of phase 4 studies can confirm the effectiveness of a product candidate and can provide important safety information via the FDA’s voluntary adverse drug reaction reporting system. Any products manufactured or distributed by us pursuant to FDA approvals would be subject to continuing regulation by the FDA, including record-keeping requirements and reporting of adverse experiences with the drug. Drug manufacturers and their subcontractors are required to register their establishments with the FDA and certain state agencies, and are subject to periodic unannounced inspections by the FDA and certain state agencies for compliance with good manufacturing practices, which impose certain procedural and documentation requirements upon us and our third-party manufacturers. We cannot be certain that we or our present or future suppliers will be able to comply with the good manufacturing practices regulations and other FDA regulatory requirements. If our present or future suppliers are not able to comply with these requirements, the FDA may halt our clinical trials, require us to recall a drug from distribution or withdraw approval of the NDA for that drug. Furthermore, even after regulatory approval is obtained, later discovery of previously unknown problems with a product may result in restrictions on the product or even complete withdrawal of the product from the market.

 

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The FDA closely regulates the marketing and promotion of drugs. Approval may be subject to post-marketing surveillance and other record keeping and reporting obligations, and involve ongoing requirements. Product approvals may be withdrawn if compliance with regulatory standards is not maintained or if problems occur following initial marketing. A company can make only those claims relating to safety and efficacy that are approved by the FDA. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in adverse publicity, warning letters, corrective advertising and potential civil and criminal penalties. Physicians may prescribe legally available drugs for uses that are not described in the product’s labeling and that differ from those tested by us and approved by the FDA. Such off-label uses are common across medical specialties. Physicians may believe that such off-label uses are the best treatment for many patients in varied circumstances. The FDA does not regulate the behavior of physicians in their choice of treatments. The FDA does, however, restrict manufacturers’ communications on the subject of such off-label use.

 

Fast Track Approval

 

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended, and FDA regulations provide certain mechanisms for the accelerated “Fast Track” approval of potential products intended to treat serious or life-threatening illnesses which have demonstrated the potential to address unmet medical needs. The procedures permit early consultation and commitment from the FDA regarding the preclinical and clinical studies necessary to gain marketing approval. Provisions of this regulatory framework also permit, in certain cases, NDAs to be approved on the basis of valid indirect measurements of benefit of product effectiveness, thus accelerating the normal approval process. In the future, certain potential products employing our technology might qualify for this accelerated regulatory procedure. Even if the FDA agrees that these potential products qualify for accelerated approval procedures, the FDA may deny approval of our drugs or may require additional studies before approval. The FDA may also require us to perform post-approval, or phase 4, studies as a condition of such early approval. In addition, the FDA may impose restrictions on distribution and/or promotion in connection with any accelerated approval, and may withdraw approval if post-approval studies do not confirm the intended clinical benefit or safety of the potential product.

 

Orphan Drug Designation

 

Under the Orphan Drug Act, the FDA may grant orphan drug designation to drugs intended to treat a rare disease or condition, which is generally a disease or condition that affects fewer than 200,000 individuals in the United States. Orphan drug designation must be requested before submitting an NDA. After the FDA grants orphan drug designation, the identity of the therapeutic agent and its potential orphan use are disclosed publicly by the FDA. Orphan drug designation does not convey any advantage in or shorten the duration of the regulatory review and approval process. If a product that has orphan drug designation subsequently receives FDA approval for the disease for which it has such designation, the product is entitled to orphan product exclusivity, which means that the FDA may not approve any other applications to market the same drug for the same disease, except in very limited circumstances, for seven years. These very limited circumstances are (i) an inability to supply the drug in sufficient quantities or (ii) a situation in which a new formulation of the drug has shown superior safety or efficacy. This exclusivity, however, also could block the approval of our product for seven years if a competitor obtains earlier approval of the same drug for the same indication.

 

Foreign Regulation

 

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 products 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 vary greatly from country to country.

 

Under European Union regulatory systems, we may submit marketing authorization applications either under a centralized or decentralized procedure. The centralized procedure, which is available for medicines produced by biotechnology or which are highly innovative, provides for the grant of a single marketing authorization that is valid for all EU member states. This authorization is a marketing authorization application. The decentralized procedure provides for mutual recognition of national approval decisions. Under this procedure, the holder of a national marketing authorization may submit an application to the remaining member states. Within 90 days of receiving the applications and assessment report, each member state must decide whether to recognize approval. This procedure is referred to as the mutual recognition procedure.

 

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The policies of the FDA and foreign regulatory authorities may change and additional government regulations may be enacted which could prevent or delay regulatory approval of our products and could also increase the cost of regulatory compliance. We cannot predict the likelihood, nature or extent of adverse governmental regulation that might arise from future legislative or administrative action, either in the United States or abroad.

 

Other Government Regulation

 

Our research and development activities use biological and hazardous materials that are dangerous to human health and safety or the environment. We are subject to a variety of federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the use, generation, manufacture, storage, handling and disposal of these materials and wastes resulting from these materials. We are also subject to regulation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and federal and state environmental protection agencies and to regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

 

In addition, once our products are marketed commercially, we will have to comply with the various laws relating to the Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs. These federal laws include, by way of example, the following:

 

·The anti-kickback statute (Section 1128B(b) of the Social Security Act) prohibits certain business practices and relationships that might affect the provision and cost of healthcare services reimbursable under Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs, including, among other things, the payment or receipt of remuneration for the referral of patients whose care or services will be paid by Medicare or other governmental programs;

 

·The physician self-referral prohibition (Ethics in Patient Referral Act of 1989, as amended, commonly referred to as the Stark Law, Section 1877 of the Social Security Act), which prohibits referrals by physicians of Medicare or Medicaid patients to providers of a broad range of designated healthcare services in which the physicians (or their immediate family members) have ownership interests or with which they have certain other financial arrangements;

 

·The anti-inducement law (Section 1128A(a)(5) of the Social Security Act), which prohibits providers from offering anything of value to a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary to induce that beneficiary to use items or services covered by either program;

 

·The False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq.), which prohibits any person from knowingly presenting or causing to be presented false or fraudulent claims for payment to the federal government (including the Medicare and Medicaid programs);

 

·The Civil Monetary Penalties Law (Section 1128A of the Social Security Act), which authorizes the United States Department of Health and Human Services to impose civil penalties administratively for various fraudulent or abusive acts.

 

·The Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Section 1128G of the Social Security Act), which requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal health care programs to report certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals.

 

Sanctions for violating these federal laws include criminal and civil penalties that range from punitive sanctions, damage assessments, money penalties, imprisonment, denial of Medicare and Medicaid payments, or exclusion from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, or both. These laws also impose an affirmative duty on those receiving Medicare or Medicaid funding to ensure that they do not employ or contract with persons excluded from the Medicare and other government programs. Additionally, many states have laws and regulations that contain prohibitions that are similar to, and in many cases broader than, these federal laws and once our products are marketed commercially, we will have to comply with these various state laws as well.

 

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Competition 

 

We compete with many companies, research institutes, hospitals, governments and universities that are working to develop products and processes to treat or diagnose AD. Many of these entities have substantially greater financial, technical, manufacturing, marketing, distribution and other resources than we do. However, there has been a dearth of new product introductions in the last 20 years either for the treatment of AD symptoms or its definitive diagnosis in patients who begin exhibiting the memory and cognitive disorders associated with the disease. All of the products introduced to date for the treatment of AD have yielded negative or marginal results with little effect on the progression of AD and no improvement in the memory or cognitive performance of the patients receiving these therapies. We believe that there is currently no diagnostic test for AD that has achieved significant market penetration, and thus the absolute determination of AD in patients is currently achieved only upon autopsy. We believe we are the only company currently pursuing PKCε activation as a mechanism to treat AD and neurodegenerative disease. Although we believe that we have no direct competitors working in this same field at the present time, we cannot provide assurance that our competitors will not discover compounds or processes that may be competitive with our products and introduce such products or processes before us.

 

Employees 

 

As of the date of this prospectus, we have four full-time personnel. They are: a President and Chief Executive Officer, an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a Vice President—Regulatory Affairs and a Director of Clinical Operations. We have no part-time employees.

 

If we have sufficient financial resources, we plan to hire several additional employees within the next twelve months whose principal responsibilities will be the support of our clinical development activities, including a Chief Medical Officer.

 

Description of Properties 

 

Our principal executive offices are currently located at 50 Park Place, Suite 1401, Newark, New Jersey 07102. The lease agreement for such office, which is an approximately 4,000 square foot facility, commenced on September 1, 2014. The lease agreement is for a period of approximately three years and three months at the basic rental rate of approximately $7,333 per month plus operating expenses. The lease agreement has an expiration date of November 30, 2017.

 

The 9,000 square foot BRNI lab that serves as the base of operations for the research related to our drug platform is located on the campus of John Hopkins University in Rockville, Maryland. We do not lease space in this laboratory; rather, BRNI provides services to us from this lab pursuant to arrangements entered into between us and BRNI under the BRNI License, for which we compensate BRNI.

 

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LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

From time to time, we may become involved in various lawsuits and legal proceedings which arise in the ordinary course of business. Litigation is subject to inherent uncertainties, and an adverse result in any litigation matters that may arise from time to time that may harm business.

 

There are currently no pending legal proceedings that we believe will have, either individually or in the aggregate, a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or operating results. As far as we are aware, no governmental authority is contemplating any proceeding to which we are a party or to which any of our properties is subject. 

 

DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, PROMOTERS AND CONTROL PERSONS

 

Directors and Executive Officers

 

The size of our Board of Directors is set at seven directors. Executive officers are appointed by the Board of Directors and serve at its pleasure. Below are the names of and certain information regarding the Company’s current executive officers and directors:

 

Name     Age     Position   Date Named to Board of Directors or as  
Executive Officer 
                 
Charles S. Ramat     63     Director, President, Chief Executive Officer   June 13, 2014
                 
Robert Weinstein     55     Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary and Executive Vice President   August 23, 2013
                 
Paul E. Freiman     80     Director and Chairman of the Board   October 18, 2013
                 
William S. Singer     74     Director; Vice-Chairman of the Board   August 23, 2013
                 
Larry D. Altstiel     65     Director   September 12, 2014
                 
James Gottlieb     67     Director   December 10, 2013
                 
Jay M. Haft     80     Director   August 23, 2013

 

Directors are elected to serve until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are elected and qualified. Directors are elected by a plurality of the votes cast at the annual meeting of stockholders and hold office until the expiration of the term for which he or she was elected and until a successor has been elected and qualified.

 

The size of our Board of Directors is set at seven directors. Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement (as defined below), the Company’s Board of Directors, as of the date of the closing of the Merger consisted of five (5) members, of whom four (4) members were designated by the controlling stockholders of Neurotrope BioScience prior to the Merger and one (1) other member who was independent (as defined in applicable SEC rules and the rules of The Nasdaq Stock Market). Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, the size of the Board of Directors was increased to seven (7) members, including two additional independent directors, one of whom, Jay Haft, was nominated by Hannah Rose Holdings, LLC (the “HRH Designee”). Pursuant to the Voting Agreement (as defined below), NRV, James New, Northlea Partners LLLP, and Dan Alkon agreed to vote all of the common stock that each beneficially owned in favor of electing the HRH Designee. For the avoidance of doubt, NRV, Northlea Partners LLLP, James New and Dan Alkon agreed to vote their common stock in favor of electing the HRH Designee only at the time of such individual’s initial appointment to the Company’s Board of Directors, and nothing obligated NRV, Northlea Partners LLLP, James New or Dan Alkon to vote in favor of the election of any other individual as an HRH Designee or in favor of the continuing service of the HRH Designee once elected to the Board. The Voting Agreement was terminated on November 12, 2015. See “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions—Voting Agreement” below.

 

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On November 12, 2015, the Company and NRV entered into a letter agreement (the “Letter Agreement”) pursuant to which the Company agreed to take such reasonable actions within its control so that two (2) representatives designated by NRV (the “NRV Designees”) are nominated for election to the board of directors of the Company at each annual meeting of stockholders until such time as the BRNI License is no longer in effect. Furthermore, the Company will use its best efforts to ensure that (i) each NRV Designee is included in the Board’s slate of nominees to the stockholders for each election of directors, and (ii) each NRV Designee is included in the proxy statement for every meeting of the stockholders of the Company called with respect to the election of members of the Board. Subject to applicable law and stock exchange rules, no NRV Designee shall be removed from the Board unless such removal is for cause or requested in writing by NRV. In the event that any NRV Designee shall cease to serve for any reason, NRV shall be entitled to designate such person’s successor and the Board will promptly fill the vacancy with such successor nominee and such designee will serve the remainder of the term of the director whom such designee replaces. Under the Letter Agreement, if an NRV Designee is not appointed or elected to the Board because of such person’s death, disability, disqualification, withdrawal as a nominee or for other reason is unavailable or unable to serve on the Board, NRV is entitled to designate another nominee for such Board seat.

 

Pursuant to the above, our Board of Directors is currently comprised of six members: Mr. Haft, who was nominated as the Series A Preferred Stock designee prior to the conversion of the Series A stock; Messrs. Singer and Gottlieb, who are the NRV Designees (as defined below); Dr. Altstiel, who was an Abeles designee prior to the termination of both of the Common Stockholder’s Agreement and the Voting Agreement, and Mr. Freiman and Mr. Ramat who are nominated by the Board of Directors. Executive officers are appointed by the Board of Directors and serve at its pleasure.

 

The principal occupation and business experience during the past five years for our executive officers and directors is as follows:

 

Dr. Larry D. Altstiel – Director. Dr. Altstiel has been the Chief Executive Officer of Provectra Therapeutics, Inc., an early-stage biotechnology company developing novel gene therapy for neurodegenerative diseases, since February 2013. He also serves as a member of our Scientific Advisory Board. From 2007 to 2013, Dr. Altstiel was Vice President Neuroscience Clinical Development, Neuroscience Therapeutic Area Clinical Lead, at Pfizer Inc. Dr. Altstiel’s other positions included Senior Vice President, Head of Global Clinical Development, at Schwarz Biosciences, Inc.; Vice President for Research Operations at Eisai Medical Research Inc. and Schering-Plough; and Senior Clinical Research Physician and Group Leader for Neurodegenerative Diseases Clinical and Discovery Research for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke at Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Altstiel also has extensive experience in the fields of psychiatry and neurology from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Hospital and The Bronx Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

 

Paul E. Freiman –Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors. On July 16, 2014, the Board appointed Mr. Freiman to serve as Co-Chief Executive Officer, on an interim basis, of the Company and of Neurotrope BioScience. On September 12, 2014, Mr. Paul E. Freiman’s appointment as interim Co-Chief Executive Officer terminated and he became the sole Chairman of the Board. Mr. Freiman has extensive pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry operating experience as a board member and Chief Executive Officer of private and publicly-traded companies. Mr. Freiman also currently serves as an independent pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry consultant. He serves as Chairman of Chronix BioMedical, Inc. Since May 2002, he has also been a member of the Board of Directors of NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In the past, Mr. Freiman served on the boards of Otsuka America, Inc., and several biotechnology companies based in the United States and Singapore. Prior to his current consulting and board member roles, Mr. Freiman was a partner of Burrill Brasil Investimentos based in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Neurobiological Technologies, Inc., as well as a member of its Board of Directors.

 

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Mr. Freiman also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Syntex Corporation, which was sold to The Roche Group during his tenure. He was involved with the marketing of Syntex’s lead product, Naprosyn®, and was responsible for moving the product to over-the-counter status, marketed as Aleve®.

 

Mr. Freiman served on the Board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America (PhRMA) and was its Chairman. He served on a number of industry task forces both domestically and internationally. He also served as Chairman of the University of California (UCSF) Foundation, The United Way of Silicon Valley and a number of not-for-profit organizations over the years.

 

Mr. Freiman received a B.S. in pharmacy from Fordham University and an honorary doctorate from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy.

 

James Gottlieb – Director. Since 2010 to the present, Mr. Gottlieb has been a partner with Capitol Counsel LLC, where he leads the commerce team. His clients include entities representing a broad range of industries, including healthcare, aviation, telecommunications, e-commerce, oversight and investigations and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to joining Capitol Counsel LLC and based upon his in-depth experience in legislation, oversight and investigations (including with the FDA) and political roles on Capitol Hill, and foundation management, consulting and strategic advisory roles outside of government, Mr. Gottlieb formed Gottlieb Strategic Consulting, a government affairs firm.

 

In 1977, Mr. Gottlieb served as the chief of staff for Representative Ted Weiss (D-NY) and later the Subcommittee on Human Resources & Government Relations of the House Committee on Government Operations (now Committee on Oversight & Government Reform) from 1983 to 1992, where he directed a wide range of oversight investigation and legislation in health, education, and veterans’ matters. Mr. Gottlieb served as Senator Jay Rockefeller’s chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs from 1992-2003. He also served as Senator Rockefeller’s Chief-of-Staff and was responsible for the Senator’s legislative community, economic development and political operations.

 

Mr. Gottlieb then served as chief management consultant to BRNI as a strategic policy and advocacy advisor and managed the restructuring of this multi-million dollar medical research facility for the study of brain disorders and continued to serve as legal counsel and policy advisor to Senator Rockefeller, BRNI’s Chairman, from 2003 to 2005. He serves as a Board of Directors member of BRNI and serves as Treasurer of Friends of Jay Rockefeller.

 

Mr. Gottlieb received a B.A. in Business Administration from Michigan State University in 1969, a Master of Education from New York University in 1970 and a law degree from New York Law School in 1974.

 

Jay M. Haft – Director. Since 2005 to the present, Mr. Haft has been a partner of Columbus Nova, a private investment arm of the Renova Group. Mr. Haft served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company, from 2008 until December 2012, when the company merged with an affiliate of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. From 1989 to 1994, he was a senior corporate partner of the law firm of Parker, Duryee, Rosoff and Haft, and was of counsel to that firm from 1994 until 2002. He is currently of counsel to the law firm of Reed Smith LLP. Mr. Haft has served on approximately 30 corporate boards, including his tenure as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Emerson Radio Corporation. He is also active in the non-profit sector as well, particularly in the areas of education and art. Mr. Haft earned his Bachelor’s degree and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and earned his law degree from Yale Law School.

 

Charles S. Ramat –Director, President and Chief Executive Officer. On July 16, 2014, the Board appointed him to serve as Co-Chief Executive Officer, on an interim basis, of the Company and of Neurotrope BioScience. On September 12, 2014, Mr. Ramat’s appointment as interim Co-Chief Executive Officer terminated and he was appointed as our sole President and Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, on September 12, 2014, Mr. Ramat’s appointment as Co-Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors terminated. Mr. Ramat remains a member of the Board. Mr. Ramat, a self-employed consultant, is currently a private investor and has extensive operational and general business experience in several industries including: biotechnology, medical devices, commercial finance, real estate and mobile communications. Until December 2013, Mr. Ramat was a principal investor and consultant to Continental Home Loans, the third largest FHA mortgage originator in New York State, with operations in 22 states and with annual originations and servicing portfolio both in excess of $1 billion. Since 2006, he has developed land, principally 1,000 acres of private gated communities, with a strong emphasis on environmentally friendly practices, in upstate New York. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Ramat was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kushner Companies, managing 25,000 apartment units and a commercial portfolio exceeding five million square feet.

 

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From 1988 to 2002, Mr. Ramat was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aris Industries, Inc., a publicly-traded apparel maker. Aris owned and licensed several major apparel brands and Mr. Ramat was active in the Company’s branding effort both domestically and internationally. During this tenure, annual sales rose from under $50 million to more than $400 million. Prior to 1988, Mr. Ramat had acquired various luxury residential buildings in Manhattan where he executed co-op conversions resulting in over $100 million in sales. Also, he was a principal in United Restaurant Corporation which held significant national restaurant franchise rights and a Vice President at Landall Corporation, a publicly-traded real estate development company.

 

Mr. Ramat has served on various business company boards, philanthropies and trade organizations. Mr. Ramat graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Yeshiva University and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School.

 

Robert Weinstein – Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Mr. Weinstein joined the Company in June 2013 as its acting Chief Financial Officer. The Company is party to an employment agreement dated as of October 1, 2013, with Mr. Weinstein, pursuant to which he serves as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. He has extensive accounting and finance experience, spanning more than 25 years, as a public accountant, investment banker, healthcare private equity fund principal and chief financial officer.

 

From September 2011 to the present, Mr. Weinstein has been an independent consultant for several healthcare companies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. From March 2010 to August 2011, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Green Energy Management Services Holdings, Inc., a publicly-traded energy consulting company. From August 2007 to February 2010, Mr. Weinstein served as Chief Financial Officer of Xcorporeal, Inc., a publicly-traded, development-stage medical device company which was sold in March 2010 to Fresenius Medical USA, the largest provider of dialysis equipment and services worldwide.

 

Mr. Weinstein received his MBA degree in finance and international business from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), and received his BS degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Albany. 

 

William S. Singer – Director and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Singer serves as President of Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (“BRNI”) and is also on its board of directors. He was a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP from 1980 until 2006 and has been of counsel to that firm since that time, concentrating his practice on corporate, real estate, and legislative matters. Since 2006, he also has been the sole proprietor of Singer Consulting LLC, which advises clients on federal legislation. He has been listed in Crain’s Who’s Who in Chicago Business in the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 editions.

 

Mr. Singer has been prominently active in Chicago public service, serving as an Alderman for several years and as a candidate for Mayoral office.

 

Other Key Personnel and Advisors

 

Dr. Daniel Alkon – Chief Scientific Officer (Advisor to Neurotrope BioScience). Dr. Alkon has been the founding Scientific Director of BRNI since 1999. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 1965 at the University of Pennsylvania. After earning his M.D. at Cornell University and finishing an internship in medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, he joined the staff of the National Institutes of Health where during his 30 year career he became a Medical Director in the U.S. Public Health Service at the NINDS and Chief of the Laboratory of Adaptive Systems. Dr. Alkon occupies the Toyota Chair in Neuroscience at BRNI. In this position, he and his team conduct multidisciplinary research on the molecular and biophysical mechanisms of memory and memory dysfunction in psychiatric and neurological disorders, particularly AD. He is also a Professor at BRNI and a Professor of Neurology at West Virginia University. Dr. Alkon is not an employee of Neurotrope BioScience.

 

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David Crockford – Vice President, Regulatory Affairs of Neurotrope BioScience. Mr. Crockford has more than 30 years of professional experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. From March 2005 to December 31, 2013, Mr. Crockford was the Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs of RegeneRX Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. There, he led the development and obtained marketing approval of 18 drug products, 17 immunodiagnostic tests, and an intraoperative medical device. Mr. Crockford has organized, presented and led discussions in many face-to-face meetings and teleconferences with a variety of Divisions and Centers (CBER, CDER and CDRH) at the FDA. He provided the regulatory strategy and direction and led the clinical development of a regenerative peptide for the treatment of patients with certain ailments including neurodegenerative diseases.

 

Mr. Crockford is the author of a number of articles and sole inventor/co-inventor of approximately twenty patents and applications disclosing compositions, methods of drug use and delivery. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences and completed seminars in clinical chemistry, sponsored by Princeton University/Princeton Hospital, and reproductive medicine at Wayne State’s Mott Center for Human Growth and Development and UCLA Medical School.

 

Elaine Grenier – Director of Clinical Operations of Neurotrope BioScience. Ms. Grenier has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with management responsibility for clinical trials in oncology, cardiovascular, central nervous system and genetic disease indications. Ms. Grenier has served as Head of Clinical Operations of the Company since February 2015. Prior to joining us, Ms. Grenier served as a project manager at various companies, including Infacare Pharmaceutical, Inc. from June 2013 to February 2015, Ockham from November 2012 to May 2013, Covance from June 2011 to May 2012, and again at Infacare Pharmaceutical, Inc. from January 2010 to June 2011. Ms. Grenier participated in globalization of clinical development processes for a prominent pharmaceutical company to achieve uniform research standards across all global subsidiaries, with sensitivity to cultural and organizational differences.  Ms. Grenier has provided management and leadership of multiple functional areas for integrated, comprehensive project oversight for US and international research programs.  Ms. Grenier earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

 

Board of Directors

 

Our Board of Directors is authorized to consist of seven members and currently consists of six members.

 

Management has been delegated the responsibility for meeting defined corporate objectives, implementing approved strategic and operating plans, carrying on the Company’s business in the ordinary course, managing cash flow, evaluating new business opportunities, recruiting staff and complying with applicable regulatory requirements. The Board of Directors exercises its supervision over management by reviewing and approving long-term strategic, business and capital plans, material contracts and business transactions, and all debt and equity financing transactions and stock issuances.

 

Director Independence

 

We are not currently subject to listing requirements of any national securities exchange or inter-dealer quotation system which has requirements that a majority of the board of directors be “independent” and, as a result, we are not at this time required to have our Board of Directors comprised of a majority of “independent directors.” Nevertheless, our Board of Directors has determined that each of Messrs. Altstiel, Gottlieb and Haft are “independent” under the applicable federal securities laws and regulations and the rules of the NASDAQ Stock Market. The Company intends to fill the vacancy on the Board of Directors with a person who will be an independent member of the Board.

 

Board Committees

 

Our Board of Directors has established three committees, each of which is composed solely of independent directors:

 

·The Audit Committee consists of Mr. Haft, as Chairman, Dr. Altstiel and Mr. Gottlieb.

 

·The Compensation Committee consists of Dr. Altstiel, as Chairman, and Mr. Haft.

 

·The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee consists of Dr. Altstiel, as Chairman, Mr. Gottlieb and Mr. Haft.

 

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Each of the Committees has a written charter adopted by the Board of Directors; a current copy of each such charter is available to security holders on our website, www.neurotropebioscience.com.

 

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

The Compensation Committee consists of Dr. Altstiel, as Chairman, and Mr. Haft. No member of the Compensation Committee has been an officer or employee of the Company. None of our executive officers serves on the board of directors or compensation committee of a company that has an executive officer that serves on our Board of Directors or Compensation Committee.

 

Family Relationships

 

There are no family relationships among our directors or executive officers.

 

Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings

 

None of our directors or executive officers has been involved in any of the following events during the past ten years:

 

  · any bankruptcy petition filed by or against any business of which such person was a general partner or executive officer either at the time of the bankruptcy or within two years prior to that time, except that Mr. Weinstein was the Chief Financial Officer of Able Laboratories, Inc. until November 2004, which filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2005;

 

  · any conviction in a criminal proceeding or being subject to a pending criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations and other minor offences);

 

  · being subject to any order, judgment, or decree, not subsequently reversed, suspended or vacated, of any court of competent jurisdiction, permanently or temporarily enjoining, barring, suspending or otherwise limiting his or her involvement in any type of business, securities or banking activities; or

 

  · being found by a court of competent jurisdiction (in a civil action), the SEC or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to have violated a federal or state securities or commodities law, and the judgment has not been reversed, suspended, or vacated.

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Summary Compensation Table

 

The following table sets forth information concerning the total compensation paid or accrued by us during the last two fiscal years ended December 31, 2014, to (i) all individuals that served as our principal executive officers or acted in a similar capacity for us at any time during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014; (ii) the two most highly compensated executive officers other than the principal executive officer who were serving as executive officers at December 31, 2014; and (iii) up to two additional individuals for whom disclosure would have been required pursuant to clause (ii) above but for the fact that the individual was not serving as an executive officer at December 31, 2014 (collectively, the “named executive officers”). The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors is responsible for determining executive compensation.

 

Name &

Principal

Position

 

Fiscal

Year

ended

December

31

  Salary ($)   Bonus ($)  

Stock

Awards

($)

  

Option

Awards

($)(8)

  

Non–Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation

($)

  

Non–

Qualified

Deferred

Compensation

Earnings ($)

  

All Other

Compensation

($)(9)

   Total ($) 
Charles S. Ramat, President and CEO (1)  2014  $206,667           $477,916               $684,583 
Paul Freiman, Chairman (2)  2014  $110,000           $372,117               $482,117 
Robert Weinstein,  2014  $240,000   $50,000(6)                  $524   $290,524 
CFO, Secretary and Executive Vice President (3)  2013  $65,531           $529,040           $80,094   $674,665 
Warren Wasiewski, Executive Vice President, Development and Chief Medical Officer of Neurotrope BioScience (4)  2014  $54,167   $17,014       $155,583               $226,764 
James New, Former
President
  2014  $135,417                       $268,477   $403,894 
and CEO (5)  2013  $220,873   $50,000(7)      $562,540           $41,666   $825,079 

 

(1)Mr. Ramat was appointed by our Board on July 16, 2014 to serve as our Co-Chief Executive Officer, on an interim basis. On September 12, 2014, Mr. Ramat’s appointment as interim Co-Chief Executive Officer terminated, and he was appointed as our sole President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ramat’s 2014 amount includes consulting fees that Mr. Ramat received for his services as Co-CEO and CEO, as well consulting fees he receives under a consulting agreement with the Company.
(2)Mr. Freiman was appointed by our Board on July 16, 2014 to serve as our Co-Chief Executive Officer, on an interim basis. On September 12, 2014, Mr. Freiman’s appointment as interim Co-Chief Executive Officer terminated. Mr. Freiman’s 2014 amount includes consulting fees that Mr. Freiman received for his service as Co-CEO and Chairman of the Board.
(3)Mr. Weinstein became our Chief Financial Officer on August 23, 2013. The Company is party to an employment agreement dated as of October 1, 2013, with Mr. Weinstein, pursuant to which he serves as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President.
(4)Dr. Wasiewski was appointed as our Executive Vice President, Development and Chief Medical Officer of Neurotrope BioScience on November 1, 2014. Dr. Wasiewski terminated his employment with Neurotrope Bioscience on November 9, 2015. For more information, see “Employment Agreements” below.
(5)Reflects compensation received from Neurotrope BioScience, which was formed in 2012, through the date of the Reverse Merger in August 2013. Salary was accrued in 2012 but paid in 2013. On August 23, 2013, Dr. New was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer and President. Effective as of July 16, 2014, Dr. New’s employment as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company was terminated. See “Employment Agreements; Separation Agreement—James New” below.

 

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(6)Represents a $50,000 bonus paid to Mr. Weinstein in 2015 for services rendered in 2014.
(7)Represents a $50,000 bonus paid to Dr. New in 2014 for services rendered in 2013.
(8)Option awards represent the grant date fair value of awards. Grant date fair value is based on the Black-Scholes option pricing model on the date of grant. For additional discussion on the valuation assumptions used in determining the grant date fair value, see Note 10 to the audited consolidated financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.
(9)Dr. New’s 2013 amount represents compensation earned as a consultant prior to becoming an employee. Dr. New’s 2014 amount represents (a) the amount paid to him pursuant to the Separation Agreement and General Release, effective as of July 16, 2014, which is comprised of severance, vacation and healthcare payments, and (b) life insurance premiums we paid on behalf of Dr. New. Mr. Weinstein’s 2013 amount represents compensation earned as a consultant prior to becoming an employee. Mr. Weinstein’s 2014 amount represents life insurance premiums we paid on behalf of Mr. Weinstein.

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

 

We have one compensation plan approved by our stockholders, the 2013 Plan. The following table provides information regarding 2013 Plan awards for each named executive officer outstanding as of December 31, 2014.

 

   Option awards  Stock awards     
Name 

Number of

securities

underlying

unexercised

options (#)

exercisable

  

Number of

securities

underlying

unexercised

options (#)

unexercisable

  

Equity

incentive

plan

awards:

Number of

securities

underlying

unexercised

unearned

options (#)

  

Option

exercise

price ($)

  

Option

expiration date

 

Number

of shares

or units

of stock

that

have not

vested

(#)

  

Market

value of

shares

of units

of stock

that

have

not

vested

  

Equity

incentive

plan

awards:

Number

of

unearned

shares,

units or

other

rights

that have

not

vested

  

Equity

incentive

plan

awards:

Market

or payout

value of

unearned

shares,

units or

other

rights

that have

not

vested ($)

 
(a)  (b)   (c)   (d)   (e)   (f)  (g)   (h)   (i)   (j) 
Charles S. Ramat   170,302    129,699        1.00   08/23/2023(1)                
    54,404    0         1.75   08/23/2023(2)                    
    67,808    182,192         1.00   08/23/2023(3)                    
    222,055    177,945         (9)  07/23/2024(4)                    
    250,000    0         0.6   09/12/2024(5)                    
Paul Freiman   60,137    189,863       $1.50   10/18/2023(6)                
    10,575    39,425         1.55   12/10/2023(7)                    
    5,274    19,726         1.64   12/11/2023(8)                    
    222,055    177,945         (9)  07/23/2014(9)                    
    50.000    0         0.6   09/12/2024(10)                    
Robert Weinstein   162,500    487,500       $1.00   10/01/2023(11)                
Warren Wasiewski   0    250,000       $0.71   11/01/2014(12)                

 

(1)The options vested with respect to 88,864 shares as of the date of grant, with the balance vesting at a rate of 164 shares per day such that the option shall be fully vested as of February 28, 2017 (assuming continued service through such date). Vesting is subject to acceleration in the event of a change in control or termination of the consulting agreement between Neurotrope, Inc. and Mr. Ramat for good reason.
(2)The options vested as of the date of grant.
(3)The options vest daily over five years from the date of grant, such that the options will have vested with respect to all shares as of August 23, 2018.
(4)One-half of the options granted to Mr. Ramat have an exercise price $1.11 per share and were fully vested upon the date of grant. The second-half of the options granted to Mr. Ramat have an exercise price of $2.22 per share and vest on a daily basis up to 25% per year through July 23, 2018.
(5)The options vested as of the date of grant.

 

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(6)The options vest daily over five years from the date of grant, such that the options will have vested with respect to all shares as of October 18, 2018 (assuming continued service through such date). Vesting is subject to the acceleration in the event of a change in control.
(7)The options vest daily over five years from the date of grant, such that the options will have vested with respect to all shares as of December 10, 2018 (assuming continued service through such date).
(8)The options vest daily over five years from the date of grant, such that the options will have vested with respect to all shares as of December 11, 2018 (assuming continued service through such date).
(9)One-half of the amount of options granted to Mr. Freiman have an exercise price $1.11 per share and are fully vested upon date of grant. The second-half of the amount of options granted to Mr. Freiman have an exercise price of $2.22 per share and vest on a daily basis up to 25% per year through July 23, 2018.
(10)The options vested as of the date of grant.
(11)25% of these options vest on each of the first four anniversaries of the date of grant (October 2, 2013).
(12)50,000 options will vest on each of the first five anniversaries of the grant date, and as such, 50,000 options will vest on each of November 1, 2015, November 1, 2016, November 1, 2017, November 1, 2018 and November 1, 2019 (assuming continued service through such date). Vesting may be subject to acceleration in the event of a change in control.

 

We have no plans in place and have never maintained any plans that provide for the payment of retirement benefits or benefits that will be paid primarily following retirement including, but not limited to, tax qualified deferred benefit plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, tax-qualified deferred contribution plans and nonqualified deferred contribution plans.

 

Except as indicated below, we have no contracts, agreements, plans or arrangements, whether written or unwritten, that provide for payments to the named executive officers listed above. In 2014, we hired five additional employees, including one employee with whom we also have an employment agreement.

 

Employment Agreements; Separation Agreement

 

Warren Wasiewski. Neurotrope BioScience and Dr. Wasiewski executed an employment agreement dated as of November 1, 2014 pursuant to which Dr. Wasiewski served as Executive Vice President, Development and Chief Medical Officer (the “Wasiewski Employment Agreement”). The Wasiewski Employment Agreement provided for an initial term from November 1, 2014 to November 1, 2015 (the “Initial Term”), with automatic extensions for additional one-year periods (each, an “Extension Term”) unless Neurotrope BioScience or Dr. Wasiewski provided at least 90 days’ notice not to extend the term, or until terminated in accordance with termination provisions set forth in the Wasiewski Employment Agreement (the Initial Term and any Extension Term(s), collectively, the “Employment Term”). The Wasiewski Employment Agreement provided that Dr. Wasiewski receive an initial base salary of $325,000. During the Employment Term, Dr. Wasiewski’s salary was to be reviewed at least annually and could be adjusted as determined by the President of the Company. In addition, Dr. Wasiewski was eligible to receive an annual incentive bonus opportunity of 50% of his base salary commencing in 2015 to be earned and payable based upon attainment of both corporate and individual annual performance goals. Additionally, Dr. Wasiewski was entitled to receive a sign-on bonus in the amount of $102,083.40 payable in 12 equal monthly installments. In accordance with the terms and limitations in the Wasiewski Employment Agreement, Dr. Wasiewski was entitled to be reimbursed for his relocation expenses of up to $15,000 and his lodging expenses of up to $15,000. Dr. Wasiewski was also entitled to four weeks of paid vacation per annum and general expense reimbursement for pre-approved business related expenses incurred in the performance of Dr. Wasiewski’s job duties. Dr. Wasiewski was eligible for all benefits and retirement, life, disability, medical and dental plan benefits generally available to Neurotrope BioScience’s officers in accordance with the terms of those plans.  Dr. Wasiewski’s employment with Neurotrope BioScience as Executive Vice President, Development and Chief Medical Officer terminated effective as of November 9, 2015. Dr. Wasiewski continues to serve as our interim Chief Medical Officer and as a consultant to the Company.

 

On November 1, 2014, Dr. Wasiewski was granted non-qualified stock options under the 2013 Plan to purchase 250,000 shares of our common stock at an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the our common stock on the grant date (the “Sign-On Options”). Twenty percent (20%) of the Sign-On Options will vest on each anniversary of the grant date for a period of 5 years from the grant date. As of December 9, 2015, 200,000 of the options originally granted to Dr. Wasiewski have been returned to the option pool upon the termination of his employment.

 

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Robert Weinstein. The Company is party to an employment agreement dated as of October 1, 2013, with Robert Weinstein, pursuant to which he serves as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. Under the terms of Mr. Weinstein’s employment agreement, the Company will pay Mr. Weinstein an annual base salary of not less than $240,000 per year for the period from the effective date to December 31, 2014; and $275,000 per year for the period January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Such annual base salary may be reviewed annually and increased (but not decreased) at the discretion of the Board or a committee thereof, provided, however, that the salary will, at a minimum, be increased annually, beginning January 1, 2016, based upon the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for the immediately preceding year. The Company will pay Mr. Weinstein an annual incentive bonus of no less than $35,000 for the year ending December 31, 2013; an annual bonus of no less than $50,000 for the year ending December 31, 2014; and a discretionary annual bonus of up to 50% of his annual base salary for all years beginning January 1, 2015, to be earned and payable based upon attainment of annual performance goals as determined by the Board or a committee thereof. Mr. Weinstein’s annual bonus opportunity may be periodically reviewed and increased at the discretion of the Board or a committee thereof. Mr. Weinstein will also be eligible to participate in all Company benefits generally available to the Company’s officers in accordance with the terms of those benefit plans and all retirement, life, disability, medical and dental plan benefits generally available to the Company’s officers in accordance with the terms of those plans.

 

Pursuant to the employment agreement, the Company’s Board of Directors granted an incentive stock option to Mr. Weinstein under the 2013 Plan to purchase 650,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The option vests with respect to 162,500 shares on each of the first, second, third and fourth anniversaries of October 1, 2013, subject to the executive’s continued employment with the Company on each such day. Mr. Weinstein will be entitled to additional options and/or equity-based awards as determined in the discretion of the Board or a committee thereof. All of his options and/or equity awards will cease vesting as of the date of termination of the employment agreement, provided that in the event of (i) Mr. Weinstein’s termination for good reason or (ii) termination of his employment by the Company without cause, his options and any other equity awards will be deemed to have vested as of the date of termination with respect to that number of shares that would have vested had his employment with the Company continued for a period of one year after the date of termination, and provided, further, that if Mr. Weinstein’s termination for Good Reason or the termination of his employment by the Company without Cause occurs within six months after the occurrence of a change of control of the Company, then all of his options and any other equity awards will be deemed to have vested as of the date of termination.

 

If Mr. Weinstein’s employment is terminated by the Company for a reason other than cause or by him for good reason, and subject to his compliance with other terms of Mr. Weinstein’s employment agreement, and certain other conditions, then the Company will pay him a severance amount equal to his annual base salary, payable in a single lump sum. In addition, if he elects health care continuation coverage under COBRA, the Company will pay for such health insurance coverage for a period of 18 months following the termination of his employment, as the same rate as it pays for health insurance coverage for its active employees (with Mr. Weinstein required to pay for any employee-paid portion of such coverage). If Mr. Weinstein’s employment is terminated by non-renewal or due to his death or disability, he will be entitled to any unpaid prorated Annual Bonus for the year in which his employment terminates.

 

The Company reimbursed Mr. Weinstein $4,800 for reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses that he incurred in connection with the negotiation, preparation and execution of his employment agreement.

 

Subject to earlier termination by Mr. Weinstein’s death or disability, or by the Company for Cause, the term of Mr. Weinstein’s employment agreement is four years and will be extended automatically for successive one-year periods, unless either party gives written notice of termination to the other party at least 90 days prior to the end of the then-current term.

 

James New. Effective as of July 16, 2014, Dr. James New’s employment as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company was terminated. Accordingly, the employment agreement by and between Neurotrope BioScience and Dr. New dated February 25, 2013 (the “New Employment Agreement”) terminated as of July 16, 2014. On October 9, 2014, Neurotrope BioScience and Dr. New entered into a Separation Agreement and General Release (the “Separation Agreement”) pursuant to which Neurotrope BioScience paid or will pay or provide to Dr. New the following: (a) $2,684.02 within three days of the execution of the Separation Agreement by Dr. New, representing reimbursement of business expenses; (b) a lump sum equal to the total gross amount of $233,000 (less all applicable income and employment taxes and other required or elected withholdings, for which a Form W-2 will be issued to Dr. New); (c) a gross amount of $25,477.59 (less all applicable income and employment taxes and other required or elected withholdings) for Dr. New’s accrued, unused vacation; (d) reimbursement for the cost of continuing Dr. New’s current health care insurance in the same amount as the net reimbursement amounts paid to Dr. New on a monthly basis immediately prior to July 16, 2014 ($2,974 per month) until the earlier of the date on which Dr. New becomes eligible for medical insurance coverage with a new employer or July 16, 2015; (e) director’s and officer’s insurance coverage covering Dr. New’s actions while a director and/or officer of Neurotrope BioScience until July 16, 2020; and (f) $17,000 for reimbursement of Dr. New’s attorneys fees. In addition, the parties agreed that Dr. New’s ownership of any common shares of the company is not affected by the Separation Agreement and that any equity awards Dr. New received pursuant to the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan will be governed exclusively by the terms of such plan.

 

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Consulting Arrangements

 

On July 16, 2014, the Board appointed Charles S. Ramat and Paul E. Freiman to serve as Co-Chief Executive Officers, on an interim basis, of the Company and of Neurotrope BioScience. In consideration of the services that Mr. Freiman and Mr. Ramat provided to the Company as interim Co-Chief Executive Officers, the Company paid each of them consulting fees in the amount of $20,000 per month. In addition, on July 23, 2014, Messrs. Freiman and Ramat were each granted non-qualified options to purchase 400,000 shares of the Company’s common stock for their roles as directors, Co-Chairmen of the Board and Co-Chief Executive Officers. On September 12, 2014, Messrs. Freiman’s and Ramat’s appointments as interim Co-Chief Executive Officers terminated effective on such date. See “Executive Compensation––Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End.”

 

On September 12, 2014, Mr. Ramat was appointed to serve as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective as of such date. In consideration of Mr. Ramat’s services as President and Chief Executive Officer, the Company has agreed to pay Mr. Ramat a salary of $400,000 per year. This arrangement may be terminated by the Company or Mr. Ramat on 60 days’ notice. Mr. Ramat’s salary for his duties as President and Chief Executive Officer will be paid in addition to the consulting fees he receives under a Consulting Agreement with the Company pursuant to which he receives $50,000 per year. In addition, in connection with his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ramat was granted non-qualified stock options pursuant to the Company’s 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, with a term of ten years, to purchase 250,000 shares of common stock of the Company at an exercise price of $.60 per share, the closing price of the shares on September 12, 2014, the date of grant. All of the options vested as of September 12, 2014.

 

Also on September 12, 2014, Mr. Freiman was appointed to serve as the sole Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. In consideration of Mr. Freiman’s services as Chairman, the Company agreed to continue to pay Mr. Freiman $20,000 per month, being the same level as the consulting fees he was receiving as Co-Chief Executive Officer prior to September 12, 2014. In addition, in connection with his appointment as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, Mr. Freiman was granted non-qualified stock options pursuant to the Company’s 2013 Equity Incentive Plan, with a term of ten years, to purchase 50,000 shares of common stock of the Company at an exercise price of $0.60 per share, the closing price of the shares on September 12, 2014, the date of grant. All of the options vested as of September 12, 2014. Mr. Freiman’s consulting fees will be reduced to $30,000 annually beginning February 1, 2016.

 

On November 19, 2015, Mr. Ramat received 100,000 ten-year options, all of which vested immediately, with an exercise price of $0.80 per share, and 600,000 ten-year options, 25% of which vested immediately with an additional 25% vesting over each of the next three anniversaries of the date of grant, with an exercise price of $0.80 per share. Also on November 19, 2015, Mr. Freiman received 200,000 ten-year options and Mr. Weinstein received 100,000 ten-year options, 25% of which, respectively, vested immediately with an additional 25%, respectively, vesting over each of the next three anniversaries of the date of grant.

 

Director Compensation

 

The Company currently does not pay any cash compensation to members of its Board of Directors for their services as directors of the Company. However, the Company reimburses its directors for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with their attendance at meetings of the Board of Directors. Historically, the Company has granted to each new director, at the time of such director’s appointment, a one-time option to purchase 250,000 shares of common stock. In addition, new directors who are expected to participate in one or more committees have been granted an additional option to purchase an additional 50,000 shares of common stock. Consistent with such practice, Dr. Altstiel was granted an option to purchase 250,000 shares of the Company’s common stock and a separate option to purchase 50,000 shares of the Company’s common stock upon his election to the Board of Directors and to the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. The options granted to Dr. Altstiel have a term of ten years, are exercisable at $0.60, which represents the fair market value per share of the common stock on the date of grant, and will vest 20% per year for each of five years after the date of grant (subject to acceleration of vesting upon a change of control of the Company).

 

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Furthermore, on July 23, 2014, each of Messrs. Gottlieb, Haft and Singer received an option grant to purchase 100,000 shares of the Company’s common stock for the extraordinary services they provided to the Company and for their future services to the Company. 50,000 shares underlying such option have an exercise price of $1.11 per share, or 110% of the Company’s last trading price on July 23, 2014 and were fully vested upon grant. The remaining 50,000 shares underlying such option have an exercise price of $2.22 per share based upon two times the exercise price of $1.11 per share and vest on a daily basis up to 25% per year through July 23, 2018. See “Executive Compensation” above for a discussion regarding Messrs. Freiman’s and Ramat’s compensation for their services as executive officers and consultants of the Company. On November 19, 2015, each of Jay Haft and Larry Altstiel received 50,000 options, 25% of which vested immediately with an additional 25% vesting over each of the next three anniversaries of the date of grant.

 

The following table provides information concerning the compensation of our directors for the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

  

Fees

earned

           Non-equity
incentive
   Nonqualified
deferred
         
   or paid in   Stock   Option   plan   compensation   All other     
   cash   awards   awards   compensation   earnings   compensation   Total 
Name  ($)   ($)   ($)   ($)   ($)   ($)   ($) 
(a)  (b)   (c)   (d)   (e)   (f)   (g)   (h) 
John H. Abeles1    108,000    -    0    -    -    -   108,000 
Larry Altstiel2    15,000    -    158,698    -    -    -    173,698 
Paul E. Freiman3    0    -    0    -    -    -    0 
James Gottlieb   0    -    86,417    -    -    -    86,417 
Jay M. Haft   0    -    86,417    -    -    -    86,417 
Charles S. Ramat4    0    -    0    -    -    -    0 
William S. Singer   0    -    86,417    -    -    -    86,417 

 

1 Dr. Abeles received $108,000 for consulting services provided to the Company in 2014.

2 Dr. Altstiel joined the Company’s Board of Directors on September 12, 2014. Dr. Altstiel received $15,000 for consulting services provided to the Company in 2014.

3 Mr. Freiman’s compensation for services on behalf of the Company is fully reflected in the Summary Compensation Table above.

4 Mr. Ramat joined the Company’s Board of Directors on June 13, 2014. Mr. Ramat’s compensation for services on behalf of the Company is fully reflected in the Summary Compensation Table above.  

 

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

 

The following table sets forth information with respect to the beneficial ownership of our common stock as of December 9, 2015 (except as otherwise noted), by (i) each stockholder known by us to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of our common stock, Series A Stock or Series B Stock (our only classes of voting securities), (ii) each of our directors and executive officers, and (iii) all of our directors and executive officers as a group. To the best of our knowledge, except as otherwise indicated, each of the persons named in the table has sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares of our common stock, Series A Stock or Series B Stock beneficially owned by such person, except to the extent such power may be shared with a spouse. To our knowledge, none of the shares listed below are held under a voting trust or similar agreement, except as noted. Other than the Reverse Merger, to our knowledge, there is no arrangement, including any pledge by any person of securities of the Company or any of its parents, the operation of which may at a subsequent date result in a change in control of the Company.

 

Unless otherwise indicated in the following table, the address for each person named in the table is c/o Neurotrope, Inc., 50 Park Place, Suite 1401, Newark, New Jersey 07102.

 

Name and

Address

of Beneficial

Owner

 

Common

Stock

Beneficially

Owned

   Percent of

Common

Stock

Beneficially

Owned(1)

  

Shares of
Common
Stock
Underlying
Series A
Stock
Beneficially
Owned(1)

  

Percent of

Series A

Preferred

Stock

Beneficially

Owned(1)

   Shares of
Common
Stock
Underlying
Series B
Stock
Beneficially
Owned(1)
  

Percent of

Series B

Preferred

Stock

Beneficially

Owned(1)

 
Neurosciences Research Ventures, Inc.(2)
364 Patteson Drive, #279
Morgantown, WV 26505
   10,687,500    3.7%   0    0%   0    0%

Dr. John H. Abeles/Northlea Partners LLLP(3)

2365 NW 41st Street

Boca Raton, Florida 33431

   11,038,898    3.8%   0    0%   375,001    1.4%

Dr. James New(4)

10732 Hawk’s Vista Street Plantation, Florida 33324

   3,838,000    1.3%   0    *    0    * 
Hannah Rose Holdings, LLC(5)
101 Grovers Mill Road Suite #200
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
   4,957,030    1.7%   0    0%   0    0%
E. Jeffrey Peierls(6)
73 South Holman Way
Golden, CO 80401
   3,443,331    1.2%   0    0%   200,000    0.8%

Charles S. Ramat(7)

c/o Neurotrope, Inc.

50 Park Place, Suite 1401

Newark, New Jersey 07102

   5,383,843    1.9%   0    *    166,667    * 
Paul E. Freiman(8)   1,525,016    *    0    *    166,667    * 
Larry D. Altstiel (9)   576,502    *    0    *    41,667    * 
Jay M. Haft(10)   564,700    *    0    *    41,667    * 
William S. Singer(11)    216,932    *    0    *    0    * 
Robert Weinstein(12)   600,002    *    0    *    41,667    * 
James Gottlieb(13)   188,192    *    0    *    0    * 
All directors and executive officers as a group (8 persons)   19,834,735    7.0%   0    0%   833,336    3.2%

 

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* Denotes less than 1%

 

(1)Applicable percentage ownership is based on 48,841,649 shares of our common stock outstanding, 0 shares of our Series A Stock outstanding and 26,234,940 shares of our Series B Stock outstanding, together with securities exercisable or convertible into shares of our common stock within 60 days of December 9, 2015 for each stockholder. Shares of our common stock underlying the Series B Stock are calculated on a 100-for-one basis. Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. The shares issuable pursuant to the exercise or conversion of such securities are deemed outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage of ownership of the security holder, but are not treated as outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage of ownership of any other person.
(2)Includes 1,662,500 shares underlying stock options held by Neurosciences Research Ventures, Inc. that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter.
(3)Includes 1,078,514 shares underlying stock options held by Dr. Abeles that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, 375,001 shares of Series B Stock, and warrants to purchase 1,875,005 shares of our common stock but does not include 126,986 shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015. 894,454 shares of our common stock indicated as beneficially owned by Dr. John H. Abeles and warrants to purchase 1,041,670 shares of our common stock are held by Northlea Partners LLLP. Dr. Abeles is an affiliate of Northlea Partners LLLP and has sole power to vote or direct the vote, and to dispose or direct the disposition, of such shares of common stock.
(4)As of December 31, 2014, as reported on Schedule 13G filed with the SEC by Dr. New on February 17, 2015, the shares of our common stock indicated as beneficially owned include 3,646,100 shares of our common stock.
(5)HRH is controlled by Matt Rosenblum.
(6)Includes 2,000,000 shares of Series B Stock and warrants to purchase 1,000,000 shares of our common stock.
(7)Includes 1,191,226 shares underlying stock options beneficially owned by Mr. Ramat that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, 166,667 shares of Series B Stock and warrants to purchase 833,335 shares of our common stock, but does not include 763,178 shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015. The shares of our common stock indicated as beneficially owned by Charles Ramat are held by Mr. Ramat, Ramat Consulting and NTR21 Holdings, LLC. Mr. Ramat is an affiliate of each of Ramat Consulting and NTR21 Holdings, LLC, and has sole power to vote or direct the vote, and to dispose or direct the disposition, of such shares of our common stock.

 

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(8)Includes 525,014 shares underlying stock options held by Mr. Freiman that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, 166,667 shares of Series B Stock and warrants to purchase 833,333 shares of our common stock, but does not include 299,987shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015. The shares of our Series B Stock and warrants to purchase our common stock indicated as beneficially owned by Mr. Freiman are held by Trust of Paul E. Freiman & Anna Mazzuchi Freiman, Dated May 24, 1996.
(9)Includes 326,500 shares underlying stock options held by Dr. Altstiel that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, 41,667 shares of Series B Stock and warrants to purchase 208,335 shares of our common stock, but does not include 58,500 shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015.
(10)Includes 226,445shares underlying stock options held by Mr. Haft that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, 41,667 shares of Series B Stock and warrants to purchase 208,335 shares of our common stock, but does not include 223,555 shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015.
(11)Includes 216,932 shares underlying stock options held by Mr. Singer that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, but does not include 183,069 shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015.
(12)Includes 350,000 shares underlying stock options held by Mr. Weinstein that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, 41,667 shares of Series B Stock and warrants to purchase 208,335 shares of our common stock, but does not include 400,000 shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015.
(13)Includes 188,192 shares underlying stock options held by Mr. Gottlieb that are vested as of December 9, 2015 or will vest within 60 days thereafter, but does not include 186,808 shares underlying stock options that will not vest within 60 days after December 9, 2015.

 

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS

 

SEC rules require us to disclose any transaction or currently proposed transaction in which we are a participant and in which any related person has or will have a direct or indirect material interest involving the lesser of $120,000.00 or one percent (1%) of the average of the Company’s total assets as of the end of last two completed fiscal years. A related person is any executive officer, director, nominee for director, or holder of 5% or more of the Company’s common stock, or an immediate family member of any of those persons.

 

The descriptions set forth above under the captions “Executive Compensation—Employment Agreements”, “Executive Compensation—Director Compensation” and “Description of Business—Neurotrope’s Proposed Products” and below under “Description of Securities—Options” are incorporated herein by reference.

 

Merger Agreement

 

On August 23, 2013, the Company, Acquisition Sub and Neurotrope BioScience entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization, or the Merger Agreement, which closed on the same date. Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, Acquisition Sub merged with and into Neurotrope BioScience, which was the surviving corporation and thus became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Neurotrope, Inc.

 

Pursuant to the Reverse Merger, we ceased to engage in the business of providing software solutions to deliver geo-location targeted coupon advertising to mobile internet devices and acquired the business of Neurotrope BioScience to engage in developing two product platforms, including our diagnostic test for AD and a drug candidate called bryostatin for the treatment of AD, both of which are in the clinical testing stage. See “Split-Off” below.

 

At the closing of the Reverse Merger, (a) each of the 19,000,000 shares of Neurotrope BioScience Common Stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the closing of the Reverse Merger was converted into one share of our common stock, and (b) each of the 21,920,000 shares of Neurotrope BioScience Series A stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the closing of the Reverse Merger was converted into one share of our Series A stock (See “Description of Securities – Preferred Stock – Series A Stock” below for a description of the voting powers, preferences and other rights of our Series A Stock). As a result, an aggregate of (a) 19,000,000 shares of our common stock were issued to the holders of Neurotrope BioScience Common Stock, and (b) 21,920,000 shares of our Series A Stock were issued to the holders of Neurotrope BioScience Series A stock. In addition, warrants issued to the placement agents and permitted sub-agents to purchase 900,000 shares of Neurotrope BioScience’s common stock were converted into Agent Warrants (as defined below) to purchase 900,000 shares of our common stock, and warrants issued to the placement agents and permitted sub-agents to purchase 1,217,000 shares of Neurotrope BioScience’s Series A stock were converted into Agent Warrants to purchase 1,217,000 shares of our Series A Stock. Neurotrope BioScience did not have any other stock purchase warrants or any stock options outstanding at the time of the Reverse Merger. The warrants to purchase 900,000 shares of our common stock and 1,217,000 shares of our Series A Stock issued on conversion of the warrants issued by Neurotrope BioScience as described above are referred to, collectively, as the “Agent Warrants.”

 

The Merger Agreement contained customary representations and warranties and pre- and post-closing covenants of each party and customary closing conditions. Breaches of the representations and warranties will be subject to customary indemnification provisions, subject to specified aggregate limits of liability.

 

The Merger Agreement provides that until the second anniversary of the closing date of the Reverse Merger, in the event that the Company incurs damages (a) with respect to liabilities, obligations or indebtedness of the Split-Off Subsidiary (as defined below), whenever accruing, or of the Company accruing prior to the Reverse Merger and not previously disclosed, or (b) that a pre-Merger common stockholder of Neurotrope BioScience is entitled to under the indemnification provisions of the Merger Agreement, then the Company will issue to, in the case of clause (a) above, all of the pre-Merger common stockholders of Neurotrope BioScience, or, in the case of clause (b) above, such pre-Merger common stockholder of Neurotrope BioScience so entitled to indemnification, a number of shares of our stock that (in addition to the merger consideration shares to which such person was entitled) would result from dividing the whole dollar amount representing such damages by $1.00 (subject to equitable adjustment in the event of any stock split, stock dividend, reverse stock split or similar event). The limit on the aggregate number of shares of our stock issuable under this provision is 500,000 shares.

 

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Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, the pre-Merger common stockholders of Neurotrope BioScience received initially only 95% of the Company common stock that they were entitled to receive; the remaining 5% of such shares, totaling 950,000 shares (the “Indemnification Escrow Shares”) were placed in escrow pursuant to an Indemnification Escrow Agreement among the Company, Dr. James New, as the then Indemnification Representative, and Gottbetter & Partners, LLP, as escrow agent. The Indemnification Escrow Shares were be released from escrow and distributed to such holders on or about August 23, 2015, pursuant to the terms of the Indemnification Escrow Agreement. 

 

The Reverse Merger has been treated as a recapitalization of the Company for financial accounting purposes. Neurotrope BioScience has been considered the acquirer for accounting purposes, and the historical financial statements of Neurotrope, Inc., before the Reverse Merger will be replaced with the historical financial statements of Neurotrope BioScience before the Reverse Merger in all future filings with the SEC.

 

The parties have taken all actions necessary to ensure that the Reverse Merger is treated as a tax-free exchange under Section 351 of the Code.

 

The issuance of shares of our common stock and Series A Stock to holders of Neurotrope BioScience’s capital stock in connection with the Reverse Merger was not registered under the Securities Act, in reliance upon the exemption from registration provided by Section 4(2) of the Securities Act, which exempts transactions by an issuer not involving any public offering, and Regulation D promulgated by the SEC under that section. These securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirement, and are subject to further contractual restrictions on transfer as described below.

 

We also agreed not to register under the Securities Act the resale of the shares of our common stock received in the Reverse Merger by our officers, directors and key employees and holders of 10% or more of our Common Stock for a period of two years following the closing of the Reverse Merger.

 

The form of the Merger Agreement is filed as an exhibit to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. All descriptions of the Merger Agreement herein are qualified in their entirety by reference to the text thereof filed as an exhibit hereto, which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Split-Off

 

Upon the closing of the Reverse Merger, under the terms of a split-off agreement and a general release agreement, the Company transferred all of its pre-Reverse Merger operating assets and liabilities to its wholly-owned special-purpose subsidiary, Blue Flash Communications Corp., a Nevada corporation, Split-Off Subsidiary, formed on August 15, 2013. Thereafter, pursuant to the split-off agreement, the Company transferred all of the outstanding shares of capital stock of Split-Off Subsidiary to Marisa Watson, the pre-Reverse Merger majority stockholder of the Company, and the former sole officer and director of the Company (the “Split-Off”), in consideration of and in exchange for (i) the surrender and cancellation of an aggregate of 20,178,000 shares of our common stock held by Ms. Watson (which were cancelled and will resume the status of authorized but unissued shares of our common stock) and (ii) certain representations, covenants and indemnities. All descriptions of the split-off agreement and the general release agreement herein are qualified in their entirety by reference to the text thereof filed as exhibits hereto, which are incorporated herein by reference.

 

The PPO

 

Concurrently with the closing of the Reverse Merger and in contemplation of the Reverse Merger, Neurotrope BioScience held a closing of its private placement offering, or the PPO, in which it sold 11,533,375 shares of Neurotrope BioScience Series A stock, at a price of $1.00 per share, for gross proceeds (before deducting commissions and expenses of the offering) of $11,533,375. This closing of the PPO and the closing of the Reverse Merger were conditioned upon each other.

 

Neurotrope BioScience had previously held closings of the PPO between February and May 2013 for 10,386,625 shares of Neurotrope BioScience Series A stock, for a purchase price of $1.00 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds of $10,386,625 (before deducting placement agent fees and expenses of the offering). All of the outstanding shares of Neurotrope BioScience Series A stock were converted on a one-for-one basis into shares of our Series A Stock in connection with the Reverse Merger.

 

Subsequent to the closing of the Reverse Merger, we held a final closing for 1,080,000 additional shares of our Series A Stock at $1.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of $1,080,000, for a total of $23,000,000 of gross proceeds raised between February and October 2013.

 

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Northlea Partners LLLP, which is controlled by a former director, purchased an aggregate of 750,000 shares of Neurotrope BioScience Series A stock in the PPO for an aggregate purchase price of $750,000. Jay Haft, our director, purchased an aggregate of 25,000 shares of Neurotrope BioScience Series A stock in the PPO for an aggregate purchase price of $25,000.

 

Neurotrope BioScience agreed to pay the placement agents in the PPO, EDI Financial, Inc. and Allied Beacon Financial, Inc., registered broker-dealers, a cash commission of 10% of the gross funds raised from investors in the PPO. In addition, the placement agents received (a) for the first $12,000,000 of aggregate gross PPO proceeds (including the prior closings), (i) warrants exercisable for a period of ten (10) years to purchase a number of shares of Neurotrope BioScience Common Stock equal to 7.