The proposed spin-off would create two separate and distinct biotechnology companies, one developing next-generation psychedelic-inspired treatments and the other developing innovative cannabinoid treatments
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
Enveric Biosciences (NASDAQ: ENVB) (“Enveric” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company dedicated to the development of novel small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of anxiety, depression and addiction disorders, today announced the confidential submission of a Form S-1 draft registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC’) for the spin-off its cannabinoid clinical development pipeline to a wholly-owned subsidiary, Akos Biosciences, Inc. (‘Akos’), by way of dividend to Enveric shareholders.
Dr. Joseph Tucker, CEO of Enveric Biosciences, said, “We are pleased to have confidentially submitted our registration statement for the spin-off, which we believe will unlock the unrealized value of what we are now calling Akos. The proposed separation will also create greater strategic focus for each company and as a separately traded public stock will allow each to be in a better position to raise capital and align management strategies with the interests of shareholders.”
Upon consummation of the potential spinoff, if completed, Enveric shareholders, as of the record date for the separation, will own a majority of Akos. Akos is expected to be listed on The Nasdaq Capital Market after the completion of the potential spin-off. No record date for the potential spin-off has been established as of the date of this press release and the completion of the potential spin-off remains subject to various conditions. The spin-off is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023. The dividend will be treated as a taxable event for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
About Enveric Biosciences
Enveric Biosciences (NASDAQ: ENVB) is a biotechnology company dedicated to the development of novel small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of anxiety, depression and addiction disorders. For more information, please visit www.enveric.com.
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