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CytoDyn Announces Settlement with Amarex Clinical Research LLC

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CytoDyn has settled its lawsuit with Amarex Clinical Research, resulting in a $12 million cash payment to CytoDyn and the elimination of a $14 million accounts payable liability. This settlement was reached to resolve all legal claims between the parties, with no additional payment required from CytoDyn. The settlement also includes the release of a $6.5 million surety bond to CytoDyn. The company believes this outcome substantially strengthens its balance sheet, providing immediate non-dilutive cash and eliminating a significant liability. CytoDyn plans to utilize these resources to further its clinical trials and research initiatives.

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  • CytoDyn receives a $12 million cash payment as part of the settlement.
  • A $14 million accounts payable liability is eliminated from CytoDyn’s balance sheet.
  • A $6.5 million surety bond is released to CytoDyn.
  • The settlement provides immediate non-dilutive cash inflow.
  • Protracted litigation with Amarex is resolved, reducing potential distractions.
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Terms of the settlement include $12,000,000 cash payment to CytoDyn and elimination of $14,000,000 accounts payable liability from the Company’s balance sheet

VANCOUVER, Washington, July 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CytoDyn Inc. (OTCQB: CYDY) ("CytoDyn" or the "Company"), a biotechnology company developing leronlimab, a CCR5 antagonist with the potential for multiple therapeutic indications, announced today that it has settled its lawsuit against Amarex Clinical Research LLC (“Amarex”), the Company’s former Contract Research Organization (“CRO”).

The material terms of the settlement are as follows: (i) Amarex will pay $12,000,000 to CytoDyn, $10,000,000 was paid upon execution of the agreement and the remainder to be paid within the next 12 months; (ii) the surety bond, valued at $6,500,000, will be released to CytoDyn in full; (iii) all sums Amarex had claimed as due and payable, aggregating to approximately $14,000,000, will be eliminated, with no payment required from CytoDyn; and (iv) a mutual release of claims, resolving all legal claims between the parties.

“We believe this settlement is an excellent outcome for CytoDyn shareholders and substantially improves the Company’s balance sheet. The terms of the settlement provide an immediate influx of non-dilutive cash and eliminates $14 million of accounts payable. Importantly, the settlement ends the potential distraction and uncertainty associated with protracted litigation and allows the Company to immediately advance its clinical trials and research and development initiatives, said Dr. Jacob Lalezari, CEO.”

Sidley Austin LLP acted as CytoDyn’s legal counsel in this matter.

About CytoDyn   

CytoDyn is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of leronlimab, an investigational humanized IgG4 monoclonal antibody (mAb) that is designed to bind to C-C chemokine receptor type 5 (CCR5), a protein on the surface of certain immune system cells that is believed to play a role in numerous disease processes. CytoDyn has studied leronlimab in multiple therapeutic areas, including infectious disease, oncology, and autoimmune conditions.   

Forward-Looking Statements    

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Words and expressions reflecting optimism, satisfaction or disappointment with current prospects, as well as words such as "believes," "hopes," "intends," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "plans," "anticipates" and variations thereof, or the use of future tense, identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may include statements about leronlimab, its ability to provide positive health outcomes, the Company's ability to implement a successful operating strategy for the development of leronlimab and thereby create shareholder value, the ability to obtain regulatory approval of the Company’s drug products for commercial sales, and the strength of the Company’s leadership team. The Company's forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance, and actual results could vary materially from those contained in or expressed by such statements due to risks and uncertainties, including: (i) the regulatory determinations of leronlimab’s safety and effectiveness to treat the diseases and conditions for which we are studying the product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) and various drug regulatory agencies in other countries; (ii) the Company’s ability to raise additional capital to fund its operations; (iii) the Company’s ability to meet its debt and other payment obligations; (iv) the Company’s ability to recruit and retain key employees; (v) the Company’s ability to enter into partnership or licensing arrangements with third parties; (vi) the timely and sufficient development, through internal resources or third-party consultants, of analyses of the data generated from the Company’s clinical trials required by the FDA or other regulatory agencies in connection with applications for approval of the Company’s drug product; (vii) the Company’s ability to achieve approval of a marketable product; (viii) the design, implementation and conduct of the Company’s clinical trials; (ix) the results of any such clinical trials, including the possibility of unfavorable clinical trial results; (x) the market for, and marketability of, any product that is approved; (xi) the existence or development of vaccines, drugs, or other treatments that are viewed by medical professionals or patients as superior to the Company’s products; (xii) regulatory initiatives, compliance with governmental regulations and the regulatory approval process; (xiii) legal proceedings, investigations or inquiries affecting the Company or its products; (xiv) general economic and business conditions; (xv) changes in foreign, political, and social conditions; (xvi) stockholder actions or proposals with regard to the Company, its management, or its board of directors; and (xvii) various other matters, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. The Company urges investors to consider specifically the various risk factors identified in its most recent Form 10-K, and risk factors or cautionary statements included in subsequent Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any responsibility to update any forward-looking statements to take into account events or circumstances that occur after the date of this press release. 

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CytoDyn Inc.  
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FAQ

What is the settlement amount CytoDyn will receive from Amarex?

CytoDyn will receive a total of $12 million from Amarex, with $10 million paid upon execution of the agreement and the remaining $2 million to be paid within the next 12 months.

How does the settlement affect CytoDyn's balance sheet?

The settlement eliminates a $14 million accounts payable liability from CytoDyn's balance sheet and provides a $12 million cash payment.

What financial benefit does the release of the surety bond provide to CytoDyn?

The release of the $6.5 million surety bond provides additional financial resources to CytoDyn as part of the settlement.

What impact does the settlement have on CytoDyn's future plans?

The settlement allows CytoDyn to advance its clinical trials and research and development initiatives without the distraction and uncertainty of ongoing litigation.

What ticker symbol does CytoDyn trade under?

CytoDyn trades under the ticker symbol CYDY.

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