Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TENX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on identifying, developing and commercializing products for the critical care market, today announced financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2016 and provided a corporate update.

“While we were disappointed that the LEVO-CTS trial did not meet its dual or quad primary endpoints, there are positive data in the results. Levosimendan demonstrated statistically significant reductions in clinically meaningful secondary endpoints including a reduction in low cardiac output syndrome (LCOS) and reduction in postoperative use of secondary inotropes. There was also a statistically significant increase in cardiac index in the levosimendan arm. Additionally, levosimendan was found to be safe with no clinically significant increases in hypotension or cardiac arrhythmias and the clinical data showed a numerical reduction in 90-day mortality,” said John Kelley, CEO of Tenax Therapeutics.

Dr. John Alexander of the Duke Clinical Research Institute presented the results of the LEVO-CTS trial on Sunday, March 19, 2017, during a late-breaking clinical trial session at the American College of Cardiology 66th Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C. Dr. Alexander concluded “levosimendan is effective and safe as an inotrope to increase cardiac output in patients at risk for perioperative low cardiac output syndrome.” Slides from the presentation can be found on the Tenax website at www.tenaxthera.com. The trial results were also simultaneously published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

“Based on these positive findings, we continue to evaluate cardiac surgery and other indications that may benefit from levosimendan,” said John Kelley, CEO of Tenax Therapeutics. “We have initiated discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the approval of levosimendan to treat Acute Decompensated Heart Failure (ADHF). Levosimendan is approved and on the market in Europe and South America for ADHF, where it has been used to treat over one million patients. We have a pre-NDA meeting scheduled with FDA to discuss a New Drug Application (NDA) for this indication in the U.S. based on existing data in ADHF, along with the positive data generated in the secondary endpoints in the LEVO-CTS trial. We are also planning to begin the process of filing an application for approval to Health Canada,” continued Mr. Kelley.

While the company is working on its regulatory options for levosimendan, it will explore additional strategic options to broaden its product lines. To this end, the company will engage an investment bank to assist in these efforts.

Full Year 2016 Financial Results

The Company reported a net loss of $44.0 million, or $(1.56) per share, for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to a net loss of $15.9 million, or $(0.57) per share, for the prior year.

The Company reported general and administrative expenses of $6.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $6.7 million for the prior year.

The Company reported research and development expenses of $13.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $8.9 million for the prior year.

The Company reported a loss on impairment of assets of $33.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $1.0 million for the prior year.

As of December 31, 2016, the Company had $21.9 million in cash, including the fair value of its marketable securities, compared to $38.2 million at December 31, 2015.

Financial Guidance

Tenax expects that its cash balance, including the fair value of its marketable securities, will be sufficient for it to accomplish its corporate goals through the first half of 2018, including the full close-out of its recently completed Phase 3 LEVO-CTS trial, as it continues to evaluate the potential for filing a New Drug Application for levosimendan for cardiac surgery or other indications in 2017.

Conference Call

The Tenax management team will host a call today at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss fourth quarter and year-end 2016 financial results.

To participate in the call, please dial (866) 682-6100 (domestic) or (862) 255-5401 (international). A live webcast of the call can be accessed under “Events and Presentations” in the Investors section of the Company’s website at www.tenaxthera.com. An archived webcast recording will be available on the Tenax Therapeutics website beginning approximately two hours after the call.

About Tenax Therapeutics

Tenax Therapeutics, Inc., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on identifying, developing and commercializing products for the critical care market. The Company owns the North American rights to develop and commercialize levosimendan, a novel, first in class calcium sensitizer/K-ATP activator. For more information, visit www.tenaxthera.com.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements by the company that involve risks and uncertainties and reflect the company’s judgment as of the date of this release. The forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to matters beyond the company's control that could lead to delays in the clinical study, delays in new product introductions and customer acceptance of these new products, and other risks and uncertainties as described in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in its annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2017, as well as its other filings with the SEC. The company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements beyond the date of this release. Statements in this press release regarding management’s future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

December 31, December 31,
2016 2015
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 9,995,955 $ 3,660,453
Marketable securities 3,284,616 16,528,494
Accounts receivable 72,599 49,448
Prepaid expenses   275,005       321,958  
Total current assets 13,628,175 20,560,353
Marketable securities 8,586,110 18,019,054
Property and equipment, net 19,105 35,786
Intangible assets, net - 22,000,000
Goodwill - 11,265,100
Other assets   1,106,785     1,106,785  
Total assets $ 23,340,175   $ 72,987,078  
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 727,599 $ 972,483
Accrued liabilities 5,245,546 3,104,807
Warrant liabilities   226,092       524,340  
Total current liabilities 6,199,237 4,601,630
Deferred tax liability   -     7,962,100  
Total liabilities 6,199,237 12,563,730
Stockholders' equity
Common stock, par value $.0001 per share; authorized 400,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 28,120,021 and 28,119,694, respectively 2,812 2,812
Additional paid-in capital 221,816,447 221,285,677
Accumulated other comprehensive gain/(loss) (18,718 ) (129,442 )
Accumulated deficit   (204,659,603 )   (160,735,699 )
Total stockholders’ equity   17,140,938     60,423,348  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 23,340,175   $ 72,987,078  
Year ended December 31,
2016   2015
Government grant revenue $ - $ 49,286
Operating expenses
General and administrative 6,245,958 6,671,568
Research and development 13,139,681 8,904,787
Impairment loss   33,265,100     1,034,863  
Total operating expenses 52,650,739 16,611,218
Net operating loss 52,650,739 16,561,932
Interest expense - 3,851
Other (income) expense (764,735 ) (633,632 )
Income tax benefit   (7,962,100 )   -  
Net loss $ 43,923,904   $ 15,932,151  
Unrealized (gain) loss on marketable securities   (110,724 )   (29,332 )
Total comprehensive loss $ 43,813,180   $ 15,902,819  
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (1.56 ) $ (0.57 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted 28,119,835 28,119,538


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