FORT COLLINS, CO / ACCESSWIRE / October 21, 2022 / Statera Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:STAB) (the "Company" or "Statera Biopharma"), a biopharmaceutical company creating next-generation immune therapies that focus on immune restoration and homeostasis, today announced that the Company filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 (the "Q1 Form 10-Q") with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). With the Q1 Form 10-Q now on file, the Company is focused on the completion and filing of its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2022.
Additionally, the Company entered into an agreement ("Agreement") with Silverback Capital Corporation ("Silverback Capital") and Avenue Venture Opportunities Fund, L.P. ("AVOF"), pursuant to which Silverback Capital agreed to acquire a $400,000 portion ("Apportioned Note") of the original promissory note in the aggregate principal amount of $15 million (the "Original Note') issued by the Company to AVOF under that certain loan and security agreement, dated April 26, 2021, by and between the Company (f/k/a Cytocom Inc.) and AVOF. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Apportioned Note will be evidenced by an amended and restated convertible note due May 1, 2024 (the "A&R Note"). The A&R Note accured interest at a variable rate per annum equal to the sum of (i) the greater of (A) the Prime Rate and (B) 3.25% plus (ii) 7.74% and is convertible in whole or in part from time to time at the sole discretion of the holder into shares of the Company's common stock at a conversion price equal to 75% of the lowest trading price of the common stock during the five trading day period preceding the conversion date inclusive of the conversion date.
Michael Handley, Chief Executive Officer of Statera, said, "we are proud that we continue to make progress towards being compliant with all NASDAQ rules." Furthermore, Michael Handley stated, "we are also excited that Silverback Capital has agreed to acquire a portion of the Original Note and hope they continue to acquire more of the Oringal Note from AVOF and covert it to equity thereby improving our balance sheet and putting the Company in a better financial position."
About Statera Biopharma
Statera Biopharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel immunotherapies targeting autoimmune, neutropenia/anemia, emerging viruses and cancers based on a proprietary platform designed to rebalance the body's immune system and restore homeostasis. Statera has one of the largest platforms of toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists in the biopharmaceutical industry with TLR4 and TLR9 antagonists, and the TLR5 agonists, Entolimod and GP532. TLRs are a class of protein that plays a key role in the innate immune system. Statera is developing therapies designed to directly elicit within patients a robust and durable response of antigen-specific killer T-cells and antibodies, thereby activating essential immune defenses against autoimmune, inflammatory, infectious diseases, and cancers. Statera has clinical programs for Crohn's disease (STAT-201), hematology (Entolimod), pancreatic cancer (STAT-401) and COVID-19 (STAT-205) in addition to potential expansion into fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. To learn more about Statera Biopharma, please visit www.staterabiopharma.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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