MEIP may hold a few locks that have been opened?, but Novogen will hold the keys.
Form 8-K for MEI PHARMA, INC.
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
Reference is made to Note 4. - Related Party Transactions under Part II., Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data in the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 , of MEI Pharma, Inc. (the "Company") for a discussion of the Asset Purchase Agreement (the "Asset Purchase Agreement"), dated as of December 21, 2010, by and among the Company, Novogen Limited ("Novogen") and Novogen Research Pty Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Novogen ("Novogen Research"), pursuant to which the Company agreed to purchase certain assets used in or generated under, or in connection with, the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of intellectual property and products based on the field of isoflavonoid technology and on compounds known as isoflavones (the "Isoflavone-related Assets"). Pursuant to Section 5.4(d) of the Asset Purchase Agreement (the "Non-Compete Clause"), the Novogen Parties agreed not to exploit, or license or authorize any other person to exploit, the compounds relating to the Isoflavone-related Assets for a period of five years from the closing date under the Asset Purchase Agreement.
On December 5, 2012, MEI Pharma, Inc. (the "Company") entered into an agreement (the "Agreement") with Novogen and Novogen Research (together, the "Novogen Parties"), Graham Kelly, an individual ("Kelly"), and Andrew Heaton, an individual ("Heaton"), pursuant to which the Company has granted a limited waiver with respect to the Non-Compete Clause in connection with the proposed acquisition (the "Acquisition") by Novogen of Triaxial Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd. ("Triaxial"). The Agreement provides that the Non-Compete Clause will not apply to intellectual property owned or licensed by Triaxial (or any exploitation or licensing thereof) that is acquired by Novogen in the Acquisition and that does not infringe or otherwise violate the intellectual property rights of the Company; provided, that such intellectual property was developed independently and without the use of any proprietary information of the Company.
In consideration of the limited waiver granted by the Company pursuant to the Agreement, upon the execution of the Agreement, Novogen surrendered to the Company for cancellation warrants held by Novogen for the purchase of 1,000,000 shares of the common stock of the Company. In addition, Novogen agreed that, prior to the closing of the Acquisition, it will either distribute to certain officers and directors of Novogen or sell to third parties (excluding Kelly, Heaton, any family member of Kelly or Heaton or any shareholder of Triaxial) all of its remaining warrants for the purchase of 1,247,168 shares of common stock of the Company.
The Agreement contains representations and warranties of the Company and the Novogen Parties that are customary for transactions similar to those contemplated by the Agreement. The Agreement also contains customary indemnification obligations of each party.
The foregoing summary of the Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.
The sub-text of Dr Kelly's statement on the new website for me says I want redemption - I want my research (and of those around me) to be validated.
This appears to be a guy who is very purpose oriented. He is not a loose cannon by any standard.
This speaks volumes to me. Dan Gold and his team have been very like-minded. I know that our interests are in good hands. Yes new technologies are on the way but it seems to me that Dr Kelly values his integrity and this is what mostly leads me to believe that sustainable growth is on the way.