Awakn will receive approx. CAD$775K to grow its Nordic clinics business
TORONTO, CANADA, Oct 25, 2022 – Awakn Life Sciences Corp. (NEO: AWKN) (OTCQB: AWKNF) (FSE: 954) (“Awakn”), a revenue-generating biotechnology company researching, developing, and commercializing therapeutics to treat addiction with a near-term focus on Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), today announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary Awakn Oslo AS (“Awakn Oslo”) has entered into a debt financing agreement (the “Loan Agreement”) with TD Veen AS (the “Lender”), a family-owned, Norwegian investment company and current shareholder of Awakn.
Given the strong performance and growing demand for Awakn’s treatments since opening in Norway earlier this year and management’s current forecast, Awakn intends to expand its clinics business in the region. Awakn plans to relocate its existing clinic in Oslo to a larger premises with increased capacity for treating clients and to open a second Norwegian clinic in Trondheim, which will be Awakn’s fourth clinic overall. Both Norwegian clinics are also expected to provide the potential to deliver research and clinical trials on site. Awakn’s Nordic operations, including the planned expansion, will continue to be led by Dr. Lowan Stewart, a key opinion leader and pioneer in ketamine-assisted therapy in Norway.
Anthony Tennyson, Awakn CEO commented: “We are excited to be pushing into our next phase of growth in the Nordics. We have been very happy with the reaction to Awakn and our offering in Norway and the growing demand backs that sentiment up.”
Dr. Lowan Stewart, Awakn’s Regional Director of the Nordics added “Having experienced firsthand how so many continue to suffer despite the standard mental health treatments available in Norway, it gives us such joy to be able to help even more people through some of the toughest times in their life, that’s what drives us every day.”
Pursuant to the Loan Agreement, the Lender has advanced NOK 6,000,000 (approximately CAD$775,000) bearing interest at a rate of 9% per annum and is secured against Awakn Oslo’s assets. The Lender shall also receive royalty payments of 2.5% of Awakn Oslo’s revenues for a five-year period and warrants to purchase up to 600,000 common shares of Awakn at an exercise price of $0.68 per share for a period of two years.
About Awakn Life Sciences Corp.
Awakn Life Sciences Corp. is a revenue-generating biotechnology company researching, developing, and commercialising therapeutics to treat substance and behavioral addictions. Awakn has a near-term focus on Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), a condition affecting 285m people globally for which the current standard of care is inadequate. Our goal is to provide effective therapeutics to addiction sufferers in need and our strategy is focused on commercializing our R&D pipeline across multiple channels.
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