Vancouver, Canada. October 31, 2022 – NervGen Pharma Corp. (TSX-V: NGEN) (OTCQX: NGENF) (“NervGen” or the “Company”), a clinical stage biotech company dedicated to developing innovative solutions for the treatment of nervous system damage, announced that it has engaged Cloutier Consulting, a Texas based public relations specialty agency, to provide media relations and related services for the Company.
Cloutier Consulting was engaged for an initial term of one year. Cloutier Consulting will receive cash compensation that is paid periodically and is not anticipated to exceed US$25,000 per year over the term of their engagement. The agreement will be automatically extended on a month-to-month basis after the initial term, subject to a 30-day termination notice by either party. In addition, Cloutier Consulting was granted 52,500 incentive stock options on October 28, 2022, exercisable at a price of $1.75 per share for a period of three years and that vest 25% per quarter from the grant date. Cloutier Consulting has no other indirect or direct interest in the Company. The appointment of Cloutier Consulting as a media relations consultant to NervGen is subject to regulatory acceptance of applicable filings with the TSX Venture Exchange.
About Cloutier Consulting
Cloutier Consulting is a boutique media relations consultancy that delivers high-impact marketing communications strategy and implementation generating strategic media placements for its clients. Cloutier Consulting has extensive experience securing media for best-in-class and emerging companies.
NervGen (TSX-V: NGEN, OTCQX: NGENF) is a clinical stage biotech company dedicated to developing innovative treatments that enable the nervous system to repair itself following damage, whether due to injury or disease. NervGen’s lead drug candidate, NVG-291, is currently in a Phase 1 clinical trial. The company’s initial target indications are spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. For more information, go to www.nervgen.com.
NervGen holds the exclusive worldwide rights to NVG-291 and is developing a unique new class of drugs around the technology. NVG-291 is a therapeutic peptide that mimics the intracellular domain of the receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase sigma (PTPσ), a cell surface receptor known to interact with chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs). Both PTPσ and CSPGs have been shown to inhibit neural repair mechanisms following nervous system damage. NVG-291-R, the rodent form of NVG-291, has been shown to promote functional recovery and enable nervous system repair in a range of animal models, including models of spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury, multiple sclerosis, and stroke, through enhanced plasticity, axonal regeneration, and remyelination.
For further information, please contact:
Huitt Tracey, Corporate Communications
Nancy Thompson, Vorticom Public Relations
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