Nuvo Research® Inc. Completes Reorganization into Two Publicly Traded Companies

- Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Crescita Therapeutics Inc.
to commence independent trading on March 7, 2016 -

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 1, 2016 /CNW/ - Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:NRI) (Nuvo Pharma or the Company), formerly known as Nuvo Research Inc. and Crescita Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CTX) (Crescita), today announced the completion of the reorganization of Nuvo Research Inc. into two separate publicly traded companies (the Reorganization).  As a result of the Reorganization, the shareholders of what was formerly Nuvo Research Inc., now own 100% of Nuvo Pharma, a revenue and EBITDA generating commercial healthcare company, and 100% of Crescita, a drug development company.  The Reorganization was approved by the shareholders of Nuvo Research Inc. at a special shareholders meeting on February 18, 2016 and by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on February 24, 2016.

"This transaction gives both businesses greater flexibility to focus on, and pursue, their respective growth strategies," said John London, President and CEO of Nuvo Pharma.  "Nuvo Pharma is a profitable business with significant revenue and EBITDA growth potential."  "We are very excited about the launch of Crescita," added Dan Chicoine, Chairman and CEO of Crescita.  "We have exciting technologies, a proven management team that has obtained FDA approval for four topical pharmaceutical products and a strong balance sheet to support our growth."

Under the Reorganization, existing Nuvo Research Inc. share certificates now represent common shares of Nuvo Pharma and the right to receive a share certificate representing an equal number of Crescita common shares.  The distribution record date (the Record Date) for certificates representing Crescita common shares is Thursday March 3, 2016.  However, the TSX has implemented due bill trading for the Nuvo Pharma common shares (TSX: NRI) until the close of trading on Friday March 4, 2016.  Accordingly, shareholders who purchase Nuvo Pharma common shares through the facilities of the TSX prior to the close of trading on Friday March 4, 2016 will automatically receive one Crescita common share for each Nuvo Pharma common share purchased.  Crescita common shares (TSX:CTX) are expected to commence trading on the TSX on Monday March 7, 2016.  Nuvo Pharma and Crescita shareholders are encouraged to contact their brokers for additional information.

As part of the Reorganization, Nuvo has changed its name from "Nuvo Research Inc." to "Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc."

About Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Effective with the Reorganization, Nuvo Pharma (TSX:NRI) is a commercial healthcare company with a portfolio of commercial products and pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities.  Nuvo Pharma has three commercial products that are available in a number of countries; Pennsaid 2%, Pennsaid and the heated lidocaine/tetracaine patch.  Pennsaid 2% is sold in the U.S. by Horizon Pharma plc (NASDAQ: HZNP) and is available for partnering in certain other territories around the world.  Nuvo Pharma manufactures Pennsaid for the global market and Pennsaid 2% for the U.S. market at its FDA licensed GMP facility in Varennes, Québec.  For additional information, please visit

About Crescita Therapeutics Inc.

Effective with the Reorganization, Crescita (TSX:CTX) is a well-capitalized biotech company that owns a pipeline of topical and transdermal product candidates for treating medical conditions in a number of therapeutic areas, including pain and dermatology.  Crescita owns multiple proprietary drug delivery platforms that support the development of patented formulations that can facilitate the delivery of active drugs into or through the skin. Crescita has one commercial product, Pliaglis that is licensed globally (except for Canada, the United States and Mexico where Crescita owns the rights).  Crescita's board and management team have demonstrated success in building Nuvo Research Inc., including developing multiple drugs that are now approved and commercialized and negotiating multiple transactions that have generated more than $100 million in non-dilutive funding.  For additional information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking information and/or forward-looking statements (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, management's beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "believe", "should" or "plans", or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking statements reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such statements. Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, general business and economic uncertainties and adverse market conditions; uncertainties related to each company's ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the Arrangement; risks and uncertainties related to obtaining approvals, rulings and consents, or satisfying other requirements, necessary or desirable to permit or facilitate the trading of the Crescita common shares; trading disruption; less diverse businesses of the separate companies resulting from the reorganization; as well as other risk factors included in Nuvo's Management Information Circular dated December 31, 2015 and most recent Annual Information Form dated February 17, 2016 under the heading "Risks Factors", and as described from time to time in the reports and disclosure documents filed by Nuvo with Canadian securities regulatory agencies and commissions. Certain risks and uncertainties specific to the reorganization and Crescita are further described in the information circular dated December 31, 2015 for the special shareholder meeting to consider the Arrangement. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on the Nuvo's forward-looking statements. As a result of the foregoing and other factors, no assurance can be given as to any such future results, levels of activity or achievements and neither Nuvo nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of these forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking information contained in this press release is based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this press release and, except as required by applicable law, Nuvo undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc.

For further information: Nuvo Investor Relations, Email:; Crescita; Investor Relations, Email:


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