Video messages urges Seneca stockholders to vote in support of Proposal #1, the reverse stock split, in order to approve the proposed transaction.
Proposal 1 was favored by a wide margin by Seneca stockholders who voted at the virtual Special Meeting on April 9, 2021.
CARLSBAD, Calif., April 12, 2021 — Leading BioSciences, Inc. (“LBS”), a late-stage biopharma company advancing therapies for acute and chronic gastrointestinal complications, today released a video message from its CEO, Dr. Tom Hallam, to address the status of the proposed merger transaction with Seneca Biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNCA) (“Seneca”). All proposals, with the exception of Proposal #1, the reverse stock split (the “Reverse Split Proposal”), have been approved by Seneca stockholders. The Reverse Split Proposal requires a higher voting threshold than the other proposals and is required to meet the Nasdaq initial listing requirements. In order to solicit additional votes for the Reverse Split Proposal, Seneca adjourned the virtual Special Meeting until April 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Seneca stockholders can attend the virtual Special Meeting by registering at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/SNCA2021SM.
“We are pleased that five of the six proposals related to the merger have been approved by Seneca stockholders. We are now incredibly close to approving the proposed transaction. However, to successfully approve the proposed transaction, we will need further support from Seneca stockholders regarding the approval of Proposal #1 related to the Reverse Split Proposal. We are very encouraged that the Reverse Split Proposal has received the approval of a vast majority of votes cast. We ask that Seneca stockholders vote to support the Reverse Split Proposal in the upcoming adjourned virtual Special Meeting that will reconvene on April 23, 2021,” said Tom M. Hallam, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Leading BioSciences.
“As Seneca stockholders consider their decision, we want to reiterate that LBS, Seneca, and a leading proxy advisory firm, ISS, all recommend voting in support of the Reverse Split Proposal. Further, we remain fully confident that this transaction represents a compelling opportunity for stockholders. The combined company, Palisade Bio, will be well-positioned to advance novel drugs that can potentially improve the lives of millions of patients,” concluded Dr. Hallam.
Seneca stockholders are urged to vote in support of the Reverse Split Proposal at the virtual Special Meeting of Stockholders on April 23, 2021
Recently the management of Seneca and LBS have provided Stockholders with additional information regarding the proposed transaction. Links to access these communications are provided below:
- On April 12, 2021, LBS issued a short video message from its CEO, Dr. Tom Hallam, urging Seneca stockholders to vote for the Reverse Split Proposal, which can be accessed on LBS’s website (https://leadingbiosciences.com/) or via the following links on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/535944696 and YouTube (https://youtu.be/ge5xRj_aLV8).
- Answers to frequent inquiries concerning the reverse stock split in a press release.
- Highlights of the investment thesis for the proposed merger in a video message and press release
Each of your votes matter and is important no matter how many shares you own
How to Vote
Stockholders who need assistance in submitting their proxy or voting their shares should call Seneca’s proxy solicitor, Kingsdale Advisors toll-free at 1-855-682-2019 or collect at 1-416-867-2272 and one of their agents would be happy to help you vote over the phone.
About Leading BioSciences, Inc.
LBS is developing novel therapeutics designed to improve human health through therapeutic protection of the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosal barrier. LBS’s initial focus is combatting the interruption of GI function (ileus) following major surgery in order to reduce recovery times and shorten the duration of patient hospital stays. Additionally, LBS believes that its investigational therapies have the potential to prevent the formation of postoperative adhesions (reducing hospital re-admissions and additional surgeries), as well as to address the myriad health conditions and complications associated with chronic disruption of the GI mucosal barrier.
About Seneca Biopharma, Inc.
Seneca Biopharma, Inc., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for diseases of high unmet medical need. On December 17, 2020, Seneca announced that it had entered into a definitive Merger Agreement with LBS, a privately held company focused on developing novel therapeutics to improve human health through therapeutic protection of the gastrointestinal mucosal barrier. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Seneca is seeking to sell off its rights to NSI-566. Upon completion of the merger, the company is expected to operate under the name Palisade Bio, Inc. and trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker symbol PALI.
No Offer or Solicitation
This communication will not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor will there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities in connection with the proposed merger shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC
In connection with the proposed transactions between LBS and Seneca, Seneca filed a registration statement on Form S-4 that contained a proxy statement and prospectus with the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on December 23, 2020. The registration statement was declared effective on February 11, 2021 and the proxy statement was mailed to the Seneca stockholders on or about February 12, 2021. This communication is not a substitute for the registration statement or the proxy statement or any other documents that Seneca may file with the SEC or send to its stockholders in connection with the proposed transactions. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, SENECA URGES INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS TO READ THESE MATERIALS, THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, PROXY STATEMENT, AND PROSPECTUS, AS MAY BE AMENDED, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SENECA, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS.
You may obtain free copies of the registration statement, proxy statement and all other documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. The registration statement and proxy statement are available free of charge on Seneca’s website at www.senecabio.com, by contacting Seneca’s Investor Relations by phone at (301) 366-4960, or by electronic mail at email@example.com. Investors and stockholders are urged to read the registration statement, proxy statement, prospectus and the other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed transaction.
Participants in the Solicitation
Seneca and LBS, and each of their respective directors and executive officers and certain of their other members of management and employees, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about Seneca’s directors and executive officers is included in Seneca’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the SEC on March 22, 2021, the registration statement, proxy statement, and prospectus filed with the SEC on February 9, 2021. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.
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