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Otic Pharma Completes Merger with Tokai Pharmaceuticals

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Otic Pharma, Ltd., a pharmaceutical company focusing on the development of ear, nose, and throat (ENT) products, today announced the close of the previously announced combination with Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TKAI, through May 10, 2017).  In connection with the previously announced transaction, Tokai changed its name to Novus Therapeutics, Inc. and effected a 1-for-9 reverse split of its common stock.  The common stock is expected to commence trading on a post-reverse split basis upon the opening of trading on May 11, 2017 on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "NVUS."

"The completion of this transaction and emergence of Novus as one of the few publicly-listed ENT companies marks a significant milestone," said Gregory J. Flesher, President and CEO of Novus Therapeutics, Inc.  "Our pipeline provides a compelling opportunity for value creation as we move our product candidates through development.  With the capital obtained through this transaction and continued access to the capital markets, we will be able to accelerate development of OP-01 for acute otitis externa and OP-02 for chronic and recurrent otitis media."

The combined company has approximately $30 million in cash at close, excluding $7 to 8 million in estimated transaction-related expenses.  Following the completion of the transaction, together with the $7 million concurrent financing and reverse stock split, the company has approximately 7 million shares of common stock outstanding.

Novus Therapeutics will operate under the leadership of Gregory J. Flesher, President and Chief Executive Officer; Christine G. Ocampo, Chief Financial and Chief Compliance Officer; and Dr. Catherine C. Turkel, Chief Development Officer.  The Board of Directors of the company is initially comprised of seven directors:  Keith A. Katkin (Chairman), Gregory J. Flesher, Gary A. Lyons, Erez Chimovits, Cheryl Cohen, John S. McBride, and Jodie P. Morrison.  The corporate headquarters is located in Irvine, California.

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