Tenax Therapeutics Issues Employment Inducement Award With Appointment of Paula Bokesch, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer

MORRISVILLE, N.C.--()--Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TENX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing a portfolio of products for the critical care market, today confirmed Paula Bokesch, M.D. assumed her role as the Company’s Chief Medical Officer on February 14, 2015.

In connection with her appointment, on February 15, 2015, Ms. Bokesch was awarded options to purchase 25,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. This award was made in accordance with the employment inducement award exemption provided by NASDAQ Rule 5635(c)(4) and was therefore not awarded under the Company’s stockholder approved equity plan. The option award will vest over a three year period, with one-third vesting per year, beginning one year from the grant date. The options have a 10-year term and an exercise price of $3.22 per share, the February 13, 2015 closing price of the Company’s common stock.

About Tenax Therapeutics

Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. (formerly Oxygen Biotherapeutics) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing a portfolio of products for the critical care market. The company owns the North American rights to develop and commercialize levosimendan, and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track status for levosimendan for the reduction of morbidity and mortality in cardiac surgery patients at risk for developing Low Cardiac Output Syndrome (LCOS). The company initiated a Phase 3 trial with levosimendan in that indication in July 2014. For more information, visit www.tenaxthera.com.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements by the company that involve risks and uncertainties and reflect the company’s judgment as of the date of this release. The forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to matters beyond the company's control that could lead to delays in the clinical study, delays in new product introductions and customer acceptance of these new products, and other risks and uncertainties as described in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on December 15, 2014 and annual report on Form 10-K filed on July 29, 2014, as well as its other filings with the SEC. The company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements beyond the date of this release. Statements in this press release regarding management’s future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Contacts

Investor Contact
Stern Investor Relations, Inc.
Jesse Baumgartner, 212-362-1200
jesse@sternir.com
or
Media Contact
Porter Novelli
Chad Hyett, 212-601-8242
chad.hyett@porternovelli.com

Release Summary

Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TENX) issues employment inducement award options to new CMO, Paula Bokesch, M.D.

Contacts

Investor Contact
Stern Investor Relations, Inc.
Jesse Baumgartner, 212-362-1200
jesse@sternir.com
or
Media Contact
Porter Novelli
Chad Hyett, 212-601-8242
chad.hyett@porternovelli.com