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The Bidding Process, Procedures for the Sale of certain Assets and Intellectual Property of Local Roots Farms

Further to Gerbsman Partners Update and sales letter of September 6, 2018 regarding the sale of certain assets of Precision AgriTech Inc. dba Local Roots Farms (“LRF”) and one of its subsidiaries,  I am attaching a “Table of Contents” for the LRF “Due Diligence Room” and “Local Roots Farms Draft Asset Purchase Agreement – APA”

Prior to the bid date of October 12, 2018, I would encourage and recommend that all interested parties have their counsel speak with Stephen O’Neill, Esq. of Dorsey, counsel to LRF, to discuss any questions or comments of a legal nature relating to the transaction.  Steve is available at oneill.stephen@dorsey.com and cell 650 843 2719.

Please review the “Important Legal Notice” below in that potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained provided by Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact.  Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit. 

Ken, Dennis and I will be following up to review the Bidding Process, schedule due diligence meetings and answer any questions regarding the “Date Certain M&A Process”.

Gerbsman Partners has been retained by Local Roots Farms to solicit interest for the acquisition of all or substantially all of LRF’s assets, including its Intellectual Property (“IP”), in whole or in part (collectively, the “Local Roots Farms Assets”).  

Any and all the assets of LRF will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis and will be subject to “The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers”, outlined below

 

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE:

The information in this memorandum does not constitute the whole or any part of an offer or a contract.

The information contained in this memorandum relating to Local Roots Farms Assets has been supplied by LRF.  It has not been independently investigated or verified by Gerbsman Partners or its agents.

Potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained in this memorandum or provided by LRF, or Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact. Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit.

Local Roots Farms, Gerbsman Partners, and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, (i) disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the truth, accuracy, and completeness of any information provided in connection herewith and (ii) do not accept liability for the information, including that contained in this memorandum, whether that liability arises by reasons of LRF’s or Gerbsman Partners’ negligence or otherwise.

Any sale of the LRF Assets will be made on an “as-is,” “where-is,” and “with all faults” basis, without any warranties, representations, or guarantees, either express or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever from, or on behalf of LRF or Gerbsman Partners.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Local Roots Farms and Gerbsman Partners and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, hereby expressly disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the condition of the LRF Assets and any portions thereof, including, but not limited to, environmental conditions, compliance with any government regulations or requirements, the implied warranties of habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

This memorandum contains confidential information and is not to be supplied to any person without Gerbsman Partners’ prior consent.  This memorandum and the information contained herein are subject to the non-disclosure agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A

 

The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers

Interested and qualified parties will be expected to sign a nondisclosure agreeent (attached hereto as Exhibit A) to have access to key members of the management and intellectual capital teams and the due diligence “war room” documentation (the “Due Diligence Access”).  Each interested party, as a consequence of the Due Diligence Access granted to it, shall be deemed to acknowledge and represent (i) that it is bound by the bidding procedures described herein; (ii) that it has an opportunity to inspect and examine the LRF Assets and to review all pertinent documents and information with respect thereto; (iii) that it is not relying upon any written or oral statements, representations, or warranties of LRF, Gerbsman Partners, or their respective staff, agents, or attorneys; and (iv) all such documents and reports have been provided solely for the convenience of the interested party, and neither LRF nor Gerbsman Partners (or their respective, staff, agents, or attorneys) makes any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the same. 

Following an initial round of due diligence, interested parties will be invited to participate with a sealed bid, for the acquisition of the LRF Assets.  Sealed bids must be submitted so that the bid is actually received by Gerbsman Partners no later than Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time (the “Bid Deadline”) at Gerbsman Partners office, located at 211 Laurel Grove Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904.  Please also email steve@gerbsmanpartners.com with any bid.

Bids should identify those assets being tendered for in a specific and identifiable way.  The attached LRF fixed asset list may not be complete and Bidders interested in the LRF’s Assets must submit a separate bid for such assets.  Be specific as to the assets desired.

Any person or other entity making a bid must be prepared to provide independent confirmation that they possess the financial resources to complete the purchase where applicable.  All bids must be accompanied by a refundable deposit check in the amount of $200,000 (wire transfer information will be supplied at a later date).  The winning bidder will be notified within 3 business days after the Bid Deadline.  Non-successful bidders will have their deposit returned to them.

LRF reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, accept or reject any bid, or withdraw any or all assets from sale.  Interested parties should understand that it is expected that the highest bid will be chosen as the winning bidder and bidders may not have the opportunity to improve their bids after submission.

LRF will require the successful bidder to close within 7 business days.  Any or all of the assets of LRF will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, with no representation or warranties whatsoever.

All sales, transfer, and recording taxes, stamp taxes, or similar taxes, if any, relating to the sale of the LRF Assets shall be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder and shall be paid to LRF at the closing of each transaction.

For additional information, please see below and/or contact:

 

Steven R. Gerbsman

steve@gerbsmanpartners.com

 

Dennis Sholl

dennis@gerbsmanpartners.com

 

Kenneth Hardesty

ken@gerbsmanpartners.com

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The Bidding Process, Procedures for the Sale of certain Assets and Intellectual Property of Cibiem, Inc.

Further to Gerbsman Partners sales letter of August 16, 2018, Update on August 25, 2018 and September 4, 2918 regarding the sale of certain assets of Cibiem, Inc., (“Cibiem”), I am attaching a draft Asset Purchase Agreement (“APA”), as well as the “Table of Contents and Outline” for the Cibiem Data Room.

Prior to the bid date of September 21, 2018, I would encourage and recommend that all interested parties have their counsel speak with Stephen O’Neill, Esq. of Dorsey, counsel to Cibiem, to review and finalize the “APA”.  He is available to discuss any questions or comments of a legal nature relating to the transactions contemplated by the APA.  Steve is available at oneill.stephen@dorsey.com and cell 650 843 2719.

Please review the “Important Legal Notice” below in that potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained provided by Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact.  Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit. 

Ken, Dennis and I will be following up to review the Bidding Process, schedule due diligence meetings and answer any questions regarding the “Date Certain M&A Process”.

Gerbsman Partners (http://www.gerbsmanpartners.com) has been retained by Cibiem, inc., (http://cibiem.com) to solicit interest for the acquisition of all or substantially all of Cibiem’s assets, including its Intellectual Property (“IP”), in whole or in part (collectively, the “Cibiem Assets”).  

Any and all the assets of Cibiem will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis and will be subject to “The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers”, outlined below.

 

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE:

The information in this memorandum does not constitute the whole or any part of an offer or a contract.

The information contained in this memorandum relating to Cibiem’s Assets has been supplied by Cibiem.  It has not been independently investigated or verified by Gerbsman Partners or its agents.Potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained in this memorandum or provided by Cibiem, or Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact. Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit.

Cibiem, Gerbsman Partners, and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, (i) disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the truth, accuracy, and completeness of any information provided in connection herewith and (ii) do not accept liability for the information, including that contained in this memorandum, whether that liability arises by reasons of Cibiem’s or Gerbsman Partners’ negligence or otherwise.

Any sale of the Cibiem Assets will be made on an “as-is,” “where-is,” and “with all faults” basis, without any warranties, representations, or guarantees, either express or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever from, or on behalf of Cibiem or Gerbsman Partners.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Cibiem and Gerbsman Partners and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, hereby expressly disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the condition of the Cibiem Assets and any portions thereof, including, but not limited to, environmental conditions, compliance with any government regulations or requirements, the implied warranties of habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

This memorandum contains confidential information and is not to be supplied to any person without Gerbsman Partners’ prior consent.  This memorandum and the information contained herein are subject to the non-disclosure agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A.

 

The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers

Interested and qualified parties will be expected to sign a nondisclosure agreement (attached hereto as Exhibit A) to have access to key members of the management and intellectual capital teams and the due diligence “war room” documentation (the “Due Diligence Access”).  Each interested party, as a consequence of the Due Diligence Access granted to it, shall be deemed to acknowledge and represent (i) that it is bound by the bidding procedures described herein; (ii) that it has an opportunity to inspect and examine the Cibiem Assets and to review all pertinent documents and information with respect thereto; (iii) that it is not relying upon any written or oral statements, representations, or warranties of Cibiem, Inc., Gerbsman Partners, or their respective staff, agents, or attorneys; and (iv) all such documents and reports have been provided solely for the convenience of the interested party, and neither Cibiem nor Gerbsman Partners (or their respective, staff, agents, or attorneys) makes any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the same. 

Following an initial round of due diligence, interested parties will be invited to participate with a sealed bid, for the acquisition of the Cibiem Assets.  Sealed bids must be submitted so that the bid is actually received by Gerbsman Partners no later than Friday, September 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time (the “Bid Deadline”) at Gerbsman Partners office.  Please also email steve@gerbsmanpartners.com with any bid.

Bids should identify those assets being tendered for in a specific and identifiable way.  The attached Cibiem fixed asset list may not be complete and Bidders interested in the Cibiem’s Assets must submit a separate bid for such assets.  Be specific as to the assets desired.

Any person or other entity making a bid must be prepared to provide independent confirmation that they possess the financial resources to complete the purchase where applicable.  All bids must be accompanied by a refundable deposit check in the amount of $200,000 (wire transfer information will be supplied at a later date).  The winning bidder will be notified within 3 business days after the Bid Deadline.  Non-successful bidders will have their deposit returned to them.

Cibiem reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, accept or reject any bid, or withdraw any or all assets from sale.  Interested parties should understand that it is expected that the highest bid will be chosen as the winning bidder and bidders may not have the opportunity to improve their bids after submission.

Cibiem will require the successful bidder to close within 7 business days.  Any or all of the assets of Cibiem will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, with no representation or warranties whatsoever.

All sales, transfer, and recording taxes, stamp taxes, or similar taxes, if any, relating to the sale of the Cibiem Assets shall be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder and shall be paid to Cibiem at the closing of each transaction.

For additional information, please see below and/or contact:

Steven R. Gerbsman

steve@gerbsmanpartners.com

Dennis Sholl

dennis@gerbsmanpartners.com

Kenneth Hardesty

ken@gerbsmanpartners.com

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SALE OF Precision AgriTech, Inc. dba Local Roots Farms (LRF) 

On September 4, 2018, Precision AgriTech Inc. dba Local Roots Farms (“LRF”) and one of its subsidiaries commenced a “Date Certain M&A Process” with Gerbsman Partners.

Gerbsman Partners has been retained by Local Roots Farms to solicit interest for the acquisition of all or substantially all of LRF’s assets, including its Intellectual Property (“IP”), in whole or in part (collectively, the “LRF Assets”).

LRF is a privately held company formed in Q4 2013, has raised $12.8M to date from various private investors, and has filed 4 patents with the USPTO and 1 international PCT application and has proprietary Intellectual Property in the full varietal specific growing algorithm.

LRF solves produce supply-chain challenges for retailers and foodservice companies through its proprietary Intellectual Property growing process and controlled-environment farming platform called Terra Farms.  Among LRF”s customers are Walmart and Sysco.  Please see attached Executive Summary, Patent Summary, Fixed Asset List and NDA.


IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE:

The information in this memorandum does not constitute the whole or any part of an offer or a contract.

The information contained in this memorandum relating to LRF’s Assets has been supplied by LRF.  It has not been independently investigated or verified by Gerbsman Partners or its agents.Potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained in this memorandum or provided by LRF, or Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact. Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit.LRF, Gerbsman Partners, and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, (i) disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the truth, accuracy, and completeness of any information provided in connection herewith and (ii) do not accept liability for the information, including that contained in this memorandum, whether that liability arises by reasons of LRF’s or Gerbsman Partners’ negligence or otherwise.

Any sale of the LRF Assets will be made on an “as-is,” “where-is,” and “with all faults” basis, without any warranties, representations, or guarantees, either express or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever from, or on behalf of LRF or Gerbsman Partners.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, LRF and Gerbsman Partners and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, hereby expressly disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the condition of the LRF Assets and any portions thereof, including, but not limited to, environmental conditions, compliance with any government regulations or requirements, the implied warranties of habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

This memorandum contains confidential information and is not to be supplied to any person without Gerbsman Partners’ prior consent.  This memorandum and the information contained herein are subject to the non-disclosure agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A.

Business DescriptionLocal Roots solves produce supply-chain challenges for retailers and foodservice companies through its proprietary growing process and controlled-environment farming platform called the TerraFarm. The company delivers exceptional value to the end consumer by providing:

  1. Fresh, nutrient dense, pesticide free, sustainably grown, locally grown produce to the mass market at affordable prices
  2. A scalable solution to institutional produce buyers who struggle with spoilage, inconsistent supply, poor quality, and severe exposure to food safety risks;
  3. The company has contracts and commitments with the largest retailer and foodservice company in the world, Walmart and Sysco. Both customers are pushing Local Roots to expand production as well as product mix and have expressed interest in scaling the solution across their North American distribution networks.

By collocating clusters of its TerraFarms with the supply chain infrastructure of its customers, Local Roots not only grows best-in-class produce, but can deliver it to the market in a fraction of the time it takes for the conventional supply chain to harvest, process, pack, ship, and distribute. This leads to:

  1. Higher quality,
  2. 2.   Reduced transportation costs,
  3. 3.Increased customer shelf-life, and
  4. A more resilient & sustainable solution.

LRF customers purchase company produce through long-term off take contracts, which enable the company to raise low cost capital to develop the operating assets.

Company Background: Formed in Q4 2013, Local Roots spent its early years designing, testing, and iterating through improvements in its integrated farming system, focusing on driving innovation in the critical components and subsystems: lighting, integrated control system, environmental and fertigation management, and the application of data science to yield and quality optimization. The company also invested heavily in plant science and cutting-edge horticultural practices to drive unprecedented yields, growth rates, and consumer benefits.

Local Roots began customer deliveries in Q1 2015 and quickly found demand from numerous fast casual restaurant chains in Southern California who struggled to source locally grown high quality produce. After the company’s initial outside seed round in 2015, it began recruiting additional engineers and plant scientists to drive further improvements in yields, CapEx, and OpEx as the company began engaging with the produce buyers of the largest retail and foodservice companies in the world.

As Local Roots expanded its R&D and crop trials:

  1. It demonstrated viability of hundreds of varietals of leafy greens, lettuces, mustards, and herbs;
  2. 2.Validated product-market fit with chefs and retailers;
  3. Established Local Roots as a premium quality supplier of challenging to source produce categories; and
  4. Began solidifying interest in its products and business model from corporate buyers such as Walmart, Whole Foods, Target, Kroger, Safeway, Food Lion, Sysco & US Foods.

Industry Background/MarketRetailers & distributors lose billions per year due to produce spoilage.  As such, they must manage a complex network of suppliers which inevitably results in inconsistent volumes and quality of product.  Retailers that are able to manage these issues have substantial competitive advantages.  Local Roots launched in 2013 to become the solution to this multi-billion dollar problem.

Since then, the company has developed proprietary, modular growing systems and the operational expertise to optimize them.  Through this, they have produced and delivered multiple types of produce exhibiting the highest standards of quality, with flawless customer service to food service, wholesale, and retail customers.

By doing this, Local Roots created a consumer facing brand reflective of the impacts that addressing these issues have on consumers:

  1. Higher quality
  2. Consistent & Predictable Supply
  3. More nutritious.

This is what Local Roots stands for, our produce partners benefit from that messaging

Products & ServicesLocal Roots currently sells three proprietary salad mixes in Walmart stores: Mars Mix, Royal Gems Mix, and Baby Butter Blend. Additionally, the company has launched a basil program with Sysco. All products are certified Pesticide Free, Sustainably Grown, and Non-GMO, grown in a TerraFarm, our proprietary modular farming system which require 99% less water than traditional farming.  

DistributionIn addition to their Walmart and Sysco partnerships, our other customers include restaurants and foodservice companies such as Tender Greens, Medocino Farms, West Central Produce, LA Specialty and SpaceX. All produce is sold under the Local Roots brand, which represents a mission-driven return to local responsible farming that speaks to the increasing global population. Local Roots successfully demonstrated daily, on time and in full (OTIF), deliveries to Walmart’s distribution center in Riverside, CA.

Food SafetyLocal Roots has integrated best-in-class food safety practices into its growing, harvesting, and processing operations. PrimusGFS is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked and fully recognized audit scheme covering both Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), as well as Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS). The GFSI recognition of the PrimusGFS scheme helps move the produce industry one step closer to the desired goal of global food safety harmonization. From the very beginning, every single Local Roots TerraFarm has been PrimusGFS certified. Their PrimusGFS scheme covers the scope of the supply chain from pre- to post- farm production and provides an integrated supply chain approach.

Technology & Intellectual PropertyLocal Roots develops and integrates its technologies into automated modular TerraFarms that efficiently grow produce in a responsible way. Key areas of technological development include:

  1. solid state lighting, automation,
  2. robotics, computer vision,
  3. machine learning, plant science,
  4. breeding, growing recipes tailored for optimal yields,
  5. nutrient content, and unique flavor profiles.

Each crop grown in a TerraFarm uses precise growing proprietary algorithms that have been developed through repeated trials and advanced data analytics. Crops are monitored automatically and the TerraFarm is adjustable via mobile device. This allows TerraFarms to adaptively modify growing environments and ensure crop health at all times. New growing algorithms and standard growing procedures are continually developed by our R&D team. Updates are released in real time through our proprietary LocalX software platform.

Potential Backlog and PipelinePrior to ceasing company operations the Company had a strong sales pipeline for significant volume.  This information is available in the Due Diligence Data Room, and is subject to an NDA.

Reasons why LRF’s assets are attractive

  • Attractive Growth Industry with clear, unmet customer demand:
  • 4 patents filed with the USPTO and 1 international PCT application
  • Pioneer of “Produce Purchase Agreements,” which could revolutionize the way produce is purchased, and enabling established project equity and project finance to enter the sector.
  • Clear path to attractive margins
  • Market Position: LRF is the first modular indoor farming company to commercialize products in the mass market.
  • Best in Class Technology: LRF’s proprietary TerraFarm technology is the proven leader in the modular indoor farming industry.
  • Excellent Relationships: LRF’s strength has always been predicated on strong relationships, especially with its well respected investment grade customers, Walmart & Sysco.
  • Diversified Base of CustomersLRF works with the world’s largest produce buyers in two diverse market segments; mass market CPG retail (Walmart) and large scale food service distribution (Sysco).
  • Opportunity for Future Growth:Opportunities for growth can be realized by fully exploiting the market need for resilient and co-located food production


Local Roots Farms’s Assets

The company’s assets are contained in the following:

  1.  Patents, Processes, Patent Applications and Trademarks.
  2.  Significant intellectual capital, know-how and trade secret growing algorithms.
  3.  Significant know-how and expertise of botany & agronomy.
  4.  Experience from engineering to technology development to plant science to consumer-packaged goods delivered to mass market retail.
  5. Proof of concept with validation from Walmart & Sysco.
  6.  Fixed assets which includes the company’s proprietary TerraFarm technology modular farming systems (refer to fixed asset document attached

The assets of LRF will be sold in whole or in part (collectively, the “ LRF Assets”). The sale of these assets is being conducted with the cooperation of LRF.  LRF and its consultants will be available to assist purchasers with due diligence and a prompt, efficient transition to new ownership. 

Management:

Eric Ellestad, Founder and CEO: Entrepreneur, investor, and technology commercialization specialist in food, water, energy, perishable logistics, and supply-chain innovation.

Brandon Martin, VP Business Development: Entrepreneur, tenured executive leader and business development strategist with over 15 years of experience building teams, developing strategic partnerships and driving revenue growth.

Christ Holtam, Director of Horticulture: Chris leads R&D within our TerraFarms: including plant propagation, crop production, breeding, and genetic engineering. Prior to Local Roots, Chris was the head grower at Hollandia Produce, LP.

 

The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers

Interested and qualified parties will be expected to sign a nondisclosure agreeent (attached hereto as Exhibit A) to have access to key members of the management and intellectual capital teams and the due diligence “war room” documentation (the “Due Diligence Access”).  Each interested party, as a consequence of the Due Diligence Access granted to it, shall be deemed to acknowledge and represent (i) that it is bound by the bidding procedures described herein; (ii) that it has an opportunity to inspect and examine the LRF Assets and to review all pertinent documents and information with respect thereto; (iii) that it is not relying upon any written or oral statements, representations, or warranties of LRF, Gerbsman Partners, or their respective staff, agents, or attorneys; and (iv) all such documents and reports have been provided solely for the convenience of the interested party, and neither LRF nor Gerbsman Partners (or their respective, staff, agents, or attorneys) makes any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the same. 

Following an initial round of due diligence, interested parties will be invited to participate with a sealed bid, for the acquisition of the LRF Assets.  Sealed bids must be submitted so that the bid is actually received by Gerbsman Partners no later than Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time (the “Bid Deadline”) at Gerbsman Partners office, located at 211 Laurel Grove Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904.  Please also email steve@gerbsmanpartners.com with any bid.

Bids should identify those assets being tendered for in a specific and identifiable way.  The attached LRF fixed asset list may not be complete and Bidders interested in the LRF’s Assets must submit a separate bid for such assets.  Be specific as to the assets desired.

Any person or other entity making a bid must be prepared to provide independent confirmation that they possess the financial resources to complete the purchase where applicable.  All bids must be accompanied by a refundable deposit check in the amount of $200,000 (wire transfer information will be supplied at a later date).  The winning bidder will be notified within 3 business days after the Bid Deadline.  Non-successful bidders will have their deposit returned to them.

LRF reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, accept or reject any bid, or withdraw any or all assets from sale.  Interested parties should understand that it is expected that the highest bid will be chosen as the winning bidder and bidders may not have the opportunity to improve their bids after submission.

LRF will require the successful bidder to close within 7 business days.  Any or all of the assets of LRF will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, with no representation or warranties whatsoever.

All sales, transfer, and recording taxes, stamp taxes, or similar taxes, if any, relating to the sale of the LRF Assets shall be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder and shall be paid to LRF at the closing of each transaction.

For additional information, please see below and/or contact:

 

Steven R. Gerbsman

steve@gerbsmanpartners.com

 

Kenneth Hardesty

ken@gerbsmanpartners.com

 

Dennis Sholl

dennis@gerbsmanpartners.com

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Sale of intellectual property asset mcTMS

Gerbsman Partners has been retained by Rio Grande Neurosciences, Inc. (RGN) to solicit interest for the sale of RGN multicoil transcranial magnetic stimulation (mcTMS) Intellectual Property and Assets (“RGN Asset”).

Headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, RGN is a medical device company that develops non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) technologies for use in treating neurological and psychiatric conditions and enhancing cognitive performance. $30MM has been invested in the mcTMS IP and technology development.

RGN has made a strategic decision to sell its TMS assets. The company has been in discussion with another party that has expressed an interest in acquiring the Company’s PEMF and TES assets and so has decided not to offer them for sale. The Company had previously expressed a desire to sell all three assets but withdrew the offer both because baseless claims were made that another entity had a prior right to buy the Company and of the pendency of an offer from a legitimate buyer to purchase all the the assets. The entity claiming to have a prior right to purchase the Company has withdrawn that claim, and the pending offer to purchase has narrowed to PEMF and TES.

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE:

The information in this memorandum does not constitute the whole or any part of an offer or a contract.

The information contained in this memorandum relating to the RGN’s Asset (as defined herein) has been supplied by RGN. It has not been independently investigated or verified by Gerbsman Partners or their respective agents.

Potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained in this memorandum or provided by Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact. Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit.

Gerbsman Partners, and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, (i) disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the truth, accuracy, and completeness of any information provided in connection herewith and (ii) do not accept liability for the information, including that contained in this memorandum, whether that liability arises by reasons of RGN’s or Gerbsman Partners’ negligence or otherwise.

Any sale of the RGN Asset will be made on an “as-is,” “where-is,” and “with all faults” basis, without any warranties, representations, or guarantees, either expressed or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever from, or on behalf of RGN and Gerbsman Partners. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, RGN and Gerbsman Partners and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, hereby expressly disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the condition of the RGN Assets and any portions thereof, including, but not limited to, environmental conditions, compliance with any government regulations or requirements, the implied warranties of habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

This memorandum contains confidential information and is not to be supplied to any person without Gerbsman Partners’ prior consent. This memorandum and the information contained herein are subject to the Confidential Disclosure Agreement attached hereto as Appendix A.
Company Profile
Rio Grande Neurosciences, Inc. (RGN), a Santa Fe, New Mexico based medical device company, has developed a suite of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) technologies for use in treating neurological and psychiatric conditions and enhancing cognitive performance. The NIBS technologies, also called electroceuticalsTM, include a multicoil transcranial magnetic stimulation (mcTMS) device.

Multi-coil TMS, IP from Stanford University and originally developed by Cervel Neurotech, involves selectively modulating brain circuit nodes. This is accomplished with an array of coils that steer induced electrical currents so as to optimally modulate targeted brain regions. Each magnetic coil is independently positioned and powered, thereby steering the electrical current toward unique brain areas not reachable by single-coil devices RGN’s mcTMS assets include a sought-after intellectual property position for TMS with multiple coils and strong clinical data in the areas of depression and pain. A complete FDA 510k application for treatment-resistant depression has been compiled.

Founded in 2011 as a start-up company with support from a Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) Venture Accelerator award, RGN has raised $6.2 million over 5 years of capital financing. Over $30 million has been invested into the development of mcTMS over time.

RGN believes its mcTMS assets are attractive for a number of reasons:
mcTMS
1. RGN’s intellectual property position for mcTMS covers the use of TMS with more than one coil, a position sought by single-coil TMS manufacturers.
2. mcTMS has advantages over single coil TMS, such as the ability to target multiple brain regions simultaneously or in sequence and to steer current to brain areas not addressable by single-coil approaches (e.g., deeper brain structures)
3. mcTMS has been shown to significantly reduce treatment resistant depression.
4. mcTMS treatment response rates were found to be markedly higher than that reported by single-coil TMS approaches for treatment-resistant depression.
5. Clinical studies (Stanford University) have shown that mcTMS can markedly reduce both acute and chronic pain.
6. Ongoing research at Stanford University has demonstrated proof of principle for a novel mcTMS pulsing method that can enhance plasticity (RGN-owned IP), a foundation for next generation TMS methodology that may be far more efficacious and require fewer treatments.

Impact of Technology on the Market
RGN’s mcTMS device offers a unique value proposition

mcTMS

1. RGN owns the only multicoil TMS device and the multicoil approach has a number of advantages over single coil TMS devices.

2. Single coil devices exhibit either shallow and focused stimulation (small diameter coils) or deep and diffuse stimulation (large diameter coils), but cannot stimulate deeper brain structures with selectivity.

3. Multicoil TMS employs an array of coils that steer induced electrical currents so as to optimally modulate targeted brain regions not reachable by single-coil devices. This approach has been shown to be clinically effective in depression and results in higher treatment response rates than single-coil TMS devices.

4. RGN’s IP position prevents competitors from using multiple coils.

5. New data suggest that a novel multicoil TMS pulsing sequence can enhance plasticity (RGN-owned IP), an approach that may result in a next generation TMS methodology that could dramatically increase efficacy and reduce treatment duration compared to current standards.

6. RGNs novel mcTMS business model is expected to capture significant market share and put pressure on single-coil competitors.

Intellectual Property Summary
RGN has an expansive portfolio of intellectual property that covers important methods and uses of NIBS. At present, RGN has (U.S.) 13 issued patents, 8 pending patents for mcTMS (some of which are licenses from Stanford University that are assignable). More detail can be found in Appendix B. The portfolio represents a broad array of strategic variables including:
mcTMS
1. Device for selective deep brain stimulation via multi-coil magnet arrays.
2. Methods for selectively modulating deep areas of the brain with shaped magnetic fields, using sulci as pathways for current flow.
3. Shaping of pulsed magnetic field is changed by altering the polarity of individual magnets with an array.
4. Use of different pulse rates from individual coils in one array and latencies between their discharges to achieve specific neuromodulation effects.
5. Network-based deep brain stimulation using multiple pulsed magnetic sources.

RGN’s mcTMS Asset
1. Patents, patent applications, and trademarks
2 Technology addressing the estimated the multibillion dollar global markets for treating depression
3. mcTMS clinical trial data for drug-resistant depression and pain
4. Unique and clinically relevant patient data
5. Next generation product designs
6. Product cost reduction designs
7. Device and component inventory
8. Intellectual capital and expertise
9. Complete FDA 510k application for treatment-resistant depression

The sale of the mcTMS asset is being conducted with the cooperation of RGN. RGN and its employees will be available to assist purchasers with due diligence and a prompt, efficient transition to new ownership. Notwithstanding the foregoing, RGN should not be contacted directly without the prior consent of Gerbsman Partners

Management
Steven Gluckstern, Ed.D., MBA – President & CEO

Steven has served as RGN’s president and CEO since 2011. Previously he has served as Chairman and CEO of Ivivi Health Sciences, Zurich Scudder Investments, and Centre Reinsurance.

Blake Gurfein, Ph.D. – Chief Science Officer
Blake is a neuroimmunologist and faculty member at the University of California San Francisco. Blake worked with RGN as a consultant from 2013-2014 and joined the company as Chief Science Officer in 2014. In this role, Blake oversees basic science and clinical research activities, manages staff, and interfaces with the medical advisory board. Blake has 15 years of experience in neuroscience and immunology research and has been involved in the design, development, and preclinical/clinical investigation of medical devices.

Sean Hagberg, Ph.D. – Chief Strategist
Sean co-founded RGN in 2011 and in 2004 co-founded Ivivi Technologies, which developed RGN’s PEMF technology. Sean is a faculty member at the University of New Mexico and served as Chief Science Officer of Ivivi and led the scientific and clinical research program, including several first-in-human RCTs with using PEMF. Sean has been involved in all aspects of PEMF IP development, testing, basic science through clinical trials and regulatory processes.

Michael Weisend, Ph.D – Senior Scientist
Mike is a neuroscientist and faculty member at the University of New Mexico, Wright State University, and The Mind Research Network. Mike consulted for RGN from 2011 to 2015 and joined as a senior scientist in late 2015. Mike has 25 years of experience in neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and device development with emphases in memory, epilepsy, mental illness.

Peter Schwartz, Ph.D. – Director of Engineering
Peter is an engineering executive with a background rooted in science, and he has worked with RGN since 2015, spearheading the mcTMS 510(k) effort. Peter has 20 years of experience in research and development of capital equipment ushering inventions from the laboratory through commercialization.

Bret Schneider, M.D. – Senior Scientist
Bret is the principal inventor of multi-coil TMS and has 25 years of experience in neurotechnology development. Bret is also a Consulting Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and a practicing psychiatrist

Board of Directors
Steven Gluckstern, Chairman: CEO, Rio Grande Neurosciences
Stephen Juelsgaard, D.V.M., J.D.: Former General Counsel, Genentech
John Wilkerson: Managing Director, Galen Partners

The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers
Interested and qualified parties will be expected to sign a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (attached hereto as Appendix B) to have access to key members of management and intellectual capital teams and the due diligence “war room” documentation (“Due Diligence Access”). Each interested party, as a consequence of the Due Diligence Access granted to it, shall be deemed to acknowledge and represent (i) that it is bound by the bidding procedures described herein; (ii) that it has had an opportunity to inspect and examine the RGN Assets and to review all pertinent documents and information with respect thereto; (iii) that it is not relying upon any written or oral statements, representations, or warranties of Gerbsman Partners, or their respective staff, agents, or attorneys; and (iv) all such documents and reports have been provided solely for the convenience of the interested party, and Gerbsman Partners (and their respective staff, agents, or attorneys) do not make any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the same.

Following an initial round of due diligence, interested parties will be invited to participate with a sealed bid, for the acquisition of the RGN Assets. Each sealed bid must be submitted so that it is received by Gerbsman Partners no later than Tuesday April 18, 2017 at 3:00pm Pacific Standard Time (the “Bid Deadline”) at 211 Laurel Grove Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904. Please also email steve@gerbsmanpartners.com with any bid.

Any person or other entity making a bid must be prepared to provide independent confirmation that they possess the financial resources to complete the purchase. All bids must be accompanied by a refundable deposit in the amount of $200,000 (payable Rio Grande Neurosciences, Inc.). The wiring instructions for the deposit will be sent at a later date. The winning bidder will be notified within 3 business days of the Bid Deadline. The deposit will be held in trust by RGN’s counsel. Unsuccessful bidders will have their deposit returned to them within 3 business days of notification that they are an unsuccessful bidder.

RGN reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, accept or reject any bid, or withdraw any or all assets from sale. Interested parties should understand that it is expected that the highest and best bid submitted will be chosen as the winning bidder and bidders may not have the opportunity to improve their bids after submission.

RGN will require the successful bidder to close within a 7 day period. Any or all of the assets of RGN will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, with no representation or warranties whatsoever.

All sales, transfer, and recording taxes, stamp taxes, or similar taxes, if any, relating to the sale of the RGN Assets shall be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder and shall be paid to RGN at the closing of each transaction.

For additional information, please see below and/or contact:

Steven R. Gerbsman
Gerbsman Partners
(415) 456-0628
steve@gerbsmanpartners.com

Kenneth Hardesty
Gerbsman Partners
(408) 591-7528
ken@gerbsmanpartners.com

Dennis Sholl
Gerbsman Partners
(415) 377-1952
dennis@gerbsmanpartners.com

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The Bidding Process, Procedures for the Sale of certain Assets and Intellectual Property of Promed

Further to Gerbsman Partners previous sales letter of February 7, 2017 and 2 updates regarding the sale of certain assets of Promed, Inc. (“Promed”), I am attaching for interested parties bidding on the assets and IP of Promed;

1. an “Executive Summary- Pormed Strategic Presentation” that supplements the detailed information in the sales letter you have received’

2. the “Promed Patent Portfolio”

3. an updated “NDA” (Exhibit A)

4. Draft form Asset Purchase Agreement (“APA”)

Ken, Dennis and I will be following up to review the Bidding Process, schedule due diligence meetings and answer any questions regarding the “Date Certain M&A Process”.

Gerbsman Partners (http://www.gerbsmanpartners.com) has been retained by Promed to solicit interest for the acquisition of part or substantially all of Promed’s assets, including its Intellectual Property (“IP”), in whole or in part (collectively, the “Promed Assets”).

Any and all the assets of Promed will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis and will be subject to “The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers”, outlined below.

Prior to the bid date of Thursday, March 16, 2017, and after you receive the draft “APA” I would encourage all interested parties to have their counsel speak with either Kay Kim Esq. at Wilson Sonsini khkim@wsgr.com or Phillip Oettinger, Esq. poettinger@wsgr.com They are available to discuss any questions or comments of a legal nature relating to the transactions contemplated by the APA and can be reached at 650 493 9300.

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE

The information in this memorandum does not constitute the whole or any part of an offer or a contract.

The information contained in this memorandum relating to Promed’s Assets has been supplied by Promed. It has not been independently investigated or verified by Gerbsman Partners or their respective agents.

Potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained in this memorandum or provided by Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact. Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit.

Gerbsman Partners, and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, (i) disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the truth, accuracy, and completeness of any information provided in connection herewith and (ii) do not accept liability for the information, including that contained in this memorandum, whether that liability arises by reasons of Promed’s or Gerbsman Partners’ negligence or otherwise.

Any sale of the Promed Assets will be made on an “as-is,” “where-is,” and “with all faults” basis, without any warranties, representations, or guarantees, either express or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever from, or on behalf of Promed and Gerbsman Partners. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Promed and Gerbsman Partners and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, hereby expressly disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the condition of the Promed Assets and any portions thereof, including, but not limited to, environmental conditions, compliance with any government regulations or requirements, the implied warranties of habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

This memorandum contains confidential information and is not to be supplied to any person without Gerbsman Partners’ prior consent. This memorandum and the information contained herein are subject to the non-disclosure agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A.

The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers

Interested and qualified parties will be expected to sign a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (attached hereto as Appendix A) to have access to key members of management and intellectual capital teams and the due diligence “war room” documentation (“Due Diligence Access”). Each interested party, as a consequence of the Due Diligence Access granted to it, shall be deemed to acknowledge and represent (i) that it is bound by the bidding procedures described herein; (ii) that it has had an opportunity to inspect and examine the Promed Assets and to review all pertinent documents and information with respect thereto; (iii) that it is not relying upon any written or oral statements, representations, or warranties of Gerbsman Partners, or their respective staff, agents, or attorneys; and (iv) all such documents and reports have been provided solely for the convenience of the interested party, and Gerbsman Partners (and their respective staff, agents, or attorneys) do not make any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the same.

Following an initial round of due diligence, interested parties will be invited to participate with a sealed bid, for the acquisition of the Promed Assets. Each sealed bid must be submitted so that it is received by Gerbsman Partners no later than Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:00pm Pacific Standard Time (the “Bid Deadline”) at 211 Laurel Grove Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904. Please also email steve@gerbsmanpartners.com with any bid.

Bids should identify those assets being tendered for in an identifiable way.

Any person or other entity making a bid must be prepared to provide independent confirmation that they possess the financial resources to complete the purchase. All bids must be accompanied by a refundable deposit in the amount of $200,000. The deposit should be wired to an escrow agent who will be outlined in the next update. The winning bidder will be notified within 3 business days of the Bid Deadline. Unsuccessful bidders will have their deposit returned to them within 3 business days of notification that they are an unsuccessful bidder.

Promed reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, accept or reject any bid, or withdraw any or all assets from sale. Interested parties should understand that it is expected that the highest and best bid submitted will be chosen as the winning bidder and bidders may not have the opportunity to improve their bids after submission.

Promed will require the successful bidder to close within a 7 day period. Any or all of the assets of Promed will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, with no representation or warranties whatsoever.

All sales, transfer, and recording taxes, stamp taxes, or similar taxes, if any, relating to the sale of the Promed Assets shall be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder and shall be paid to Pormed at the closing of each transaction.

For additional information, please see below and/or contact:

Steven R. Gerbsman
Gerbsman Partners
(415) 456-0628
steve@gerbsmanpartners.com

Kenneth Hardesty
Gerbsman Partners
(408) 591-7528
ken@gerbsmanpartners.com

Dennis Sholl
Gerbsman Partners
(415) 377-1952
dennis@gerbsmanpartners.com

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The Bidding Process, Procedures for the Sale of certain Assets and Intellectual Property of Promed, Inc

Further to Gerbsman Partners sales letter of February 7, 2017 and Updates on February 13 and 21, 2017 regarding the sale of certain assets of Promed, Inc. (“Promed”), I am attaching for interested parties bidding on the assets and IP of Promed:

1. an “Executive Summary” that supplements the detailed information in the sales letter you have received; Promed is available to discuss on a conference call.

2. the Promed Patent Portfolio;

3. an updated “NDA” (Exhibit A) and;

4. a “Table of Contents – Data Room Index”.

5. a draft Asset Purchase Agreement (“APA”)

Ken, Dennis and I will be following up to review the Bidding Process, schedule due diligence meetings and answer any questions regarding the “Date Certain M&A Process”.

Gerbsman Partners has been retained by Promed to solicit interest for the acquisition of part or substantially all of Promed’s assets, including its Intellectual Property (“IP”), in whole or in part (collectively, the “Promed Assets”).

Any and all the assets of Promed will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis and will be subject to “The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers”, outlined below.

Prior to the bid date of Thursday March 16, 2017, and after you receive the draft “APA” (will be sent out next week) I would encourage all interested parties to have their counsel speak with Phillip Oettinger, Esq. at Wilson Sonsini. He is available to discuss any questions or comments of a legal nature relating to the transactions contemplated by the APA. Michael is available at 650 493 9300 and poettinger@wsgr.com.

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE

The information in this memorandum does not constitute the whole or any part of an offer or a contract.

The information contained in this memorandum relating to Promed’s Assets has been supplied by Promed. It has not been independently investigated or verified by Gerbsman Partners or their respective agents.

Potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained in this memorandum or provided by Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact. Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit.

Gerbsman Partners, and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, (i) disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the truth, accuracy, and completeness of any information provided in connection herewith and (ii) do not accept liability for the information, including that contained in this memorandum, whether that liability arises by reasons of Promed’s or Gerbsman Partners’ negligence or otherwise.

Any sale of the Promed Assets will be made on an “as-is,” “where-is,” and “with all faults” basis, without any warranties, representations, or guarantees, either express or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever from, or on behalf of Promed and Gerbsman Partners. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Promed and Gerbsman Partners and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, hereby expressly disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the condition of the Promed Assets and any portions thereof, including, but not limited to, environmental conditions, compliance with any government regulations or requirements, the implied warranties of habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

This memorandum contains confidential information and is not to be supplied to any person without Gerbsman Partners’ prior consent. This memorandum and the information contained herein are subject to the non-disclosure agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A.

The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers

Interested and qualified parties will be expected to sign a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (attached hereto as Appendix A) to have access to key members of management and intellectual capital teams and the due diligence “war room” documentation (“Due Diligence Access”). Each interested party, as a consequence of the Due Diligence Access granted to it, shall be deemed to acknowledge and represent (i) that it is bound by the bidding procedures described herein; (ii) that it has had an opportunity to inspect and examine the Promed Assets and to review all pertinent documents and information with respect thereto; (iii) that it is not relying upon any written or oral statements, representations, or warranties of Gerbsman Partners, or their respective staff, agents, or attorneys; and (iv) all such documents and reports have been provided solely for the convenience of the interested party, and Gerbsman Partners (and their respective staff, agents, or attorneys) do not make any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the same.

Following an initial round of due diligence, interested parties will be invited to participate with a sealed bid, for the acquisition of the Promed Assets. Each sealed bid must be submitted so that it is received by Gerbsman Partners no later than Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:00pm Pacific Standard Time (the “Bid Deadline”) at 211 Laurel Grove Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904. Please also email steve@gerbsmanpartners.com with any bid.

Bids should identify those assets being tendered for in an identifiable way.

Any person or other entity making a bid must be prepared to provide independent confirmation that they possess the financial resources to complete the purchase. All bids must be accompanied by a refundable deposit in the amount of $200,000. The deposit should be wired to an escrow agent who will be outlined in the next update. The winning bidder will be notified within 3 business days of the Bid Deadline. Unsuccessful bidders will have their deposit returned to them within 3 business days of notification that they are an unsuccessful bidder.

Promed reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, accept or reject any bid, or withdraw any or all assets from sale. Interested parties should understand that it is expected that the highest and best bid submitted will be chosen as the winning bidder and bidders may not have the opportunity to improve their bids after submission.

Promed will require the successful bidder to close within a 7 day period. Any or all of the assets of Promed will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, with no representation or warranties whatsoever.

All sales, transfer, and recording taxes, stamp taxes, or similar taxes, if any, relating to the sale of the Promed Assets shall be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder and shall be paid to RGN at the closing of each transaction.

For additional information, please see below and/or contact:

Steven R. Gerbsman
Gerbsman Partners
(415) 456-0628
steve@gerbsmanpartners.com

Kenneth Hardesty
Gerbsman Partners
(408) 591-7528
ken@gerbsmanpartners.com

Dennis Sholl
Gerbsman Partners
(415) 377-1952
dennis@gerbsmanpartners.com

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SALE OF PROMED, INC.

Gerbsman Partners has been retained by Promed, Inc. to solicit interest for the acquisition of all, or substantially all of, Promed’s assets. (see detail sales letter attached)

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Promed is a medical device company that has developed an innovative, next generation solution to large bore femoral closure. Founded in June 2007 as a start up incubator, Promed has raised $17.9M in venture capital financing from Latterell Venture Partners and De Novo Ventures.

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE:

The information in this memorandum does not constitute the whole or any part of an offer or a contract.

The information contained in this memorandum relating to Promed’s Assets (as defined herein) has been supplied by Promed. It has not been independently investigated or verified by Gerbsman Partners or their respective agents.

Potential purchasers should not rely on any information contained in this memorandum or provided by Gerbsman Partners (or their respective staff, agents, and attorneys) in connection herewith, whether transmitted orally or in writing as a statement, opinion, or representation of fact. Interested parties should satisfy themselves through independent investigations as they or their legal and financial advisors see fit.

Gerbsman Partners, and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, (i) disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the truth, accuracy, and completeness of any information provided in connection herewith and (ii) do not accept liability for the information, including that contained in this memorandum, whether that liability arises by reasons of Promed’s or Gerbsman Partners’ negligence or otherwise

Any sale of the Promed Assets will be made on an “as-is,” “where-is,” and “with all faults” basis, without any warranties, representations, or guarantees, either expressed or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever from, or on behalf of Promed and Gerbsman Partners. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Promed and Gerbsman Partners and their respective staff, agents, and attorneys, hereby expressly disclaim any and all implied warranties concerning the condition of the Promed Assets and any portions thereof, including, but not limited to, environmental conditions, compliance with any government regulations or requirements, the implied warranties of habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

This memorandum contains confidential information and is not to be supplied to any person without Gerbsman Partners’ prior consent. This memorandum and the information contained herein are subject to the Confidential Disclosure Agreement attached hereto as Appendix A.

COMPANY PROFILE

Promed Inc., a Santa Clara California based medical device company is developing a novel large bore femoral closure device to address the nearly 10% vascular complication rate associated with femoral punctures above 14F.

Founded in June 2007 as a start up incubator, Promed has raised $17.9M in venture capital financing from Latterell Venture Partners and De Novo Ventures.

Promed has developed a novel technology platform to immediately close large hole punctures. The vessel closure device (VCD), is delivered through the procedural sheath at the end of the interventional procedure. In doing so the procedure doesn’t change from standard practice and the risk of infection is greatly reduced.

Current closure methods require a vascular surgeon to cut down to the artery and then surgically repair the artery. This is obviously very expensive and time consuming.

Another option is to “pre-close” using the Perclose (Abbott) device. This requires the use of two devices to place suture prior to beginning the interventional procedure, the sutures must then be managed throughout the procedure, complicating the procedure and increasing the chances of infection.

Promed has developed a simple, easy to use device to effectively post close the puncture similar to the way small hole closure is currently performed.

Promed believes its assets are attractive for a number of reasons:

1.  Promed’s patent portfolio of 8 issued US patents, 6 pending US applications, 4 issued international patents, and 7 international patent applications allows for broad coverage in the vascular closure space.
2.  Promed has early clinical data proving the safety and efficacy of the vascular closure device.
3.  Two year follow up in patients having been implanted with the Promed VCD show excellent results with no migration or fracturing of the implant.

Impact of Technology on the Market
Promed believes that its novel VCD offers several advantages over currently marketed closure devices or vascular surgery. The post procedure through the sheath closure technology provides a simple, effective means of managing large hole in the femoral/iliac arteries.

Promed’s novel bio absorbable polymer covered scaffold provides a secure means of closing arterial punctures up to 24F. Acquiring access to Promed’s intellectual property is critical for any company that must be on the leading edge of the femoral closure market.

Current methods for large bore femoral closure include having a vascular surgeon cut down to the artery and then surgically repair the artery resulting in significant pain for the patient and cost to the hospital The only other closure device available for large bore closure is the Perclose device (Abbott). The technique for using the Perclose device requires two devices placed at the beginning of the procedure and require the physician to manage four sutures during the procedure, this could result in a higher risk of infection.

Promed’s VCD is a post procedure closure device that provides immediate hemostasis of the femoral artery.

Intellectual Property Summary

Promed believes it has a unique intellectual property portfolio for vascular closure. At present, Promed has 8 issued US patents, 6 pending U.S. patent applications, 4 allowed international patents, and 7 pending international patent applications, each as more specifically described in Appendix C. The portfolio represents a broad array of strategic variables including:

Specific claims regarding closing an arterial puncture using a polymer covered scaffold;
Multiple embodiments of delivery system technology that allows for accurate placement of a VCD;
Unique delivery system that simplifies the location and delivery of the VCD;

Promed’s Assets

Promed has developed a technology portfolio that delivers a product platform for closing large bore punctures. These assets fall into a variety of categories, including:

· Patents, patent applications

· Unique and clinically relevant patient data

· Next generation product designs

· Product cost reduction designs

· Intellectual capital and expertise

The assets of Promed will be sold in whole or in part (collectively, the “Promed Assets”). The sale of these assets is being conducted with the cooperation of Promed. Promed and its employees will be available to assist purchasers with due diligence and a prompt, efficient transition to new ownership. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Promed should not be contacted directly without the prior consent of Gerbsman Partners.

Management

Richard Ginn – Founder & CEO: Prior to Promed Richard was a co- founder of MTG, a medical device incubator. While at MTG he invented the StarClose (Abbott) and ExoSeal (Cordis) femoral closure devices. Prior to MTG Richard has held management and technical positions at Cardiothoracic Systems, ArthroCare, Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, and Advanced Cardiovascular Systems. Richard is a named inventor on more than 200 US patents.

Board of Directors

Rich Ferrari: DeNovo Ventures
Peter Fitzgerald: Latterell Ventures
Richard Ginn: Founder & CEO
Steve Salmon: Latterell Ventures

The Bidding Process for Interested Buyers

Interested and qualified parties will be expected to sign a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (attached hereto as Appendix A) to have access to key members of management and intellectual capital teams and the due diligence “war room” documentation (“Due Diligence Access”). Each interested party, as a consequence of the Due Diligence Access granted to it, shall be deemed to acknowledge and represent (i) that it is bound by the bidding procedures described herein; (ii) that it has had an opportunity to inspect and examine the Promed Assets and to review all pertinent documents and information with respect thereto; (iii) that it is not relying upon any written or oral statements, representations, or warranties of Gerbsman Partners, or their respective staff, agents, or attorneys; and (iv) all such documents and reports have been provided solely for the convenience of the interested party, and Gerbsman Partners (and their respective staff, agents, or attorneys) do not make any representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the same.

Following an initial round of due diligence, interested parties will be invited to participate with a sealed bid, for the acquisition of the Promed Assets. Each sealed bid must be submitted so that it is received by Gerbsman Partners no later than Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:00pm Central Daylight Time (the “Bid Deadline”) at Gerbsman Partners office. 211 Laurel Grove Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904. Please also email steve@gerbsmanpartners.com with any bid.

Bids should identify those assets being tendered for in a specific and identifiable way.

Any person or other entity making a bid must be prepared to provide independent confirmation that they possess the financial resources to complete the purchase. All bids must be accompanied by a refundable deposit in the amount of $200,000 (wire transfer information will be forwarded at a later date). The winning bidder will be notified within 3 business days of the Bid Deadline. The deposit will be held in trust by Promed counsel. Unsuccessful bidders will have their deposit returned to them within 3 business days of notification that they are an unsuccessful bidder.

Promed reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, accept or reject any bid, or withdraw any or all assets from sale. Interested parties should understand that it is expected that the highest and best bid submitted will be chosen as the winning bidder and bidders may not have the opportunity to improve their bids after submission.

Promed will require the successful bidder to close within a 7 day period. Any or all of the assets of PROMED will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, with no representation or warranties whatsoever.

All sales, transfer, and recording taxes, stamp taxes, or similar taxes, if any, relating to the sale of the PROMED Assets shall be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder and shall be paid to Promed at the closing of each transaction.

For additional information, please see below and/or contact:

Steven R. Gerbsman
Gerbsman Partners
(415) 456-0628
steve@gerbsmanpartners.com

Kenneth Hardesty
Gerbsman Partners
(408) 591-7528
ken@gerbsmanpartners.com

Dennis Sholl
Gerbsman Partners
(415) 377-1952
dennis@gerbsmanpartners.com

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