Generex Announces Deal to Acquire Controlling Equity Interest in Emmaus Life Sciences

MIRAMAR, Fla. & TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Generex Biotechnology Corporation (OTCPink:GNBT) is pleased to announce that on January 16, 2017 it entered into a letter of intent (the "LOI") for the acquisition of a controlling equity interest in Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc. ( ("Emmaus"). The Company filed a Form 8-K Current Report in respect of the LOI with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ( on Friday, January 20, 2017. That 8-K provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the transaction terms.

Emmaus, headquartered in Torrance, CA, is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative treatments and therapies, primarily for rare and orphan disease. Initial product development efforts are focused on Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), a genetic disorder.

In November 2016, Emmaus announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date of July 7, 2017 for a decision on Emmaus' New Drug Application (NDA) for its flagship product, an orally-administered pharmaceutical grade L-glutamine (PGLG) product for the treatment of SCD.

The LOI contemplates that Generex will acquire 51% of the issued and outstanding equity securities in the capital of Emmaus in exchange for $225,000,000 in a combination of cash and shares of Generex common stock.

Dr. Yutaka Niihara, MD, MPH, Emmaus' Chief Executive Officer, stated: "It is with great anticipation that we have forged this relationship with Generex, setting the stage for great successes for both companies and their stockholders."

"We at Generex very much look forward to working with Dr. Niihara and his team at Emmaus," commented Joseph Moscato, Generex President & Chief Executive Officer. "Our objective will be to help Emmaus build on the solid scientific successes it has already enjoyed with a view to achieving myriad product commercializations."

Emmaus is an SEC registrant; its filings, including audited financial information, are publicly available at

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Generex Biotechnology Corporation
Joseph Moscato, 646-599-6222
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