VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / April 24, 2023 / EvokAI Creative Labs Inc. (TSX-V:OKAI) ("EvokAI" or the "Company"), a leading MedTech AI-powered company dedicated to the development of transformational and innovative technologies for the healthcare sector, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement (the "Share Purchase Agreement") dated effective April 21, 2023, that was negotiated at arm's length, pursuant to which the Company intends to acquire (the "Head Acquisition") all the issued and outstanding securities of Head Instruments Oy ("Head"). Head is a Finnish MedTech company creating smart medical devices and solutions to improve patients' quality of life and support medical professionals in their work. Following closing of the Head Acquisition, Head will be a wholly owned subsidiary of EvokAI. Completion of the Head Acquisition is subject to a number of standard conditions, including receipt of all regulatory approvals and the acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange ("TSXV"). The Head Acquisition is expected to close on or about May 15, 2023. "This acquisition will strengthen EvokAI's portfolio of novel solutions for brain health, accelerate the go to market strategy and expand our total addressable market tackling the second most common neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson's disease, as the general population gets older and lives longer. Finland's advanced technological infrastructure and highly skilled workforce have created a favorable environment for becoming a hub for digital health innovation, which is the reason why we are taking this major step to continue revolutionizing the healthcare industry with a new gold standard for measuring, analyzing and documenting Neurological Movement Disorders, made in Finland. We are very excited to join forces with Head to use their unique expertise which led to patents already granted in the United States of America and United Kingdom by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office respectively, and passion of making the future of patient care available to medical professionals of today, enabling us to provide novel solutions to deliver clinical value to neurologists, neurosurgeons and patients," stated Alejandro Antalich, CEO and Director of EvokAI Creative Labs.
"Health care has become a process optimization industry, as the population is aging and health care funding is decreasing, the efficiency of treatment processes is key to success. With our revolutionary solution and our strong patent positions expanding internationally, combining our knowledge and experience with EvokAI, we aim to become the leading player on neurological movement disorders," stated Miika Hakola, Chairman of the Board of Head Instruments.
Head is a medical technologies company incorporated under the laws of Finland on March 22, 2016, with offices in Oulu, Finland. Head's advanced technologies and solutions provide means for accurate analysis of the magnitude of movement disorders and their response to medication. Other causes of movement disorders include dystonia, various diseases causing tremors, Tourette's syndrome, congenital CP (Cerebral Palsy) or MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Already used in university hospitals and by renowned neurosurgeons across Europe, the novel device and AI-based solution is also meant to be wirelessly connected to deep brain stimulation equipment, so that the monitor can automatically control brain synchronization based on observed symptoms. Involuntary movement of a body region, which may be oscillatory and can often be considered tremor, is a common and frustrating disorder. Visual observation by a neurologist dominates an assessment of the movement of a body region in clinical practice. All people, healthy or disordered, have tremor at some extent and determination of its development over time or under treatment is not possible, because a movement of a body region of a person at one moment cannot reliably be compared with that of another moment. Although technical measurements of the movement of a body region have been attempted, they are complicated, inefficient and insufficient. Head has invented a device comprised of an acceleration unit, a processing unit and a display for continuous real time monitoring. The acceleration unit which is attached or held by a body region of a mammal comprises a 3D-acceleration sensor and a wireless transmitter for transmitting a measurement signal provided by the acceleration sensor continuously. The processing unit processes the measurement signal continuously in a band of a medically defined movement of the body region, and forms a movement index on the basis on a norm of values of acceleration in a first time window, and forms a value(s) of amplitude, and a value of frequency of the spatial movement of the body region on the basis of a power spectral density in second time window of a known duration. The display displays said movement index with said value of amplitude and said value of frequency of the spatial movement continuously in real time.
For more information about Head, visit the Company's website at headinstruments.com.
Parkinson´s disease is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, and it will continue to challenge the public health sector significantly. Millions of people are affected by Parkinson's disease, and numbers affected are rapidly increasing due to the growing proportion of individuals aged 65+. Parkinson´s disease is dramatically reducing individual health-related quality of life and adding substantial expenses to public health systems ($25 billion per year in US only). Parkinson´s disease is not curable, but symptoms can be treated with medication and DBS surgery (Deep Brain Stimulation).
Pursuant to the terms of the Share Purchase Agreement, holders of 100% of Heads' common shares ("Head Shares") will be issued common shares of the Company (the "Shares") having an aggregate value of EUR 3,157,565 (≈CAD$4,643,000), at a price determined by the average closing price of the Shares over a period of 30 days commencing April 11, 2023, subject to certain minimum and maximums, as consideration in exchange for their Head Shares. The Shares issued will be subject to an agreed hold period of 1 year from date of issuance. 106,250 share purchase options outstanding to acquire securities of Head will be exchanged for economically equivalent convertible securities of the Company.
Up to an additional EUR 1,500,000 (≈CAD$2,205,000) of Shares will be issuable to the current holders of Head Shares upon Head achieving certain milestones within the first 22 months following closing of the Head Acquisition.
About EvokAI Creative Labs Inc.
EvokAI is a MedTech AI-powered company dedicated to the development of transformational and innovative technologies for the modern healthcare sector. We deploy machine learning models to search medical data and uncover insights to help improve health outcomes, patient experiences, drug development, preclinical and clinical decisions and provide more accurate diagnoses. EvokAI tailors its AI algorithms across the whole healthcare system, from hospitals, private clinics, research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, to medical professionals, patients, healthy individuals aiming at preventing any kind of disease and beyond, protecting the aging genome.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of EvokAI Creative Labs Inc.
Alejandro Antalich CEO & Director
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Sources: WHO; parkinson.org; The Lancet; clevelandclinic.org
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