Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 9, 2020
Tenax Therapeutics, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
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ONE Copley Parkway, Suite 490
Morrisville, NC 27560
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On October 9, 2020, Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an Amendment (the “Amendment”) to the License Agreement between the Company and Orion Corporation (“Orion”), dated as of September 20, 2013 (the “Agreement”), to include two new oral products containing Levosimendan, in capsule and solid dosage form, and a subcutaneously administered product containing Levosimendan to the scope of the Agreement, subject to specified limitations. The Amendment also amends the tiered royalty payments based on net sales of the Product in the Territory (each as defined in the Agreement, as amended by the Amendment) made by the Company and its sublicensees. Pursuant to the Amendment, the term of the Agreement has been extended until 10 years after the launch of the Product in the Territory, provided that the Agreement will continue after the end of the term in each country in the Territory until the expiration of Orion’s patent rights in the Product in such country. In the event that no regulatory approval for the Product has been granted in the United States on or before September 20, 2028, however, either party will have the right to terminate the Agreement with immediate effect.
The foregoing description of the Amendment is qualified by reference to the full text of the Amendment, which is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 8.01 Other Items.
On October 15, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing that it gained the North American rights to oral Levosimendan through the Amendment with Orion.
Pursuant to the General Instruction B.2 of Current Report on Form 8-K, the information in Item 8.01 of this report, including the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1, is furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Furthermore, such information shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into the filings of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Item 9.01. Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit No.
Amendment to License Agreement, dated as of October 9, 2020, by and between Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. and Orion Corporation*
Press Release dated October 15, 2020

* Asterisks located within the exhibit denote information which has been redacted pursuant to Item 601(b)(10)(iv) of Regulation S-K because it is both not material and would likely cause competitive harm to the Company if publicly disclosed.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: October 15, 2020
Tenax Therapeutics, Inc.
By: /s/ Michael B. Jebsen
Michael B. Jebsen
President and Chief Financial Officer
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