VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Algernon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CSE: AGN) (FRANKFURT: AGW0) (OTCQB: AGNPF) (the “Company” or “Algernon”) is pleased to announce that its largest shareholder, AlphaNorth Asset Management (“AlphaNorth”), has increased its ownership position in the Company by acquiring 150,000 shares in the recent private placement financing. As a result, AlphaNorth now beneficially owns or has control or direction over, directly, or indirectly, 307,610 common shares of the Company, increasing its equity interest in Algernon to over 13%.
“We believe the weakness in the recent share price has provided a great opportunity to increase our position in Algernon. Our increased investment confirms our support for the drug pipeline they are developing as well as our strong belief in management. Algernon’s recent topline data from its Ifenprodil IPF and chronic cough study was very impressive, and we are excited about its potential in a Phase 2b human trial. They are also working to move forward with their planned Phase 1 study of DMT for stroke which is a major global medical issue urgently in need of new drug treatment options.”
“We are very pleased with this major show of support by AlphaNorth, as well as their ongoing faith in Algernon’s unique drug repurposing model and development pipeline. We continue to be very focussed on advancing our drug compounds through clinical stage testing and we look forward to continuing to update the market as we progress.”
Founded in 2007, AlphaNorth Asset Management (“AlphaNorth”) is a Toronto-based investment manager. AlphaNorth believes that superior long-term equity returns are achievable by exploiting inefficiencies in the Canadian small-cap universe through careful security selection on both a long and short basis.
AlphaNorth manages the AlphaNorth Partners Fund, which is a long biased small-cap focused hedge fund. The AlphaNorth Partners Fund won 1st place for ‘Best 5-Year Annualized Return’ at the 2021 Canadian Hedge Fund Awards. The AlphaNorth Partners Fund achieved annualized returns of 40.3% over the 5-year period (June 30, 2016 – June 30, 2021).
The firm combines technical analysis with both a bottom-up and top-down strategy in the selection of investments offering the best reward vs. risk opportunities. We employ various technical analysis techniques, which have proven to be successful, to assist in the timing of buy/sell decisions. Fundamental analysis including management meetings are routinely employed in the security selection process.
Algernon is a drug re-purposing company that investigates safe, already approved drugs, including naturally occurring compounds, for new disease applications, moving them efficiently and safely into new human trials, developing new formulations and seeking new regulatory approvals in global markets. Algernon specifically investigates compounds that have never been approved in the U.S. or Europe to avoid off label prescription writing.
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