Management and Organization
Effective as of the closing of the transactions, the Syros leadership team will continue to be responsible for all executive positions of the combined company. Nancy Simonian, M.D., will be the Chief Executive Officer, David A. Roth, M.D., will serve as Chief Medical Officer, Kristin Stephens will serve as Chief Development Officer, Eric Olson, Ph.D., will serve as Chief Scientific Officer, Jason Haas will serve as Chief Financial Officer and Conley Chee will serve as Chief Commercial Officer. Additionally, effective as of the closing of the transactions, Syros expects to add a board member nominated by TYME and a board member nominated by a PIPE investor.
Piper Sandler & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Syros. Moelis & Company LLC is acting as financial advisor to TYME. Cowen and Piper are acting as placement agents for the PIPE transaction. WilmerHale LLP is acting as legal counsel to Syros. Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is acting as legal counsel to TYME.
Conference Call Information
Syros will host a conference call today, July 5, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. ET, to discuss the transactions. Participants may register for the conference call here. While not required, it is recommended that participants join the call ten minutes prior to the scheduled start.
A live webcast of the call will also be available on the Investors & Media section of the Syros website at http://ir.syros.com.
About Syros Pharmaceuticals
Syros is redefining the power of small molecules to control the expression of genes. Based on its unique ability to elucidate regulatory regions of the genome, Syros aims to develop medicines that provide a profound benefit for patients with diseases that have eluded other genomics-based approaches. Syros is advancing a robust clinical-stage pipeline, including: tamibarotene, a first-in-class oral selective RARα agonist in RARA-positive patients with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia; SY-2101, a novel oral form of arsenic trioxide in patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia; and SY-5609, a highly selective and potent oral CDK7 inhibitor in patients with select solid tumors. Syros also has multiple preclinical and discovery programs in oncology and monogenic diseases. For more information, visit www.syros.com and follow us on Twitter (@SyrosPharma) and LinkedIn.
About TYME Technologies, Inc.
TYME is an emerging biotechnology company developing cancer metabolism-based therapies (CMBTs™) that are intended to be effective across a broad range of solid tumors and hematologic cancers, while also maintaining patients’ quality of life through relatively low toxicity profiles. Unlike targeted therapies that attempt to regulate specific mutations within cancer, TYME’s therapeutic approach is designed to take advantage of a cancer cell’s innate metabolic weaknesses to cause cancer cell death.
The Company is currently focused on developing its novel compound, SM-88 and its preclinical pipeline of novel CMBT™ programs. TYME believes that early clinical results demonstrated by SM-88 in multiple advanced cancers, including prostate, sarcomas and breast, reinforce the potential of its emerging CMBT™ pipeline.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements (including within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act concerning Syros, TYME, the proposed transactions and other matters. These statements may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future plans, trends, events, results of operations or financial condition, or otherwise, based on current beliefs of the management of Syros and TYME, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management of Syros and TYME. Forward-looking statements generally include statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “likely,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” and other similar expressions. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement as a result of various factors, including, without limitation: the risk that the conditions to the closing of the proposed transactions are not satisfied, including the failure to obtain stockholder approval for the transactions or to complete the PIPE financing in a timely manner or at all; uncertainties as to the timing of the consummation of the transactions and the ability of each of Syros and TYME to consummate the transaction, including the PIPE financing; risks related to TYME’s continued listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market until closing of the proposed transactions; risks related to Syros’ and TYME’s ability to correctly estimate their respective operating expenses and expenses associated with the transactions, as well as uncertainties regarding the impact any delay in the closing would have on the anticipated cash resources of the combined company upon closing and other events and unanticipated spending and costs that could reduce the combined company’s cash resources; the ability of Syros or TYME to protect their respective intellectual property rights; competitive responses to the transaction; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the transaction; potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the transaction; and legislative, regulatory, political and economic developments. The foregoing review of important factors that could cause actual events to differ from expectations should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in Syros’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, Syros’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 and TYME’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2022, each of which is on file with the SEC. In addition, the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the proposed transactions will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the duration and severity of the pandemic, additional or modified government actions, and the actions that may be required to contain the virus or treat its impact. Syros and TYME can give no assurance that the conditions to the transactions will be satisfied. Except as required by applicable law, Syros and TYME undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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No Offer or Solicitation
This press release is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the proposed business combination and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act.
Important Additional Information Will Be Filed with the SEC
Syros plans to file with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S‑4 in connection with the transactions and Syros and TYME plan to file with the SEC and mail to their respective stockholders a Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus in connection with the transactions. Investors and security holders are urged to read the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus carefully when they are available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed transactions. The Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus will contain important information about Syros, TYME, the transactions and related matters. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Syros and TYME through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus from Syros by contacting [email protected] or from TYME by contacting [email protected].
Participants in the Solicitation
Syros and TYME, and their respective directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement. Information regarding Syros’ directors and executive officers is contained in Syros’ proxy statement dated April 21, 2022, which is filed with the SEC. Information regarding TYME’s directors and executive officers is contained in TYME’s proxy statement dated July 12, 2021, which is filed with the SEC. A more complete description will be available in the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus.
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