Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized class action law firm, is investigating Aytu BioSciences (AYTU) on behalf of shareholders in the company.
The investigation regards whether Aytu and its officers and directors have violated the federal securities laws.
Aytu BioSciences (AYTU) Announces License Agreement For COVID-19 Test
On March 10, 2020, Aytu BioSciences, a Colorado-based publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company, announced that it had reached a license agreement for the exclusive distribution of a Chinese-made test for COVID-19 antibodies in the U.S. The license agreement was for three years, with automatic renewals after that, according to Aytu.
Aytu stated that the test was performed at the point-of-care, such as a doctor’s office, and involved a small drop of blood placed onto a disposable testing device that detected antibodies for COVID-19. Results were to be given within 2-10 minutes. Other coronavirus tests could take days to return results.
COVID-19 Antibody Test Alleged To Be Unreliable
Aytu’s announcement led to its stock price rising significantly. Then, on April 17, 2020, NBC News released a report with the headline “Unapproved Chinese coronavirus antibody tests being used in at least 2 states.” The article, which cited U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filings and health officials, reported that Aytu was distributing unreliable COVID-19 tests from unapproved Chinese manufacturers.
The tests were allowed to be shipped to the U.S. following the FDA’s recently-relaxed guidelines for tests. The day the NBC News article came out, Aytu’s stock closed down 8%.
Initial Public Offering And Underwriters
In October, 2016, Aytu BioSciences announced the public offering of 5,735,000 shares of common stock, expected to net the company about $8 million. The lead manager for the offering was Fordham Financial Management, with Joseph Gunnar & Co. and Felt and Company acting as joint book-running managers.
In October, 2018, the company announced an underwritten public offering of 8,342,993 shares of its stock expected to raise $13.2 million. Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. was book-running manager for the offering, with Northland Capital Markets as co-manager.
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