Helix Technologies, Inc. and Medical Outcomes Research Analytics, LLC to Combine
Forian INC. to Become Industry-Leading Information, Analytics and Technology Provider for Healthcare and Cannabis Industries
Helix Technologies, Inc. and Medical Outcomes Research Analytics, LLC announced they have entered into an agreement to combine, creating an innovative healthcare information, analytics and technology organization. The combination will be accomplished by both companies becoming wholly owned subsidiaries of a newly formed company, Forian Inc. Upon completion of the all-stock transaction, MOR Analytics members will own approximately 72 percent and Helix shareholders will own approximately 28 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis. Helix shareholders will receive .027 shares of Forian common stock for each share of Helix common stock. The Forian shares received by the Helix shareholders and MOR Analytics members in the merger are expected to be treated as a tax-free exchange for federal income tax purposes. Additionally, at the time of the combination, it is expected that Forian will have in excess of $10 million in cash available. Forian will not incur any new debt to affect the combination.
“We are thrilled to add Helix’s unique technology and information assets to our innovative de-identified patient health data and analytics platform. We have created the nation’s only HIPAA compliant, Real World Evidence platform integrating cannabis and de-identified healthcare data designed to support SaaS-based business performance analytics, product safety and efficacy surveillance solutions, and evidence-based health outcomes research. Our U.S.-based healthcare and cannabis clients can leverage data-driven insights to achieve improved patient health outcomes and business performance. We are excited to welcome the Helix platform and recognize the top-tier results produced by Zachary and his team over the last several years,” said MOR Analytics Chief Executive Officer, Dan Barton.
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“As Helix has grown into one of the leading global providers of software used in the cannabis industry, we have prioritized value-added solutions, innovation and outstanding execution at every opportunity. With today’s important announcement, this commitment is being taken to the next level. Joining with MOR adds a completely new and critical dimension to Helix’s capabilities that will further advance the commercial success of customers using our BioTrack and Cannalytics technology suites,” said Helix’s CEO Zachary Venegas.
MOR Analytics was founded by WebMD alumni Adam Dublin and Max Wygod, and its early financings were led by visionary healthcare entrepreneur Marty Wygod. Over the last four decades, Marty Wygod has delivered some of the most innovative and successful publicly-traded healthcare companies (Medco, Emdeon, and WebMD, among others) addressing the needs of patients, physicians, and life science companies while utilizing technology and data to reduce the cost of healthcare for millions across the globe.
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MOR Analytics and Helix believe there are significant synergistic opportunities to create value by combining Helix’s operating software business and proprietary data assets with MOR’s proprietary data and proven experience in data architecture, technology, and analytics. Specifically, the merger will create the largest proprietary, integrated, HIPAA-compliant U.S. cannabis Real World Evidence and commercial analytics platform that will:
- Deliver evidence-based insight into the safety and efficacy of ethical pharmaceuticals and cannabis products to equip physicians, caregivers, cannabis stakeholders and patients with credible evidence to improve patient care and health outcomes through access to observational research.
- Provide a SaaS-based platform serving multiple verticals including life sciences, government, payers, providers and cannabis dispensaries, manufacturers and cultivators with the information and intelligence to better understand their products, customers, and the dynamics of a rapidly changing marketplace to drive commercial performance across segments.
- Empower regulators to more granularly assess the safety, health, social and economic outcomes associated with all therapeutic options as the cannabis market scales and cannabinoid-based therapies are adopted as mainstream therapeutic alternatives.
- Deliver the most advanced data management, software and analytics products to power the business performance of Helix’s large and growing, installed customer base.
Management, Governance and Headquarters
The combined company expects to maintain headquarters in Newtown, PA, with offices in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Denver, CO. Dan Barton, Chief Executive Officer of MOR Analytics, will become Chief Executive Officer of the combined organization. Max Wygod, co-founder of MOR Analytics, will become Executive Chairman of the Board. Adam Dublin, co-founder of MOR Analytics, will become Chief Strategy Officer and Director. Zachary Venegas, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Helix, and Scott Ogur, Chief Financial Officer of Helix, will continue to lead Helix alongside MOR executives. Forian’s Board of Directors will initially be comprised of a total of 11 directors, including Marty Wygod, Max Wygod, Adam Dublin, Dan Barton of MOR Analytics, Scott Ogur of Helix, and six new independent directors.
Approvals and Time to Close
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and approval by Helix’s shareholders, and is expected to close in the first quarter 2021. Forian expects to apply and be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. Helix shareholders representing approximately 45% of the currently outstanding voting common shares have entered into agreements to vote their shares in favor of the transaction.