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Tetra Bio-Pharma Secures Financing for Hemp Energy Drink Business

OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc., (TSX-V: TBP) (OTCQB: TBPMF), a leader in drug discovery and development for cannabinoid-based therapeutics, today announced its subsidiary, 2714140 Ontario Inc., has secured financing of CAD $3,000,000 in the form of convertible notes, to purchase the full rights to the Hemp Energy Drink (HED) formulation. The notes are convertible into shares of 2714140 Ontario Inc., which remains a fully owned subsidiary of Tetra. The convertible notes allow 2714140 Ontario Inc. to manufacture and distribute HED worldwide and fund ongoing operations for the business.

“We are thrilled to secure financing for the HED business that is, importantly, not dilutive to current Tetra shareholders,” commented Guy Chamberland, CEO and Chief Regulatory Officer of Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. “We believe the Hemp Energy Drink business can grow much faster in the hands of a team focused on the beverage industry and the use of proceeds from this financing will increase the attractiveness of the asset, and we believe will eventually yield a higher price in the event of a sale.”

“These developments align with our strategic decision to focus Tetra Bio-Pharma’s efforts and investments on developing our innovative pipeline of biotechnology assets, including Caumz™,” continued Mr. Chamberland. "We now look forward to focusing on Caumz™ and fully developing this valuable asset and continuing to build shareholder value.”

As previously disclosed in Tetra’s most recent Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A), the HED assets were transferred into this subsidiary and classified as available for sale on August 31, 2019, following a strategic review by Tetra’s Board.

About Tetra Bio-Pharma
Tetra Bio-Pharma (TSX-V: TBP) (OTCQB: TBPMF) is a biopharmaceutical leader in cannabinoid-based drug discovery and development with a Health Canada approved, and FDA reviewed, clinical program aimed at bringing novel prescription drugs and treatments to patients and their healthcare providers. The Company has several subsidiaries engaged in the development of an advanced and growing pipeline of Bio Pharmaceuticals, Natural Health and Veterinary Products containing cannabis and other medicinal plant-based elements. With patients at the core of what we do, Tetra Bio-Pharma is focused on providing rigorous scientific validation and safety data required for inclusion into the existing bio pharma industry by regulators, physicians and insurance companies.

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