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History and Organization

History and Organization
9 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2013
Notes to Financial Statements  
NOTE 1 - History and Organization

 VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc., a Nevada corporation (“VistaGen” or the “Company”), is a biotechnology company with expertise in human pluripotent stem cell technology.  The Company is applying and developing its stem cell technology for drug rescue, drug discovery and regenerative medicine. The Company’s primary goal is to use its stem cell technology platform, Human Clinical Trials in a Test Tube™, and its network of strategic relationships, to design and generate novel, proprietary, safer variants, which the Company refers to as Drug Rescue Variants™, of once-promising small molecule drug candidates discovered, developed and ultimately discontinued by pharmaceutical companies and others prior to market approval due to unexpected heart or liver safety concerns.  The Company refers to these once-promising drug candidates that are now potentially suitable for drug rescue as Drug Rescue Candidates™.  The Company’s drug rescue strategy is to leverage (i) substantial prior investment in discovery and development of Drug Rescue Candidates by others, (ii) its unique insight into heart and liver biology from its stem cell-derived bioassay systems, and (iii) medicinal chemistry to generate proprietary Drug Rescue Variants for license and sale to pharmaceutical companies and others.


In parallel with its drug rescue activities, VistaGen plans to explore, internally and/or through sponsored external programs, pilot nonclinical development opportunities relating to small molecule drug discovery and/or regenerative medicine focused on blood, bone, cartilage, heart, liver and pancreas (insulin-producing beta islet) cells. Each of these drug discovery and regenerative medicine programs would be based on the proprietary differentiation and production capabilities of the Company’s Human Clinical Trials in a Test Tubetm platform.


AV-101 is VistaGen's orally-available, small molecule prodrug candidate.  AV-101 has successfully completed Phase 1 clinical development in the Unites States for treatment of neuropathic pain, a serious and chronic condition causing pain after an injury or disease of the peripheral or central nervous system that affects millions of people worldwide. The NIH awarded VistaGen approximately $8.8 million for preclinical and Phase 1 clinical development of AV-101.  


VistaGen is in the development stage and, since inception, has devoted substantially all of its time and efforts to human pluripotent stem cell technology research and development, including, among other things, bioassay system development, small molecule drug development, creating, protecting and patenting intellectual property, recruiting personnel and raising working capital.


VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc., a California corporation incorporated on May 26, 1998 (“VistaGen California”), is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.  As described more completely in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, pursuant to a strategic merger transaction on May 11, 2011, the Company acquired all outstanding shares of VistaGen California in exchange for 6,836,452 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Merger”), and assumed all of VistaGen California’s pre-Merger obligations. The Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company included in this report also include the accounts of VistaGen California’s two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Artemis Neuroscience, Inc., a Maryland corporation, and VistaStem Canada, Inc., a corporation organized under the laws of Ontario, Canada.