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Ainos and Merdury Sign MoU to Explore Phase 3 Study of VELDONA Drug Candidate for Treatment of Oral Warts in HIV-Seropositive Patients

Ainos advances commercialization of its VELDONA® low-dose interferon treatment through strategic partnerships

SAN DIEGO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / March 14, 2023 / Ainos, Inc. (NASDAQ:AIMD)(NASDAQ:AIMDW) ("Ainos", or the "Company"), a diversified medtech company focused on the development of novel point-of-care testing, low-dose interferon therapeutics, and synthetic RNA-driven preventative medicine, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") with Merdury Biopharmaceutical Corp., a Taipei Exchange Emerging Stock Board listed company (TPEx: Code 6932) ("Merdury"), to jointly explore and develop a strategic business relationship.

The MoU is an important component of Ainos' strategy to advance commercialization of its VELDONA® formulation. Under the agreement, Ainos and Merdury (collectively, the "Parties") will evaluate the feasibility of Merdury's potential investment and participation in the completion of a Phase 3 clinical trial of the Company's VELDONA® drug candidate for treatment of oral warts in HIV-seropositive patients. The Parties will also explore Ainos' potential licensing of Merdury's new drug development platform technology, and cooperate to identify other partners to participate in the authorization and sales of Ainos' candidate drugs. At the same time, the Parties will evaluate Merdury's capacity to assist Ainos in the development of new manufacturing processes, or other possibilities for drugs required or desired by the Company.

Chun-Hsien Tsai, Ainos' Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to sign this MoU and begin exploring a potential strategic partnership with Merdury. We look forward to building a successful relationship that delivers sustainable value for our shareholders."

About Ainos, Inc.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Ainos, Inc. (f/k/a Amarillo Biosciences, Inc.) is a diversified medtech company engaged in developing innovative medical technologies for point-of-care testing and safe and novel medical treatment for a broad range of disease indications. In addition to its proprietary therapeutics using low-dose non-injectable interferon, Ainos has also expanded its product portfolio to include Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and COVID-19 POCTs.

About Merdury Biopharmaceutical Corp.

Merdury Pharmaceutical developed a patented new drug development platform, StackDose™, for special lozenge formulations that feature controlled drug dissolution times. StackDose™ facilitates rapid dissolution, and fast acting, delivery of drugs along with precise customization of dosages. Merdury Biopharmaceutical is an Emerging Stock Board Taipei Exchange listed company (TPEx: Code 6932).

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" about Ainos within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "predict," "project," "target," "future," "likely," "strategy," "foresee," "may," "guidance," "potential," "outlook," "forecast," "should," "will" or other similar words or phrases. Similarly, statements that describe the Company's objectives, plans or goals are, or may be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company's current beliefs, expectations, and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks, and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of the Company's control. The Company's actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.

Important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the projections, forecasts, estimates and expectations discussed in this press release include, among others, the cost of production and sales potential of the planned drug treatments announced in this press release; the Company's dependence on revenues from the sale of COVID-19 test kits; the Company's limited cash and history of losses; the Company's ability to achieve profitability; the Company's ability to raise additional capital to continue the Company's product development; the ability to accurately predict the future operating results of the Company; the ability to advance Ainos' current or future product candidates through clinical trials, obtain marketing approval and ultimately commercialize any product candidates the Company develops; the ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval of Ainos product candidates; delays in completing the development and commercialization of the Company's current and future product candidates, which could result in increased costs to the Company, delay or limit the ability to generate revenue and adversely affect the business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects of the Company; intense competition and rapidly advancing technology in the Company's industry that may outpace its technology; customer demand for the products and services the Company develops; the impact of competitive or alternative products, technologies and pricing; disruption in research and development facilities; lawsuits and other claims by third parties or investigations by various regulatory agencies governing the Company's operations; potential cybersecurity attacks; increased requirements and costs related to cybersecurity; the Company's ability to realize the benefits of third party licensing agreements; the Company's ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for Ainos product candidates; compliance with applicable laws, regulations and tariffs; and the Company's success in managing the growth. A more complete description of these risk factors and others is included in the "Risk Factors" section of Ainos' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K/A and other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, many of which risks are beyond the Company's control. In addition to the risks described above and in the Company's Form 10-K/A, other unknown or unpredictable factors also could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, forecasts, estimates and expectations discussed in this press release.

The forward-looking statements made in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. Ainos undertakes no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or changes to the future results over time or otherwise, except as required by law.

Investor Relations Contact

Robin Yang
Tel: +1 646-224-6971

SOURCE: Ainos, Inc.

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