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46 Companies Approved to Sell Net Operating Losses as NOL Program Hits $60 Million Cap for Second Consecutive Year

TRENTON, N.J. (December 10, 2019) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that it has approved 46 technology and life sciences companies to participate in the 2019 Net Operating Loss (NOL) Program.

Now in its 21st year, the NOL Program has long been heralded as a lifeline for companies going through unprofitable times. The program enables eligible technology and life-sciences companies to sell New Jersey net operating losses and unused research and development tax credits to unrelated profitable corporations for cash. The cash can then be used for working capital or to fund research. The NJEDA and the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Taxation administer the program. To date, more than $1 billion in funding has been approved for over 540 technology and life sciences companies since the program’s inception. This year, 46 companies were approved to share $60 million through the NOL Program, the maximum amount of funding allocated for the program. This is the second year in a row that the program has hit its cap.

“Every day, entrepreneurs continue to realize the vast benefits that locating in the Garden State can bring, including our ideal location, talented workforce, and unique funding resources like the NOL Program,” NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan said. “Governor Murphy has committed to recapturing New Jersey’s role as a leader in  innovation, and that starts with connecting entrepreneurs to much-needed capital.”

Twelve of the 46 companies approved to sell their net operating losses are participating in the NOL Program for the first time. The following companies are among those that are new to the program.

Chromocell is a life sciences company that focuses on discovering new drugs to manage pain, and develops and commercializes novel flavor enhancers to reduce sugar, salt and bitter tastes. The company is located on the NJEDA’s NJ Bioscience Center (NJBC) campus. Located in the heart of New Jersey’s “Research Corridor,” NJBC is a 50-acre research park which offers easy access to both New York City and Philadelphia, as well as close proximity to near Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Princeton University. Chromocell is a graduate of the NJBC – Incubator.

“We are extremely appreciative of the NOL funding, which will enable us to continue building out pipeline of products and support our mission to develop a non-opioid pain medication and help consumer good companies produce healthier food and beverages,” said Chromocell Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Christian Kopfli.

Hope Portal Services, d/b/a Hope Trust, located at CoLabs at Bell Works in Holmdel, is a technology-based trust company specializing in helping families and their loved ones with special needs. Their team of social workers, medical professionals, lawyers and financial experts craft individualized plans for caring for individuals with unique challenges, and utilize trust assets to meet the identified trust goals. The company previously participated in the NJEDA’s Angel Investor Tax Credit Program and New Jersey Founders & Funders.

“The NJEDA has been a tremendous asset to our company as we’ve grown,” said Daria Placitella, Hope Trust President and CEO. “The NOL Program is the latest tool that we’re leveraging as we support our customers with special needs and their families.”

OncoSec Medical Incorporated is developing late-stage intratumoral cancer immunotherapies. OncoSec was founded in San Diego, but when Daniel O’Connor, a serial New Jersey entrepreneur, became CEO of the company, he moved it to Pennington to reap the many benefits of locating in the Garden State. OncoSec was among five startups selected to join NJEDA at BIO International Convention this past summer to showcase innovation in New Jersey.

“The NOL Program was pivotal in our decision to relocate OncoSec to New Jersey,” O’Connor said. “The ability to turn losses into assets is extremely beneficial to growing companies like ours.”

Entrepreneurs interested in learning how their early-stage companies can benefit from programs such as NOL, the Angel Investor Tax Credit, New Jersey Founders & Funders and other resources offered by the NJEDA are encouraged to visit http://www.njeda.com/tls for more information.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth.  The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy.  Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.


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The following companies were approved to participate in the 2019 NOL Program:
  Company Municipality County
1. Acreto Cloud Corporation Jersey City Hudson
2. Acuitive Technologies Allendale Bergen
3. Admera Health South Plainfield Middlesex
4. Angel Medical Systems Eatontown Monmouth
5. Akers Nanotechnology, Inc. Sewell Gloucester
6. Arable Labs Princeton Mercer
7. Bellerophon Therapeutics Warren Somerset
8. BioAegis Therapeutics, Inc. North Brunswick Middlesex
9. Brilliant Light Power, Inc. Cranbury Middlesex
10. Caladrius Biosciences Basking Ridge Somerset
11. Celsion Corporation Lawrenceville Mercer
12. Celularity Warren Somerset
13. Chromocell Corporation North Brunswick Middlesex
14. CircleBlack Kingston Middlesex
15. CorMedix, Inc. Berkeley Heights Union
16. CytoSorbents Monmouth Junction Middlesex
17. Duet Microelectronics Raritan Somerset
18. electroCore, Inc. Basking Ridge Somerset
19. Elite Laboratories Northvale Bergen
20. Engage Therapeutics Summit Union
21. EOS Energy Storage Edison Middlesex
22. Flowonix Medical Inc. Mt. Olive Morris
23. Hemispherx Riverton Burlington
24. Hope Portal Services, Inc. DBA Hope Trust Holmdel Ocean
25. Inpensa South Plainfield Middlesex
26. IoTecha Corp. Piscataway Middlesex
27. Malbec Solutions DBA Malbek Somerset Somerset
28. Matinas Biopharma Bedminster Somerset
29. MDSeq Union Union
30. MDX Media DBA Sapphire Digital Lyndhurst Bergen County
31. Moblty Livingston Essex
32. Nanotech Industries Avenel Middlesex
33. Nephros South Orange Essex
34. Niksun, Inc. Princeton Mercer
35. Ocean Power Technologies Monroe Middlesex
36. OncoSec Medical Incorporated Pennington Mercer
37. Outlook Therapeutics FKA Oncobiologics Cranbury Middlesex
38. Provention Bio, Inc. Lebanon Hunterdon
39. Prazas Learning Inc. Kendall Park Middlesex
40. Scynexis, Inc. Jersey City Hudson
41. Solidia Technologies Piscataway Middlesex
42. Soligenix, Inc. Princeton Mercer
43. Svelte Medical Systems New Providence Union
44. TrialScope Jersey City Hudson
45. United Silicon Carbide Inc. Monmouth Junction Middlesex
46. Valeritas Bridgewater Somerset
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