VirnetX and Japanese Private Equity Alliance to Launch Gabriel Technologies in Japan
Partnership Gives VirnetX $20 Million Dollars in Expansion Capital
ZEPHYR COVE, Nevada, TOKYO, Japan, and Washington, D.C,– June 01, 2017 – VirnetX™ Holding Corporation (NYSE MKT: VHC), an Internet security software and technology company, and Public Intelligence Technology Associates KK (PITA), a Japanese Private Equity and Strategic Consulting alliance between a consortium of Japanese corporations and financial institutions, Atos, and Wirthlin Worldwide, A Dentons Innovation Group Partnership, jointly announced today that they have entered into a five year, multifaceted definitive agreement to build a strategic alliance of 4G Service Providers, Application Developers, Japanese Content Developers, Government Agencies and Enterprises around Gabriel Technologies. In addition to building this strategic alliance in Japan, this agreement includes a revenue share agreement on all sales of Gabriel Collaboration Suite and other Gabriel products sold in Japan. As a part of this agreement, PITA has agreed to purchase approximately twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) of shares of common stock from VirnetX at an all-cash purchase price of $3.64 per share in a private placement transaction. VirnetX retains the option to repurchase these shares at a small premium.
“This is our first significant strategic alliance outside the U.S.,” said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. “It represents a massive opportunity for Gabriel to be the leading provider of secure communications to the Japanese market. The revenue share agreement on all Gabriel sales in Japan has the potential to be very profitable for the company and our shareholders.”
“We believe that our alliance with VirnetX creates a great market opportunity to address the growing need for secure communications in Japan in light of the global demand to become more cyber-secure,” said Eriya Unten, PITA Executive Director. “The Gabriel Collaboration Suite will provide privacy and security for Japanese corporations and government.’
“This is a perfect example of the right strategy and alliance coming together,” said Michael Silva,Managing Director at Wirthlin Worldwide International, A Dentons Innovation Group Partnership. “We are excited to help assist VirnetX with their International expansion goals and strategies. This partnership between VirnetX and PITA is a game-changer and creates significant market opportunities in Japan.”
About VirnetX Gabriel
The Gabriel Collaboration Suite™ is a set of easy to use, essential applications, that allow businesses and users to easily communicate and collaborate with their peers in a secure, end-to-end encrypted environment. The essential applications include, Secure Mail, Secure Messaging, Secure Voice Call, Secure Video Call, Secure Share & Sync and Secure Gateway Service, all accessible through an integrated and easy to use interface on mobile or desktop devices. VirnetX’s Gabriel Secure Gateway Service allows users to configure and remotely access all their private network services, e.g. web cameras, home security monitoring systems, or personal data storage (movies, photographs, etc.), without disclosing private network information or opening special ports that can make them vulnerable to malicious hacking or attacks.
Built on top of the Gabriel Secure Communication Platform™, it uses VirnetX’s patented Gabriel Connection Technology™ to automatically performs user authentication, cryptographic peer device authentication and security policy enforcement over an ‘invisible network’ created by using a unique virtual encrypted secure communications infrastructure. For more information, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com
VirnetX Holding Corporation is an Internet security software and technology company with patented technology for secure communications including 4G LTE security. The Company’s software and technology solutions, including its secure domain name registry and Gabriel Connection Technology™, are designed to facilitate secure communications and to create a secure environment for real-time communication applications such as instant messaging, VoIP, smart phones, eReaders and video conferencing. The Company’s patent portfolio includes over 115 U.S. and international patents and over 50 pending applications. For more information, please visit www.virnetx.com
About PITA KK
PITA (Public Intelligence Technology Associates KK) is a strategic alliance between a consortium of Japanese corporations and financial institutions, Atos, and Wirthin Worldwide, A Dentons Innovation Group Partnership. The global reach of Atos and Wirthlin Worldwide – combined to include 200 offices in over 60 countries – provide a conduit of exclusive projects, technologies and patents for execution through the existing PITA government and private sector network in Japan.
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