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Filed: 20 Apr 04, 8:00pm

Exhibit 10.2

 

THIS NOTE AND THE COMMON SHARES ISSUABLE UPON CONVERSION OF THIS NOTE HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED, OR ANY STATE SECURITIES LAWS. THIS NOTE AND THE COMMON SHARES ISSUABLE UPON CONVERSION OF THIS NOTE MAY NOT BE SOLD, OFFERED FOR SALE, PLEDGED OR HYPOTHECATED IN THE ABSENCE OF AN EFFECTIVE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AS TO THIS NOTE UNDER SAID ACT AND ANY APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS OR AN OPINION OF COUNSEL REASONABLY SATISFACTORY TO TRANSGENOMIC, INC. THAT SUCH REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.

 

SECURED CONVERTIBLE TERM NOTE

 

FOR VALUE RECEIVED, TRANSGENOMIC, INC., a Delaware corporation (the “Borrower”), hereby promises to pay to LAURUS MASTER FUND, LTD., c/o Ironshore Corporate Services Ltd., P.O. Box 1234 G.T., Queensgate House, South Church Street, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Fax: 345-949-9877 (the “Holder”) or its registered assigns or successors in interest, on order, the sum of Two Million Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($2,750,000), together with any accrued and unpaid interest hereon, on February 19, 2007 (the “Maturity Date”) if not sooner paid.

 

Capitalized terms used herein without definition shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in that certain Securities Purchase Agreement dated as of the date hereof between the Borrower and the Holder (the “Purchase Agreement”).

 

The following terms shall apply to this Note:

 

ARTICLE I

INTEREST & AMORTIZATION

 

1.1Interest Rate and Payment. (a) Subject to Sections 4.10 and 5.6 hereof, interest payable on this Note shall accrue at a rate per annum (the “Interest Rate”) equal to the “prime rate” published inThe Wall Street Journal from time to time, plus two (2%). The prime rate shall be increased or decreased as the case may be for each increase or decrease in the prime rate in an amount equal to such increase or decrease in the prime rate; each change to be effective as of the day of the change in such rate. The Interest Rate shall not be less than six percent (6.00%) unless the Company shall be in compliance with Section 2.2 hereof. If the company has satisfied the requirements of Section 2.2 hereof, the Interest Rate will be subject to adjustment as set forth in Section 1.1(b). In no event, however, shall the Interest Rate be less than zero percent (0.00%). Interest shall be payable monthly in arrears commencing on April 1, 2004, on the first day of each consecutive calendar month thereafter (each, a “Repayment Date”), and on the Maturity Date, whether by acceleration or otherwise.

 

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1.1 (b) On the last business day of each month hereafter until the Maturity Date (each a “Determination Date”), the Interest Rate shall be adjusted: if (i) the Company shall have registered the shares of the Company’s common stock underlying the conversion of the Note and that certain warrant issued to Holder on a registration statement declared effective by the SEC, and (ii) the volume weighted average price of the Common Stock as reported by Bloomberg, L.P. on the principal market for the ten (10) trading days immediately preceding a Determination Date exceeds the then applicable Fixed Conversion Price, the Interest Rate for the succeeding calendar month shall automatically be (i) reduced by 100 basis points (1.00 b. p.) for each incremental twenty five percent (25%) increase in the market price of the Common Stock above the then applicable Fixed Conversion Price and (ii) ) reset by 100 basis points (1.00 b. p.) for each incremental twenty five percent (25%) decrease in the market price of the Common Stock above the then applicable Fixed Conversion Price, provided, however that in no event shall the Interest Rate exceed the Interest Rate on the date hereof.

 

1.2MinimumMonthly Principal Payments. Amortizing payments of the aggregate principal amount outstanding under this Note at any time (the “Principal Amount”) shall begin on June 1, 2004 and shall recur on the first calendar day of each succeeding month thereafter until the Maturity Date (each, an “Amortization Date”) as set forth in the table below:

 

Date


  Principal Amount

  Date

  Principal Amount

6/1/04

  $50,000  9/1/05  $75,000

71/04

  $50,000  10/1/05  $75,000

8/1/04

  $50,000  11/1/05  $75,000

9/1/04

  $50,000  12/1/05  $75,000

10/1/04

  $50,000  1/1/06  $75,000

11/1/04

  $50,000  2/1/06  $75,000

12/1/04

  $50,000  3/1/06  $75,000

1/1/05

  $50,000  4/1/06  $75,000

2/1/05

  $50,000  5/1/06  $75,000

3/1/05

  $75,000  6/1/06  $75,000

4/1/05

  $75,000  7/1/06  $75,000

5/1/05

  $75,000  8/1/06  $75,000

6/1/05

  $75,000  9/1/06  $75,000

7/1/05

  $75,000  10/1/06  $75,000

8/1/05

  $75,000  11/1/06  $75,000
      12/1/06  $75,000
      1/1/07  $75,000
      2/1/07  $75,000
      3/1/07  $500,000

 

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Subject to Section 3 below, beginning on the first Amortization Date, the Borrower shall make monthly payments to the Holder on each Repayment Date, each in the amount set forth above, together with any accrued and unpaid interest to date on such portion of the Principal Amount plus any and all other amounts which are then owing under this Note but have not been paid (collectively, the “Monthly Amount”).

 

ARTICLE II

CONVERSION REPAYMENT OPTION

 

2.1 (a)Payment of Monthly Amount in Cash or Common Stock. Subject to the terms hereof, the Holder shall have the sole option to determine whether to elect to accept payment of the Monthly Amount on each Repayment Date either in cash or in shares of Common Stock (as defined in the Purchase Agreement), or a combination of both. Each month by the tenth (10th) business day prior to each Amortization Date (the “Notice Date”), the Holder shall deliver to Borrower a written notice in the form of Exhibit B attached hereto electing to convert the Monthly Amount payable on the next Repayment Date in either cash or Common Stock, or a combination of both (each, a “Repayment Election Notice”) . If a Repayment Election Notice is not delivered by the Holder on or before the applicable Notice Date for such Repayment Date, then the Borrower shall pay the Monthly Amount due on such Repayment Date in cash. Any portion of the Monthly Amount paid in cash on a Repayment Date, shall be paid to the Holder an amount equal to 102% of the principal portion of the Monthly Amount due and owing to Holder on the Repayment Date. If the Holder converts all or a portion of the Monthly Amount in shares of Common Stock, the number of such shares to be issued by the Borrower to the Holder on such Repayment Date shall be the number determined by dividing (x) the portion of the Monthly Amount to be paid in shares of Common Stock, by (y) the then applicable Fixed Conversion Price. For purposes hereof, the initial “Fixed Conversion Price” means $2.61 .

 

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(b)Monthly Amount Conversion Guidelines. Subject to Sections 2.1(a), 2.2, and 3.2 hereof, the Holder shall elect to convert all or a portion of the Monthly Amount due on each Repayment Date in shares of Common Stock if the closing price of the Common Stock as reported by Bloomberg, L.P. on the Principal Market (as defined in Section 4.7 hereof) for the ten (10) trading days preceding such Repayment Date was greater than 110% of the Fixed Conversion Price. Any part of the Monthly Amount due on a Repayment Date that the Holder has not elected to convert into shares of Common Stock shall be paid by the Borrower in cash on such Repayment Date. Any part of the Monthly Amount due on such Repayment Date which the Holder has elected to convert into shares of Common Stock but which must be paid in cash (as a result of the closing price of the Common Stock on one or more of the ten (10) trading days preceding the applicable Repayment Date was less than 110% of the Fixed Conversion Price) shall be paid in cash at the rate of 103% of the Monthly Amount otherwise due on the Repayment Date within three (3) business days of the applicable Repayment Date.

 

2.2No Effective Registration. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, none of the Borrower’s obligations to the Holder may be converted into Common Stock unless (i) an effective current Registration Statement (as defined in the Registration Rights Agreement) covering the shares of Common Stock to be issued in connection with satisfaction of such obligations exists, (ii) no Event of Default hereunder exists and is continuing, unless such Event of Default is cured within any applicable cure period or is otherwise waived in writing by the Holder in whole or in part at the Holder’s option (iii) an exemption from registration of the Common Stock is available to pursuant to Rule 144 of the Securities Act.

 

Any amounts converted by the Holder pursuant to this Section 2.2 shall be deemed to constitute payments of outstanding principal applying to Monthly Amounts for the remaining Repayment Dates in chronological order.

 

2.4Optional Redemption in Cash. The Borrower will have the option of prepaying this Note (“Optional Redemption”) by paying to the Holder a sum of money equal to one hundred five percent (105%) of the principal amount of this Note together with accrued but unpaid interest thereon and any and all other sums due, accrued or payable to the Holder arising under this Note, the Security Agreement, or any Ancillary Agreement (as defined in the Security Agreement) (the “Redemption Amount”) outstanding on the day written notice of redemption (the “Notice of Redemption”) is given to the Holder. The Notice of Redemption shall specify the date for such Optional Redemption (the “Redemption Payment Date”) which date shall be seven (7) days after the date of the Notice of Redemption (the “Redemption Period”). A Notice of Redemption shall not be effective with respect to any portion of this Note for which the Holder has a pending election to convert pursuant to Section 3.1, or for conversions elected to be made by the Holder pursuant to Section 3.1 during the Redemption Period. The Redemption Amount shall be determined as if such Holder’s conversion elections had been completed immediately prior to the date of the Notice of

 

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Redemption. On the Redemption Payment Date, the Redemption Amount must be paid in good funds to the Holder. In the event the Borrower fails to pay the Redemption Amount on the Redemption Payment Date, then such Redemption Notice will be null and void.

 

ARTICLE III

CONVERSION RIGHTS

 

3.1.Holder’s Conversion Rights. The Holder shall have the right, but not the obligation, to convert all or any portion of the then aggregate outstanding principal amount of this Note, together with interest and fees due hereon, into shares of Common Stock subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Article III. The Holder may exercise such right by delivery to the Borrower of a written notice of conversion not less than one (1) day prior to the date upon which such conversion shall occur. The date upon which such conversion shall occur is (the “Conversion Date”).

 

3.2Conversion Limitation. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, the Holder shall not be entitled to convert pursuant to the terms of this Note an amount that would be convertible into that number of Conversion Shares which would exceed the difference between the number of shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by such Holder or issuable upon exercise of warrants held by such Holder and 4.99% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock of the Borrower. For the purposes of the immediately preceding sentence, beneficial ownership shall be determined in accordance with Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act and Regulation 13d-3 thereunder. The Holder may void the Conversion Share limitation described in this Section 3.2 upon 75 days prior notice to the Borrower or without any notice requirement upon an Event of Default.

 

3.3Mechanics of Holder’s Conversion. (a) In the event that the Holder elects to convert this Note into Common Stock, the Holder shall give notice of such election by delivering an executed and completed notice of conversion (“Notice of Conversion”) to the Borrower and such Notice of Conversion shall provide a breakdown in reasonable detail of the Principal Amount, accrued interest and fees being converted. On each Conversion Date (as hereinafter defined) and in accordance with its Notice of Conversion, the Holder shall make the appropriate reduction to the Principal Amount, accrued interest and fees as entered in its records and shall provide written notice thereof to the Borrower within two (2) business days after the Conversion Date. Each date on which a Notice of Conversion is delivered or telecopied to the Borrower in accordance with the provisions hereof shall be deemed a Conversion Date (the “Conversion Date”). A form of Notice of Conversion to be employed by the Holder is annexed hereto as Exhibit A.

 

(b) Pursuant to the terms of the Notice of Conversion, the Borrower will issue instructions to the transfer agent accompanied by an opinion of counsel within one (1) business day of the date of the delivery to Borrower of the Notice of Conversion and shall cause the transfer agent to transmit the certificates representing the Conversion Shares to the Holder by crediting the account of the

 

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Holder’s designated broker with the Depository Trust Corporation (“DTC”) through its Deposit Withdrawal Agent Commission (“DWAC”) system within three (3) business days after receipt by the Borrower of the Notice of Conversion (the “Delivery Date”). In the case of the exercise of the conversion rights set forth herein the conversion privilege shall be deemed to have been exercised and the Conversion Shares issuable upon such conversion shall be deemed to have been issued upon the date of receipt by the Borrower of the Notice of Conversion. The Holder shall be treated for all purposes as the record holder of such Common Stock, unless the Holder provides the Borrower written instructions to the contrary.

 

3.4Conversion Mechanics.

 

(a) The number of shares of Common Stock to be issued upon each conversion of this Note shall be determined by dividing that portion of the principal and interest and fees to be converted, if any, by the then applicable Fixed Conversion Price. In the event of any conversions of outstanding principal amount under this Note in part pursuant to this Article III, such conversions shall be deemed to constitute conversions of outstanding principal amount applying to Monthly Amounts for the remaining Repayment Dates in chronological order.

 

(b) The Fixed Conversion Price and number and kind of shares or other securities to be issued upon conversion is subject to adjustment from time to time upon the occurrence of certain events, as follows:

 

A.Stock Splits, Combinations and Dividends. If the shares of Common Stock are subdivided or combined into a greater or smaller number of shares of Common Stock, or if a dividend is paid on the Common Stock in shares of Common Stock, the Fixed Conversion Price or the Conversion Price, as the case may be, shall be proportionately reduced in case of subdivision of shares or stock dividend or proportionately increased in the case of combination of shares, in each such case by the ratio which the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately after such event bears to the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately prior to such event.

 

B. During the period the conversion right exists, the Borrower will reserve from its authorized and unissued Common Stock a sufficient number of shares to provide for the issuance of Common Stock upon the full conversion of this Note. The Borrower represents that upon issuance, such shares will be duly and validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable. The Borrower agrees that its issuance of this Note shall constitute full authority to its officers, agents, and transfer agents who are charged with the duty of executing and issuing stock certificates to execute and issue the necessary certificates for shares of Common Stock upon the conversion of this Note.

 

C.Share Issuances. Subject to the provisions of this Section 3.4, if the Borrower shall at any time prior to the conversion or repayment in full of the Principal Amount issue any shares of Common Stock to a person other than the Holder (except (i) pursuant to Subsections A or B above;

 

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(ii) pursuant to options, warrants, or other obligations to issue shares outstanding on the date hereof as disclosed to Holder in writing; or (iii) pursuant to options that may be issued under any employee incentive stock option and/or any qualified stock option plan adopted by the Borrower) for a consideration per share (the “Offer Price”) less than the Fixed Conversion Price in effect at the time of such issuance, then the Fixed Conversion Price shall be immediately reset to such lower Offer Price pursuant to the formula below:

 

If the Corporation issues any additional shares pursuant to Section 3.4 above then, and thereafter successively upon each such issue, the Fixed Conversion Price shall be adjusted by multiplying the then applicable Fixed Conversion Price by the following fraction:

 

   

                    A + B                  

   

(A + B) + [((C – D) x B) / C]

 

A = Actual shares outstanding prior to such offering

 

B = Actual shares sold in the offering

 

C = Fixed Conversion Price

 

D = Offering price]

 

D.Reclassification, etc. If the Borrower at any time shall, by reclassification or otherwise, change the Common Stock into the same or a different number of securities of any class or classes, this Note, as to the unpaid Principal Amount and accrued interest thereon, shall thereafter be deemed to evidence the right to purchase an adjusted number of such securities and kind of securities as would have been issuable as the result of such change with respect to the Common Stock immediately prior to such reclassification or other change.

 

3.5Issuance of New Note. Upon any partial conversion of this Note, a new Note containing the same date and provisions of this Note shall, at the request of the Holder, be issued by the Borrower to the Holder for the principal balance of this Note and interest which shall not have been converted or paid. The Borrower will pay no costs, fees or any other consideration to the Holder for the production and issuance of a new Note.

 

ARTICLE IV

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

 

Upon the occurrence and continuance of an Event of Default beyond any applicable grace period, the Holder may make all sums of principal, interest and other fees then remaining unpaid

 

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hereon and all other amounts payable hereunder due and payable within five (5) days after written notice from Holder to Borrower (each occurrence being a “Default Notice Period”). In the event of such an acceleration, the amount due and owing to the Holder shall be 120% of the outstanding principal amount of the Note (plus accrued and unpaid interest and fees, if any). If, with respect to any Event of Default other than a payment default described in Section 4.1 below, within the Default Notice Period the Borrower cures the Event of Default, the Event of Default will be deemed to no longer exist and any rights and remedies of Holder pertaining to such Event of Default will be of no further force or effect.

 

The occurrence of any of the following events is an “Event of Default”:

 

4.1Failure to Pay Principal, Interest or other Fees. The Borrower fails to pay when due any installment of principal, interest or other fees hereon in accordance herewith, or the Borrower fails to pay when due any amount due under any other promissory note issued by Borrower.

 

4.2Breach of Covenant. The Borrower breaches any material covenant or other term or condition of this Note or the Purchase Agreement in any material respect and such breach, if subject to cure, continues for a period of thirty (30) days after the occurrence thereof.

 

4.3Breach of Representations and Warranties. Any material representation or warranty of the Borrower made herein, in the Purchase Agreement, or in any Related Document (as defined in the Purchase Agreement) shall be materially false or misleading.

 

4.4Receiver or Trustee. The Borrower shall make an assignment for the benefit of creditors, or apply for or consent to the appointment of a receiver or trustee for it or for a substantial part of its property or business; or such a receiver or trustee shall otherwise be appointed.

 

4.5Judgments. Any money judgment, writ or similar final process shall be entered or filed against the Borrower or any of its property or other assets for more than $250,000, and shall remain unvacated, unbonded or unstayed for a period of ninety (90) days.

 

4.6Bankruptcy. Bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or liquidation proceedings or other proceedings or relief under any bankruptcy law or any law for the relief of debtors shall be instituted by or against the Borrower.

 

4.7Stop Trade. An SEC stop trade order or Principal Market trading suspension of the Common Stock shall be in effect for 5 consecutive days or 5 days during a period of 10 consecutive days, excluding in all cases a suspension of all trading on a Principal Market,provided that the Borrower shall not have been able to cure such trading suspension within 30 days of the notice thereof or list the Common Stock on another Principal Market within 60 days of such notice. The “Principal Market” for the Common Stock shall include the NASD OTC Bulletin Board, NASDAQ SmallCap Market, NASDAQ National Market System, American Stock Exchange, or New York Stock Exchange (whichever of the foregoing is at the time the principal trading exchange or market for the Common Stock, or any securities exchange or other securities market on which the Common Stock is then being listed or traded.

 

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4.8Failure to Deliver Common Stock or Replacement Note. The Borrower’s failure to timely deliver Common Stock to the Holder pursuant to and in the form required by this Note, and Section 9 of the Purchase Agreement, if such failure to timely deliver Common Stock shall not be cured within two (2) days. If Borrower is required to issue a replacement Note to Holder and Borrower shall fail to deliver such replacement Note within seven (7) Business Days.

 

4.9Default Under Related Agreements. The occurrence and continuance of any Event of Default as defined in the Related Agreements.

 

DEFAULT RELATED PROVISIONS

 

4.10Payment Grace Period. The Borrower shall have a five (5) business day grace period to pay any monetary amounts due under this Note or the Purchase Agreement or any Related Agreement, after which grace period a default interest rate of Interest Rate plus six percent (6%) per annum shall apply to the monetary amounts due hereunder.

 

4.11Conversion Privileges. The conversion privileges set forth in Article III shall remain in full force and effect immediately from the date hereof and until this Note is paid in full.

 

4.12Cumulative Remedies. The remedies under this Note shall be cumulative.

 

ARTICLE V

MISCELLANEOUS

 

5.1Failure or Indulgence Not Waiver. No failure or delay on the part of the Holder hereof in the exercise of any power, right or privilege hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise of any such power, right or privilege preclude other or further exercise thereof or of any other right, power or privilege. All rights and remedies existing hereunder are cumulative to, and not exclusive of, any rights or remedies otherwise available.

 

5.2Notices. Any notice herein required or permitted to be given shall be in writing and shall be deemed effectively given: (a) upon personal delivery to the party notified, (b) when sent by confirmed telex or facsimile if sent during normal business hours of the recipient, if not, then on the next business day, (c) five days after having been sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or (d) one day after deposit with a nationally recognized overnight courier, specifying next day delivery, with written verification of receipt. All communications shall be sent to the Borrower at the address provided in the Purchase Agreement executed in connection herewith, and to the Holder at the address provided in the Purchase Agreement for such Holder, with a copy to John E. Tucker, Esq., 825 Third Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10022, facsimile number (212) 541-4434, or at such other address as the Borrower or the Holder may designate by ten days advance written notice to the other parties hereto. A Notice of Conversion shall be deemed given when made to the Borrower pursuant to the Purchase Agreement.

 

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5.3Amendment Provision. The term “Note” and all reference thereto, as used throughout this instrument, shall mean this instrument as originally executed, or if later amended or supplemented, then as so amended or supplemented, and any successor instrument issued pursuant to Section 3.5 hereof, as it may be amended or supplemented.

 

5.4Assignability. This Note shall be binding upon the Borrower and its successors and assigns, and shall inure to the benefit of the Holder and its successors and assigns, and may be assigned by the Holder in accordance with the requirements of the Purchase Agreement.

 

5.5Governing Law. This Note shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws. Any action brought by either party against the other concerning the transactions contemplated by this Agreement shall be brought only in the state courts of New York or in the federal courts located in the state of New York. Both parties and the individual signing this Note on behalf of the Borrower agree to submit to the jurisdiction of such courts. The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover from the other party its reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. In the event that any provision of this Note is invalid or unenforceable under any applicable statute or rule of law, then such provision shall be deemed inoperative to the extent that it may conflict therewith and shall be deemed modified to conform with such statute or rule of law. Any such provision which may prove invalid or unenforceable under any law shall not affect the validity or unenforceability of any other provision of this Note. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed or operate to preclude the Holder from bringing suit or taking other legal action against the Borrower in any other jurisdiction to collect on the Borrower’s obligations to Holder, to realize on any collateral or any other security for such obligations, or to enforce a judgment or other court in favor of the Holder.

 

5.6Maximum Payments. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to establish or require the payment of a rate of interest or other charges in excess of the maximum permitted by applicable law. In the event that the rate of interest required to be paid or other charges hereunder exceed the maximum permitted by such law, any payments in excess of such maximum shall be credited against amounts owed by the Borrower to the Holder and thus refunded to the Borrower.

 

5.7Security Interest. The holder of this Note has been granted a security interest in certain assets of the Borrower more fully described in a Security Agreement dated as of February 19, 2004.

 

5.8Construction. Each party acknowledges that its legal counsel participated in the preparation of this Note and, therefore, stipulates that the rule of construction that ambiguities are to be resolved against the drafting party shall not be applied in the interpretation of this Note to favor any party against the other.

 

5.9Cost of Collection. If default is made in the payment of this Note, the borrower shall pay to Holder reasonable costs of collection, including reasonable attorney’s fees.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Borrower has caused this Convertible Term Note to be signed in its name effective as of this 19th day of February, 2004.

 

TRANSGENOMIC, INC.

By:

 

/s/ Michael J. Draper


Name:

 

Michael J. Draper

Title:

 

CFO

 

WITNESS:

/s/ Jerry Pearson


 

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EXHIBIT A

 

NOTICE OF CONVERSION

 

(To be executed by the Holder in order to convert all or part of the Note into Common Stock

 

[Name and Address of Holder]

 

The Undersigned hereby elects to convert $            of the principal due on [specify applicable Repayment Date] under the Convertible Term Note issued by TRANSGENOMIC, INC. dated February     , 2004 by delivery of Shares of Common Stock of TRANSGENOMIC, INC. on and subject to the conditions set forth in Article III of such Note.

 

1.        Date of Conversion                                                          

 

2.        Shares To Be Delivered:                                                  

 

By:

 

 


Name:

 

 


Title:

 

 


 

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EXHIBIT B

 

CONVERSIONELECTION NOTICE

 

(To be executed by the Holder in order to convert all or part of a Monthly Amount into Common Stock)

 

[Name and Address of Holder]

 

Holder hereby elects to convert $            of the Monthly Amount due on [specify applicable Repayment Date] under the Convertible Term Note issued by TRANSGENOMIC, INC. dated            , 200    by delivery of Shares of Common Stock of TRANSGENOMIC, INC. on and subject to the conditions set forth in Article III of such Note.

 

1.        Fixed Conversion Price:         $                        

 

2.        Amount to be paid:                 $                        

 

3.        Shares To Be Delivered (2 divided by 1):                                 

 

4.       ��Cash payment to be made by Borrower :         $                        

 

Date:            

 LAURUS MASTER FUND, LTD.
  

By:

 

 


  

Name:

 

 


  

Title:

 

 


 

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AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO SECURED CONVERTIBLE TERM NOTE

OF

TRANSGENOMIC, INC.

 

April 15, 2004

 

Reference is made to that certain Secured Convertible Term Note dated as of February 19, 2004 made by TRANSGENOMIC, INC., a Delaware Borrower (the “Borrower”) in favor LAURUS MASTER FUND, LTD., c/o Ironshore Corporate Services Ltd., P.O. Box 1234 G.T., Queensgate House, South Church Street, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (the “Laurus”“) in the original principal amount of Two Million Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($2,750,000) (the “Term Note”). Capitalized terms used herein without definition shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Term Note.

 

WHEREAS, each of the Borrower and Laurus desires to make certain changes to the Term Note to address the comments made by the National Association of Securities Dealer Automated Quotation System market where the common stock of the Borrower is listed for trading.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the above, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

 1. Section 3.2 of the Term Note is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:

 

“3.2Conversion Limitation. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, the Holder shall not be entitled to convert pursuant to the terms of this Note an amount that would be convertible into that number of Conversion Shares which, when added to the number of shares of Common Stock otherwise beneficially owned by such Holder including those issuable upon exercise of warrants held by such Holder would exceed 4.99% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock of the Borrower at the time of conversion. For the purposes of the immediately preceding sentence, beneficial ownership shall be determined in accordance with Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act and Regulation 13d-3 thereunder. The Conversion Shares limitation described in this Section 3.2 shall automatically become null and void without any notice to Borrower upon the occurrence and during the continuance beyond any applicable grace period of an Event of Default, or upon 75 days prior notice to the Borrower. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, the number of shares of Common Stock issuable by the Borrower and acquirable by the Holder at a price below $2.65 per share pursuant to the terms of the Secured Convertible Term Note and/or Warrants issued by the Borrower to the Holder pursuant to that certain Securities Purchase Agreement dated February 19, 2004 (the “February Transaction Documents”), shall not exceed an aggregate of 5,776,614 shares of the Borrower’s Common Stock, (subject to appropriate adjustment for stock splits, stock dividends, or other similar

 

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recapitalizations affecting the Common Stock) (the “Maximum Common Stock Issuance”), unless the issuance of shares hereunder in excess of the Maximum Common Stock Issuance shall first be approved by the Borrower’s shareholders. If at any point in time and from time to time the number of shares of Common Stock issued pursuant to the terms of the February Transaction Documents, together with the number of shares of Common Stock that would then be issuable by the Borrower to the Holder in the event of a conversion or exercise pursuant to the terms of the February Transaction Documents, would exceed the Maximum Common Stock Issuance but for this Section, the Borrower shall promptly call a shareholders meeting to solicit shareholder approval for the issuance of the shares of Common Stock hereunder in excess of the Maximum Common Stock Issuance.”

 

 2. The foregoing amendment shall be effective as of the date hereof.

 

 3. There are no other amendments to the Term Note.

 

 4. The Borrower hereby represents and warrants to Laurus that as of the date hereof all representations, warranties and covenants made by Borrower in connection with the Term Note are true correct and complete and all of Borrower’s covenants requirements have been met. As of the date hereof, no Event of Default under any Related Agreements (as defined in the Securities Purchase Agreement) has occurred or is continuing.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the Borrower and Laurus has caused this Amendment No. 1 to Secured Convertible Term Note to be signed in its name this15 th day of April, 2004.

 

TRANSGENOMIC, INC.

By:

 

/s/ Mitchell L. Murphy


  

Name: Mitchell L. Murphy

  

Title: VP, Secretary & Treasurer

LAURUS MASTER FUND, LTD.

By

 

/s/ David Grin


Name: David Grin

Title:

 

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