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Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
June 30, 2023
Date of Report (date of earliest event reported)
Asensus Surgical, Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
1 TW Alexander Drive, Suite 160
Durham, NC 27703
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Trading symbol
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Common Stock
$0.001 par value per share
NYSE American
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
On February 16, 2023, Asensus Surgical, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that it had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with KARL STORZ VentureONE Pte. Ltd. (“KARL STORZ”), a wholly owned subsidiary of KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG to collaborate on developing next-generation instrumentation and an agreement in which KARL STORZ intends to sell the Company’s Intelligent Surgical Unit™ (ISU™) as a standalone device.  The parties had intended to finalize the definitive agreements within 90 days.  As of the date of this current report, the Company and KARL STORZ have not reached agreement on final terms of a definitive agreement.  The timeline to sign a definitive agreement is uncertain.  The Company continues to pursue various collaboration opportunities with other major players in the imaging, visualization and digital surgery space to execute on its strategic plan, including commercialization of a stand-alone ISU. 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: June 30, 2023
/s/ Shameze Rampertab 
Shameze Rampertab 
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer