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Faron Pharma. Oy - Update on Traumakine drug substance manufacturing

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Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy
30 December 2019
 

       Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy

 

Update on Traumakine drug substance manufacturing

 

-     Faron contests termination of the agreement and files for arbitration

 

-     Proceedings funded by a third party on a non-recourse basis

 

Company announcement, 30 December 2019 at 11.30 am (EET)
Inside information

 

TURKU - FINLAND - Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON) ("Faron" or the "Company"), the clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, announces that, further to the update on Traumakine® drug substance ("API") manufacturing announced on 2 October 2019, the Company has carried out a detailed investigation into the circumstances around manufacturing arrangements and concluded that it considers the letter in which Rentschler Biopharma SE ("Rentschler") states that it terminates the agreement concerning the API manufacturing process for Traumakine® to be without merit and in breach of the underlying agreement between the parties. Faron also considers Rentschler to have otherwise breached the agreement.

 

As a remedy, the Company has filed a request for arbitration with the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce seeking damages. To fund the proceedings, the Company has entered into a litigation funding agreement with a third-party recovery services provider offering non-recourse financing which, subject to final quantum, is expected to cover both the Company's legal expenses and the adverse party costs. The funder would receive a typical portion of any damages awarded in the event of success.

 

Further updates will be provided in due course as and when appropriate.

 

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 ("MAR").

 

 

For more information please contact:

 

Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy

Dr Markku Jalkanen, Chief Executive Officer

[email protected] 

 

 

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited, Nomad and Broker

Emma Earl, Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance)

James Stearns (Corporate Broking)

Phone: +44 207 886 2500

 

Sisu Partners Oy, Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North

Juha Karttunen, Jussi Majamaa

Phone: +358 (0)40 555 4727

 

Consilium Strategic Communications

Mary-Jane Elliott, David Daley, Lindsey Neville

Phone: +44 (0)20 3709 5700

E-mail: [email protected]

 

About Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Faron (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for medical conditions with significant unmet needs. The Company currently has a pipeline based on the receptors involved in regulation of immune response in oncology and organ damage. Clevegen, its precision immunotherapy, is a novel anti-Clever-1 antibody with the ability to switch immune suppression to immune activation in various conditions, with potential across oncology, infectious disease and vaccine development. Currently in phase I/II clinical development as a novel macrophage checkpoint immunotherapy for patients with untreatable solid tumours, Clevegen has potential as a single-agent therapy or in combination with other standard treatments including immune checkpoint molecules. Traumakine, the Company's pipeline candidate to prevent vascular leakage and organ failures, has completed a phase III clinical trial in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Plans for its future development are being finalised to avoid interfering steroid use together with Traumakine. Faron is based in Turku, Finland. Further information is available at www.faron.com 

 

Caution regarding forward looking statements

Certain statements in this announcement, are, or may be deemed to be, forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ''believe'', ''could'', "should", "expect", "hope", "seek", ''envisage'', ''estimate'', ''intend'', ''may'', ''plan'', ''potentially'', ''will'' or the negative of those, variations or comparable expressions, including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors' current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company's future growth, results of operations, performance, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), competitive advantages, business prospects, opportunities and results of arbitration. Such forward looking statements reflect the Directors' current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.

 

A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results and expectations discussed in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. In particular, the outcome of the arbitration could be materially different to the damages sought. Furthermore, the early data from initial patients in the MATINS trial may not be replicated in larger patient numbers and the outcome of clinical trials may not be favourable or clinical trials over and above those currently planned may be required before the Company is able to apply for marketing approval for a product.  In addition,  other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially include the ability of the Company to successfully licence its programmes within the anticipated timeframe or at all, risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions, competition, environmental and other regulatory changes, actions by governmental authorities, the availability of capital markets or other sources of funding, reliance on key personnel, uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors.  Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward looking statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward looking statements. Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law or any relevant AIM Rule requirements, in providing this information the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any of the forward-looking statements or to advise of any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.


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