JERUSALEM, Aug. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via IBN — BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: BVXV), a biotechnology company focused on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative immunotherapeutic products primarily for the treatment of infectious and autoimmune diseases, today announced that Nasdaq reviewed BiondVax’s multi-faceted plan to regain compliance with Nasdaq’s Listing Rule 5550(b) and provided it an extension until October 30, 2023, to demonstrate compliance.
As previously disclosed, BiondVax received a deficiency letter dated May 1, 2023, from Nasdaq notifying the Company that it is not in compliance with the minimum stockholders’ equity requirement for continued listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market.
“We are very pleased that Nasdaq has reviewed our plan and provided us the time to proceed with various initiatives already underway that alone or together will allow us to regain compliance with the shareholders’ equity listing requirement,” said Mr. Amir Reichman, BiondVax’s CEO. “Among other things we are pursuing a strategic partnership for our COVID-19 self-administered inhaled therapeutic/prophylactic product and advancing ahead of schedule our IL-17 NanoAb inhibitor for the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis. This is expected to enter the clinic in 2024.”
Reichman continued: “In addition, we decided to leverage our state-of-the-art biologics pilot manufacturing plant by commencing a new contract manufacturing and development services business unit (CDMO). The need for CDMO services by small biotech companies is high and growing and the current offerings by large, multi-national CDMO companies are expensive and with limited available capacity. Our site is a perfect match for a small biotech in that it is well equipped, staffed with highly trained personnel, and its business and quality processes are in place. We see quite a lot of demand for our services and are aggressively pursuing clients. If successful, this business unit could generate meaningful income in the relatively short term.”
BiondVax has provided Nasdaq with its business plan, which includes the pursuit of several non-dilutive grants, potential capital-raising transactions, and development of the company’s new CDMO business. Based on BiondVax’s plans, Nasdaq has provided an extension of time until October 30, 2023, for the company to demonstrate it has regained compliance. In the event the Company fails to show compliance upon filing its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2023, it may receive notification from Nasdaq that its securities will be delisted; should this occur, the Company may appeal Nasdaq’s determination to a hearings panel.
BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: BVXV) is a biotechnology company focused on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative immunotherapeutic products primarily for the treatment of infectious and autoimmune diseases. Since its inception, the company has executed eight clinical trials including a seven-country, 12,400-participant Phase 3 trial of its vaccine candidate and has built a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for biopharmaceutical products. With highly experienced pharmaceutical industry leadership, BiondVax is aiming to develop a pipeline of diversified and commercially viable products and platforms beginning with an innovative nanosized antibody (NanoAb) pipeline. www.biondvax.com.
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