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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, announced AC Immune shareholders approved all of the resolutions as proposed by the Board of Directors at today's Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lausanne.
At the AGM, shareholders re-elected Douglas Williams, Martin Velasco, Peter Bollmann, Andrea Pfeifer, Thomas Graney, Werner Lanthaler and Roy Twyman to their positions on the Board of Directors. Douglas Williams and Martin Velasco will continue to serve as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board, respectively.
Douglas Williams, Chairman of the Board, said: “The Company is gathering momentum on the back of strong progress, and we remain on track to meet multiple value-creating milestones this year with five clinical readouts expected in 2020. We are especially excited about the Phase 2 trial evaluating our anti-Tau antibody semorinemab in Alzheimer’s disease. The primary completion of the trial is expected soon and we expect top line data in the second half of 2020.
We are also extremely pleased to report AC Immune’s solid financial position, with operations fully funded through at least Q1 2024.”
AC Immune has always maintained a robust business continuity plan. During the Covid-19 outbreak, every provision has been made to protect the health of patients, staff and investigators, as well as the productivity and integrity of our clinical development. Importantly, we currently remain on track to deliver all clinical and preclinical readouts expected in 2020. The Swiss Government’s management of Covid-19 means that businesses have been able to return to near normal working practices with all AC Immune staff now back on site in Lausanne.
As part of its efforts to ensure stakeholder safety during the Covid-19 outbreak, AC Immune held only the mandatory part of the AGM as stipulated by Swiss law and by the Company’s Articles of Association. Voting took place via the independent proxy.
About AC Immune SA
AC Immune SA is a Nasdaq-listed clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, which aims to become a global leader in precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. The Company utilizes two proprietary platforms, SupraAntigenTM and MorphomerTM, to design, discover and develop small molecule and biological therapeutics as well as diagnostic products intended to diagnose, prevent and modify neurodegenerative diseases caused by misfolding proteins. The Company's pipeline features nine therapeutic and three diagnostic product candidates, with six currently in clinical trials. It has collaborations with major pharmaceutical companies including Roche/Genentech, Eli Lilly and Company and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
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