Dispute Between Biopharma Cos. To Be Resolved by Sept. 30

June 20, 2022

The arbitration court extended the original deadline for a decision in this case of an alleged breach of contract between TRACON Pharmaceuticals Inc. and I-Mab Biopharma, noted an H.C. Wainwright & Co. report.

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TRACON Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TCON:NASDAQ) just received word that the deadline for a decision in its ongoing arbitration with I-Mab Biopharma was pushed back to Sept. 30, 2022, reported H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Edward White in a June 15 research note.

“A win for TRACON could mean an inflow of nondilutive capital, which is not included in our models,” White noted.

TRACON is a California-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing targeted drugs to treat cancer. I-Mab, headquartered in China, is developing biologics for immuno-oncology.

The arbitration hearing between TRACON and I-Mab ended on Feb. 28, 2022. Subsequently, in May, the two companies submitted post-hearing briefs to the arbitration tribunal.

The basis of the arbitration, White explained, is TRACON’s contention that I-Mab breached its contractual obligations outlined in two collaboration and clinical trial agreements signed in 2018.


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Those trial agreements relate to the development of TJ004309, a CD73 antibody, by TRACON. They also relate to five of I-Mab’s proprietary bispecific antibody product candidates to be selected, by I-Mab within five years, for development and commercialization in North America.

The court stayed the initial lawsuit filed by I-Mab, followed by a counterclaim on the part of TRACON, in favor of arbitration, White added.

The analyst pointed out that this arbitration with the extended decision date differs from the arbitration concerning I-Mab’s potential $9 million payment to TRACON with respect to the option for TJ004309.

H.C. Wainwright & Co. has a Buy rating and a $12 per share target price on TRACON, the current share price of which is around $1.30.

 

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