UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 6-K

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN ISSUER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

April 13, 2020

(Commission File No. 001-38475)

 

ASLAN PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED

(REG. NO. 289175)

(Translation of registrant’s name into English)

 

CAYMAN ISLANDS

(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organisation)

83 CLEMENCEAU AVENUE

#12-03 UE SQUARE

SINGAPORE 239920

(Address of registrant’s principal executive office)

 

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Announcement of the temporary pause in the recruitment of new patients into ASLAN004 study due to COVID-19

 

On April 13, 2020, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Limited issued a press release announcing that recruitment of new patients into its randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled multiple ascending dose (MAD) study of ASLAN004 in moderate to severe atopic dermatitis has been paused in light of recently imposed government restrictions in Singapore to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). ASLAN does not currently expect these measures to materially affect the projected timelines for the readout of interim, unblinded data later this year.

 

ASLAN intends to resume screening as soon as government restrictions are lifted and is taking steps to open sites in Australia to accelerate recruitment. The study remains on track to report interim, unblinded data from all 3 dose cohorts in MAD study in 3Q 2020.

A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

Exhibits

Exhibit
Number

 

Exhibit Description

 

 

99.1

 

Press release dated April 13, 2020 regarding temporary pause in the recruitment of new patients into ASLAN004 study due to COVID-19.

 


 


SIGNATURES

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, thereto duly authorized.

 

 

 

ASLAN PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED

(Registrant)

 

 

By:

/s/ Kiran Kumar Asarpota

 

Name:

Kiran Kumar Asarpota

Title:

VP Finance

Date: April 13, 2020

 

 

asln-ex991_6.htm

Exhibit 99.1

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

ASLAN PHARMACEUTICALS TEMPORARILY PAUSES RECRUITMENT OF NEW PATIENTS INTO ASLAN004 STUDY DUE TO COVID-19

 

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ASLAN intends to resume screening as soon as government restrictions are lifted and is taking steps to open sites in Australia to accelerate recruitment

 

 

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Study remains on track to report interim, unblinded data from all 3 dose cohorts in MAD study in 3Q 2020

 

 

Singapore, 13 April 2020 – ASLAN Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ASLN, TPEx:6497), a clinical-stage immunology and oncology focused biopharmaceutical company developing innovative treatments to transform the lives of patients, today announced that recruitment of new patients into its randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled multiple ascending dose (MAD) study of ASLAN004 in moderate to severe atopic dermatitis has been paused in light of recently imposed government restrictions in Singapore to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). ASLAN does not currently expect these measures to materially affect the projected timelines for the readout of interim, unblinded data later this year.

 

ASLAN was recruiting patients into the second of three dose cohorts. Clinical studies in Singapore, other than those related to COVID-19, have paused recruitment in line with the recent restrictions on movement of the public to contain the spread of COVID-19. ASLAN intends to resume screening of new patients as soon as these restrictions are lifted, which is currently due to take place on 4 May 2020.

 

In parallel, ASLAN has identified several clinical sites in Australia, which could join the study mid-year to accelerate recruitment.

 

Dr Carl Firth, Chief Executive Officer, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals, said: “It is vital that hospitals and other medical services focus their limited resources on helping the millions affected by COVID-19. We are hopeful that by taking these necessary measures, the outbreak will soon be brought under control and we can resume our studies safely.

 

Ends

 

Media and IR contacts

 

 

Emma Thompson Spurwing Communications Tel: +65 6571 2021

Email: ASLAN@spurwingcomms.com

 

 


 

About ASLAN Pharmaceuticals

ASLAN Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ASLN, TPEx:6497) is a clinical-stage immunology and oncology focused biopharmaceutical company developing innovative treatments to transform the lives of patients. Led by a senior management team with extensive experience in global development and commercialisation, ASLAN has a clinical portfolio comprised of a first in class monoclonal therapy, ASLAN004, that is being developed in atopic dermatitis and other immunology indications, and a small molecule inhibitor targeting oncology. ASLAN’s partners include Almirall, Array BioPharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and CSL. For additional information please visit www.aslanpharma.com.

 

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