SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16
OR 15d-16 UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of October, 2018
Commission File Number: 001-37891
AC IMMUNE SA
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
EPFL Innovation Park
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
(Address of principal executive office)
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INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE
This report on Form 6-K and exhibit 99.1 hereto shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference into the registration statement on Form F-3 (Registration Number: 333-224694), the registration statement on Form F-3 (Registration Number: 333-227016) and the registration statement on Form S-8 (Registration Number: 333-216539) of AC Immune SA and to be a part thereof from the date on which this report is filed, to the extent not superseded by documents or reports subsequently filed or furnished.
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, thereunto duly authorized.
|AC IMMUNE SA|
|By:||/s/ Andrea Pfeifer|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
|By:||/s/ Joerg Hornstein|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|
|Date:||October 22, 2018|
Press Release dated October 22, 2018
AC Immune Announces Dr. Andreas Muhs, Chief Scientific Officer, to Take Medical Leave of Absence
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 22, 2018 – AC Immune SA (NASDAQ: ACIU), a Swiss-based, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that Dr. Andreas Muhs, Chief Scientific Officer, will take a medical leave of absence, starting immediately. During the leave of absence, AC Immune’s research team will be led by Dr. David Lowe on an interim basis. Dr. Lowe has served as AC Immune’s Deputy Chief Scientific Officer and more recently as Innovation Fellow since January 2014. While he is on medical leave, Dr. Muhs will stay involved with AC Immune’s research team to the extent practical, and he will re-assume his role as soon as he has recovered.
About AC Immune
AC Immune is a clinical-stage Swiss-based biopharmaceutical company, listed on Nasdaq, which aims to become a global leader in precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. The Company designs, discovers and develops therapeutic as well as diagnostic products intended to prevent and modify diseases caused by misfolding proteins. AC Immune’s two proprietary technology platforms create antibodies, small molecules and vaccines designed to address a broad spectrum of neurodegenerative indications, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The Company’s pipeline features nine therapeutic and three diagnostic product candidates – with five product candidates currently in clinical trials. The most advanced of these is crenezumab, a humanized anti-amyloid-β monoclonal IgG4 antibody that targets monomeric and aggregated forms of amyloid-β, with highest affinity for neurotoxic oligomers. Crenezumab is currently in two Phase 3 clinical studies for AD, under a global program conducted by the collaboration partner Roche/Genentech. Other collaborations include Biogen, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, Piramal Imaging and Essex Bio-Technology.
Forward looking statements
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