UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 3, 2017

 

ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

 

001-36856

 

46-2783806

(State or other jurisdiction

 

(Commission

 

IRS Employer

of incorporation or organization)

 

File Number)

 

Identification No.)

 

399 Thornall Street, First Floor

Edison, NJ  08837

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (732) 902-4000

 

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  x

 

 

 



 

Item 8.01                                           Other Events

 

On August 3, 2017, ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. issued a press release announcing that two abstracts have been selected by the Scientific Program Committee of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) for poster presentations on October 21, 2017.

 

The press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 9.01                                           Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d) Exhibits

 

99.1                                                                        ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Press Release dated August 3, 2017

 

SIGNATURE

 

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 hereunto duly authorized.

 

Dated: August 3, 2017

 

 

CONTRAVIR PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ James Sapirstein

 

 

James Sapirstein

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

 

ContraVir Pharmaceuticals Selected to Present Two Posters on CRV431 at Upcoming AASLD Meeting® 2017

 

EDISON, N.J.August 3, 2017 -  ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRV), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of targeted antiviral therapies, announced today that two abstracts have been selected by the Scientific Program Committee of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) for poster presentations on October 21, 2017.

 

Abstract #1: “Independent and Combinational Anti-HBV Effects of CRV431 and TXL in the HBV Transgenic Mouse Model”

 

·                  Publication Number: 907

·                  Date and Time: October 21, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM

·                  Session: Hepatitis B: New and Approved Treatment

·                  Location: Washington Convention Center, Hall D

 

Abstract #2: “CRV431 Blocks NTCP-Mediated Uptake of HBV and HDV Independently of Effects on Bile Acid Transport”

 

·                  Publication Number: 928

·                  Date and Time: October 21, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM

·                  Session: Hepatitis B: New and Approved Treatment

·                  Location: Washington Convention Center, Hall D

 

About TXL™

 

Tenofovir exalidex (TXL™) is a highly potent prodrug of the antiviral tenofovir.  Tenofovir is the active component of both Vemlidy (tenofovir alafenamide) and Viread® (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate).TXL’s novel liver-targeting prodrug structure results in decreased systemic circulating levels of tenofovir, thereby reducing the potential for renal and bone side effects. ContraVir has completed a Phase 2a trial of TXL™, in which HBV-infected subjects were administered doses up to 100 mg for 28 days and is now optimizing drug formulation to further enhance drug delivery. To date, TXL™ has achieved clinical proof of concept for antiviral activity and displayed an excellent safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetic profile. Based on the agent’s best-in-class potential, ContraVir believes TXL™ can become the cornerstone of a curative combination therapy for hepatitis B.

 

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About CRV431

 

CRV431 is a non-immunosuppressive analog of cyclosporine A (CsA) whose primary biochemical action is inhibition of cyclophilin isomerase activity, playing a key role in protein folding. Other viruses such as HIV-1 and HCV, similarly use cyclophilin for their replication. CRV431 shows potential in experimental models to complement current hepatitis B treatments by reducing multiple markers of infection including HBV DNA, HBsAg, HBx, HBeAg, and HBV uptake by cells. Studies have also demonstrated that CRV431 possesses anti-fibrotic activity which may further curb progression of liver disease in patients.

 

About ContraVir Pharmaceuticals

 

ContraVir is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of targeted antiviral therapies with a specific focus on developing a potentially curative therapy for hepatitis B virus (HBV). The Company is developing two novel anti-HBV compounds with complementary mechanisms of action. TXL™ currently in Phase 2a, is designed to deliver high intrahepatic concentrations of TFV, while minimizing off-target effects caused by high levels of circulating TFV. CRV431, the other anti-HBV compound, is a next-generation cyclophilin inhibitor with a unique structure that increases its potency and selective index against HBV. ContraVir is also developing Valnivudine™, an orally available nucleoside analogue prodrug; Valnivudine™ is currently in Phase 3 for the treatment of herpes zoster. In addition to direct antiviral activity, Phase 2 data suggest that Valnivudine™ has the potential to reduce the incidence of debilitating shingles-associated pain known as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). For more information visit www.contravir.com.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Sharen Pyatetskaya
Director of Investor Relations
sp@contravir.com; (732) 902-4028

 

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