Exicure, Inc. (“Exicure” or the “Company”) is a biotechnology company that developes therapeutics for neurology, immuno-oncology, inflammatory diseases and other genetic disorders. One of Exicure’s main products ix XCUR-FXN, a spherical nucleic acid-based therapeutic candidate for the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia.
On November 15, 2021, after the market closed, Exicure filed a Form 12b-25 with the SEC stating that it could not timely file its quarterly report for the period ended September 30, 2021. It explained that the Company was investigating “a claim made by a former Company senior researcher regarding alleged improprieties that researcher claims to have committed with respect to the Company’s XCUR-FXN preclinical program for the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia.”
On this news, the Company’s stock price fell $0.30, or 28%, to close at $1.07 per share on November 16, 2021, on unusually heavy trading volume.
A securities class action has been filed against Exicure on behalf of shareholders that purchased Exicure shares between March 11, 2021 and November 15, 2021. This case has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The complaint filed in this class action alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants failed to disclose to investors: (1) that there had been certain improprieties in Exicure’s preclinical program for the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia; (2) that, as a result, there was a material risk that data from the preclinical program would not support continued clinical development; and (3) that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendants’ positive statements about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects were materially misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.
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