Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

November 25, 2019

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)



Equillium, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-38692   82-1554746

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


2223 Avenida de la Playa, Suite 105

La Jolla, CA

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (858) 412-5302

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of Each Class





Name of Each Exchange

on Which Registered

Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share   EQ   The Nasdaq Global Market



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Item 8.01

Other Events.

As previously disclosed, Equillium, Inc. (the “Company”) previously submitted, and subsequently amended and supplemented, a request for interpretive guidance to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) confirming the applicability of the general license issued by OFAC under the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) relating to Cuban-origin pharmaceuticals to import and conduct clinical trials relating to itolizumab. The antibody sequence for both itolizumab (EQ001) and ALZUMAb is derived from Cuban-origin intellectual property and the Company believes itolizumab to be a pharmaceutical of Cuban origin.

On November 25, 2019, OFAC notified the Company that after careful consideration, which included consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), OFAC determined that itolizumab falls within the definition of “Cuban-origin pharmaceutical” and, as such, the general licenses at section 515.547(b) and (c) of the CACR authorize the conduct of clinical trials for itolizumab for the purpose of seeking approval for the drug from the FDA. Thus, no further authorization is required from OFAC at this time for the Company’s ongoing and planned clinical trials of itolizumab.


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.


    Equillium, Inc.
Date: November 27, 2019     By:  

/s/ Daniel M. Bradbury

      Daniel M. Bradbury
      Chief Executive Officer