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Washington, D.C. 20549







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


Date of report (date of earliest event reported): December 13, 2021 





(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Nevada 001-36019 26-1434750

(State or Other Jurisdiction 

of Incorporation) 


File Number)

(IRS Employer 

Identification No.) 


26 Main Street, Chatham, New Jersey 07928

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (862) 904-8182


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


Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock TNXP The NASDAQ Global Market



Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter). 


Emerging growth company 


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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.


On December 13, 2021, Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that it entered into a research collaboration with Columbia University (“Columbia”) focused on advancing recombinant trefoil factor family 2 (“rTFF2”)-based therapeutic candidates (“TNX-1700”) in the treatment of gastric and colorectal cancers. A copy of the press release which discusses this matter is furnished hereto as Exhibit 99.01, and incorporated herein by reference.


The information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.01 attached hereto, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall they be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the United States Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.


Item 8.01.Other Events.


On December 13, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing that it entered into a research collaboration with Columbia focused on TNX-1700 in the treatment of gastric and colorectal cancers. Data from a previous collaboration with Columbia demonstrated that TNX-1700 detoxifies the tumor microenvironment and potentiates anti-PD1 therapy in a mouse model of colorectal cancer. These findings raise the possibility that a tumor’s responsiveness to anti-PD1 therapy may relate to the tumor microenvironment more than to properties of the tumor itself. The Company believes these findings warrant additional work to learn if TNX-1700 detoxifies the tumor microenvironment in human cancer in a way that makes colorectal and gastric cancers responsive to anti-PD-1 therapy.


The new study, which will be conducted by scientists at Columbia under the direction of Timothy Wang, M.D., professor of medicine and Chief of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, will use a modified TFF2 peptide with the carboxy-terminal (CTP) domain of the beta subunit of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) fused to a TFF2 protein (TFF2-CTP) as well as Tonix-generated TFF2- albumin fusion proteins, including murine TFF2-murine serum albumin [muTFF2-MSA], human TFF2-human serum albumin [huTFF2-HSA], and rTFF2 domain-swap variant HAS-fusion proteins for their ability to synergize with anti-PD1 in mouse models of gastric and colon cancer.


Forward- Looking Statements 


This Current Report on Form 8-K contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, as amended, including those relating to the intellectual property rights and protections related to TNX-1700, the Company’s product development, clinical trials, clinical and regulatory timelines, market opportunity, competitive position, possible or assumed future results of operations, business strategies, potential growth opportunities and other statement that are predictive in nature. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry and markets in which we operate and management’s current beliefs and assumptions.


These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking expressions, including, but not limited to, “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. These statements relate to future events or our financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include those set forth in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.









Press release of the Company, dated December 13, 2021

Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)




Pursuant to the requirement 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.

Date: December 13, 2021 By: /s/ Bradley Saenger  
  Bradley Saenger
  Chief Financial Officer