UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 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): March 26, 2020
 
Arbutus Biopharma Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
 
British Columbia, Canada
 
001-34949
 
98-0597776
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
 
701 Veterans Circle
Warminster, Pennsylvania
 
18974
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
(267) 469-0914
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code
 
 
(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:
o
Written communication pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
 
 
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Pre-commencement communication pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 
 
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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 Shares, without par value
 
ABUS
 
The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
 
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 o
 
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.   o






Item 8.01.  Other Events.

On March 26, 2020, Arbutus Biopharma Corporation (the "Company") issued a press release announcing positive preliminary Phase 1a/1b clinical trial results for AB-729, a proprietary GalNAc delivered RNAi compound in development for patients with chronic hepatitis B. A copy of the press release is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

Also on March 26, 2020, the Company held a conference call and webcast presentation to discuss the preliminary Phase 1a/1b trial results for AB-729. A copy of the presentation is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.2 and is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
(d) Exhibits.
 
Exhibit Number
 
Description
 
 
 
99.1
 
99.2
 






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.
 
 
 
Arbutus Biopharma Corporation
 
 
Date: March 26, 2020
By:
/s/ David C. Hastings
 
Name:
David C. Hastings
 
Title:
Chief Financial Officer



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