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


Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): November 29, 2021


Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)




(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


001-38323   82-3074668
(Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)


1180 Seminole Trail, Ste 495

Charlottesville, VA 22901

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)


(434) 422-9800

(Registrant’s telephone number including area code)



(Former Name and Former Address)


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


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


Title of each class   Trading Symbols   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock   ADIL   NASDAQ
Warrants   ADILW   NASDAQ


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in 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).


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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.


On November 29, 2021, Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release providing an update regarding positive pre-clinical data in an animal model for PNV2, an adenosine compound being developed by Purnovate, Inc. (“Purnovate”), a subsidiary of the Company, as a drug candidate for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC).


The information in this Item 7.01 and in the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section or Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The information contained in this Item 7.01 and in the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission made by the Company, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.


The press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K includes “safe harbor” language pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, indicating that certain statements contained therein are “forward-looking” rather than historical.


The Company undertakes no duty or obligation to update or revise the information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, although it may do so from time to time if its management believes it is appropriate. Any such updating may be made through the filing of other reports or documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission, through press releases or through other public disclosures.


Item 8.01 – Other Events.


On November 29, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing positive pre-clinical data for PNV2 in an animal model for of triple negative breast cancer. The information in the Press Release included the following:


PNV2 was tested in a metastatic breast cancer model with the primary endpoint being the amount of cancer metastases into the lungs after 28 days following orthotopic implantation of breast cancer.
Luciferase-engineered triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells MDA-MB-231 were implanted in the mammary fat pad in female mice.
Tumors grew over 28 days and were treated intratumorally three times a week.
An active group (n=10) was treated with PNV2 in solution and a control group (n=10) was treated with only the solution.
Metastasis into the lungs was then determined by measuring the amount of luciferase activity, which indicates the amount of cancer in the lungs.
In the control group, 30% of the mice had large, well-established secondary tumors (i.e., metastatic, invasive tumors) in their lungs with luciferase activity of greater than 1585 AU in each mouse, while the PNV2 group appeared to have no large secondary tumors in the lungs of any mouse and luciferase activity of not more than 356 AU in any mouse.
Based on the strength of the data, Purnovate plans to advance PNV2 as the lead compound for its cancer program with a goal of advancing PNV2 into clinical trials in 2022.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


Exhibit No.   Description
99.1   Press Release issued by Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc., dated November 29, 2021.
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (the cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the inline XBRL document)







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: November 30, 2021 ADIAL PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
  By: /s/ William B. Stilley, III
  Name:  William B. Stilley
  Title: President and Chief Executive Officer