SHANGHAI, China and GAITHERSBURG, MD. – July 29, 2021 – I-Mab (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: IMAB), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel biologics, today announced that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has authorized a renewed stock repurchase program. With the Board’s authorization, the Company may repurchase up to US$40 million of its ordinary shares in the form of American depositary shares (“ADS”) over the next 12 months.
In July 2020, the Board first authorized a stock repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to US$20 million of its ordinary shares in the form of ADS over a 12-month period. The renewed stock repurchase program now has an increased cap of US$40 million.
“We are pleased that the Board has authorized this new stock repurchase program by the Company.” said Dr. Jingwu Zang, Founder and Chairman of I-Mab, “The Company’s fundamentals remain very strong and the authorization demonstrates the confidence we have in our globally competitive innovative pipeline and our journey to becoming a fully integrated global biopharma.”
Repurchases, if any, under the program will be made at the discretion of management, and will depend upon market pricing and conditions, business, legal, accounting and other considerations. Any such share purchases will be made by the Company from time to time in open market transactions, or otherwise in compliance with Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or pursuant to a trading plan adopted in accordance with Rule 10b5‐1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
The repurchase program is effective upon and from the date on which a formal stock repurchase plan engagement agreement is signed with a qualified broker-dealer(s), and terminates over a twelve-month period depending upon market and economic conditions, and other factors including price, legal and regulatory requirements and capital availability. The program does not obligate I-Mab to acquire any particular number of its ADSs, and the program may be modified or suspended at any time at the management’s discretion.
I-Mab (Nasdaq: IMAB) is a dynamic, global biotech company exclusively focused on discovery, development and soon, commercialization of novel or highly differentiated biologics in the therapeutic areas of immuno-oncology and autoimmune diseases. The Company’s mission is to bring transformational medicines to patients around the world through innovation. I-Mab’s innovative pipeline of more than 10 clinical and pre-clinical stage drug candidates is driven by the Company’s Fast-to-PoC (Proof-of-Concept) and Fast-to-Market development strategies through internal R&D and global partnerships. The Company is on track to transition from a clinical stage biotech company toward a fully integrated global biopharmaceutical company with cutting-edge R&D capabilities, world-class GMP manufacturing facilities and commercial capability. I-Mab has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong and Maryland, United States. For more information, please visit http://ir.i-mabbiopharma.com and follow I-Mab on LinkedIn, Twitter and WeChat.
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