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Snell & Wilmer Advises Biotechnology Company Trawsfynydd Therapeutics, Inc. in Merger with Onconova Therapeutics, Inc.

April 2, 2024

SAN DIEGO - Snell & Wilmer represented Maryland-based client Trawsfynydd Therapeutics, Inc., a privately-held biotechnology company developing next-generation, best-in-class antivirals for influenza, COVID and other infectious diseases, in its merger with Onconova Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel products for patients with cancer. Under the terms of the agreement, Onconova acquired 100% of Trawsfynydd’s outstanding equity interests. In connection with the transaction and concurrent with the merger, the combined company which has been renamed “Traws Pharma, Inc.” (“Traws”) will trade on NASDAQ under the new ticker symbol “TRAW”, commencing prior to the opening of trading Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

Traws will be led by incoming Chief Executive Officer, Werner Cautreels, Ph.D. In a recent press release, Dr. Cautreels stated “I am pleased to announce the combination of Onconova and Trawsfynydd at this important time, as Trawsfynydd readies to initiate Phase 2 studies in H2 2024 for its lead antiviral programs for influenza and COVID19, supported by advisors with unparalleled expertise in viral disease, and Onconova is preparing to finalize the recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) for narazaciclib.” 

Partner Bardia Moayedi led the Snell & Wilmer team advising Trawsfynydd Therapeutics, Inc. in the deal. The diverse team included Sarah Hibbard, Eileen Vernon, Katherine McKitterick Nessan, Monique Torres, Brook Barnes, Eli Mansour, Christopher Franich, Bahar Schippel, and Greg Gautam.

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