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Washington, DC 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 26, 2021



Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-14888   33-0969592
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


660 W. Germantown Pike, Suite 110
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(267) 440-4200

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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


Title of each class




Name of each exchange
on which registered

Common Stock, $0.001 par value   INO   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).

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Item 7.01

Regulation FD Disclosure.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or INOVIO, announced that the World Health Organization, or WHO, confirmed to INOVIO on October 26, 2021 that INOVIO’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, INO-4800, is one of two vaccines currently being tested in a large, international, randomized controlled Phase 3 clinical trial, called the Solidarity Trial Vaccines, being funded, sponsored, and conducted by the WHO. As stated by WHO, the Solidarity Trial Vaccines is designed to rapidly evaluate the efficacy and safety of promising new candidate vaccines selected by an independent vaccine prioritization advisory group composed of leading scientists and experts.

INO-4800 was selected for inclusion in the Solidarity Trial Vaccines by the WHO’s independent vaccine prioritization advisory group out of approximately 20 candidate vaccines. Two additional vaccines are expected to enter the Solidarity Trial Vaccines once additional evidence and documentation has been reviewed and accepted as satisfactory by the independent vaccine prioritization advisory group.

The national principal investigators and their research teams in Colombia, Mali, and the Philippines have begun recruiting volunteers joining the trial at over 40 trial sites spread across the three countries. National research teams bring together experienced investigators well-versed in good clinical practice and the conduct of clinical trials.

The Solidarity Trial Vaccines aims to accelerate the evaluation of multiple promising candidate COVID-19 vaccines, contributing to the creation of a larger portfolio of vaccines needed to protect people from COVID-19 around the world. The trial has the additional potential to uncover second-generation vaccines with greater efficacy, possibly conferring greater protection against variants of concern, offering longer duration of protection, and/or using needle-free routes of administration.

Separately from the Solidarity Trial Vaccines, INOVIO is conducting a global Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial of INO-4800, called INNOVATE, along with its partner Advaccine.


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.


Date: October 28, 2021     By:  

/s/ Peter Kies

      Peter Kies
      Chief Financial Officer
Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INO)
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