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): March 27, 2020



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-38120   83-4696467
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


Suite 3306, K. Wah Centre, 1010 Middle Huaihai Road,
Shanghai, China
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number including area code: +86 21 54180212


Bison Capital Acquisition Corp.

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


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Item 8.01 Other Events.


On March 4, 2020, pursuant to Section 36 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Order Release No. 34-88318 (the “Order”) granting exemptions to registrants subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act Section 13(a) or 15(d) due to circumstances related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


Pursuant to the Order, Xynomic Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) states the following:


  (1) The Company is relying on the SEC Order dated March 4, 2020.


Due to circumstances related to COVID-19, the Company is relying on the Order with respect to the Company’s Form 10-K (“Form 10-K”) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. Absent the Order, the Form 10-K is due on March 30, 2020.


  (2) The Company is unable to file the Form 10-K on a timely basis due to travel restriction, quarantines and staffing issues as a result of COVID-19.


The ongoing outbreak of the COVID-19 was first reported on December 31, 2019 in City of Wuhan, Hubei, China and was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020. Efforts to prevent the virus spreading include travel restrictions, quarantines, curfews, event postponements and cancellations, and facility closures. These include a quarantine of Hubei, curfew measures elsewhere in China, and national travel restrictions. On late March, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reported that spread of domestically transmitted epidemic has been basically blocked and the outbreak has been controlled in China. As a result, some of the government restrictions and quarantines abovementioned have relaxed in certain areas, including Shanghai.


On January 31, 2020, a public health emergency was declared in the United States with travel restrictions placed on entry for travelers from China. On March 13, 2020, a national emergency was further declared in the United States. On March 19, 2020, the governor of California issued a statewide stay-at-home order to help combat the spread of the COVID-19. As of late March 2020, more than 4 hundred thousand cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 190 countries and territories.


The Company’s headquarters and operations are located in Shanghai and Beijing, China and City of San Diego, California, U.S.. In each operation location, the Company has been following the measurements implemented by the local governments. The Company has suspended all business that required travel or gathering since January 23, 2020. Given that the outbreak has been gradually controlled in China, the Company, following the guidance released by Shanghai government, have resumed the business in the office and R&D center located in Shanghai on February 10, 2020. An aggregate of 17 employees have gone back to work. The Company is taking pro-active measures to help protect its employees by implementing body-temperature tests and face mask wearing requirement. Company’s offices located in Beijing and City of San Diego, however, have been shut down since Chinese New Year and the outbreak in the State of California respectively as required by local governments. An aggregate of 11 employees are currently required to work from home and unable to perform certain duties that need to conducted onsite


These actions taken by the local governments and the Company have adversely impacted the daily operations of the Company and its ability to complete its financial data by on or before March 30, 2020. As a result, the Company is unable to timely file the Form 10-K by March 30, 2020.


  (3) The Company intends to file the Form 10-K on or before May 14, 2020 as permitted with the additional 45 day relief granted by the SEC.


  (4) The Company’s business operations could be adversely affected by the continued outbreak of COVID-19.


The Company’s business operations could be adversely affected by the effects of a widespread outbreak of contagious disease, including the recent outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 which was first identified in the City of Wuhan, Hubei, China. The Company’s corporate headquarters and operations are located in Shanghai and Beijing, China and City of San Diego, California, U.S., where any outbreak of contagious diseases and other adverse public health developments could be materially adverse on the Company’s business operations. In response to the highly contagious and sometimes fatal coronavirus inflicting thousands of people in China and the United States, the local government has imposed travel restrictions and quarantines/stay-at-home order to help control the spread of COVID-19.



Since the Company primarily engages in the business of developing innovative small molecule drug candidates for the treatment of cancer in humans, the outbreak of COVID-19 has significantly slowed down our research and studies due to the shortage of medical resources. Since clinical and medical resources are currently occupied by the tests and treatments of COVID-19, all clinical trial sites have reduced the acceptance of clinical trial patients. Patients with chronic diseases, such as lymphoma, have been advised to avoid visits to hospitals. Therefore, patient recruitment for our drug candidate has been slowed down. In addition, the Contracted Research Organizations (“CROs”) we engaged require regular onsite visit to monitor and inspect the status of the clinical trials and collect medical feedbacks. The breakout of COVID-19 has caused a significant decrease in CROs onsite visits and most of our researchers are currently working remotely to reduce the exposure to the contagious illness.


Given that the outbreak has been gradually controlled in China, Company’s Shanghai office and R&D center have resumed business since February 2020. However, if the COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States, the federal and state governments may impose additional measures further restricting travel within and outside of the United States and also impose the regions under mandatory quarantine. Similarly, the continued spread of COVID-19 globally could further adversely impact the Company’s operations and could have an adverse impact on the Company’s business and financial results.


  (5) The reason the Form 10-K cannot be filed timely does not relate to the inability of any person, other than the Company, to furnish any required opinion, report, or certification.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the statements contained in this report should be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the audit of the financial statements of the Company and the filing of the Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as the Company’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions, plans, prospects or strategies regarding the future revenues and the business plans of its management team. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. The forward-looking statements contained in this report are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the management of the Company in light of their respective experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments and their potential effects on the Company as well as other factors they believe are appropriate in the circumstances. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond the control of the parties) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including the mix of services utilized by the Company’s suppliers and collaborators, that the Company will have sufficient capital to operate as anticipated, and the impact that the novel coronavirus and the illness, COVID-19, that it causes, as well as governmental responses to deal with the spread of this illness, may have on the Company’s operations, the demand for the Company’s products, global supply chains and economic activity in general. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the assumptions being made prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: March 27, 2020 By: /s/ Jinwei Coco Kou
    Jinwei Coco Kou

Chief Financial Officer