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Equillium to be included in the Russell Microcap® Index

Equillium, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQ), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapeutics to treat severe autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, today announced that it expects to join the Russell Microcap Index at the conclusion of the 2024 Russell annual reconstitution, effective at the open of equity markets on Monday, July 1, according to a preliminary list of additions posted Friday, May 24.

The annual Russell reconstitution captures the 4,000 largest US stocks as of Tuesday, April 30, ranking them by total market capitalization. Membership in the Russell Microcap Index, which remains in place for one year, means automatic inclusion in the appropriate growth and value style indexes. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes.

“We’re happy to be joining the Russell Microcap Index, paving the way for potential inclusion in a large number of funds that aim to mimic and benchmark the Russell indices,” said Bruce Steel, chief executive officer at Equillium. “This increased exposure can also highlight our recent Phase 2 alopecia areata data – indicating EQ101 was well-tolerated and clinically active – that will inform future development, as well as our partnership with Ono Pharmaceutical where we expect to delivery our final data package during the third quarter of this year.”

About Equillium

Equillium is a clinical-stage biotechnology company leveraging a deep understanding of immunobiology to develop novel therapeutics to treat severe autoimmune and inflammatory disorders with high unmet medical need. The company’s pipeline consists of the following novel first-in-class immunomodulatory assets and product platform targeting immuno-inflammatory pathways. EQ101: a selective tri-specific cytokine inhibitor targeting IL-2, IL-9, and IL-15; recently announced positive results from a Phase 2 proof-of-concept clinical study of patients with alopecia areata in Australia and New Zealand by Equillium’s Australian subsidiary as the trial sponsor. EQ302: an orally delivered, selective bi-specific cytokine inhibitor targeting IL-15 and IL-21; currently in pre-clinical development. The multi-cytokine platform: generates rationally designed composite peptides that selectively block key cytokines at the shared receptor level targeting pathogenic cytokine redundancies and synergies while preserving non-pathogenic signaling. Itolizumab: a monoclonal antibody that targets the CD6-ALCAM signaling pathway which plays a central role in the modulation of effector T cells; currently under evaluation in a Phase 3 clinical study of patients with acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) and announced positive data from a Phase 1b clinical study of patients with lupus/lupus nephritis in April 2024. Equillium acquired rights to itolizumab through an exclusive partnership with Biocon Limited and has entered a strategic partnership with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Ono), for the development and commercialization of itolizumab under an option and asset purchase agreement.

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Forward Looking Statements

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Michael Moore

Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications


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