August 20, 2019
Division of Corporation Finance
United States Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20549
Attention: Mr. Donald Field
Acceleration Request of MediciNova, Inc.
Registration Statement on Form S-3, filed August 9, 2019
(File No. 333-233201)
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Pursuant to Rule 461 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, MediciNova, Inc. (the Registrant) hereby requests that the Securities and Exchange Commission accelerate the effectiveness of the above-referenced Registration Statement, to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on Thursday, August 22, 2019, or as soon thereafter as practicable.
Thank you for your assistance. If you should have any questions, please contact Kirt Shuldberg of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, counsel to the Registrant, at (858) 436-8060.
|Very truly yours,|
|Yuichi Iwaki, M.D., Ph.D.|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|