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On August 10, 2023, Atreca, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release reporting its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023 and recent corporate developments. A copy of such press release is furnished hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
The information contained in Item 2.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section or Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission made by the Company, whether made before or after the date hereof, except as expressly set forth by reference in such a filing.
On August 10, 2023, the Company implemented and announced a corporate reorganization of its operations. As part of the reorganization, the Company is undertaking cost-saving initiatives, including a workforce reduction of approximately 40% of its current employees and the suspension of the development of ATRC-101, its former lead product candidate. The total cost related to the workforce reduction is estimated to be approximately $1.6 million, all of which is cash-based expenditures related primarily to severance payments. The Company expects to recognize substantially all the charges related to the workforce reduction in the quarter ending September 30, 2023. These estimates are subject to a number of assumptions and actual results may differ. The Company may also incur additional costs not currently contemplated due to events that may occur as a result of, or that are associated with, the workforce reduction.
In addition, the Company announced plans to focus its efforts on advancing its preclinical antibody-drug conjugate candidates, including APN-497444, while preserving its core discovery capabilities. Although the Company is unable to estimate in good faith the approximate charges to be incurred in connection with the suspension of the development of ATRC-101, as a result of the Company’s corporate reorganization, the Company expects that its existing cash, cash equivalents and investments will be sufficient to fund its operating and capital needs through early 2024. The Company is also evaluating further cost-saving initiatives.
This Current Report contains statements regarding matters that are not historical facts that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our strategy and future plans, including statements regarding our corporate reorganization to reduce expenses and extend our cash runway through early 2024, including a reduction in our workforce and the suspension of the development of ATRC-101, the timing, costs and effectiveness of our recently announced, or any future, cost-saving initiatives, our plans to focus on our preclinical ADC candidates, including APN-497444, and our ability to preserve our core discovery capabilities. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties related to the initiation, timing, progress and results of our research and development programs, preclinical studies, clinical trials, regulatory submissions, and other matters that are described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, including the risk factors set forth therein. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by law.
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|99.1||Press Release titled "Atreca Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Announces Corporate Restructuring," dated August 10, 2023, furnished herewith|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)|
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: August 10, 2023||By:||/s/ Herbert Cross|
|Chief Financial Officer|
Atreca Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Announces Corporate Restructuring
Suspending development of ATRC-101
Cost-saving measures include 40% workforce reduction
Focusing on advancing earlier stage ADC candidates and preserving discovery capabilities
SAN CARLOS, Calif., Aug. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atreca, Inc. (Atreca) (NASDAQ: BCEL), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapeutics generated through a unique discovery platform based on interrogation of the active human immune response, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023, and announced a corporate reorganization to reduce expenses and extend its cash runway. As part of the reorganization, Atreca will be undertaking cost-saving measures, including suspending development of ATRC-101 and reducing its workforce by approximately 40%. Going forward operations will focus on advancing current preclinical antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) candidates, including APN-497444, while preserving core discovery capabilities.
“In order to extend our cash runway and focus on our preclinical ADC development efforts, we are suspending development of ATRC-101,” said John Orwin, Chief Executive Officer of Atreca. “We are proud of our work in advancing ATRC-101 into the clinic and are encouraged by the activity and safety profile that we observed, validating the ability of our discovery platform to generate novel, tumor-targeting product candidates. Nevertheless, given both development requirements and financial considerations, we believe that the best path forward for the asset is with a larger partner, and as a result, we are suspending development and evaluating potential out-licensing opportunities. Our preclinical ADC pipeline, led by APN-497444, will continue to advance, and we are working towards declaring a clinical candidate from this program in the coming months.”
“We have also made the difficult decision to reduce our headcount by approximately 40%,” continued Mr. Orwin. “Given the talent and dedication of our workforce, this decision was not made lightly. We believe, however, that it is a necessary step to ensure we have the capital to execute on our mission to deliver novel therapeutics to patients in need. I’d like to thank those impacted for their important contributions to Atreca, including discovering and advancing both ATRC-101 and APN-497444.”
Recent Developments and Highlights
Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results
About Atreca, Inc.
Atreca is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel antibody-based therapeutics generated by its differentiated discovery platform, with a focus on antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). Atreca's platform allows access to an unexplored landscape in oncology through the identification of unique antibody-target pairs generated by the human immune system during an active immune response against tumors. These antibodies provide the basis for a pipeline of first-in-class oncology programs led by APN-497444, an ADC targeting a novel tumor glycan, in addition to MAM01/ATRC-501, a clinical candidate licensed to the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute for the prevention of malaria. For more information on Atreca, please visit www.atreca.com.
This release contains statements regarding matters that are not historical facts that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our strategy and future plans, including statements regarding our corporate reorganization to reduce expenses and extend our cash runway, including the suspension of the development of ATRC-101 and a reduction in our workforce, the effectiveness of our recently announced cost-saving measures, our plans to focus on our preclinical ADC candidates, including APN-497444, our evaluation of ATRC-101 out-licensing opportunities and other strategic partner opportunities with ATRC-101, our plans to nominate a clinical candidate from APN-497444 in 2023, our plans to file an IND submission for APN-497444 in late 2024/early 2025, plans of Gates MRI to initiate its Phase 1 trial for MAM01/ATRC-501 based in the U.S. and a subsequent trial in Sub-Saharan Africa and the timing of such trials, product development opportunities for MAM01/ATRC-501 in the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia relating to the prevention of malaria, our preclinical and clinical plans and the timing thereof, and our ability to preserve our core discovery capabilities. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties related to the initiation, timing, progress and results of our research and development programs, preclinical studies, clinical trials, regulatory submissions, and other matters that are described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov, including the risk factors set forth therein. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by law.
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||27,686||$||30,819|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||3,425||7,531|
|Total current assets||41,960||78,026|
|Property and equipment, net||35,485||37,972|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||35,165||36,056|
|Deposits and other||2,459||2,976|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Operating lease liabilities, current portion||3,770||3,544|
|Other current liabilities||1,121||1,327|
|Total current liabilities||12,007||16,293|
|Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion||58,388||60,331|
|Class A common stock||3||3|
|Class B common stock||1||1|
|Additional paid-in capital||541,788||535,592|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||2||(266||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||44,674||78,406|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||115,069||$||155,030|
|Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Six month Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Research and development||$||12,915||$||19,953||$||26,367||$||37,017|
|General and administrative||6,835||8,077||14,914||16,683|
|Interest and other income (expense)|
|Loss before Income tax expense||(19,186||)||(27,877||)||(40,196||)||(52,753||)|
|Income tax expense||-||-||-||-|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.49||)||$||(0.72||)||$||(1.03||)||$||(1.38||)|
|Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted||39,156,584||38,591,436||39,124,553||38,288,831|
Chief Financial Officer
Alex Gray, 650-779-9251
Julia Fuller, 858-692-2001
Source: Atreca, Inc.