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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021

OR

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from ____________ to ____________

Commission File Number: 001-40489

 

VERVE THERAPEUTICS, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

 

Delaware

82-4800132

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

 

500 Technology Square, Suite 901

Cambridge, Massachusetts

02139

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 603-0070

 

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

 

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common stock, par value $0.001 per share

 

VERV

 

Nasdaq Global Select Market

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☒ No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer

 

 

Accelerated filer

 

Non-accelerated filer

 

 

Smaller reporting company

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging growth company

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☐ No

As of November 8, 2021, the registrant had 48,171,010 shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share, outstanding.

 

 

 


 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q includes forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenue, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “contemplate,” “continue” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would,” or the negative of these words or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.

 

The forward-looking statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q include, among other things, statements about:

the initiation, timing, progress and results of our research and development programs and preclinical studies and clinical trials;
the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and our response to the pandemic;
our estimates regarding expenses, future revenue, capital requirements, need for additional financing and the period over which we believe our existing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will be sufficient to fund our operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements;
the timing of and our ability to submit applications for and obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for our current and future product candidates;
the potential therapeutic attributes and advantages of our current and future product candidates;
our expectations about the translatability of non-human primates results into humans;
our plans to develop and, if approved, subsequently commercialize any product candidates we may develop;
the rate and degree of market acceptance and clinical utility of our products, if approved;
our estimates regarding the addressable patient population and potential market opportunity for our current and future product candidates;
our commercialization, marketing and manufacturing capabilities and strategy;
our expectations regarding our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection;
our ability to identify additional products, product candidates or technologies with significant commercial potential that are consistent with our commercial objectives;
the impact of government laws and regulations;
our competitive position and expectations regarding developments and projections relating to our competitors and any competing therapies that are or become available;
developments relating to our competitors and our industry;
our ability to establish and maintain collaborations or obtain additional funding; and
our expectations regarding the time during which we will be an emerging growth company under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.

We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements we make. We have included important factors in the cautionary statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, particularly in the “Risk Factors” section, that we believe could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements that we make. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, collaborations, joint ventures or investments we may make or enter into.

You should read this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the documents that we reference in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and have filed as exhibits to our other filings with the SEC completely and with the understanding that our actual future results may be materially different from what we expect. The forward-looking statements contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are made as of the date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and we do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

 


 

RISK FACTOR SUMMARY

 

Our business is subject to a number of risks of which you should be aware before making an investment decision. Below we summarize what we believe to be the principal risks facing our business, in addition to the risks described more fully in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” of Part II of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and other information included in this report. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only risks and uncertainties we face. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we presently deem less significant may also impair our business operations.

If any of the following risks occurs, our business, financial condition and results of operations and future growth prospects could be materially and adversely affected, and the actual outcomes of matters as to which forward-looking statements are made in this report could be materially different from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements:

We will need substantial additional funding. If we are unable to raise capital when needed, we could be forced to delay, reduce or eliminate our product development programs or commercialization efforts;
Our limited operating history may make it difficult for you to evaluate the success of our business to date and to assess our future viability;
We are very early in our development efforts, and we have not yet completed investigational new drug application, or IND, -enabling studies or initiated clinical development of any product candidate. As a result, we expect it will be many years before we commercialize any product candidate, if ever. If we are unable to advance our current or future product candidates into and through clinical trials, obtain marketing approval and ultimately commercialize our product candidates or experience significant delays in doing so, our business will be materially harmed;
Gene editing, including base editing, is a novel technology in a rapidly evolving field that is not yet clinically validated for human therapeutic use. The approaches we are taking to discover and develop novel therapeutics are unproven and may never lead to marketable products. We are focusing our research and development efforts on gene editing using base editing technology, but other gene editing technologies may be discovered that provide significant advantages over base editing, which could materially harm our business;
The outcome of preclinical studies and earlier-stage clinical trials may not be predictive of future results or the success of later preclinical studies and clinical trials;
If any of the product candidates we may develop, or the delivery modes we rely on to administer them, cause serious adverse events, undesirable side effects or unexpected characteristics, such events, side effects or characteristics could delay or prevent regulatory approval of the product candidates, limit the commercial potential or result in significant negative consequences following any potential marketing approval;
Adverse public perception of genetic medicines, and gene editing and base editing in particular, may negatively impact regulatory approval of, and/or demand for, our potential products;
Genetic medicines are complex and difficult to manufacture. We could experience delays in satisfying regulatory authorities or production problems that result in delays in our development programs, limit the supply of our product candidates we may develop, or otherwise harm our business;
We rely, and expect to continue to rely, on third parties to conduct some or all aspects of our product manufacturing, research and preclinical and clinical testing, and these third parties may not perform satisfactorily;
We have entered into collaborations, and may enter into additional collaborations, with third parties for the research, development, manufacture and commercialization of programs or product candidates. If these collaborations are not successful, our business could be adversely affected;
If we or our licensors are unable to obtain, maintain, defend and enforce patent rights that cover our gene editing technology and product candidates or if the scope of the patent protection obtained is not sufficiently broad, our competitors could develop and commercialize technology and products similar or identical to ours, and our ability to successfully develop and commercialize our technology and product candidates may be adversely affected;
If we fail to comply with our obligations in our intellectual property licenses arrangements with third parties, or otherwise experience disruptions to our business relationships with our licensors, we could lose intellectual property rights that are important to our business;
The intellectual property landscape around genome editing technology, including base editing, is highly dynamic, and third parties may initiate legal proceedings alleging that we are infringing, misappropriating, or otherwise violating their intellectual property rights, the outcome of which would be uncertain and may prevent, delay or otherwise interfere with our product discovery and development efforts;

 


 

We face substantial competition, which may result in others discovering, developing or commercializing products before us or more successfully than we do; and
The COVID-19 pandemic may affect our ability to initiate and complete preclinical studies, delay the initiation of future clinical trials, disrupt regulatory activities or have other adverse effects on our business and operations. In addition, this pandemic has adversely impacted economies worldwide, which could result in adverse effects on our business, operations and ability to raise capital.

 

 


 

 

Table of Contents

 

 

 

Page

PART I.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

1

Item 1.

Financial Statements (Unaudited)

1

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

1

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

2

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Convertible Preferred Stock and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

3

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

5

 

Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

6

Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

19

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

30

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

31

 

 

 

PART II.

OTHER INFORMATION

32

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings

32

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

32

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

91

Item 6.

Exhibits

92

Signatures

93

 

 

 


 

Part I ─ Financial Information

Item 1. Financial Statements

Verve Therapeutics, Inc.

Condensed consolidated balance sheets

 

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)

 

September 30,
2021

 

 

December 31,
2020

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

148,134

 

 

$

8,993

 

Marketable securities

 

 

241,076

 

 

 

63,119

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

5,227

 

 

 

1,854

 

Total current assets

 

 

394,437

 

 

 

73,966

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

6,574

 

 

 

3,984

 

Restricted cash

 

 

5,237

 

 

 

463

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

2,335

 

 

 

 

Other long term assets

 

 

2,294

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

$

410,877

 

 

$

78,413

 

Liabilities, convertible preferred stock, and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

3,579

 

 

$

36

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

8,127

 

 

 

7,189

 

Success payment liability, current portion

 

 

6,250

 

 

 

 

Operating lease obligations, current portion

 

 

2,295

 

 

 

 

Deferred rent, current portion

 

 

 

 

 

90

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

20,251

 

 

 

7,315

 

Operating lease obligations, net of current portion

 

 

181

 

 

 

 

Deferred rent, net of current portion

 

 

 

 

 

125

 

Success payment liability, net of current portion (See Notes 5, 8 and 14)

 

 

5,510

 

 

 

2,806

 

Antidilution rights liability (See Notes 5, 8 and 14)

 

 

 

 

 

6,916

 

Total liabilities

 

 

25,942

 

 

 

17,162

 

Commitments and contingencies (See Note 7 and Note 8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Convertible preferred stock (See Note 10)

 

 

 

 

 

125,160

 

Stockholders’ equity (deficit):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 and 255,000,000 shares authorized, 48,215,812 and 3,123,424 shares issued at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; 48,081,404 and 2,585,789 shares outstanding at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

 

 

48

 

 

 

3

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

540,402

 

 

 

2,616

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

 

(2

)

 

 

8

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(155,513

)

 

 

(66,536

)

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

 

384,935

 

 

 

(63,909

)

Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock, and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

$

410,877

 

 

$

78,413

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

1


 

Verve Therapeutics, Inc.

Condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

$

17,495

 

 

$

7,618

 

 

$

42,263

 

 

$

19,795

 

General and administrative

 

 

6,007

 

 

 

1,354

 

 

 

12,264

 

 

 

3,232

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

23,502

 

 

 

8,972

 

 

 

54,527

 

 

 

23,027

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(23,502

)

 

 

(8,972

)

 

 

(54,527

)

 

 

(23,027

)

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in fair value of preferred stock tranche liability

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,507

 

Change in fair value of antidilution rights liability

 

 

-

 

 

 

(59

)

 

 

(25,574

)

 

 

(1,804

)

Change in fair value of success payment liability

 

 

700

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

(8,954

)

 

 

(13

)

Interest income and other income (expense), net

 

 

53

 

 

 

37

 

 

 

78

 

 

 

164

 

Total other income (expense), net

 

 

753

 

 

 

(18

)

 

 

(34,450

)

 

 

854

 

Net loss

 

$

(22,749

)

 

$

(8,990

)

 

$

(88,977

)

 

$

(22,173

)

Net loss per common share attributable to common
   stockholders, basic and diluted

 

$

(0.47

)

 

$

(3.81

)

 

$

(4.52

)

 

$

(10.23

)

Weighted-average common shares used in net loss per
   share attributable to common stockholders, basic
   and diluted

 

 

47,992,773

 

 

 

2,358,924

 

 

 

19,698,450

 

 

 

2,167,842

 

Comprehensive Loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(22,749

)

 

$

(8,990

)

 

$

(88,977

)

 

$

(22,173

)

Other comprehensive (loss) income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized (loss) gain on marketable securities

 

 

(5

)

 

 

13

 

 

 

(10

)

 

 

5

 

Comprehensive loss attributable to common stockholders

 

$

(22,754

)

 

$

(8,977

)

 

$

(88,987

)

 

$

(22,168

)

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

2


 

Verve Therapeutics, Inc.

Condensed consolidated statements of convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

 

 

Convertible preferred stock

 

 

Common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands, except share amounts)
(unaudited)

 

Shares

 

 

Amount

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amount

 

 

Additional
paid-in
capital

 

 

Accumulated
other
comprehensive
income (loss)

 

 

Accumulated
deficit

 

 

Total
stockholders’
equity (deficit)

 

Balance at December 31, 2019

 

 

51,421,404

 

 

$

25,480

 

 

 

1,854,438

 

 

$

2

 

 

$

1,268

 

 

$

9

 

 

$

(20,832

)

 

$

(19,553

)

Issuance of Series A convertible preferred stock, net
   of issuance costs of $
22

 

 

49,749,167

 

 

 

36,792

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock to licensor institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

187,867

 

 

 

 

 

 

487

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

487

 

Vesting of restricted common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

134,409

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise of stock options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,025

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

95

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(5,603

)

 

 

(5,603

)

Balance at March 31, 2020

 

 

101,170,571

 

 

$

62,272

 

 

 

2,178,739

 

 

$

2

 

 

$

1,853

 

 

$

20

 

 

$

(26,435

)

 

$

(24,560

)

Issuance of Series A-1 convertible preferred stock,
   net of issuance costs of $
112

 

 

78,348,461

 

 

 

62,888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vesting of restricted common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

134,408

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(19

)

 

 

 

 

 

(19

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7,580

)

 

 

(7,580

)

Balance at June 30, 2020

 

 

179,519,032

 

 

$

125,160

 

 

 

2,313,147

 

 

$

2

 

 

$

1,953

 

 

$

1

 

 

$

(34,015

)

 

$

(32,059

)

Vesting of restricted common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

134,409

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

213

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

213

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(8,990

)

 

 

(8,990

)

Balance at September 30, 2020

 

 

179,519,032

 

 

$

125,160

 

 

 

2,447,556

 

 

$

2

 

 

$

2,167

 

 

$

14

 

 

$

(43,005

)

 

$

(40,822

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2020

 

 

179,519,032

 

 

$

125,160

 

 

 

2,585,789

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

2,616

 

 

$

8

 

 

$

(66,536

)

 

$

(63,909

)

Issuance of Series B convertible preferred stock,
   net of issuance costs of $
241

 

 

77,163,022

 

 

 

93,759

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vesting of restricted common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

134,409

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise of stock options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48,745

 

 

 

 

 

 

72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

72

 

Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

 

 

 

(1

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

670

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

670

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(13,263

)

 

 

(13,263

)

Balance at March 31, 2021

 

 

256,682,054

 

 

$

218,919

 

 

 

2,768,943

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

3,358

 

 

$

7

 

 

$

(79,799

)

 

$

(76,431

)

Conversion of convertible preferred stock to common stock upon closing of initial public offering

 

 

(256,682,054

)

 

 

(218,919

)

 

 

27,720,923

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

218,891

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

218,919

 

Issuance of common stock from initial public offering, net of issuance costs of $25,098

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16,141,157

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

281,568

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

281,584

 

Issuance of common stock to licensor institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

878,098

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

32,489

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32,490

 

Vesting of restricted common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

134,408

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise of stock options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

303,467

 

 

 

 

 

 

452

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

452

 

Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4

)

 

 

 

 

 

(4

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,351

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,351

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(52,965

)

 

 

(52,965

)

Balance at June 30, 2021

 

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

47,946,996

 

 

$