Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 8-K


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event Reported): August 12, 2019  

Cassava Sciences, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

Delaware 000-2995991-1911336
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)


7801 N Capital of Texas Highway, Suite 260, Austin, TX 78731
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Common Stock, $0.001 par value




NASDAQ Capital Market


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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On August 12, 2019, the Registrant issued a press release, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

The information provided in this Current Report, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section. Such information shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, regardless of any incorporation by reference language in such filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Exhibit 99.1. Press release dated August 12, 2019


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.

 Cassava Sciences, Inc.
Date: August 12, 2019By: /s/ Eric J. Schoen        
  Eric J. Schoen
  Chief Financial Officer



Cassava Sciences Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cassava Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAVA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing PTI-125 for Alzheimer’s disease, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. Net loss for the second quarter 2019 was $1.1 million, or $0.06 per share, as compared to a net loss of $2.5 million for the same period in 2018.  Net cash use was $0.6 million during the second quarter of 2019.

Cassava Sciences ended the second quarter 2019 with $18.5 million of cash and cash equivalents, and no debt. 

About PTI-125
PTI-125 is an investigational drug candidate for Alzheimer’s disease. We developed this small molecule drug to target a process known as “protein misfolding.” PTI-125 has a novel mechanism of action: it stabilizes a critical protein that is otherwise altered and misfolded in the Alzheimer’s brain. PTI-125 has demonstrated both cognitive improvement and slowing of disease progression in animal models of disease.  We are also developing a blood-based diagnostic to detect Alzheimer’s disease, called PTI-125Dx.  The goal of PTI-125Dx is to make the detection of Alzheimer’s disease as simple as getting a blood test.

The underlying science for our scientific programs is published in prestigious peer-reviewed technical journals, including Journal of Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Aging, and Journal of Biological Chemistry. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded us several research grants following an in-depth, confidential review of our science and technology.  In 2019-2020, these NIH grants may represent up to $6.7 million of non-dilutive financing.

Financial Highlights for Second Quarter 2019

About Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills. Eventually, a person with Alzheimer’s disease may be unable to carry out even simple tasks.  Currently, there are no drug therapies to halt Alzheimer’s disease, much less reverse its course.

An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's disease in 2019.     

About Cassava Sciences, Inc.
The mission of Cassava Sciences is to detect and treat neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.  Over the past ten years, we have combined state-of-the-art technology with new insights in neurobiology to develop novel solutions for Alzheimer’s disease. We own worldwide development and commercial rights to our research programs in Alzheimer’s disease, and related technology, without royalty obligations to any third-party.

For More Information Contact:
Eric Schoen
Chief Financial Officer
(512) 501-2450

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act").  Cassava Sciences disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements and claims the protection of the Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Act.  Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the timing of clinical studies and the potential benefits of the Company’s programs in Alzheimer’s disease, including our ongoing Phase 2 program, and expected cash use in future periods. The Company cautions that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Such statements are based on management's current expectations, but actual results may differ materially due to various factors. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties relating to development and testing of our drug candidates; unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate therapeutic efficacy of our drug candidates; the uncertainty of patent protection for our intellectual property or trade secrets; unanticipated additional research and development, litigation and other costs; the need to raise additional funding from time-to-time, and the potential for competing products to be developed by competitors and potential competitors or others.  Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intention or responsibility for updating or revising any forward-looking statements contained in this press release.  For further information regarding these and other risks related to our business, investors should consult our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

– Financial Tables Follow –

(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts) 
 Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30, 
 2019   2018  2019  2018  
 Operating expenses             
 Research and development  $   308   $   1,463   $   882   $   2,532  
 General and administrative    845     998     1,722     2,097  
 Total operating expenses    1,153     2,461     2,604     4,629  
 Operating loss    (1,153)    (2,461)    (2,604)    (4,629) 
 Interest income    94     9     186     16  
 Net loss  $   (1,059)  $   (2,452)  $   (2,418)  $   (4,613) 
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $   (0.06)  $   (0.36)  $   (0.14)  $   (0.68) 
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted   17,162     6,838     17,162     6,739  
(unaudited, in thousands) 
      June 30,
 December 31, 2018 
 Current assets           
 Cash and cash equivalents       $   18,534   $   19,807  
 Other current assets         49     233  
 Total current assets        18,583     20,040  
 Property and equipment, net        75     87  
 Operating lease right-of-use assets        135     —  
 Other assets        12     12  
 Total assets      $   18,805   $   20,139  
 Liabilities and stockholders' equity           
 Current liabilities           
 Accounts payable      $   594   $   294  
 Accrued development expense        179     156  
 Accrued compensation and benefits        60     61  
 Operating lease liabilities, current        90     —  
 Other accrued liabilities        14     —  
 Total current liabilities        937     511  
 Operating lease liabilities, non-current        45     —  
 Total liabilities        982     511  
 Stockholders' equity           
 Common Stock and additional paid-in-capital        184,197     183,584  
 Accumulated deficit        (166,374)    (163,956) 
 Total stockholders' equity        17,823     19,628  
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $   18,805   $   20,139