Form 8-K
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Washington, D.C. 20549





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

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  May 5, 2022


Cassava Sciences, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware 000-2995991-1911336
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

7801 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Suite 260

Austin, Texas 78731

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(512) 501-2444

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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

Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.001 par valueSAVANASDAQ Capital Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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. ☐

Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On May 5, 2022, 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 Number Description
99.1 Press Release dated May 5, 2022
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.

 Cassava Sciences, Inc.
Date: May 5, 2022By: /s/ Eric J. Schoen        
  Eric J. Schoen
  Chief Financial Officer




Cassava Sciences Reports First Quarter Financial Results for 2022 and Updates on Phase 3 Clinical Program

- $209.7 Million Cash and Cash Equivalents at March 31, 2022 –

- Over 120 Patients Now Enrolled in Phase 3 Program -

AUSTIN, Texas, May 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cassava Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAVA), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on Alzheimer’s disease, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 and provided a clinical update on its Phase 3 clinical program of simufilam in Alzheimer’s disease. Simufilam is Cassava Sciences’ lead drug candidate for the proposed treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Net loss was $17.5 million, or $0.44 per share, compared to a net loss of $3.5 million, or $0.09 per share, for the same period in 2021. Net cash used in operations was $23.5 million during the first quarter of 2022, including over $10 million of contractual pre-payments. Pre-payments are amounts paid for in advance of future research and development (R&D) services.

“We’re seeing an uptick in the rate of patient enrollment,” said Remi Barbier, President & CEO. “In part, the pandemic challenged some clinical sites, from staffing shortages to operational gaps. We hope these challenges are in the rearview mirror as we continue to move forward with our Phase 3 studies of simufilam in Alzheimer’s disease, while keeping an eye on the balance sheet.”

Financial Results for First Quarter 2022

Overview of On-going Phase 3 Clinical Program
Our Phase 3 program consists of two double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies of simufilam in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Both Phase 3 studies have Special Protocol Assessments (SPA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

A total of over 120 subjects have now been enrolled in our Phase 3 studies. Studies are being conducted in over 115 clinical trial sites across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Overview of Each On-going Phase 3 Study - RETHINK-ALZ and REFOCUS-ALZ
Our Phase 3 study called “RETHINK-ALZ” is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of oral simufilam 100 mg in enhancing cognition and slowing functional decline over 52 weeks. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study plans to enroll approximately 750 patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Details of the RETHINK-ALZ Phase 3 study include:

Our Phase 3 study called “REFOCUS-ALZ” is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of oral simufilam 100 mg and 50 mg over 76 weeks. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study plans to enroll approximately 1,000 patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Details of the REFOCUS-ALZ Phase 3 study, include:

Open-label Study – closed enrollment

In March 2020, we initiated a long-term, open-label study to evaluate simufilam, our lead drug candidate, in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The study is intended to monitor the long-term safety and tolerability of simufilam 100 mg twice daily for 12 or more months. The open-label study has reached its final target enrollment of approximately 200 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease. We expect to announce full study results second half 2022.

Cognition Maintenance Study (CMS) – on-going
In May 2021, we initiated a Cognition Maintenance Study (CMS). This is a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study of simufilam in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Study participants are randomized (1:1) to simufilam or placebo for six months. To enroll in the CMS, patients must have previously completed 12 months or more of open-label treatment with simufilam. The CMS is designed to evaluate simufilam’s effects on cognition and health outcomes in Alzheimer’s patients who continue with drug treatment versus patients who discontinue drug treatment. The target enrollment for the CMS is approximately 100 subjects. Over 75 subjects have been enrolled in the CMS and 35 have completed the study.

SavaDx – on-going
SavaDx, is an early-stage program focused on detecting the presence of Alzheimer’s disease from a small sample of blood. For business, technical and personnel reasons, we continue to prioritize the development of simufilam, our lead drug candidate, over SavaDx.

About Simufilam
Simufilam (sim-uh-FILL-am) is a proprietary, small molecule (oral) drug that restores the normal shape and function of altered filamin A (FLNA) protein in the brain. Cassava Sciences owns worldwide development and commercial rights to its research programs in Alzheimer’s disease, and related technologies, without royalty obligations to any third party.

About Cassava Sciences, Inc.
Cassava Sciences, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company based in Austin, Texas. Our mission is to detect and treat neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Our novel science is based on stabilizing – but not removing – a critical protein in the brain. For more information, please visit:  

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

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, relating to: our strategy and plans; expected cash use in future periods, including expected cash use for operations in the first half of 2022; the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease; the status of current and future clinical studies with simufilam; the timing, enrollment, duration, geography and other details of a Phase 3 clinical program with simufilam; plans to release full results of our open-label clinical study and the timing thereof; the development path for SavaDx and the use of alternative methods of detection; and potential benefits, if any, of our product candidates. These statements may be identified by words such as “may,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “expect,” “would”, “forecast,” “intend,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” and other words and terms of similar meaning. Drug development and commercialization involve a high degree of risk, and only a small number of research and development programs result in commercialization of a product. Our clinical results from earlier-stage clinical trials may not be indicative of full results or results from later-stage or larger scale clinical trials and do not ensure regulatory approval. You should not place undue reliance on these statements or any scientific data we present or publish.

Such statements are based largely on our current expectations and projections about future events. Such statements speak only as of the date of this news release and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, but not limited to, those risks relating to the ability to conduct or complete clinical studies on expected timelines, to demonstrate the specificity, safety, efficacy or potential health benefits of our product candidates, the severity and duration of health care precautions given the COVID-19 pandemic, any unanticipated impacts of the pandemic on our business operations, and including those described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and future reports to be filed with the SEC. The foregoing sets forth many, but not all, of the factors that could cause actual results to differ from expectations in any forward-looking statement. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking statements and events discussed in this news release are inherently uncertain and may not occur, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Except as required by law, we disclaim any intention or responsibility for updating or revising any forward-looking statements contained in this news release. For further information regarding these and other risks related to our business, investors should consult our filings with the SEC, which are available on the SEC's website at

– Financial Tables Follow –

(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
 Three months ended March 31,
 2022  2021 
Operating expenses     
Research and development, net of grant reimbursement$14,906  $2,529 
General and administrative 2,915   1,004 
Total operating expenses 17,821   3,533 
Operating loss (17,821)  (3,533)
Interest income 31   7 
Other income, net 263    
Net loss$(17,527) $(3,526)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.44) $(0.09)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted 39,962   37,721 
(unaudited, in thousands)
 March 31, 2022 December 31, 2021
Current assets     
Cash and cash equivalents$209,693  $233,437 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 12,507   11,045 
Total current assets 222,200   244,482 
Property and equipment, net 20,863   20,616 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 188   210 
Intangible assets, net 940   1,075 
Other assets    399 
Total assets$244,191  $266,782 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity     
Current liabilities     
Accounts payable$3,332  $7,126 
Accrued development expense 2,925   2,803 
Accrued compensation and benefits 172   1,877 
Operating lease liabilities, current 99   97 
Other accrued liabilities 261   631 
Total current liabilities 6,789   12,534 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current 114   139 
Other non- current liabilities 194   194 
Total liabilities 7,097   12,867 
Stockholders' equity     
Common Stock and additional paid-in-capital 461,927   461,221 
Accumulated deficit (224,833)  (207,306)
Total stockholders' equity 237,094   253,915 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$244,191  $266,782