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):  February 28, 2023


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.)

6801 N Capital of Texas Highway, Building 1; Suite 300

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 February 28, 2023, 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 February 28, 2023
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: February 28, 2023By: /s/ Eric J. Schoen        
  Eric J. Schoen
  Chief Financial Officer




Cassava Sciences Reports Full-year 2022 Financial Results and Operating Updates

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cassava Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAVA), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on Alzheimer’s disease, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2022, and provided operating updates. Simufilam is Cassava Sciences’ oral drug candidate for the proposed treatment of Alzheimer’s disease dementia.

“Setting aside headwinds, 2022 was highlighted by positive developments with patient enrollment in our Phase 3 clinical studies of simufilam in Alzheimer’s disease”, said Remi Barbier, President & CEO. “Over 1,000 patients with Alzheimer’s are now enrolled in these two studies. By year-end 2023, we expect to reach our enrollment target of approximately 1,750 patients for the Phase 3 studies. Recently, we announced top-line results for an open-label study. In this study, over 200 mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s patients were treated with simufilam for a year. Simufilam was well-tolerated, 47% of patients improved on ADAS-Cog scores over 12 months and an additional 23% of patients declined less than 5 points on ADAS-Cog. I believe these are noteworthy trial results, even as I am keenly aware that the gold standard in Alzheimer’s research requires results from randomized, controlled studies.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a major public health issue. It imposes an immense burden on patients, their families and caregivers. Anti-amyloid antibody drugs that have received FDA approval are a step in the right direction. But by themselves, anti-amyloid drugs may not be enough for patients. Anti-amyloid drugs can slow cognitive decline modestly, but they can also cause brain bleeds in elderly patients, they require monthly trips to the local infusion center and periodical monitoring with MRI, they’re expensive and they lack Medicare coverage because they bypassed the full FDA approval process. Patients have waited many years for anti-amyloid drugs to be FDA-approved. Now that the wait is over, Cassava Sciences sees an even greater need to develop the next generation of innovative treatments, even if some of these potential treatments challenge scientific orthodoxy.

“It’s the spirit of innovation and our intense desire to help patients and their families that fuels our drive to develop simufilam as an oral drug candidate for people with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Remi Barbier.

Cassava Sciences’ Scientific Goals for 2023

Financial Highlights

Ongoing Phase 3 Studies with Simufilam
Cassava Sciences is currently evaluating simufilam tablets for Alzheimer’s disease dementia in two Phase 3 clinical studies. These are randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. The Phase 3 program is recruiting a total of approximately 1,750 patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease who also meet other study eligibility criteria. Both Phase 3 studies have received a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Phase 3 studies are actively recruiting Alzheimer's patients in over 100 clinical sites in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, South Korea and Australia.

About Simufilam
Simufilam (sim-uh-FILL-am) is the chemical name for Cassava Sciences’ proprietary, small molecule (oral) drug candidate 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 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. Our product candidates have not been approved by any regulatory authority, and their safety, efficacy or other desirable attributes have not been established. 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, that may include but are not limited to: our strategy and plans; the size and scope of our pivotal Phase 3 trial and its likelihood of success; the interpretation of clinical data generated in our open-label study; the timing of clinical results of the Cognition Maintenance Study; the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease dementia; the status of current and future clinical studies with simufilam, including anticipated patient enrollment goals in 2023 for our Phase 3 studies; the safety or efficacy of simufilam in patients; the release of evidential data by a third-party related to the biological activity of simufilam; the use of mass spectrometry as an alternative method of detection for SavaDx or the timing of new data release for SavaDx; expected cash use in future periods; verbal commentaries made by our employees; and potential benefits, if any, of the our product candidates. These statements may be identified by words such as “may,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” and other words and terms of similar meaning.

Simufilam and SavaDx are investigational product candidates. They are not approved by any regulatory authority and their safety, efficacy or other desirable attributes have not been established in patients. All clinical data from our open-label study are inherently exploratory in nature and, as with all open-label data, should be interpreted with caution. Data results from our open-label study does not constitute, and should not be interpreted as, regulatory evidence of therapeutic safety or benefit for simufilam.

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. Clinical results and analyses of our open-label study should not be relied upon as predictive of Phase 3 studies or any other study. 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 December 31, Year Ended December 31,
 2022 2021 2022 2021
Operating expenses           
Research and development, net of grant reimbursement$17,652  $10,342  $68,032  $24,813 
General and administrative 3,285   4,102   11,988   8,055 
Total operating expenses 20,937   14,444   80,020   32,868 
Operating loss (20,937)  (14,444)  (80,020)  (32,868)
Interest income 1,554   14   2,777   49 
Other income, net 249   258   997   434 
Net loss$(19,134) $(14,172) $(76,246) $(32,385)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.47) $(0.35) $(1.90) $(0.82)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted 40,775   39,960   40,202   39,405 
(unaudited, in thousands)
       Year Ended December 31,
       2022 2021
Current assets           
Cash and cash equivalents      $201,015  $233,437 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       10,211   11,045 
Total current assets       211,226   244,482 
Property and equipment, net       22,864   20,616 
Operating lease right-of-use assets       122   210 
Intangible assets, net       622   1,075 
Other assets          399 
Total assets      $234,834  $266,782 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity           
Current liabilities           
Accounts payable      $4,017  $7,126 
Accrued development expense       2,280   2,803 
Accrued compensation and benefits       170   1,877 
Operating lease liabilities, current       104   97 
Other accrued liabilities       492   631 
Total current liabilities       7,063   12,534 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current       35   139 
Other non- current liabilities       197   194 
Total liabilities       7,295   12,867 
Stockholders' equity           
Common Stock and additional paid-in-capital       511,091   461,221 
Accumulated deficit       (283,552)  (207,306)
Total stockholders' equity       227,539   253,915 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $234,834  $266,782