As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 12, 2021.

Registration No. 333- 



 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

DIFFUSION PHARMACEUTICALS INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Delaware

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation or Organization)

 

30-0645032

(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)

 

1317 Carlton Avenue
Suite 200
Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 220-0718

 

(Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code,
of Registrant’s Principal Executive Offices)

 

DIFFUSION PHARMACEUTICALS INC.

2015 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN, AS AMENDED

 

INDUCEMENT STOCK OPTION AWARDS

(Full Title of Plans)

 

Robert J. Cobuzzi, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

1317 Carlton Avenue, Suite 200
Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 220-0718

(Name, Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code,
of Agent for Service)

 

With a Copy to:

 

William Elder, Esq

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

1317 Carlton Avenue, Suite 200

Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 220-0718

 

David S. Rosenthal, Esq.

Dechert LLP

Three Bryant Park

1095 Avenue of the Americas

New York, New York 10036

(212) 698-3500

 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or 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 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. ☐

 


CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

Title of each Class of Securities to be Registered

Amount

to be

Registered (1)

Proposed
Maximum
Offering Price
Per unit

Proposed
Maximum
Aggregate
Offering Price

Amount of
Registration Fee

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended – Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share (2)

2,326,313

$0.88 (4)

$2,041,691 (4)

$222.75

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended – Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share (3)

234,429

$0.54 (5)

$126,592 (5)

$13.82

Inducement Stock Option Awards – Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share (2) (6)

270,000

$0.85 (4)

$227,400 (4)

$24.81

TOTAL

2,830,742

 

$2,395,683

$261.37

 

(1)

This Registration Statement relates to 2,830,742 shares of common stock, $0.001 par value per share (“common stock”) of Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the “Registrant”) not previously registered, including (i) 2,560,742 shares of common stock subject to awards outstanding or available for issuance under the Registrant’s 2015 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended (the “Plan,”) and (ii) 270,000 shares of common stock subject to certain outstanding inducement stock option awards granted in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4) (the “Inducement Awards”). Pursuant to Rule 416 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this Registration Statement shall also cover any additional shares of the Registrant’s common stock which become issuable by reason of any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization or any other similar transaction effected without the receipt of consideration or to prevent dilution.

 

(2)

Represents shares of the Registrant’s common stock not previously registered and subject to awards outstanding under the Plan or the Inducement Awards (the “Outstanding Awards”).

 

(3)

Represents shares of the Registrant’s common stock not previously registered and available for issuance under the Plan.

 

(4)

Calculated solely for purposes of determining the registration fee for this offering under Rule 457(h) of the Securities Act and based on the weighted average exercise price of the applicable Outstanding Awards.

 

(5)

Calculated solely for purposes of determining the registration fee for this offering under Rules 457(c) and (h) of the Securities Act on the basis of the average of the high and low selling price per share of the Registrant’s common stock on August 11, 2021, as reported by Nasdaq.

   

(6)

Consists of shares of common stock issuable pursuant to inducement stock option agreements entered into by the Registrant and certain of its executive officers in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4), including (i) 70,000 shares granted to William Elder, the Registrant’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, on September 22, 2020 and (ii) 200,000 shares granted to Christopher D. Galloway, the Registrant’s Chief Medical Officer, on October 19, 2020.

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

This Registration Statement has been filed by the Registrant with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) to register (i) 2,560,742 additional shares of common stock (the “Plan Shares”) to be offered under the Plan, all of which are related to an automatic increase in the number of shares reserved for issuance under the Plan on January 1, 2021 pursuant to Section 4.1(a) and certain other provisions thereof, and (ii) 270,000 shares of common stock (the “Inducement Shares”) to be offered pursuant to individual inducement stock option awards.

 

This Registration Statement relates to securities of the same class as those that were previously registered by the Registrant on the Registrant's registration statements on Form S-8 filed with the Commission on each of August 14, 2015 (Registration No. 333-206408), May 17, 2017 (Registration No. 333-218060), August 10, 2018 (Registration No. 333-226782), August 20, 2019 (Registration No. 333-233381), and May 13, 2020 (Registration No. 333-238233) (collectively, the “Previous Registration Statements”). Pursuant to General Instruction E to Form S-8 regarding registration of additional securities, solely with respect to the Plan Shares, the entire contents of the Previous Registration Statements are hereby incorporated herein by reference.

 

PART I

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

 

Information required in Part I of Form S-8 to be contained in a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act is not required to be filed with the Commission and is omitted from this Registration Statement in accordance with the explanatory note to Part I of Form S-8 and Rule 428 under the Securities Act. The documents containing the information specified in Part I of Form S-8 will be sent or given to directors, officers, employees, and consultants as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) of the Securities Act.

 

PART II

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference

 

The Registrant hereby incorporates by reference herein the following documents previously filed with the Commission:

 

 

(a)

the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the Commission on March 17, 2021;

 

 

(b)

the Registrant’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarterly periods ended March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021, filed with the Commission on May 7, 2021 and August 11, 2021, respectively;

 

 

(c)

the Registrant’s Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on each of January 26, 2021, February 12, 2021, February 16, 2021, February 18, 2021, March 18, 2021, March 25, 2021, May 7, 2021, May 12, 2021, June 29, 2021, and June 30, 2021 (except for, in each case, any portion of the respective filings furnished, rather than filed, under the applicable Commission rules); and

 

 

(d)

the description of the Registrant’s common stock included in its amended registration statement on Form 8-A filed on November 8, 2016 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and any amendment or report the Registrant may file with the SEC for the purpose of updating such description.

 

All documents subsequently filed by the Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act, prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement that indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated herein by reference from the date of filing of such documents. Unless expressly incorporated into this registration statement, a report furnished but not filed on Form 8-K under the Exchange Act shall not be incorporated by reference into this registration statement. Any statement contained herein or in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any subsequently filed document which also is incorporated or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such earlier statement. Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute part of this Registration Statement.

 

Item 4. Description of Securities.

 

Not applicable.

 

 

 

Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

 

The Registrant is incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware. Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) provides that a Delaware corporation may indemnify any persons who are, or are threatened to be made, parties to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of such corporation), by reason of the fact that such person was an officer, director, employee or agent of such corporation, or is or was serving at the request of such person as an officer, director, employee or agent of another corporation or enterprise. The indemnity may include expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with such action, suit or proceeding, provided that such person acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the corporation’s best interests and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was illegal. A Delaware corporation may indemnify any persons who are, or are threatened to be made, a party to any threatened, pending or completed action or suit by or in the right of the corporation by reason of the fact that such person was a director, officer, employee or agent of such corporation, or is or was serving at the request of such corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation or enterprise. The indemnity may include expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with the defense or settlement of such action or suit provided such person acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the corporation’s best interests except that no indemnification is permitted without judicial approval if the officer or director is adjudged to be liable to the corporation. Where an officer or director is successful on the merits or otherwise in the defense of any action referred to above, the corporation must indemnify him or her against the expenses which such officer or director has actually and reasonably incurred. Article V of the Registrant’s restated certificate of incorporation provides for indemnification of its directors and officers, and Article X of its amended and restated bylaws provides for indemnification of its directors, officers, employees and other agents, to the maximum extent permitted by the DGCL. The Registrant has entered into indemnification agreements with its officers and directors. In addition, the Registrant maintains a policy providing directors’ and officers’ liability insurance.

 

Section 102 of the DGCL permits a corporation to provide in its certificate of incorporation that a director of the corporation shall not be personally liable to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duties as a director, except for liability:

 

 

for any breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to the corporation or its stockholders;

 

for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law;

 

for acts related to unlawful stock repurchases, redemptions or other distributions or payment of dividends; or

 

for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit.

 

The Registrant’s restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws include such a provision. Expenses incurred by any officer or director in defending any such action, suit or proceeding in advance of its final disposition shall be paid by the Registrant upon delivery to the Registrant of an undertaking, by or on behalf of such director or officer, to repay all amounts so advanced if it shall ultimately be determined that such director or officer is not entitled to be indemnified by the Registrant.

 

Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 8. Exhibits

 

See the attached Exhibit Index, which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Exhibit
Number

 

Document

4.1

 

Certificate of Incorporation of Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc., as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019).

4.2

 

By-Laws of Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc., as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.4 to Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015).

4.3

 

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Appendix C to the Registrant’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on June 10, 2016).

4.4

 

Amendment No. 1 to Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Appendix B to the Registrant’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on June 10, 2016).

4.5

 

Form of Stock Option Award Agreement (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.5 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017).

4.6

 

Form of 2015 Non-Qualified Stock Option Award Agreement (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.8 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016).

4.7

 

Form of 2015 Incentive Stock Option Award Agreement (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.5 to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016).

4.8

 

Form of Inducement Option Award Agreement.

5.1

 

Opinion of Dechert LLP (counsel to the Registrant) as to the legality of the securities being registered.

23.1

 

Consent of KPMG LLP.

23.2

 

Consent of Dechert LLP (included in its Opinion filed as Exhibit 5.1 hereto).

24.1

 

Powers of Attorney (included on signature page to this Registration Statement).


 

 

 

Item 9. Undertakings.

 

(a)

The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:

 

 

(1)

To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:

 

 

(i)

To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

 

 

(ii)

To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of a prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective Registration Statement;

 

 

(iii)

To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement;

 

provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) above shall not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement.

 

 

(2)

That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

 

(3)

To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

(b) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement on Form S-8 to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the city of Charlottesville, Commonwealth of Virginia, on this 12th day of August, 2021.

       
 

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

   
     
 

By:

 

/s/ Robert J. Cobuzzi, Jr.

     

Robert J. Cobuzzi, Jr.

     

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

KNOWN TO ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Robert J. Cobuzzi, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, William K. Hornung, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, and William Elder, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company, or any of them, as his or her true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, each of whom may act alone, with full powers of substitution and re-substitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any or all amendments to this Registration Statement, including post-effective amendments to this Registration Statement and registration statements filed pursuant to Rule 429 under the Securities Act, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, and hereby ratifies and confirms all his or her said attorneys-in-fact and agents or any of them or his substitute or re-substitutes may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

This Power of Attorney may be executed in multiple counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but which taken together shall constitute one instrument. Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

 

Name and Signature

 

Title

 

Date

 

/s/ Robert J. Cobuzzi, Jr.

 

President, Chief

   

Robert J. Cobuzzi, Jr.

 

Executive Officer and Director

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

August 12, 2021

         

/s/ William K. Hornung

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

August 12, 2021

William K. Hornung

 

(Principal Financial and Accounting

Officer)

   
         

/s/ Jane H. Hollingsworth

 

Chair of the Board of Directors

 

August 12, 2021

Jane H. Hollingsworth

       
         

/s/ Robert Adams

 

Director

 

August 12, 2021

Robert Adams

       
         

/s/ Eric Francois

 

Director

 

August 12, 2021

Eric Francois

       
         

/s/ Mark T. Giles

 

Director

 

August 12, 2021

Mark T. Giles

       
         

/s/ Diana Lanchoney

 

Director

 

August 12, 2021

Diana Lanchoney

       

 

       
/s/ Alan Levin  

Director

 

August 12, 2021

Alan Levin

       

 

 

 
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