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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 11, 2022

 

 

MATINAS BIOPHARMA HOLDINGS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware   001-38022   46-3011414
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
ID Number)

 

1545 Route 206 South, Suite 302

Bedminster, New Jersey

  07921
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (908) 443-1860

 

Not Applicable

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

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
   
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
   
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
   
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

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

 

Title of Each Class   Trading Symbol   Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock   MTNB   NYSE American

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

 

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 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

 

Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that it entered into an exclusive research collaboration with BioNTech SE (“BioNTech”) to evaluate the combination of mRNA formats utilizing the Company’s proprietary LNC platform technology. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99. 1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.

 

The information in this Item 7.01 and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto shall not be deemed “filed” for 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, nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

 

Item 8.01. Other Events.

 

On April 11, 2022, the Company announced that it entered into an exclusive research collaboration with BioNTech to evaluate the combination of mRNA formats utilizing the Company’s proprietary LNC platform technology. The parties expect to collaborate closely on formulation, optimization, and in vitro testing. Under the terms of the agreement with BioNTech, the Company will receive an exclusivity fee in the amount of $2.75 million, and BioNTech will fund certain of the Company’s research expenses related to the collaboration. The parties have also commenced discussions on a potential license agreement for the Company’s LNC platform technology.

 

Forward- Looking Statements

 

This Current Report on Form 8-K contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, as amended, including those relating to the collaboration with BioNTech, the Company’s strategic focus and the future development of its product candidates, including MAT2203, MAT2501, the anticipated timing of regulatory submissions, the anticipated timing of clinical studies, the anticipated timing of regulatory interactions, the Company’s ability to identify and pursue development and partnership opportunities for its products or platform delivery technology on favorable terms, if at all, and the ability to obtain required regulatory approval and other statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be forward-looking statements.

 

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Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking expressions, including, but not limited to, “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “could,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the results of our collaboration with BioNTech, our ability to obtain additional capital to meet our liquidity needs on acceptable terms, or at all, including the additional capital which will be necessary to complete the clinical trials of our product candidates; the Company’s ability to successfully complete research and further development and commercialization of its product candidates; the uncertainties inherent in clinical testing; the timing, cost and uncertainty of obtaining regulatory approvals; the ability to protect the Company’s intellectual property; the loss of any executive officers or key personnel or consultants; competition; changes in the regulatory landscape or the imposition of regulations that affect the Company’s products; and the other factors listed under “Risk Factors” in our filings with the SEC, including Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Except as may be required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The Company’s product candidates are all in a development stage and are not available for sale or use.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.   Description

99.1

  Press Release, dated April 11, 2022
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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.

 

 

  MATINAS BIOPHARMA HOLDINGS, INC.
     
Dated: April 11, 2022 By: /s/ Jerome D. Jabbour
  Name: Jerome D. Jabbour
  Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

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