UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13D

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 2)*

AERPIO PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

(Name of Issuer)

COMMON STOCK

(Title of Class of Securities)

00810B105

(CUSIP Number)

OrbiMed Advisors LLC
OrbiMed Capital GP V LLC


601 Lexington Avenue, 54th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Telephone: (212) 739-6400

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person
Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

 

 

November 10, 2020

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of § 240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box  ☐.

Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See § 240.13d-7(b) for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

*The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

 
     

 

CUSIP No. 00810B105  

1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

OrbiMed Advisors LLC
 
2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

(a)  ☐

(b)  ☐

3 SEC USE ONLY  
4 SOURCE OF FUNDS

AF
 
5 CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)   ☐
6 CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Delaware
 
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH 7 SOLE VOTING POWER
0
 
8 SHARED VOTING POWER
5,193,946
 
9 SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
0
 
10 SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
5,193,946
 
11 AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

5,193,946
 
12 CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (See Instructions)   ☐
13 PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
11.0%*
 
14 TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (See Instructions)

IA
 
         
* This percentage is calculated based upon 47,111,659 outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Shares”), of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Issuer”), as set forth in the Issuer’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 10, 2020.

 

 

     

 

CUSIP No. 00810B105  

1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

OrbiMed Capital GP V LLC
 
2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

(a)  ☐

(b)  ☐

3 SEC USE ONLY  
4 SOURCE OF FUNDS

AF
 
5 CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)   ☐
6 CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Delaware
 
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH 7 SOLE VOTING POWER
0
 
8 SHARED VOTING POWER
5,193,946
 
9 SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
0
 
10 SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
5,193,946
 
11 AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
5,193,946
 
12 CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (See Instructions)   ☐
13 PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
11.0% *
 
14 TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (See Instructions)

OO
 
         
* This percentage is calculated based upon 47,111,659 outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Shares”), of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Issuer”), as set forth in the Issuer’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 10, 2020.

 

 

     

 

Item 1.     Security and Issuer

This Amendment No. 2 (“Amendment No. 2”) to Schedule 13D supplements and amends the Statement on Schedule 13D of OrbiMed Advisors LLC and OrbiMed Capital GP V LLC (the “Statement”) originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 27, 2017, as amended by Amendment No. 1 (“Amendment No. 1”) thereto filed with the SEC on July 2, 2018. This Statement relates to the common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Shares”), of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a corporation organized under the laws of Delaware (the “Issuer”), with its principal executive offices located at 9987 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. The Shares are listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol “ARPO.” Information given in response to each item shall be deemed incorporated by reference in all other items, as applicable.

This Amendment No. 2 is being filed to report that the Issuer filed a quarterly report on Form 10-Q on November 10, 2020, which stated that the Issuer’s total number of outstanding Shares had increased to 47,111,659 (the “Outstanding Share Increase”). As a result of the Outstanding Share Increase, the percentage of outstanding Shares that the Reporting Persons may be deemed to beneficially own was reduced by more than 1% since the filing of Amendment No. 1.

Item 2.     Identity and Background

(a)       This Statement is being filed by OrbiMed Advisors LLC (“OrbiMed Advisors”), a limited liability company organized under the laws of Delaware, and OrbiMed Capital GP V LLC (“GP V”), a limited liability company organized under the laws of Delaware (collectively, the “Reporting Persons”).

(b) – (c), (f) OrbiMed Advisors, a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended, is the managing member of GP V, which is the general partner of OrbiMed Private Investments V, LP (“OPI V”), which holds Shares, as described herein. OrbiMed Advisors and GP V have their principal offices at 601 Lexington Avenue, 54th Floor, New York, New York 10022.

The directors and executive officers of OrbiMed Advisors and GP V are set forth on Schedules I and II, attached hereto. Schedules I and II set forth the following information with respect to each such person:

(i) name;
(ii) business address;
(iii) present principal occupation or employment and the name, principal business and address of any corporation or other organization in which such employment is conducted;
(iv) citizenship.

(d) – (e) During the last five years, neither the Reporting Persons nor any Person named in Schedule I or II have been (i) convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors) or (ii) a party to a civil proceeding of a judicial or administrative body of competent jurisdiction and as a result of such proceeding was or is subject to a judgment, decree or final order enjoining future violations of, or prohibiting or mandating activities subject to, federal or state securities laws or finding any violation with respect to such laws.

Item 3.     Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration

Not applicable.

Item 4.     Purpose of Transaction

The Shares have been acquired by the Reporting Persons for the purpose of making an investment in the Issuer and not for the intention of acquiring control of the Issuer’s business on behalf of OPI V.

     

 

The Reporting Persons from time to time intend to review their investment in the Issuer on the basis of various factors, including the Issuer’s business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects, general economic and industry conditions, the securities markets in general and those for the Issuer’s Shares in particular, as well as other developments and other investment opportunities. Based upon such review, the Reporting Persons will take such actions in the future as the Reporting Persons may deem appropriate in light of the circumstances existing from time to time. If the Reporting Persons believe that further investment in the Issuer is attractive, whether because of the market price of the Shares or otherwise, they may acquire Shares or other securities of the Issuer either in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. Similarly, depending on market and other factors, the Reporting Persons may determine to dispose of some or all of the Shares currently owned by the Reporting Persons or otherwise acquired by the Reporting Persons either in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions.

Except as set forth in this Statement, the Reporting Persons have not formulated any plans or proposals which relate to or would result in: (a) the acquisition by any person of additional securities of the Issuer or the disposition of securities of the Issuer, (b) an extraordinary corporate transaction, such as a merger, reorganization or liquidation, involving the Issuer or any of its subsidiaries, (c) a sale or transfer of a material amount of the assets of the Issuer or any of its subsidiaries, (d) any change in the present Board of Directors or management of the Issuer, including any plans or proposals to change the number or term of directors or to fill any existing vacancies on the board, (e) any material change in the Issuer’s capitalization or dividend policy of the Issuer, (f) any other material change in the Issuer’s business or corporate structure, (g) any change in the Issuer’s charter or bylaws or other instrument corresponding thereto or other action which may impede the acquisition of control of the Issuer by any person, (h) causing a class of the Issuer’s securities to be deregistered or delisted from a national securities exchange or to cease to be authorized to be quoted in an inter-dealer quotation system of a registered national securities association, (i) a class of equity securities of the Issuer becoming eligible for termination of registration pursuant to Section 12(g)(4) of the Act or (j) any action similar to any of those enumerated above.

Item 5.     Interest in Securities of the Issuer

(a)  — (b)        As of the date of this filing, the Reporting Persons may be deemed, for purposes of Rule 13d-3 of the Act, directly or indirectly, including by reason of their mutual affiliation, to be the beneficial owners of 5,193,946 Shares held of record by OPI V. Based upon information contained in the Issuer’s Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 10, 2020, such Shares constitutes approximately 11.0% of the issued and outstanding Shares. OrbiMed Advisors, pursuant to its authority as the managing member of GP V, which is the general partner of OPI V, may be deemed to indirectly beneficially own the Shares held by OPI V. GP V, pursuant to its authority as the general partner of OPI V, may be deemed to indirectly beneficially own the Shares held by OPI V. As a result, OrbiMed Advisors and GP V share the power to direct the vote and the disposition of the Shares held of record by OPI V. OrbiMed Advisors exercises this investment and voting power through a management committee comprised of Carl L. Gordon, Sven H. Borho, and Jonathan T. Silverstein, each of whom disclaims beneficial ownership of the Shares held by OPI V.

(c)        The Reporting Persons has not effected any transaction during the past sixty (60) days in any Shares.

(d)       Not applicable.

(e)        Not applicable.

Item 6.     Contracts, Arrangements, Understandings or Relationship with Respect to Securities of the Issuer

In addition to the relationships between the Reporting Persons described in Items 2, 3, and 5 above, GP V is the general partner of OPI V, pursuant to the terms of the limited partnership agreement of OPI V. OrbiMed Advisors is the managing member of GP V, pursuant to the terms of the limited liability company agreement of GP V. Pursuant to these agreements and relationships, OrbiMed Advisors and GP V have discretionary investment management authority with respect to the assets of OPI V. Such authority includes the power of GP V and OrbiMed Advisors to vote and otherwise dispose of securities purchased by OPI V. The number of outstanding Shares held of record by OPI V is 5,193,946. OrbiMed Advisors and GP V may be considered to hold indirectly 5,193,946 Shares.

     

 

Registration Rights Agreement

OPI V and certain other former stockholders of Aerpio Therapeutics are party to a registration rights agreement with the Issuer (the “Registration Rights Agreement”), dated as of March 15, 2017. Pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement and subject to the terms and conditions therein, the parties agreed that:

 

Demand Registration Rights

 

The holders of 30% majority of the shares covered by the Registration Rights Agreement, or their transferees, can, on not more than two occasions, request that the Issuer register all or a portion of their shares. The Issuer will not be required to effect a demand registration during the period that is 60 days before the Issuer’s good faith estimate of the date of filing of, and ending on a date that is 180 days after the effective date of, a company-initiated registration statement relating to an initial public offering of its securities, provided that the Issuer is actively employing in good faith commercially reasonable efforts to cause such registration statement to become effective.

      

Piggyback Registration Rights

 

The Registration Rights Agreement further provides that, in the event that the Issuer determines to register any of its securities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), either for its own account or for the account of other security holders, the stockholders who are party to the Registration Rights Agreement, including OPI V, will be entitled to certain “piggyback” registration rights allowing the holders to include their shares in such registration, subject to certain marketing and other limitations.

 

Form S-3 Registration Rights

 

At any time when the Issuer is eligible to use a Form S-3 registration statement, the holders of at least 20% of the shares covered by the Registration Rights Agreement or their transferees, can request that the Issuer register all or a portion of their shares on Form S-3. The Issuer will not be required to effect a demand registration during the period that is 30 days before the Issuer’s good faith estimate of the date of filing of, and ending on a date that is 90 days after the effective date of, a company-initiated registration of its securities, provided that the Issuer is actively employing in good faith commercially reasonable efforts to cause such registration statement to become effective. In addition, the Issuer shall not be required to file more than two registrations on Form S-3 in any twelve-month period.

 

Termination of Registration Rights.

 

OPI V’s demand, Form S-3 and piggyback registration rights described above generally will terminate upon the earlier of: (i) the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Issuer on a consolidated basis to an unrelated person or entity, (ii) a merger, reorganization or consolidation pursuant to which the holders of the Issuer’s outstanding voting power and outstanding stock immediately prior to such transaction do not own a majority of the outstanding voting power and outstanding stock or other equity interests of the resulting or successor entity immediately upon completion of such transaction, (iii) the sale of all or substantially all of the Issuer’s assets or property to an unrelated person, entity or group, (iv) any other transaction in which the owners of the Issuer’s outstanding voting power immediately prior to such transaction do not own at least a majority of the outstanding voting power of the Issuer or any successor entity immediately upon completion of the transaction other than as a result of the acquisition of securities directly from the Issuer, or (v) such time as all of the shares of the Issuer held by OPI V may be sold without any restriction on volume or manner of sale in any three-month period pursuant to Rule 144 (or another similar exemption) under the Securities Act.

The foregoing description of the Registration Rights Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Registration Rights Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 2 and incorporated herein by reference.

     

 

Item 7.     Materials to Be Filed as Exhibits

 

Exhibit Description
1. Joint Filing Agreement among OrbiMed Advisors LLC and OrbiMed Capital GP V LLC.
2. Registration Rights Agreement by and among Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and certain former stockholders of Aerpio Therapeutics, Inc. signatory thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.9 to the Issuer’s Form 8-K filed with the SEC (SEC File No. 000-53057) on March 17, 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

SIGNATURE

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of each of the undersigned’s knowledge and belief, each of the undersigned certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Dated: November 12, 2020

 

 

OrbiMed Advisors LLC

 
     
  By: /s/ Jonathan T. Silverstein  
    Name:  Jonathan T. Silverstein  
    Title: Member  
         
  OrbiMed Capital GP V LLC  
       
  By:

OrbiMed Advisors LLC

its Managing Member

       
  By: /s/ Jonathan T. Silverstein  
    Name:  Jonathan T. Silverstein  
    Title: Member of OrbiMed Advisors LLC  
       
           

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

Schedule I

 

The name and present principal occupation of each of the executive officers and directors of OrbiMed Advisors LLC are set forth below.  Unless otherwise noted, each of these persons are United States citizens and have as their business address 601 Lexington Avenue, 54th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

 

Name Position with Reporting Person Principal Occupation
     
     
Carl L. Gordon Member

Member

OrbiMed Advisors LLC

     

Sven H. Borho

German and Swedish Citizen

Member

Member

OrbiMed Advisors LLC

     
Jonathan T. Silverstein Member

Member

OrbiMed Advisors LLC

     
W. Carter Neild Member

Member

OrbiMed Advisors LLC

     
Geoffrey C. Hsu Member

Member

OrbiMed Advisors LLC

     
C. Scotland Stevens Member

Member

OrbiMed Advisors LLC

     
David P. Bonita Member

Member

OrbiMed Advisors LLC

     
Trey Block

Chief Financial Officer

 

Chief Financial Officer

OrbiMed Advisors LLC

 

 

 

 

     

 

Schedule II

 

The business and operations of OrbiMed Capital GP V LLC are managed by the executive officers and directors of its managing member, OrbiMed Advisors LLC, set forth on Schedule I.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit Description
1. Joint Filing Agreement among OrbiMed Advisors LLC and OrbiMed Capital GP V LLC.
2. Registration Rights Agreement by and among Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and certain former stockholders of Aerpio Therapeutics, Inc. signatory thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.9 to the Issuer’s Form 8-K filed with the SEC (SEC File No. 000-53057) on March 17, 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
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