falseATHERSYS, INC / NEW000136814800013681482022-05-122022-05-12

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): August 15, 2022
Athersys, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter) 
Delaware   001-33876   20-4864095
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
3201 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2634
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (216) 431-9900
(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:
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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, par value $0.001 per share ATHX The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
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).
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

Securities Purchase Agreement

On August 15, 2022, Athersys, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a securities purchase agreement with each purchaser identified on the signature pages thereto (the “Purchase Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to issue and sell, in a registered direct offering (the “Offering”), (i) an aggregate of 30,000,000 shares (the “Shares”) of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), (ii) pre-funded warrants (the “Pre-Funded Warrants”) exercisable for an aggregate of 18,000,000 shares of Common Stock (the “Pre-Funded Warrant Shares”) and (iii) warrants (the “Common Warrants” and, collectively with the Pre-Funded Warrants, the “Warrants”) exercisable for an aggregate of 48,000,000 shares of Common Stock (collectively with the Pre-Funded Warrant Shares, the “Warrant Shares”), in combinations of one Share or one Pre-Funded Warrant and one Common Warrant for a combined purchase price of $0.25 (less $0.0001 for any Pre-Funded Warrant). Subject to certain ownership limitations, the Pre-Funded Warrants are exercisable upon issuance and the Common Warrants are exercisable upon the six-month anniversary of issuance. Each Pre-Funded Warrant is exercisable for one Share of Common Stock at a price per share of $0.0001 (as adjusted from time to time in accordance with the terms thereof) and does not expire. Each Common Warrant is exercisable into one Share of Common Stock at a price per share of $0.2554 (as adjusted from time to time in accordance with the terms thereof) for a five-year period after the six-month anniversary of the date of issuance.

The Offering is expected to close on or about August 17, 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.

The Shares of Common Stock, the Warrants and the Warrant Shares were offered and sold pursuant to a prospectus, dated January 16, 2020, and a prospectus supplement, dated August 15, 2022, in connection with a takedown from the Company’s shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-235945).

Placement Agency Agreement

On August 15, 2022, the Company entered into a placement agency agreement (the “Placement Agency Agreement”) with A.G.P./Alliance Global Partners (“A.G.P.”), pursuant to which A.G.P. agreed to serve as exclusive placement agent for the issuance and sale of the Shares of Common Stock and Warrants. The Company has agreed to pay A.G.P. an aggregate cash fee equal to 7.0% of the gross proceeds received by the Company from the sale of the securities in the Offering. Pursuant to the Placement Agency Agreement, the Company also agreed to pay A.G.P. $50,000 for accountable expenses and $75,000 for non-accountable expenses. The Placement Agency Agreement has indemnity and other customary provisions for transactions of this nature.
The foregoing description of the Purchase Agreement, the Warrants and the Placement Agency Agreement are not complete and are qualified in their entirety by references to the full text of the Form of Purchase Agreement, the Form of Pre-Funded Warrant, the Form of Warrant and the Placement Agency Agreement, which are filed as exhibits to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated by reference herein.

A copy of the opinion of Jones Day relating to the validity of the securities issued in the Offering is filed herewith as Exhibit 5.1.

Item 9.01.    Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit No. Description
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)
Certain schedules and exhibits to this agreement have been omitted pursuant to Instruction 4 to Item 1.01 of Form 8-K. A copy of any omitted schedule or exhibit will be furnished to the SEC upon request.

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.
Date: August 17, 2022
By: /s/ Daniel Camardo
Name: Daniel Camardo
Title:   Chief Executive Officer

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