As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 26, 2022

Registration No. 333-    

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

Precision BioSciences, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

Delaware

 

20-4206017

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

 

302 East Pettigrew Street, Suite A-100

Durham, North Carolina

 

27701

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Precision BioSciences, Inc. 2019 Incentive Award Plan

Precision BioSciences, Inc. 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Precision BioSciences, Inc. 2021 Employment Inducement Incentive Award Plan

(Full title of the plans)

Dario Scimeca

General Counsel & Secretary

Precision BioSciences, Inc.

302 East Pettigrew Street, Suite A-100

Durham, NC 27701

(Name and address of agent for service)

 

(919) 314-5512

(Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

Copy to:

Peter N. Handrinos, Esq.

Nathan Ajiashvili, Esq.

Latham & Watkins LLP

200 Clarendon Street

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 948-6000

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, 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. ☐


 


 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

This Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) is being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) for the purpose of registering an additional 5,500,000 shares of the Registrant’s common stock, $0.000005 par value per share (the “Common Stock”), under the Precision BioSciences, Inc. 2019 Incentive Award Plan (the “2019 Plan”), an additional 1,000,000 shares of the Registrant’s Common Stock that may become issuable under the Precision BioSciences, Inc. 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “2019 ESPP”), and an additional 6,000,000 shares of the Registrant’s Common Stock that may become issuable under the Precision BioSciences, Inc. 2021 Employment Inducement Incentive Award Plan, as amended (the “2021 Inducement Plan”). The additional shares registered pursuant to the 2019 Plan and the 2019 ESPP are of the same class as other securities relating to the 2019 Plan and the 2019 ESPP for which the Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-230671) filed on April 1, 2019 is effective, and the additional shares registered pursuant to the 2021 Inducement Plan are of the same class as other securities relating to the 2021 Inducement Plan for which the registration statement filed on Form S-8 (File No. 333-259369) on September 7, 2021 is effective.

 

Pursuant to Instruction E of Form S-8, the contents of the above referenced prior registration statements are incorporated by reference herein to the extent not modified or superseded hereby or by any subsequently filed document, which is incorporated by reference herein, except for Item 8, which is being updated by this Registration Statement.

Item 8. Exhibits.

 

 

Incorporated by Reference

 

Exhibit Number

Exhibit Description

Form

File No.

Exhibit

Filing

Date

Filed

Herewith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.1

Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Precision BioSciences, Inc.

8-K

001-38841

3.1

04/01/2019

 

4.2

Amended and Restated Bylaws of Precision BioSciences, Inc.

10-Q

001-38841

3.2

11/10/2020

 

4.3

Specimen Common Stock Certificate

S-1/A

333-230034

4.1

03/18/2019

 

5.1

Opinion of Latham & Watkins LLP

 

 

 

 

*

23.1

Consent of Deloitte & Touche LLP

 

 

 

 

*

23.2

Consent of Latham & Watkins LLP (included as part of Exhibit 5.1)

 

 

 

 

*

24.1

Power of Attorney (included on signature page)

 

 

 

 

*

99.1

2019 Incentive Award Plan, and forms of award agreements thereunder

10-K

001-38841

10.14

03/18/2021

 

99.2

2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

S-1/A

333‑230034

10.11

03/18/2019

 

99.3

2021 Employment Inducement Incentive Award Plan, and form of award agreements thereunder

S-8

333-259369

99.3

09/07/2021

 

99.4

Amendment to the Precision BioSciences, Inc. 2021 Employment Inducement Incentive Award Plan

 

 

 

 

*

107.1

Filing Fee Table

 

 

 

 

*

 

*  Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 


 

 

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, 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 to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Durham, State of North Carolina, on this 26th day of August 2022.

 

 

 

 

PRECISION BIOSCIENCES, INC.

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Dario Scimeca

 

 

Dario Scimeca

General Counsel & Secretary

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that each individual whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Michael Amoroso and John Alexander Kelly, and each of them, his true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments) to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and all documents in connection therewith, with the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents 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 might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

  

Title

  

Date

 

 

 

/s/ Michael Amoroso

Michael Amoroso

  

President and Chief Executive Officer and Director

(principal executive officer)

  

August 26, 2022

 

 

 

/s/ John Alexander Kelly

John Alexander Kelly

  

Chief Financial Officer

(principal financial officer)

  

August 26, 2022

 

 

 

/s/ Shane Barton

Vice President and Corporate Controller

August 26, 2022

Shane Barton

(principal accounting officer)

 

 

 

 

/s/ Melinda Brown

Director

August 26, 2022

Melinda Brown

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Kevin J. Buehler

Kevin J. Buehler

  

Director

  

August 26, 2022

 

 

 

/s/ Stanley R. Frankel

Stanley R. Frankel, M.D.

Director

August 26, 2022

 

  

 

/s/ Geno Germano

Geno Germano

Director

August 26, 2022

 

 

 

 


 

/s/ Derek Jantz

Derek Jantz, Ph.D.

  

Director

  

August 26, 2022

 

 

 

/s/ Raymond Schinazi

Raymond Schinazi, Ph.D.

  

Director

  

August 26, 2022

 

 

 

/s/ Shari Lisa Piré

Shari Lisa Piré

  

Director

  

August 26, 2022

 

 

 

/s/ Sam Wadsworth, Ph.D.

Director

August 26, 2022

Sam Wadsworth, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

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