As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 9, 2023

Registration No. 333-_________

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

FORM S-8

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

APREA THERAPEUTICS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   84-2246769
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

3805 Old Easton Road

Doylestown, PA

  18902
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan

(Full title of the plan)

 

Oren Gilad, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

3805 Old Easton Road

Doylestown, PA 18902

(617) 463-9385

(Name, address and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

Copies to:

 

Fahd M.T. Riaz, Esq.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

One Liberty Place

1650 Market Street, Suite 5000

Philadelphia, PA 19103-7300

(215) 656-3316

 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large Accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated filer ¨
Non-accelerated filer x Smaller reporting company x
  Emerging growth company x

 

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. x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part II

 

Information Required In The Registration Statement

 

This Registration Statement relates to the registration of an additional 106,211 shares (the “Shares”) of Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Registrant”) Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share. The Shares are securities of the same class and relate to the same employee benefit plan, the Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan (in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1) (the “2019 Plan”), as those registered pursuant to the Registrant’s registration statements on Form S-8, previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 18, 2019 (Registration No. 333-234765), November 12, 2020 (Registration No. 333-250043), November 9, 2021 (Registration No. 333-260884), and December 15, 2022 (Registration No. 333-268816).

 

In accordance with General Instruction E of Form S-8, the contents of the Registrant’s registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 18, 2019 (Registration No. 333-234765), November 12, 2020 (Registration No. 333-250043), November 9, 2021 (Registration No. 333-260884), and December 15, 2022 (Registration No. 333-268816) are incorporated herein by reference (solely to the extent the contents of such registration statements relate to the 2019 Plan) and the information required by Part II is omitted, except as supplemented by the information set forth below.

 

 

 

 

Item 8 Exhibits.

 

Exhibit

No.

Description
4.1 Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Commission on October 7, 2019)
4.2 Certificate of Amendment to Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 13, 2023)
4.3 Certificate of Designation of Series A Non-Voting Series A Convertible Preferred Stock (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 17, 2022)
4.4 Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, filed with the Commission on November 6, 2020)
5.1* Opinion of DLA Piper LLP (US).
23.1* Consent of Ernst & Young LLP
23.2* Consent of DLA Piper LLP (US) (included in Exhibit 5.1).
24 Power of Attorney (contained on the signature page hereto).
99.1 Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Registration Statement (Form S-1/A), filed with the Commission on September 27, 2019)
107* Filing Fee Table

 

* Filed herewith

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, 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 with respect to the Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan, to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Doylestown, State of Pennsylvania, on November 9, 2023.

 

Aprea Therapeutics, Inc.  
     
By: /s/ Oren Gilad  
Name: Oren Gilad, Ph.D.  
Title: President and Chief Executive Officer  

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

The officers and directors of Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. whose signatures appear below hereby constitute and appoint Oren Gilad and John Hamill, and each of them, their true and lawful attorneys and agents, with full power of substitution, each with power to act alone, to sign and execute on behalf of the undersigned this Registration Statement on Form S-8 with respect to the Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan, and any amendment or amendments thereto, and each of the undersigned does hereby ratify and confirm all that each attorney and agent, or his or her substitutes, shall do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

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

 

Signature   Title   Date
/s/ Oren Gilad   President, Chief Executive Officer and Director   November 9, 2023
Oren Gilad, Ph.D.   (Principal Executive Officer)    
         
/s/ John P. Hamill   Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer   November 9, 2023
John P. Hamill   (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)    
         
/s/ Marc Duey   Director   November 9, 2023
Marc Duey        
         
/s/ Michael Grissinger   Director   November 9, 2023
Michael Grissinger        
         
/s/ John B. Henneman   Director   November 9, 2023
John B. Henneman III        
         
/s/ Rifat Pamukcu   Director   November 9, 2023
Rifat Pamukcu, M.D.        
         
/s/ Richard Peters   Director   November 9, 2023
Richard Peters, M.D., Ph.D.        
         
/s/ Gabriel Gruia   Director   November 9, 2023
Gabriel Gruia, M.D.        
         
/s/ Bernd Seizinger   Director   November 9, 2023
Bernd R. Seizinger, M.D., Ph.D.        
         
/s/ Jean-Pierre Bizzari   Director   November 9, 2023
Jean-Pierre Bizzari, M.D.        

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 5.1

 

 

DLA Piper LLP (US)

One Liberty Place

1650 Market Street, Suite 5000

Philadelphia, PA 19103-7300

www.dlapiper.com

 

November 9, 2023

Aprea Therapeutics, Inc.

3805 Old Easton Road

Doylestown, PA 18902

 

RE: Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. - Registration Statement on Form S-8

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We have acted as counsel to Aprea Therapeutics, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the preparation of a Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”). The Registration Statement relates to the registration of an aggregate of 106,211 shares (the “Plan Shares”) of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share, issuable under the Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”).

 

In connection with this opinion letter, we have examined the Registration Statement and originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended and the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company and such other documents, records and other instruments as we have deemed appropriate for purposes of the opinion set forth herein.

 

We have assumed the genuineness of all signatures, the legal capacity of all natural persons, the authenticity of the documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity with the originals of all documents submitted to us as certified, facsimile or photostatic copies and the authenticity of the originals of all documents submitted to us as copies.

 

Based upon the foregoing, we are of the opinion that the Plan Shares have been duly authorized and, when and to the extent issued in accordance with the terms of the Plan and any award agreement entered into under the Plan, the Plan Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

 

The opinion expressed herein is limited to the Delaware General Corporation Law.

 

We hereby consent to the use of this opinion as Exhibit 5.1 to the Registration Statement. In giving such consent, we do not hereby admit that we are acting within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the rules or regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission thereunder.

 

Very truly yours,  
/s/ DLA Piper LLP (US)  

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT 23.1

 

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

We consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement (Form S-8) pertaining to the Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan of our report dated March 30, 2023, with respect to the consolidated financial statements of Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. included in its Annual Report (Form 10-K) for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP

 

Iselin, New Jersey

November 8, 2023

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 107

Calculation of Filing Fee Tables

 

Form S-8

(Form Type)

 

Aprea Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

Table 1: Newly Registered Securities

 

Security Type

Security

Class

Title

Fee

Calculation

Rule

Amount

Registered(1)

Proposed

Maximum

Offering Price

Per Unit

Maximum

Aggregate

Offering Price

Fee Rate

Amount of

Registration

Fee

Equity

Common Stock, par value

$0.001

Rule 457(c) and Rule

457(h)

106,211(2) $3.7664(3) $400,033.11(3) $0.00014760 $59.04
Total Offering Amounts   $400,033.11   $59.04
Total Fee Offsets(4)       -
Net Fee Due       $59.04

 

(1) Pursuant to Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this Registration Statement on Form S-8 shall cover any additional shares of common stock, $0.001 par value per share (“Common Stock”) of the Registrant that become issuable under the Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2019 Plan”) by reason of any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization, or other similar transaction effected without the Registrant’s receipt of consideration which results in an increase in the number of the outstanding shares of Common Stock.

 

(2) Consists of shares of Common Stock under the 2019 Plan.

 

(3) Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rules 457(c) and 457(h) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and based upon the average of the high and low prices of the Registrant’s Common Stock as reported on the Nasdaq on November 3, 2023.

 

(4) The Registrant does not have any fee offsets.

 

 

 


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