0000882361 False 0000882361 2023-08-24 2023-08-24 iso4217:USD xbrli:shares iso4217:USD xbrli:shares
 

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):  August 24, 2023

_______________________________

Aptose Biosciences Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

_______________________________

Canada001-3200198-1136802
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

251 Consumers Road, Suite 1105

Toronto, Ontario M2J 4R3
Canada

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(647) 479-9828

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

 

(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:

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 classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Shares, no par valueAPTONasdaq Capital Market

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).

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.

On August 24, 2023, the Registrant issued a press release, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information in the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), 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 filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
      
99.1 Press Release dated August 24, 2023
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)
 
 

SIGNATURE

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.

 Aptose Biosciences Inc.
   
  
Date: August 24, 2023By: /s/ William G. Rice, Ph.D.        
  William G. Rice, Ph.D.
  Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
  

 

EXHIBIT 99.1

Aptose to Present at the H.C. Wainwright 25th Annual Global Investment Conference

SAN DIEGO and TORONTO, Aug. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aptose Biosciences Inc. (“Aptose” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: APTO, TSX: APS), a clinical-stage precision oncology company developing highly differentiated oral kinase inhibitors to treat hematologic malignancies, today announced that the Aptose management team will participate in the H.C. Wainwright 25th Annual Global Investment Conference being held September 11-13, 2023, in New York City.

Dr. William G. Rice, Chairman, President and CEO of Aptose, will deliver the Company presentation on Monday, September 11, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. ET, and with Mr. Fletcher Payne, CFO of Aptose, will be hosting one-on-one meetings during the conference. To schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Aptose management team, please contact your conference representative.

H.C. Wainwright 25th Annual Global Investment Conference
   
Date:   Monday, September 11, 2023
Presentation Time:   2:00 p.m. ET
Format:   Live Presentation, Webcast
Speaker:   William G. Rice, PhD, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Webcast Link:   Click here
   

Recent Clinical Data Highlight with Tuspetinib

Aptose provided a recent update from an ongoing APTIVATE Phase 1/2 clinical trial with the Company's lead agent, tuspetinib, a once daily oral agent with a unique kinase targeting pattern being developed for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) AML. As of August 1, 2023, fifteen (15) patients had been dosed with the tuspetinib/venetoclax (TUS/VEN) doublet, ten (10) had reached an efficacy evaluable stage, and five (5) of the ten evaluable patients had achieved early responses (composite Complete Response rate (CRc) includes any CR, CRh, CRi and CRp). Among the ten (10) evaluable patients, nine (9) had failed prior venetoclax treatment (Prior-VEN), representing an emerging population with severe unmet medical need. Four (4) of the nine (9) Prior-VEN failure patients had already achieved responses with TUS/VEN (44% CRc). Three (3) responses emerged among seven (7) of the evaluable patients with wildtype FLT3 (43% CRc), which accounts for approximately 70% of the AML population, yet there are few treatment options and little in development for the wildtype patient population. Additionally, two (2) of three (3) patients with mutated FLT3 (67%) achieved responses. Importantly, The TUS/VEN combination continues to be safe and well tolerated.

AML Subgroup CRc Responses
Evaluable (10) 50% (5 of 10)
Prior-VEN (9) 44% (4 of 9)
FLT3-WT (7) 43% (3 of 7)
FLT3-MUT (3) 67% (2 of 3)
   

About Aptose

Aptose Biosciences is a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to developing precision medicines addressing unmet medical needs in oncology, with an initial focus on hematology. The Company's small molecule cancer therapeutics pipeline includes products designed to provide single agent efficacy and to enhance the efficacy of other anti-cancer therapies and regimens without overlapping toxicities. The Company has two clinical-stage oral kinase inhibitors under development for hematologic malignancies: tuspetinib (HM43239), an oral, myeloid kinase inhibitor being studied as monotherapy and in combination therapy in the APTIVATE international Phase 1/2 expansion trial in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML); and luxeptinib (CG-806), an oral, dual lymphoid and myeloid kinase inhibitor in Phase 1 a/b stage development for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory hematologic malignancies. For more information, please visit www.aptose.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Canadian and U.S. securities laws, including, but not limited to, statements relating to the Company’s growth, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements including words such as “continue”, “expect”, “intend”, “will”, “hope” “should”, “would”, “may”, “potential” and other similar expressions. Such statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements described in this press release.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the assumptions set out in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our filings with Canadian securities regulators and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission underlying those forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and we do not intend, and do not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. We cannot assure you that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

 
For further information, please contact:
   
Aptose Biosciences Inc.   LifeSci Advisors, LLC
Susan Pietropaolo   Dan Ferry, Managing Director
Corporate Communications & Investor Relations   617-430-7576
201-923-2049   Daniel@LifeSciAdvisors.com 
spietropaolo@aptose.com   
   

v3.23.2
Cover
Aug. 24, 2023
Cover [Abstract]  
Document Type 8-K
Amendment Flag false
Document Period End Date Aug. 24, 2023
Entity File Number 001-32001
Entity Registrant Name Aptose Biosciences Inc.
Entity Central Index Key 0000882361
Entity Tax Identification Number 98-1136802
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code Z4
Entity Address, Address Line One 251 Consumers Road, Suite 1105
Entity Address, City or Town Toronto
Entity Address, State or Province ON
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code M2J 4R3
City Area Code 647
Local Phone Number 479-9828
Written Communications false
Soliciting Material false
Pre-commencement Tender Offer false
Pre-commencement Issuer Tender Offer false
Title of 12(b) Security Common Shares, no par value
Trading Symbol APTO
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ
Entity Emerging Growth Company false

Aptose Biosciences (NASDAQ:APTO)
Historical Stock Chart
From Jan 2024 to Feb 2024 Click Here for more Aptose Biosciences Charts.
Aptose Biosciences (NASDAQ:APTO)
Historical Stock Chart
From Feb 2023 to Feb 2024 Click Here for more Aptose Biosciences Charts.