As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 30, 2020

Registration No. 333-__________

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

FORM S-8

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

 

Akouos, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   81-1716654
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)  
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)  

 

645 Summer Street
Suite 200
Boston, Massachusetts

  02210
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

 

2016 Stock Plan

2020 Stock Plan

2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

(Full Title of the Plan)

 

Emmanuel Simons, Ph.D., M.B.A.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Akouos, Inc.

645 Summer Street

Suite 200

Boston, Massachusetts 02210

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

 

(857) 410-1818

(Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Agent for Service)

 

Copy to:

 

Karoline Shair, Ph.D., J.D.

Akouos, Inc.

645 Summer Street

Suite 200

Boston, Massachusetts 02210

(857) 410-1818

 

 

 

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   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.  ☐


CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 
Title of Securities
to be Registered
  Amount
to be
Registered(1)
  Proposed
Maximum
Offering Price
Per Share
  Proposed
Maximum
Aggregate
Offering Price
 

Amount of
Registration Fee

Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share   8,260,887 shares(2)   $13.36(3)   $110,346,912.32(3)   $14,323.03
 
 

 

(1) In accordance with Rule 416 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this registration statement shall be deemed to cover any additional securities that may from time to time be offered or issued to prevent dilution resulting from stock splits, stock dividends or similar transactions.

 

(2) Consists of (i) 2,515,733 shares issuable under the 2016 Stock Plan, which does not include 95,353 shares of unvested restricted common stock issued under the 2016 Plan; (ii) 5,384,503 shares issuable under the 2020 Stock Plan, including 95,353 shares of unvested restricted common stock subject to repurchase by us that may become issuable under the 2020 Stock Plan following such repurchase; and (iii) 360,651 shares issuable under the 2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Upon the expiration, termination, surrender, cancellation, forfeiture or repurchase of outstanding options under the 2016 Stock Plan, the unissued balance of shares issuable under such options will become issuable under the 2020 Stock 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. The price per share and aggregate offering price are calculated based on (a) $5.04, the weighted-average exercise price per share of the 2,515,733 shares subject to outstanding stock options under the 2016 Stock Plan, at exercise prices ranging from $0.85 to $7.38 per share, and (b) $17.00, the initial public offering price set forth on the cover page of the registrant’s Prospectus, dated June 25, 2020, relating to its initial public offering of common stock, in accordance with Rule 457(c) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended for the 5,384,503 shares issuable under the 2020 Stock Plan and the 360,651 shares issuable under the 2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Pursuant to the 2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, the purchase price of the shares of common stock reserved for issuance thereunder will be 85% of the lesser of the closing price of the common stock on (i) the first business day of the applicable offering period and (ii) the last business day of the applicable offering period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART I

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

Item 1. Plan Information.

 

The information required by Item 1 is included in documents sent or given to participants in the plans covered by this registration statement pursuant to Rule 428(b)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

 

Item 2. Registrant Information and Employee Plan Annual Information.

 

The written statement required by Item 2 is included in documents sent or given to participants in the plans covered by this registration statement pursuant to Rule 428(b)(1) of the Securities Act.

PART II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

 

The registrant is subject to the informational and reporting requirements of Sections 13(a), 14, and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and in accordance therewith files reports, proxy statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”). The following documents, which are on file with the Commission, are incorporated in this registration statement by reference:

 

(a) The registrant’s latest annual report filed pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act or the latest prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act that contains audited financial statements for the registrant’s latest fiscal year for which such statements have been filed.

 

(b) All other reports filed pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act since the end of the fiscal year covered by the document referred to in (a) above.

 

(c) The description of the securities contained in the registrant’s registration statement on Form 8-A filed under the Exchange Act, including any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description.

 

All documents subsequently filed by the registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act, prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this registration statement and to be part hereof from the date of the filing of such documents. Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for the purposes of this registration statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this registration statement.

 

 

 

 

Item 4. Description of Securities.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

 

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (“WilmerHale”) has opined as to the legality of the securities being offered by this registration statement.

 

Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

 

Section 102 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”), permits a corporation to eliminate the personal liability of its directors or its stockholders for monetary damages for a breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except where the director breached his or her duty of loyalty, failed to act in good faith, engaged in intentional misconduct or knowingly violated a law, authorized the payment of a dividend or approved a stock repurchase in violation of Delaware corporate law or obtained an improper personal benefit. The registrant’s certificate of incorporation provides that no director shall be personally liable to the registrant or its stockholders for monetary damages for any breach of fiduciary duty as a director, notwithstanding any provision of law imposing such liability, except to the extent that the DGCL prohibits the elimination or limitation of liability of directors for breaches of fiduciary duty.

 

Section 145 of the DGCL provides that a corporation has the power to indemnify a director, officer, employee, or agent of the corporation, and certain other persons serving at the request of the corporation in related capacities against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlements actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with an action, suit or proceeding to which he or she is or is threatened to be made a party by reason of such position, if such person acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation, and, in any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was unlawful, except that, in the case of actions brought by or in the right of the corporation, no indemnification shall be made with respect to any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the corporation unless and only to the extent that the Court of Chancery or other adjudicating court determines that, despite the adjudication of liability but in view of all of the circumstances of the case, such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnification for such expenses which the Court of Chancery or such other court shall deem proper.

 

The registrant’s certificate of incorporation provides that the registrant will indemnify each person who was or is a party or threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the registrant), by reason of the fact that he or she is or was, or has agreed to become, a director or officer of the registrant, or is or was serving, or has agreed to serve, at the request of the registrant as a director, officer, partner, employee or trustee of, or in a similar capacity with, another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise (all such persons being referred to as an Indemnitee), or by reason of any action alleged to have been taken or omitted in such capacity, against all expenses (including attorneys’ fees), liabilities, losses, judgments, fines (including excise taxes and penalties arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred in connection with such action, suit or proceeding and any appeal therefrom if such Indemnitee acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to, the best interests of the registrant, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, he or she had no reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was unlawful.

 

The registrant’s certificate of incorporation also provides that the registrant will indemnify any Indemnitee who was or is a party or threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action or suit by or in the right of the registrant to procure a judgment in the registrant’s favor by reason of the fact that the Indemnitee is or was, or has agreed to become, a director or officer of the registrant, or is or was serving, or has agreed to serve, at the request of the registrant as a director, officer, partner, employee or trustee of, or in a similar capacity with, another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise (including any employee benefit plan), or by reason of any action alleged to have been taken or omitted in such capacity, against all expenses (including attorneys’ fees) and, to the extent permitted by law, amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred in connection with such action, suit or proceeding, and any appeal therefrom, if the Indemnitee acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to, the best interests of the registrant, except that no indemnification shall be made with respect to any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the registrant, unless and only to the extent that the Court of Chancery of Delaware or the court in which such action or suit was brought determines that, despite such adjudication but in view of all of the circumstances, he or she is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnification of such expenses (including attorney’s fees). Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent that any Indemnitee has been successful, on the merits or otherwise, he or she will be indemnified by the registrant against all expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by him or her or on his or her behalf in connection therewith. If the registrant does not assume the defense, expenses must be advanced to an Indemnitee under certain circumstances.

 

 

 

 

In addition, the registrant has entered into indemnification agreements with all of the registrant’s directors and executive officers. In general, these agreements provide that the registrant will indemnify the directors or executive officers to the fullest extent permitted by law for claims arising in his or her capacity as a director or executive officer of the registrant or in connection with his or her service at the request of the registrant for another corporation or entity. The indemnification agreements also provide for procedures that will apply in the event that a director or executive officer makes a claim for indemnification and establish certain presumptions that are favorable to the executive officer or director.

 

The registrant maintains a general liability insurance policy that covers certain liabilities of the registrant’s directors and officers arising out of claims based on acts or omissions in their capacities as directors or officers.

 

Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 8. Exhibits.

 

The following exhibits are incorporated herein by reference:

 

Number   Description
     
4.1   Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-39343) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 30, 2020).
     
4.2   Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-39343) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 30, 2020).
     
5.1*   Opinion of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, counsel to the Registrant
     
23.1*   Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
     
23.2*   Consent of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1)
     
24.1*   Power of attorney (included on the signature pages of this registration statement)
     
99.1   2016 Stock Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-238977) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 5, 2020).
     
99.2   2020 Stock Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.7 to Amendment No. 1 to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-238977) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 22, 2020).
     
99.3   2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.11 to Amendment No. 1 to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-238977) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 22, 2020).

 

 
  * Filed herewith

 

 

 

 

Item 9. Undertakings.

 

1. Item 512(a) of Regulation S-K. The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:

 

(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:

 

(i) To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

 

(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement; and

 

(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;

 

provided, however, that paragraphs (1)(i) and (ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement.

 

(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

2. Item 512(b) of Regulation S-K. The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

3. Item 512(h) of Regulation S-K. Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

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 to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts on this 30th day of June, 2020.

 

  AKOUOS, INC.
   
     
  By: /s/ Emmanuel Simons  
    Emmanuel Simons, Ph.D., M.B.A.
    President and Chief Executive Officer

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY AND SIGNATURES

 

We, the undersigned officers and directors of Akouos, Inc., hereby severally constitute and appoint Emmanuel Simons, Ph.D., M.B.A. and Karoline Shair, Ph.D., J.D., and each of them singly (with full power to each of them to act alone), our true and lawful attorneys with full power of substitution and resubstitution in each of them for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, and in any and all capacities, to sign for us and in our names in the capacities indicated below, the registration statement on Form S-8 filed herewith and any and all subsequent amendments to said registration statement, and generally to do all such things in our names and on our behalf in our capacities as officers and directors to enable Akouos, Inc. to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and all requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, hereby ratifying and confirming our signatures as they may be signed by our said attorneys, or any of them, to said registration statement and any and all amendments thereto.

 

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 dates indicated.

 

Signature   Title   Date
         
/s/ Emmanuel Simons   President, Chief Executive Officer and Director   June 30, 2020
Emmanuel Simons, Ph.D., M.B.A.     (Principal Executive, Financial, and Accounting Officer)      
       
/s/ Edward T. Mathers   Director   June 30, 2020
Edward T. Mathers          
       
/s/ Kush M. Parmar   Director   June 30, 2020
Kush M. Parmar, M.D., Ph.D.          
       
/s/ Heather Preston   Director   June 30, 2020
Heather Preston, M.D.          
       
    Director    
Saira Ramasastry      
       
/s/ Vicki Sato   Director   June 30, 2020
Vicki Sato, Ph.D.          
       
/s/ Chris Smith   Director   June 30, 2020
Chris Smith          
       
/s/ Arthur O. Tzianabos   Director   June 30, 2020
Arthur O. Tzianabos, Ph.D.          

 

 

 

Exhibit 5.1

June 30, 2020

 

Akouos, Inc.

645 Summer Street

Suite 200

Boston, Massachusetts 02210

 

Re: 2016 Stock Plan
  2020 Stock Plan
  2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We have assisted in the preparation of a Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), relating to an aggregate of 8,260,887 shares of common stock, $0.0001 par value per share (the “Shares”), of Akouos, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), issuable under the Company’s 2016 Stock Plan, 2020 Stock Plan and 2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (collectively, the “Plans”).

 

We have examined the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Company, each as amended and restated to date, and originals, or copies certified to our satisfaction, of all pertinent records of the meetings of the directors and stockholders of the Company, the Registration Statement and such other documents relating to the Company as we have deemed material for the purposes of this opinion.

 

In our examination of the foregoing documents, we have assumed the genuineness of all signatures, the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to us as certified, photostatic or other copies, the authenticity of the originals of any such documents and the legal competence of all signatories to such documents.

 

We assume that the appropriate action will be taken, prior to the offer and sale of the Shares in accordance with the Plans, to register and qualify the Shares for sale under all applicable state securities or “blue sky” laws.

 

We express no opinion herein as to the laws of any state or jurisdiction other than the state laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware and the federal laws of the United States of America.

 

It is understood that this opinion is to be used only in connection with the offer and sale of the Shares while the Registration Statement is in effect.

 

Please note that we are opining only as to the matters expressly set forth herein, and no opinion should be inferred as to any other matters.

 

Based on the foregoing, we are of the opinion that the Shares have been duly authorized for issuance and, when the Shares are issued and paid for in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Plans, the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

 

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion with the Commission in connection with the Registration Statement in accordance with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act. In giving such consent, we do not hereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission.

 

  Very truly yours,
   
  WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP
   
     
  By: /s/ Rosemary G. Reilly  
    Rosemary G. Reilly, a Partner

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 23.1

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of Akouos, Inc. of our report dated March 24, 2020, except for the effects of the reverse stock split discussed in Note 14 to the consolidated financial statements, as to which the date is June 22, 2020, relating to the financial statements of Akouos, Inc., which appears in Akouos, Inc.’s Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-238977).

 

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP  
 
Boston, Massachusetts
June 30, 2020