Washington, DC 20549












Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 10, 2020




Onconova Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-36020   22-3627252
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation or Organization)
File Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)


375 Pheasant Run

Newtown, PA 18940

(267) 759-3680

(Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Registrant’s Principal Executive



Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)




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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $.01 per share   ONTX   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Common Stock Warrants   ONTXW   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).


Emerging growth company  ¨







Item 8.01 Other Events.


Onconova Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) previously announced that it adjourned its 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders held on May 27, 2020 (the “Annual Meeting”) to June 26, 2020 (the “Reconvened Annual Meeting”) to give the Company’s stockholders additional time to consider and vote on Proposal 2. Proposal 2 sought stockholder approval for an amendment to the Company’s Tenth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, to combine outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock into a lesser number of outstanding shares, or a “reverse stock split”, by a ratio of not less than one-for-five and not more than one-for-twenty-five, with the exact ratio to be set within this range by the Company’s Board of Directors in its sole discretion.


On June 10, 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors determined that the Company intends to withdraw Proposal 2 from consideration by the Company’s stockholders at the Reconvened Annual Meeting. Based on feedback from the Company’s stockholders, the Company intends to defer any reverse stock split until topline data from its pivotal Phase 3 “INSPIRE” trial are announced (expected during the second half of 2020), or as required by the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”). If the Company has not achieved compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid price rules by August 17, 2020, the Company expects to request a six-month extension from Nasdaq in order to regain compliance with these rules.


In addition, at the Reconvened Annual Meeting, the Company expects to ask its stockholders to consider and vote upon a new proposal regarding an amendment to the Company’s 2018 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan (the “2018 Plan”). At the time of the closing of the polls at the Annual Meeting, votes in favor of Proposal 3, the proposal to add 25 million shares to the 2018 Plan, exceeded votes against. However, the Company subsequently learned from the Inspector of Election that additional votes had been cast but not tabulated, resulting in Proposal 3 not passing. After considering feedback from stockholders, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a new proposal to add 12.5 million shares to the 2018 Plan. This new proposal represents a 50% decrease in the size of the requested increase in authorized shares at the Annual Meeting. The Company’s Board of Directors believes that this amendment to the 2018 Plan is needed to enable the Company’s compensation program to remain competitive and enable the Company to attract and retain experienced, highly-qualified directors, employees, consultants and advisors who will contribute to the Company's success; including leadership of a new commercial organization.


Forward-Looking Statements


Some of the statements contained in this report are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and involve risks and uncertainties. These statements relate to Onconova’s expectations regarding its intention to withdraw Proposal 2 from consideration by its stockholders at the Reconvened Annual Meeting, its clinical trials, its compliance with Nasdaq rules and a reverse stock split. Although Onconova believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date made, expectations may prove to have been materially different from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including Onconova's ability to continue as a going concern, maintain its Nasdaq listing, the need for additional financing, the success and timing of Onconova's clinical trials, and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Onconova's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Any forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of its date. Onconova undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after its date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated event.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated: June 10, 2020 Onconova Therapeutics, Inc.
    Name: Mark Guerin
    Title: Chief Financial Officer