As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 3, 2023

Registration No. 333-

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM S-3

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

KINETA, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

20-8436652

(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)

(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)

 

219 Terry Ave. N., Suite 300

Seattle, Washington 98109

(206) 378-0400


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

 

Shawn Iadonato, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Kineta, Inc.

219 Terry Ave. N., Suite 300

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 378-0400

(Name, Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Agent for Service)

 

Copies to:
 

Albert W. Vanderlaan, Esq.

Kelly A. Mink, Esq.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

222 Berkeley Street, Suite 2000

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 880-1800

Pauline Kenny, Esq.

General Counsel

Kineta, Inc.

219 Terry Ave. N., Suite 300

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 378-0400

 

 

From time to time after the effective date of this registration statement.

(Approximate Date of Commencement of Proposed Sale to the Public)

If the only securities being registered on this Form are being offered pursuant to dividend or interest reinvestment plans, please check the following box:


If any of the securities being registered on this Form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, other than securities offered only in connection with dividend or interest reinvestment plans, check the following box:

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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.

 

The registrant hereby amends this registration statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this registration statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act, or until the registration statement shall become effective on such date as the Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.

 

 


The information in this prospectus is not complete and may be changed. The selling securityholder may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission becomes effective. This prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and it is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED November 3, 2023

PROSPECTUS

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KINETA, INC.

Up to 890,208 Shares of Common Stock

Issuable Upon Exercise of Outstanding Warrants

This prospectus relates to the resale from time to time, by the selling securityholder (which term as used in this prospectus includes its transferees, pledgees, distributees, donees and successors-in-interest) identified in this prospectus under the caption “Selling Securityholder,” of up to 890,208 shares of our common stock, par value $0.001 (the “Common Stock”), that it may acquire upon the exercise of outstanding warrants, which we refer to as the “Warrants.” We issued the Warrants to the selling securityholder in a private placement concurrent (the “Private Placement”) with a registered direct offering (the “Registered Offering”) of 110,000 shares of our Common Stock and pre-funded warrants (“Pre-Funded Warrants”) to purchase up to an aggregate of 780,208 shares of Common Stock, which was completed on October 5, 2023.

 

This prospectus provides you with a general description of such securities and the general manner in which the selling securityholder may offer or sell its securities. More specific terms of any securities that the selling securityholder may offer or sell may be provided in a prospectus supplement that describes, among other things, the specific amounts and prices of the securities being offered and the terms of the offering. The prospectus supplement may also add, update or change information contained in this prospectus.

We are registering the securities described above for resale on behalf of the selling securityholder pursuant to the selling securityholder’s registration rights under the Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”), dated as of October 3, 2023, between Kineta and the institutional investor named therein. Our registration of the securities covered by this prospectus does not mean that either we or the selling securityholder will issue, offer or sell, as applicable, any of the securities. The selling securityholder may, from time to time, offer, sell or distribute all or a portion of the securities hereby registered publicly or through private transactions at prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices. See “Plan of Distribution” in this prospectus for more information. We will not receive any proceeds from the resale or other disposition of the shares of Common Stock by the selling securityholder. However, we will receive the proceeds of any cash exercise of the Warrants. See “Use of Proceeds” beginning on page 4 and “Plan of Distribution” beginning on page 4 of this prospectus for more information.

You should read this prospectus and any prospectus supplement or amendment carefully before you invest in our securities.

Our Common Stock is listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC under the symbol “KA”. On November 2, 2023, the closing price of our Common Stock was $4.39 per share.


 

Investing in these securities involves significant risks and uncertainties. You should review carefully the risks and uncertainties REFERRED TO under the heading “Risk Factors” beginning on page 4 of this prospectus, as well as the other information contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus and ANY ACCOMPANYING prospectus supplement, before making a decision to invest in our securities.

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The date of this prospectus is , 2023.

 


 

Table of Contents

 

 

 

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

 

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SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

 

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THE OFFERING

 

3

RISK FACTORS

 

4

USE OF PROCEEDS

 

4

PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

 

4

DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES

 

7

SELLING SECURITYHOLDER

 

9

LEGAL MATTERS

 

10

EXPERTS

 

10

WHERE YOU CAN FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

11

INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

 

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

This prospectus is part of a registration statement we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), using a “shelf” registration process. Under this shelf registration process, the selling securityholder may, from time to time, sell the securities offered by it described in this prospectus. We will not receive any proceeds from the shares of Common Stock offered by the selling securityholder under this prospectus. However, we will receive the proceeds of any cash exercise of the Warrants.

Neither we nor the selling securityholder have authorized anyone to provide you with any information or to make any representations other than those contained in this prospectus or any applicable prospectus supplement prepared by or on behalf of us or to which we have referred you. Neither we nor the selling securityholder take responsibility for, and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you. Neither we nor the selling securityholder will make an offer to sell these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.

We may also provide a prospectus supplement to the registration statement to add information to, or update or change information contained in, this prospectus. Any statement contained in this prospectus will be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this prospectus to the extent that a statement contained in such prospectus supplement modifies or supersedes such statement. Any statement so modified will be deemed to constitute a part of this prospectus only as so modified, and any statement so superseded will be deemed not to constitute a part of this prospectus. You should read both this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement to the registration statement together with the additional information to which we refer you in the sections of this prospectus entitled “Where You Can Find Additional Information” and “Incorporation by Reference.”

This prospectus incorporates by reference, and any prospectus supplement or free writing prospectus may contain and incorporate by reference, market data and industry statistics and forecasts that are based on independent industry publications and other publicly available information. Although we believe these sources are reliable, we do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information and we have not independently verified this information. In addition, the market and industry data and forecasts that may be included or incorporated by reference in this prospectus, any prospectus supplement or any applicable free writing prospectus may involve estimates, assumptions and other risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” contained in this prospectus, the applicable prospectus supplement and any applicable free writing prospectus, and under similar headings in other documents that are incorporated by reference into this prospectus. Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on this information.

We are registering the securities described above for resale on behalf of the selling securityholder pursuant to the selling securityholder’s registration rights under the Purchase Agreement. Our registration of the securities covered by this prospectus does not mean that either we or the selling securityholder will issue, offer or sell, as applicable, any of the securities. The selling securityholder may, from time to time, offer, sell or distribute all or a portion of the securities hereby registered publicly or through private transactions at prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices. See “Plan of Distribution” in this prospectus for more information.

 

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SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement and the information incorporated by reference in this prospectus contain certain statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of terms such as “expect,” “will,” “continue,” “believe,” “estimate,” “aim,” “project,” “intend,” “should,” “is to be,” or similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied in this prospectus. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements:

the timing, progress and results of preclinical studies and clinical trials for our programs and product candidates, including statements regarding the timing of initiation and completion of studies or trials and related preparatory work, the period during which the results of the trials will become available and our research and development programs;
our ability to recruit and enroll suitable patients in our clinical trials;
the potential attributes and benefits of our product candidates;
our ability to develop and advance product candidates into, and successfully complete, clinical studies;
the timing, scope or likelihood of regulatory filings and approvals;
our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval for our product candidates, and any related restrictions, limitations or warnings in the label of an approved product candidate;
the implementation of our business model and our strategic plans for our business, product candidates, technology and our discovery engine;
our commercialization, marketing and manufacturing capabilities and strategy;
the pricing and reimbursement of our product candidates, if approved;
the rate and degree of market acceptance of our product candidates, if approved;
our ability to establish or maintain collaborations or strategic relationships or obtain additional funding;
our ability to contract with and rely on third parties to assist in conducting our clinical trials and manufacturing our product candidates;
the size and growth potential of the markets for our product candidates, and our ability to serve those markets, either alone or in partnership with others;
our ability to obtain funding for our operations, including funding necessary to complete further development, approval and, if approved, commercialization of our product candidates;
the period over which we anticipate our existing cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund our operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements;

 

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the potential for our business development efforts to maximize the potential value of our portfolio;
our ability to compete with other companies currently marketing or engaged in the development of treatments for the indications that we are pursuing for our product candidates;
our expectations regarding our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for our product candidates;
our financial performance;
our ability to retain the continued service of our key professionals and to identify, hire and retain additional qualified professionals;
any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, including the execution of integration plans and the anticipated timing of filings;
our expectations related to the use of our cash reserves;
our estimates regarding expenses, future revenue, capital requirements and needs for additional financing;
our ability to remediate the material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting;
the impact of laws and regulations, including without limitation recently enacted tax reform legislation;
the impact of global economic and political developments on our business, including rising inflation and capital market disruptions, the current conflict in Ukraine and the conflict in Israel and the Gaza Strip, economic sanctions and economic slowdowns or recessions that may result from such developments, which could harm our research and development efforts as well as the value of our Common Stock and our ability to access capital markets;
the effect of COVID-19 on the foregoing; and
other risks and uncertainties, including those listed under the caption “Risk Factors.”

The forward-looking statements contained in this prospectus are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on our business. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting our business will be those that we have anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those factors described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” on page 4 of this prospectus. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment.

New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all such risk factors, nor can we assess the effect of all such risk factors on our business or the extent to which any factor or combination of factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements made by us in this prospectus and any accompanying prospectus supplement speak only as of the date of this prospectus and the accompanying prospectus supplement. Except to the extent required under the federal securities laws and rules and regulations of the SEC, we disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there is no assurance that the events

 

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or results suggested by the forward-looking statements will in fact occur, and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

Although we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law, you are advised to consult any additional disclosures we make in our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC. For information about where you can find these reports, see “Where You Can Find Additional Information” and “Incorporation by Reference.”

 

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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

This summary highlights selected information contained elsewhere in this prospectus or incorporated in this prospectus by reference. This summary does not contain all of the information that may be important to you and your investment decision. Therefore, before making your investment decision, you should carefully read this prospectus, including any applicable prospectus supplements and any applicable free writing prospectus, together with the additional information described under the headings “Where You Can Find Additional Information” and “Incorporation by Reference.”

Unless the context otherwise indicates, references in this prospectus to “Kineta,” the “Company,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refer, collectively, to Kineta, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

Overview

Kineta is a clinical-stage biotechnology company with a mission to develop next-generation immunotherapies that transform patients’ lives. Kineta has leveraged its expertise in innate immunity and is focused on discovering and developing potentially differentiated immunotherapies that address the major challenges with current cancer therapy.

Kineta has established its Innate Immunity Development Platform aimed at developing fully human monoclonal antibodies to address the major mechanisms of cancer immune resistance:

Immuno-suppression;
Exhausted T cells; and
Poor tumor immunogenicity.

Utilization of the Innate Immunity Development Platform is designed to result in novel, well-characterized immuno-oncology lead antibody therapeutics that can be efficiently advanced into investigational new drug (“IND”)-enabling preclinical studies and clinical trials.

Kineta’s pipeline of assets and research interests includes (i) KVA12123, a monoclonal antibody, (“mAb”), immunotherapy targeting VISTA (V-domain Ig suppressor of T cell activation), and (ii) an anti-CD27 agonist mAb immunotherapy. These immunotherapies have the potential to address disease areas with unmet medical needs and significant commercial potential.

Kineta dosed the first patient in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of KVA12123 in the United States in April 2023. The ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical study is designed to evaluate KVA12123 alone and in combination with the immune checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab in patents with advance solid tumors. KVA12123 is engineered to be a differentiated VISTA blocking immunotherapy to address the problem of immunosuppression in the tumor microenvironment. It is a fully human engineered IgG1 monoclonal antibody that was designed to bind to VISTA through a unique epitope and across neutral and acidic pHs. KVA12123 may be an effective immunotherapy for many types of cancer, including non-small cell lung cancer (“NSCLC”), colorectal cancer (“CRC”), ovarian cancer (“OC”), renal cell carcinoma (“RCC”) and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (“HNSCC”). These indications represent a significant unmet medical need with a large worldwide commercial opportunity for KVA12123.

Kineta is also conducting preclinical studies on its lead anti-CD27 agonist mAb immunotherapy that was discovered utilizing Kineta’s Innate Immunity Development Platform. This lead candidate is a fully human mAb that demonstrates low nanomolar (“nM”) binding affinity to CD27 in humans. In preclinical studies, Kineta’s lead anti-CD27 agonist mAb was observed to induce T cell proliferation and secretion of cytokines involved in T cell priming and recruitment, as well as NK cell activation, suggesting the ability to potentiate new anti-tumor responses. CD27 is a clinically validated target that may be an effective immunotherapy for advanced solid tumors including RCC, CRC and OC. Kineta continues to conduct preclinical studies to optimize its lead anti-CD27 agonist mAb clinical candidate and to evaluate it in combination with other checkpoint inhibitors.

 

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Corporate Information

We were incorporated in Delaware on December 13, 2006 under the name Proteoguard, Inc. and subsequently changed our name to Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. on September 17, 2007. On December 22, 2020, we effected a reverse merger, pursuant to which a wholly-owned subsidiary of ours merged with and into Yumanity, Inc. (formerly Yumanity Therapeutics, Inc.), or Yumanity, with Yumanity surviving as a wholly-owned subsidiary of ours. On December 22, 2020, we changed our name from Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. to Yumanity Therapeutics, Inc. On December 16, 2022, we effected a reverse merger, pursuant to which a wholly-owned subsidiary of ours merged with and into Kineta, Inc., or Kineta, with Kineta surviving as a wholly-owned subsidiary of ours (such transaction, the “Merger”). On December 16, 2022, we changed our name from Yumanity Therapeutics, Inc. to Kineta, Inc. Our principal executive offices are located at 219 Terry Ave. N., Suite 300, Seattle, Washington 98109. Our telephone number is (206) 378-0400. Our website address is https://kinetabio.com. Information contained on our website or connected thereto does not constitute part of, and is not incorporated by reference into, this prospectus or the registration statement of which it forms a part.

Kineta, the Kineta logo and our other registered or common law trademarks, service marks or trade names appearing in this prospectus are the property of Kineta. Other trademarks, service marks and trade names used in this prospectus are the property of their respective owners.

We are a “smaller reporting company” as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act since the market value of our shares held by non-affiliates is less than $700 million and our annual revenue was less than $100 million during the most recently completed fiscal year. We may continue to be a smaller reporting company after this offering if either (i) the market value of our shares held by non-affiliates is less than $250 million or (ii) our annual revenue was less than $100 million during the most recently completed fiscal year and the market value of our shares held by non-affiliates is less than $700 million. As a “smaller reporting company,” we have elected to take advantage of certain of the scaled disclosure available for smaller reporting companies in this prospectus as well as our filings under the Exchange Act, including that we may choose to present only the two most recent fiscal years of audited financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and have reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation, and, if we are a smaller reporting company with less than $100 million in annual revenue, we would not be required to obtain an attestation report on internal control over financial reporting issued by our independent registered public accounting firm.

 

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THE OFFERING

This prospectus relates to the resale or other disposition from time to time by the selling securityholder identified in this prospectus of up to 890,208 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants. None of the shares registered hereby are being offered for sale by us.

 

Securities offered by the selling securityholder

Up to 890,208 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants.

Common Stock outstanding after this offering

11,105,153 shares of Common Stock, assuming the exercise in full of the Warrants.

Use of proceeds

We will not receive any proceeds from the shares of Common Stock offered by the selling securityholder under this prospectus. However, we will receive the proceeds of any cash exercise of the Warrants. We intend to use the net proceeds from any cash exercise of the Warrants for general corporate purposes, which may include funding research, clinical development, including for KVA12123, working capital, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes. See “Use of Proceeds.”

Nasdaq Capital Market Symbol

Our Common Stock is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “KA.”

Risk Factors

Investing in our securities involves significant risks and uncertainties. You should read the “Risk Factors” section of this prospectus supplement and in the documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus supplement for a discussion of factors to consider before deciding to purchase shares of our Common Stock.

 

The number of shares of our Common Stock that will be outstanding immediately after this offering as shown above is based on 10,214,945 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2023 and, unless otherwise indicated, excludes:

2,009,798 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options outstanding as of September 30, 2023, at a weighted-average exercise price of $9.16 per share;
9,809 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the settlement of restricted stock units outstanding as of September 30, 2023;
1,863,472 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of warrants outstanding as of September 30, 2023, at a weighted-average exercise price of $5.95 per share;
932,339 shares of Common Stock reserved for future issuance under our equity incentive plans as of September 30, 2023;
110,000 shares of Common Stock issued in the Registered Offering;
68,622 shares of Common Stock issued in October 2023 upon exercise of warrants and vesting of restricted stock units; and
780,208 shares of Common Stock underlying the Pre-Funded Warrants issued in the Registered Offering.

 

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RISK FACTORS

Investing in our securities involves significant risks and uncertainties. Before deciding to purchase any of our securities, you should read carefully the discussion of risks and uncertainties under the heading “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as any amendments thereto, which are incorporated by reference into this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement, together with other information in this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement, the documents incorporated by reference herein and therein, and any free writing prospectus that we may authorize for use in connection with a specific offering. See “Where You Can Find Additional Information” and “Incorporation by Reference.”

We could be materially and adversely affected by any or all of these risks or by additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial that may adversely affect us or a particular offering in the future.

 

USE OF PROCEEDS

We will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares of Common Stock offered by the selling securityholder under this prospectus. However, we will receive the proceeds of any cash exercise of the Warrants. If all of the Warrants were exercised for cash, we would receive aggregate proceeds of approximately $2.9 million. We intend to use the net proceeds from any cash exercise of the Warrants for general corporate purposes, which may include funding research, clinical development, including for KVA12123, working capital, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes.

PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

The selling securityholder may offer and sell, from time to time, the shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants. The selling securityholder will act independently of us in making decisions with respect to the timing, manner and size of each sale. Such sales may be made on one or more exchanges or in the over-the-counter market or otherwise, at prices and under terms then prevailing or at prices related to the then current market price or in negotiated transactions. The selling securityholder may sell its securities by one or more of, or a combination of, the following methods:

through brokers, dealers or agents;
purchases by a broker-dealer as principal and resale by such broker-dealer for its own account pursuant to this prospectus;
ordinary brokerage transactions and transactions in which the broker solicits purchasers;
block trades in which the broker-dealer so engaged will attempt to sell the shares or warrants as agent but may position and resell a portion of the block as principal to facilitate the transaction;
an over-the-counter distribution in accordance with the rules of Nasdaq;
through trading plans entered into by a selling securityholder pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 under the Exchange Act that are in place at the time of an offering pursuant to this prospectus and any applicable prospectus supplement hereto that provide for periodic sales of their securities on the basis of parameters described in such trading plans;
short sales effected after the date the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part is declared effective by the SEC;
distribution to employees, members, limited partners or stockholders of the selling securityholder;

 

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broker-dealers may agree with the selling securityholder to sell a specified number of such shares at a stipulated price per share;
through the writing or settlement of options or other hedging transaction, whether through an options exchange or otherwise;
by pledge to secured debts and other obligations;
delayed delivery arrangements;
to or through underwriters or agents;
in privately negotiated transactions;
in options transactions;
through a combination of any of the above methods of sale, as described below; and
any other method permitted pursuant to applicable law.

In addition, any securities that qualify for sale pursuant to Rule 144 may be sold under Rule 144, or pursuant to other available exemptions from the registration requirements under the Securities Act, rather than pursuant to this prospectus.

The selling securityholder may set the price or prices of its securities at:

fixed prices;
varying prices determined at the time of sale;
market prices prevailing at the time of any sale under this registration statement;
prices related to market prices; or
negotiated prices.

To the extent required, this prospectus may be amended or supplemented from time to time to describe a specific plan of distribution. In connection with distributions of the securities or otherwise, the selling securityholder may enter into hedging transactions with broker-dealers or other financial institutions. In connection with such transactions, broker-dealers or other financial institutions may engage in short sales of the securities in the course of hedging the positions they assume with selling securityholder. The selling securityholder may also sell the securities short and redeliver the securities to close out such short positions.

The selling securityholder may also enter into option or other transactions with broker-dealers or other financial institutions which require the delivery to such broker-dealer or other financial institution of securities offered by this prospectus, which securities such broker-dealer or other financial institution may resell pursuant to this prospectus (as supplemented or amended to reflect such transaction). The selling securityholder may also pledge securities to a broker-dealer or other financial institution, and, upon a default, such broker-dealer or other financial institution, may effect sales of the pledged securities pursuant to this prospectus (as supplemented or amended to reflect such transaction).

 

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The selling securityholder may elect to make an in-kind distribution of Common Stock to its members, partners or shareholders pursuant to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part by delivering a prospectus. To the extent that such members, partners or shareholders are not affiliates of ours, such members, partners or shareholders would thereby receive freely tradable shares of Common Stock pursuant to the distribution through a registration statement.

The selling securityholder may also pledge securities to a broker-dealer or other financial institution, and, upon a default, such broker-dealer or other financial institution may effect sales of the pledged securities pursuant to this prospectus (as supplemented or amended to reflect such transaction).

The selling securityholder may enter into derivative transactions with third parties, or sell securities not covered by this prospectus to third parties in privately negotiated transactions. If the applicable prospectus supplement indicates, in connection with those derivatives, the third parties may sell securities covered by this prospectus and the applicable prospectus supplement, including in short sale transactions. If so, the third party may use securities pledged by the selling securityholder or borrowed from the selling securityholder or others to settle those sales or to close out any related open borrowings of stock, and may use securities received from the selling securityholder in settlement of those derivatives to close out any related open borrowings of stock. The third party in such sale transactions will be an underwriter and will be identified in the applicable prospectus supplement (or a post-effective amendment). In addition, the selling securityholder may otherwise loan or pledge securities to a financial institution or other third party that in turn may sell the securities short using this prospectus. Such financial institution or other third party may transfer its economic short position to investors in our securities or in connection with a concurrent offering of other securities.

In effecting sales, broker-dealers or agents engaged by the selling securityholder may arrange for other broker-dealers to participate. Broker-dealers or agents may receive commissions, discounts or concessions from the Selling Securityholder in amounts to be negotiated immediately prior to the sale.

In offering the securities covered by this prospectus, the selling securityholder and any broker-dealers who execute sales for the selling securityholder may be deemed to be “underwriters” within the meaning of the Securities Act in connection with such sales. Any profits realized by the selling securityholder and the compensation of any broker-dealer may be deemed to be underwriting discounts and commissions.

In order to comply with the securities laws of certain states, if applicable, the securities must be sold in such jurisdictions only through registered or licensed brokers or dealers. In addition, in certain states the securities may not be sold unless they have been registered or qualified for sale in the applicable state or an exemption from the registration or qualification requirement is available and is complied with.

We will make copies of this prospectus available to the selling securityholder for the purpose of satisfying the prospectus delivery requirements of the Securities Act. The selling securityholder may indemnify any broker-dealer that participates in transactions involving the sale of the securities against certain liabilities, including liabilities arising under the Securities Act.

At the time a particular offer of securities is made, if required, a prospectus supplement will be distributed that will set forth the number of securities being offered and the terms of the offering, including the name of any underwriter, dealer or agent, the purchase price paid by any underwriter, any discount, commission and other item constituting compensation, any discount, commission or concession allowed or reallowed or paid to any dealer, and the proposed selling price to the public.

Certain agents, underwriters and dealers, and their associates and affiliates, may be customers of, have borrowing relationships with, engage in other transactions with, or perform services, including investment banking services, for us or one or more of our respective affiliates and/or the selling securityholder or one or more of its respective affiliates in the ordinary course of business for which they receive compensation.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES

The following summary of the material terms of our securities is not intended to be a complete summary of the rights and preferences of such securities. You should refer to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and our amended and restated bylaws, both of which are included as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. The summary below is also qualified by provisions of applicable law.

The description of our securities is incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the SEC on March 31, 2023.

Warrants

The Warrants were issued in the Private Placement on October 5, 2023 in connection with the Registered Offering of shares of our Common Stock and Pre-Funded Warrants to purchase shares of Common Stock.

Exercisability

The Warrants became exercisable immediately following issuance and have a term of five and one-half (5.5) years from the initial exercise date. The Warrants are exercisable, at the option of the holder, in whole or in part by delivering to us a duly executed exercise notice and, at any time a registration statement registering the issuance of shares of Common Stock underlying the Warrants under the Securities Act is effective and available for the issuance of such shares, or an exemption from registration under the Securities Act is available for the issuance of such shares, by payment in full in immediately available funds for the number of shares of Common Stock purchased upon such exercise. If at the time of exercise there is no effective registration statement registering, or the prospectus contained therein is not available for the issuance of the shares of Common Stock underlying the Warrants, then the Warrants may also be exercised, in whole or in part, at such time by means of a cashless exercise, in which case the holder would receive upon such exercise the net number of shares of Common Stock determined according to the formula set forth in the Warrant.

Exercise Limitation

A holder will not have the right to exercise any portion of the Warrants if the holder (together with its affiliates) would beneficially own in excess of 4.99% (or, upon election of the holder, 9.99%) of the number of our shares of Common Stock outstanding immediately after giving effect to the exercise, as such percentage ownership is determined in accordance with the terms of the Warrants. However, any holder may increase or decrease such percentage, but in no event may such percentage be increased to more than 9.99%, provided that any increase will not be effective until the 61st day after such election.

Exercise Price Adjustment

The exercise price of the Warrants is subject to appropriate adjustment in the event of certain stock dividends and distributions, stock splits, stock combinations, reclassifications or similar events affecting our shares of Common Stock.

Transferability

Subject to applicable laws, the Warrants may be offered for sale, sold, transferred or assigned without our consent.

Exchange Listing

There is no established trading market for the Warrants, and we do not expect a market to develop. In addition, we do not intend to apply for the listing of the Warrants on any national securities exchange or other trading market.

 

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Fundamental Transactions

In the event of any fundamental transaction, as described in the Warrants and generally including any merger with or into another entity, sale of all or substantially all of our assets, tender offer or exchange offer, or reclassification of our shares of Common Stock, then upon any subsequent exercise of a Warrant, the holder will have the right to receive as alternative consideration, for each share of Common Stock that would have been issuable upon such exercise immediately prior to the occurrence of such fundamental transaction, the number of shares of Common Stock of the successor or acquiring corporation of our company, if it is the surviving corporation, and any additional consideration receivable upon or as a result of such transaction by a holder of the number of shares of Common Stock for which the Warrant is exercisable immediately prior to such event.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of a fundamental transaction, we or a successor entity shall, at the holder’s option, exercisable at any time concurrently or within thirty (30) days following the consummation of a fundamental transaction, purchase the Warrant by paying to the holder an amount equal to the Black Scholes Value (as defined in each Warrant) of the remaining unexercised portion of the Warrant on the date of the fundamental transaction. If the fundamental transaction is not within our control, the holders of the Warrants will only be entitled to receive from us or a successor entity the same type or form of consideration (and in the same proportion), at the Black Scholes Value of the unexercised portion of the Warrant, that is being offered and paid to the holders of our Common Stock in connection with the fundamental transaction, whether that consideration is in the form of cash, stock or any combination thereof, or whether the holders of our Common Stock are given the choice to receive alternative forms of consideration in connection with the fundamental transaction.

Rights as a Stockholder

Except as otherwise provided in the Warrants or by virtue of such holder’s ownership of our Common Stock, the holder of a Warrant will not have the rights or privileges of a holder of our Common Stock, including any voting rights, until the holder exercises the warrant.

Resale Registration Rights

We have filed this registration statement with the SEC that includes this prospectus to register for resale under the Securities Act, the shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants to satisfy our obligations in connection with the Private Placement under the Purchase Agreement. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to keep the registration statement effective at all times until the selling securityholder no longer owns any Warrants or shares issuable upon exercise thereof.

 

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SELLING SECURITYHOLDER

This prospectus relates to the resale by the selling securityholder from time to time of up to an aggregate of 890,208 shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of our outstanding Warrants.

The selling securityholder acquired its securities in the Private Placement concurrent with the Registered Offering of 110,000 shares of our Common Stock and Pre-Funded Warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 780,208 shares of Common Stock, which was completed on October 5, 2023.

The Warrants held by the selling securityholder contain limitations which prevent the holders from exercising such Warrants if such exercise would cause the selling securityholder, together with certain related parties, to beneficially own a number of shares of Common Stock which would exceed 4.99% (or, upon election of the holder, 9.99%) of our then outstanding Common Stock following such exercise, excluding for purposes of such determination, shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants which have not been exercised.

The following table sets forth information relating to the selling securityholder as of October 31, 2023. For purposes of this table, we have assumed that the selling securityholder will have sold all of the securities covered by this prospectus upon the completion of the offering.

We cannot advise you as to whether the selling securityholder will in fact sell any or all of such securities. In particular, the selling securityholder may have sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of all or a portion of its securities after the date on which it provided us with information regarding its securities. Any changed or new information given to us by the selling securityholder, including regarding the identity of, and the securities held by, the selling securityholder, will be set forth in a prospectus supplement or amendments to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, if and when necessary.

Please see the section entitled “Plan of Distribution” for further information regarding the selling securityholder’s method of distributing these securities.

Beneficial ownership of the selling securityholder is determined in accordance with Rule 13d-3(d) under the Exchange Act. The percentage of shares beneficially owned prior to, and after, the offering is based on 10,393,567 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of October 31, 2023.

As used in this prospectus, the term “selling securityholder” includes the selling securityholder listed in the table below and any of its transferees, pledgees, distributees, donees and successors.

 

 

 

Shares of Common Stock

 

Name

 

Number Beneficially Owned Prior to Offering

 

 

Number Registered for Sale Hereby

 

 

Number Beneficially Owned After Offering

 

 

Percent
Owned After Offering

 

Armistice Capital Master Fund Ltd.(1)

 

 

1,020,000

 

 

 

890,208

 

 

 

1,910,208

 

 

 

16.9

%

 

(1)
The shares of Common Stock are directly held by Armistice Capital Master Fund Ltd., a Cayman Islands exempted company (the “Master Fund”), and may be deemed to be indirectly beneficially owned by: (i) Armistice Capital, LLC, or Armistice Capital, as the investment manager of the Master Fund; and (ii) Steven Boyd, as the Managing Member of Armistice Capital. Armistice Capital and Steven Boyd disclaim beneficial ownership of the securities except to the extent of their respective pecuniary interests therein. Of the shares of Common Stock held by the Master Fund, 890,208 are issuable upon the exercise of the Warrants, which are subject to a beneficial ownership limitation described above. The address of the Master Fund is c/o Armistice Capital, LLC, 510 Madison Ave, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

 

 

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The validity of the securities offered hereby have been passed upon for us by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Any underwriters or agents will be advised about other issues relating to the offering by counsel to be named in the applicable prospectus supplement.

 

EXPERTS

The consolidated financial statements of Kineta, Inc. as of December 31, 2022 and 2021 and for each of the two years then ended, incorporated in this prospectus by reference to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, have been audited by Marcum LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report thereon, included therein, and incorporated by reference in the prospectus and registration statement in reliance upon such report and upon the authority of such firm as experts in accounting and auditing.

 

 

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WHERE YOU CAN FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. The SEC maintains an internet website at http://www.sec.gov that contains periodic and current reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding registrants that file electronically with the SEC. Copies of certain information filed by us with the SEC are also available on our website at https://kinetabio.com/. Our website is not a part of this prospectus and is not incorporated by reference in this prospectus.

This prospectus is part of a registration statement we filed with the SEC. This prospectus omits some information contained in the registration statement in accordance with SEC rules and regulations. You should review the information and exhibits in the registration statement for further information on us and our consolidated subsidiaries and the securities we are offering. Statements in this prospectus concerning any document we filed as an exhibit to the registration statement or that we otherwise filed with the SEC are not intended to be comprehensive and are qualified by reference to these filings. You should review the complete document to evaluate these statements.

 

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INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

The SEC allows us to “incorporate by reference” into this prospectus certain information we file with it, which means that we can disclose important information by referring you to those documents. The information incorporated by reference is considered to be a part of this prospectus, and information that we file later with the SEC will automatically update and supersede information contained in this prospectus and any accompanying prospectus supplement. We incorporate by reference the documents listed below and all documents filed after the date of this prospectus with the SEC pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c), 14, or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, prior to the termination of the offering covered by this prospectus (provided, however, that we are not incorporating, in each case, any documents or information deemed to have been “furnished” and not filed in accordance with SEC rules):

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the SEC on March 31, 2023;
Our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2023, June 30, 2023 and September 30, 2023 filed with the SEC on May 11, 2023, August 11, 2023 and November 3, 2023, respectively;
Portions of the Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, filed with the SEC on April 28, 2023, that are incorporated by reference into Part III of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the SEC on March 31, 2023; and
The description of our Common Stock contained in our Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed with the SEC on February 10, 2016, as updated by the description of our Common Stock included in Exhibit 4.2 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, filed on March 24, 2022 and as supplemented by the description of our Common Stock set forth in our Registration Statement on Form S-4, filed with the SEC on August 29, 2022, together with any subsequent amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description.

Any statement contained in a document incorporated by reference in this prospectus or any prospectus supplement shall be deemed to be modified or superseded to the extent that a statement contained herein, therein or in any other subsequently filed document that also is incorporated by reference herein or therein 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 prospectus or any prospectus supplement.

We will provide to each person, including any beneficial owner, to whom this prospectus is delivered, upon written or oral request, at no cost to the requester, a copy of any and all of the information that has been incorporated by reference in this prospectus but not delivered with the prospectus.

Requests for such information should be directed to our Corporate Secretary at the address below:

Kineta, Inc.

219 Terry Ave. N., Suite 300

Seattle, WA 98109

Attention: Secretary
Telephone: (206) 378-0400

 

Please include your contact information with the request.

 

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KINETA, INC.

 

Up to 890,208 Shares of Common Stock

 

 

PROSPECTUS

 

, 2023

 

 


 

PART II

INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED IN PROSPECTUS

Item 14. Other Expenses of Issuance and Distribution

The following table sets forth the costs and expenses, other than underwriting discounts and commissions, payable by the registrant in connection with the sale of the securities being registered hereby.

 

SEC registration fee

$

 

573

 

Accounting fees and expenses

 

*

 

Legal fees and expenses

 

*

 

Printing fees

 

*

 

Transfer agent, trustee and warrant agent fees and expenses

 

*

 

Miscellaneous fees and expenses

 

*

 

Total

$

*

 

 

* These fees and expenses depend on the securities offered and the number of issuances, and accordingly cannot be estimated at this time and will be reflected in the applicable prospectus supplement.

Item 15. Indemnification of Directors and Officers

Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) authorizes a corporation to indemnify its directors and officers against liabilities arising out of actions, suits and proceedings to which they are made or threatened to be made a party by reason of the fact that they have served or are currently serving as a director or officer to a corporation. The indemnity may cover expenses (including attorneys’ fees) judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the director or officer in connection with any such action, suit or proceeding. Section 145 permits corporations to pay expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by directors and officers in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit or proceeding. In addition, Section 145 provides that a corporation has the power to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of its directors and officers against any liability asserted against them and incurred by them in their capacity as a director or officer, or arising out of their status as such, whether or not the corporation would have the power to indemnify the director or officer against such liability under Section 145.

Provisions in our certificate of incorporation and bylaws limit or eliminate the personal liability of our directors to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL, as it now exists or may in the future be amended. Consequently, a director will not be personally liable to us or our stockholders for monetary damages or breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except for liability for:

any breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to us or our stockholders;
any act or omission not in good faith or that involves intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law;
any unlawful payments related to dividends or unlawful stock purchases, redemptions or other distributions; or
any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit.

These limitations of liability do not alter director liability under the federal securities laws and do not affect the availability of equitable remedies, such as an injunction or rescission.

 

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In addition, our bylaws provide that:

we will indemnify our directors, officers and, in the discretion of our board of directors, certain employees to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL, as it now exists or may in the future be amended; and
we will advance reasonable expenses, including attorneys’ fees, to our directors and, in the discretion of our board of directors, to our officers and certain employees, in connection with legal proceedings relating to their service for or on behalf of us, subject to limited exceptions.

We have entered into form indemnification agreements with our directors and certain of our officers. Among other things, and subject to certain limitations, the form indemnification agreements provide for advancement and indemnification, within the bounds of Delaware law, for losses directors and officers may incur in connection with or arising out of the performance of their duties.

We also maintain general liability insurance which covers certain liabilities of our directors and officers arising out of claims based on acts or omissions in their capacities as directors or officers, including liabilities under the Securities Act.

The foregoing summaries are necessarily subject to the complete text of the referenced sections of the DGCL, the certificate of incorporation, the bylaws, and the form indemnification agreements and are qualified in their entirety by reference thereto.

 

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Item 16. Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.

Description

3.1

Fifth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. Registration Statement on Form S-3, filed with the SEC on November 23, 2018).

3.2

Certificate of Amendment of Fifth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant, dated December 22, 2020 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 30, 2020).

3.3

Certificate of Amendment of Fifth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant, dated December 22, 2020 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 30, 2020).

3.4

Certificate of Amendment of Fifth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant, dated December 16, 2022 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 22, 2022).

3.5

Certificate of Amendment of Fifth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant, dated December 16, 2022 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 22, 2022).

3.6

Fourth Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.3 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on December 22, 2022).

4.1

Form of Common Warrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on October 5, 2023).

5.1*

Opinion of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff LLP.

10.1

Form of Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 3, 2023, by and between the Registrant and each of the investors named therein (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on October 5, 2023).

23.2*

Consent of Marcum LLP, independent registered public accounting firm.

23.3*

Consent of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).

24.1*

Powers of Attorney (included on signature page to this registration statement).

107*

Filing Fee Table.

_____________

* Filed herewith.

Item 17. Undertakings

(a)
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 of 1933, as amended (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. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities

 

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offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement;
(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 (a)(1)(i), (ii), and (iii) above 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 Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement or is contained in a form of prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act that is part of 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.
(4)
That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act to any purchaser:
(i)
Each prospectus filed by the registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) shall be deemed to be part of the registration statement as of the date the filed prospectus was deemed part of and included in the registration statement; and
(ii)
Each prospectus required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2), (b)(5), or (b)(7) as part of a registration statement in reliance on Rule 430B relating to an offering made pursuant to Rule 415(a)(1)(i), (vii), or (x) for the purpose of providing the information required by Section 10(a) of the Securities Act shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the earlier of the date such form of prospectus is first used after effectiveness or the date of the first contract of sale of securities in the offering described in the prospectus. As provided in Rule 430B, for liability purposes of the issuer and any person that is at that date an underwriter, such date shall be deemed to be a new effective date of the registration statement relating to the securities in the registration statement to which that prospectus relates, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof. Provided, however, that no statement made in a registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such effective date, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such effective date.
(5)
That, for the purpose of determining liability of the registrant under the Securities Act to any purchaser in the initial distribution of the securities, the undersigned registrant undertakes that in a primary offering of securities of the undersigned registrant pursuant to this registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to

 

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such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, the undersigned registrant will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:
(i)
Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of the undersigned registrant relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;
(ii)
Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant or used or referred to by the undersigned registrant;
(iii)
The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about the undersigned registrant or its securities provided by or on behalf of the undersigned registrant; and
(iv)
Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by the undersigned registrant to the purchaser.
(b)
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 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) 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.
(c)
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 of 1933 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 of 1933 and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
(d)
The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes to file an application for the purpose of determining the eligibility of the trustee to act under subsection (a) of Section 310 of the Trust Indenture Act in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by the Commission under Section 305(b)(2) of the Trust Indenture Act.

 

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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-3 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Seattle, State of Washington, on November 3, 2023.

 

 

KINETA, INC.

 

By:

  /s/ Shawn Iadonato

 

Name:

  Shawn Iadonato, Ph.D.

 

Title:

  Chief Executive Officer and Director

 

 


 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Shawn Iadonato and Pauline Kenny, and each or any of them, as their true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for their and in their name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments to this registration statement, and to sign any registration statement for the same offering covered by this registration statement filed pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act of 1933, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in connection therewith, as fully to all intents and purposes as they might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or any of them, or their substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue thereof. This Power of Attorney may be signed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be an original, with the same effect as if the signatures thereto and hereto were upon the same instrument.

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/ Shawn Iadonato

Chief Executive Officer and Director

November 3, 2023

Shawn Iadonato, Ph.D.

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

 

 

/s/ Keith A. Baker

Chief Financial Officer

November 3, 2023

Keith A. Baker

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

 

 

 

/s/ David Arkowitz

Director

November 3, 2023

David Arkowitz

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Raymond Bartoszek

Director

November 3, 2023

Raymond Bartoszek

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Kimberlee Drapkin

Director

November 3, 2023

Kimberlee Drapkin

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Scott Dylla

Director

November 3, 2023

Scott Dylla

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Marion R. Foote

Director

November 3, 2023

Marion R. Foote

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Richard Peters

Director

November 3, 2023

Richard Peters

 

 

 

 


 

EXHIBIT 5.1

November 3, 2023

Kineta, Inc.

219 Terry Ave. N., Suite 300

Seattle, WA 98109

Re: Kineta, Inc.

Registration Statement on Form S-3

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as counsel to Kineta, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the filing by the Company of a Registration Statement on Form S-3 (the “Registration Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), including a related prospectus filed with the Registration Statement (the “Prospectus”), covering the resale of up to 890,208 shares (the “Warrant Shares”) of Company common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), that are issuable by the Company upon the exercise of warrants (the “Warrants”), pursuant to that certain Common Stock Purchase Warrant, dated as of October 5, 2023 (the “Common Stock Purchase Warrant”), issued by the Company to that certain selling securityholder (the “Selling Securityholder”) named in the Registration Statement, which may be offered and sold from time to time on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). All of the Warrant Shares are being registered on behalf of the Selling Securityholder.

In connection with this opinion, we have examined and relied upon (i) the Registration Statement and the Prospectus; (ii) the Company’s Fifth Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Fourth Amended and Restated Bylaws, each as amended and restated through the date hereof; (iii) the Common Stock Purchase Warrant; and (iv) originals or copies, certified or otherwise, identified to our satisfaction, of such corporate records of the Company, such certificates of public officials, officers of the Company and other persons, and such other documents, agreements and instruments as we have deemed relevant and necessary for the purpose of rendering our opinion set forth below.

In such examination, we have assumed the following: (i) the authenticity of original documents and the genuineness of all signatures; (ii) the conformity to the originals of all documents submitted to us as copies; (iii) the legal competence of all signatories to such documents; and (iv) the truth, accuracy, and completeness of the information, factual matters, representations and warranties contained in the records, documents, instruments, and certificates we have reviewed.

With respect to the Warrants and the Warrant Shares, we express no opinion to the extent that, notwithstanding the Company’s current reservation of shares of Common Stock, future issuances of securities of the Company, including the Warrant Shares, and/or antidilution adjustments to outstanding securities of the Company, including the Warrants, may cause the Warrants to be exercisable for more shares of Common Stock than the number that then remain authorized but unissued. Further, we have assumed the Exercise Price (as defined in the Common Stock Purchase Warrant) will not be adjusted to an amount below the par value per share of the shares of Common Stock.

On the basis of the foregoing, and in reliance thereon, we are of the opinion that the Warrant Shares, have been duly authorized and, when issued and paid for upon exercise of the Warrants in accordance with the terms of the Warrant, will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

 


 

Our opinion herein is limited to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware and the federal laws of the United States of America. This opinion is limited to such laws as are in effect on the date hereof.

Our opinion is limited to the matters stated herein and no opinion is implied or may be inferred beyond the matters expressly stated. Our opinion is based on these laws as in effect on the date hereof, and we disclaim any obligation to advise you of facts, circumstances, events or developments which hereafter may be brought to our attention and which may alter, affect or modify the opinion expressed herein.

We consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement, and we further consent to the use of our name under the caption “Legal Matters” in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus. In giving these consents, we do not thereby admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act, or the rules and regulations of the Commission promulgated thereunder, nor do we thereby admit that we are “experts” within the meaning of such term as used in the Securities Act with respect to any part of the Registration Statement, including this opinion letter as an exhibit or otherwise.

Very truly yours,

/s/ ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE LLP

ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE LLP

 


EXHIBIT 23.2

 

 

Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm’s Consent

 

We consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement of Kineta, Inc. (“Kineta”) on Form S-3 of our report dated March 30, 2023, with respect to our audits of the consolidated financial statements of Kineta as of December 31, 2022 and 2021 and for each of the two years ended December 31, 2022 appearing in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Kineta for the year ended December 31, 2022. We also consent to the reference to our firm under the heading “Experts” in the Prospectus, which is part of this Registration Statement.

 

/s/ Marcum llp

 

Marcum llp

New York, NY

November 3, 2023

 

 

 


Exhibit 107

Calculation of Filing Fee Table

Form S-3

(Form Type)

Kineta, 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)(2)

 

Proposed Maximum Offering Price Per Unit(3)

 

Maximum Aggregate Offering Price

 

Fee Rate

Amount of Registration Fee

 

Newly Registered Securities

 

Fees to be Paid

Equity

Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share

Other

 

890,208

 

$

4.36

 

$

3,881,306.88

 

$147.60 per million

$

572.88

 

Fees Previously Paid

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

 

Total Offering Amounts

 

 

 

$

3,881,306.88

 

 

$

572.88

 

 

Total Fees Previously Paid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

Total Fee Offsets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

Net Fee Due

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

572.88

 

(1)

Pursuant to Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this registration statement on Form S-3 (the “Registration Statement”) shall also cover any additional shares of the common stock, $0.001 par value per share (the “Common Stock”), of Kineta, Inc. (the “Registrant”) that become issuable with respect to the securities identified in the above table, by reason of any stock dividend, stock splits, reverse stock splits, recapitalizations, reclassifications, mergers, split-ups, reorganizations, consolidations and other capital adjustments effected without receipt of consideration that increases the number of outstanding shares of Common Stock.

 

(2)

Represents 890,208 shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrants (as defined in the Registration Statement).

 

(3)

Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rules 457(c) of the Securities Act on the basis of $4.36, the average of the high and low prices of a share of Common Stock as reported on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC on November 2, 2023.

 

 



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