SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Report of Foreign Private Issuer
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
November 13, 2017
PROQR THERAPEUTICS N.V.
2333 CK Leiden
Tel: +31 88 166 7000
(Address, Including ZIP Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Registrants Principal Executive Offices)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.
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On November 13, 2017, ProQR Therapeutics N.V. (ProQR or the Company) (NASDAQ: PRQR), announced that it had commenced a public offering of its ordinary shares (plus any additional ordinary shares to which the Company expects to grant a 30-day option to the underwriters to purchase), nominal value 0.04 per ordinary share, in an underwritten public offering (the Offering). In addition, the Company announced a proposed concurrent registered direct offering of its ordinary shares.
In the prospectus supplement used in connection with the Offering and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Company provided the following disclosures as to recent developments:
|||The Companys Phase 2 clinical program for QR-010 for CF, a severe genetic disease that affects approximately 77,000 people in the United States, the European Union, Canada and Australia, is currently under design. The Company intends to seek a strategic partner for further development of QR-010 for CF.|
|||The Company commenced patient dosing in its ongoing Phase 1/2 safety and efficacy study of QR-110, its lead product candidate for Lebers congenital amaurosis type 10, in November 2017. The objectives of the trial will include safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and efficacy as measured by restoration or improvement of visual function and retinal structure through ophthalmic endpoints such as visual acuity, full field stimulus testing, or FST, optical coherence tomography, OCT, pupillary light reflex, or PLR, mobility course and fixation stability. Changes in quality of life in the trial subjects will also be evaluated. The Company expects interim safety and efficacy trial results from the majority of patients after six months of treatment in 2018, with full 12 month treatment data from all patients in the trial in 2019. In pre-clinical studies of QR-110, it was shown to convert close to 100 percent of the mutant mRNA to wild-type in a homozygous optic cup organoid model, which led to a functional CEP290 protein. QR-110 is designed to be administered through an intravitreal injection in the eye which is considered a routine procedure, and has been shown in vivo that QR-110 reaches the outer nuclear layer of the eye following a single intravitreal injection. The company conducted a pre-evaluation/retrospective natural history study collection data of 22 LCA 10 patients over a period of 16 years in 2017.|
|||The Company is developing QRX-421 for ophthalmic manifestations of Usher syndrome due to exon 13 mutations of the USH2A gene, which affect approximately 12,000 patients in the United States, the European Union, Canada and Australia, and QRX-411 for the ophthalmic manifestations of Usher syndrome due to the mutations in PE-40 of the USH2A gene, which affect approximately 1,000 patients in the United States, the European Union, Canada and Australia. The Company initiated pre-clinical development of QRX-421 and plans to initiate a clinical trial towards the end of 2018. This planned clinical trial consists of a single dose arm and a six-month adaptive multiple dose arm. The Company expects to receive top-line data from the single dose arm in the first half of 2019 and from the adaptive multiple dose arm in 2019. QRX-411 is also currently in pre-clinical development, with the goal of starting a clinical trial towards the end of 2018 with a top-line data readout expected in 2019.|
|||The Company expects to start its first in human study of QR-313 in dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, or DEB, in early 2018. The Company plans to conduct this study as a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in two parts, each enrolling six to ten DEB patients with exon 73 mutations, and each evaluating safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics. Part A of the clinical trial is expected to be an open label, single wound treatment for 28 days, while Part B of the clinical trial is expected to be a placebo controlled, multiple wound treatment for 28 days. The Company expects to receive interim data from Part A of the trial in 2018 and full results that include Part B of the trial in early 2019.|
|||The Company believes that its novel proprietary RNA editing platform technology called Axiomer may be applicable to more than 20,000 disease-causing mutations. The Company expects to complete optimization of proof of concept in vitro and in vivo in 2017.|
|||On September 25, 2017, the Company established a Dutch foundation named Stichting Bewaarneming Aandelen ProQR for the administration of option exercises under its 2014 Stock Option Plan. The Company has issued an aggregate of 3,330,225 ordinary shares to the foundation, with the nominal value of 0.04 per share to be paid out of the Companys reserves. Upon exercise of outstanding options, the foundation will transfer the appropriate number of ordinary shares underlying such exercise and the optionee will pay the appropriate exercise price to the Company as share premium. The Company is the sole director of the foundation, and the foundation is not permitted to receive dividends or to vote the ordinary shares it will hold from time to time.|
As of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of 39.7 million and 59.2 million, respectively. As of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, we had debt of 6.5 million and 5.7 million, respectively. The cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2017 and the other preliminary financial data for periods subsequent to June 30, 2017 in the paragraphs above are preliminary
and may change, are based on information available to management as of the date of this report, and are subject to completion by management of the financial statements as of and for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. There can be no assurance that the Companys cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2017 or that any of the other preliminary financial data will not differ from these estimates, including as a result of quarter-end closing and audit procedures or review adjustments and any such changes could be material. In addition, the Company is not able to provide a range of operating or net loss as of the date of this report.
The Company hereby incorporates by reference the information contained in this report into the Companys registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-207245).
The information contained in this Report of Foreign Private Issuer on Form 6-K shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. Any offering will be made only by means of a prospectus, including a prospectus supplement, forming a part of the effective registration statement.
This Report of Foreign Private Issuer on Form 6-K contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, which are often indicated by terms such as anticipate, believe, could, estimate, expect, goal, intend, look forward to, may, plan, potential, predict, project, should, will, would and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on managements beliefs and assumptions and on information available to management only as of the date of this report. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the proposed offerings of ProQRs ordinary shares and recent developments about ProQRs business, including its clinical plans for its product candidates and timing of expected results from ongoing or proposed clinical trails. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond ProQRs control, including risk and uncertainties related to market conditions and satisfaction of customary closing conditions related to the proposed offerings. There can be no assurance that ProQR will be able to complete the proposed offerings on the anticipated terms, or at all. Applicable risks also include those that are included in ProQRs prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus filed with the SEC for the proposed offerings, including the documents incorporated by reference therein, which include ProQRs Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016, and any subsequent SEC filings. Given these risks, uncertainties and other factors, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future, except as required by law.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|PROQR THERAPEUTICS N.V.|
|Date: November 13, 2017||By:|
|Chief Financial Officer|