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Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 15, 2024





(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-41705   46-4478536
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)


File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


21 Business Park Drive

Branford, CT 06405

(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)


(203) 646-6446

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



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


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligations of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


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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 $0.0001   AZTR   NYSE American


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.






Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


On March 15, 2024, Azitra, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report and is incorporated herein by reference.


The information in this Item 2.02, including the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto, is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 but shall not be deemed “filed” for any purpose, including for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, nor shall it be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d) Exhibits Method Filing


The following exhibit is furnished with this report:


Exhibit 99.1

Press release dated March 15, 2024 regarding the Registrant’s financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

Filed Electronically herewith

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


Dated: March 15, 2024 /s/ Francisco D. Salva
  Francisco D. Salva
  Chief Executive Officer





Exhibit 99.1


Azitra, Inc. Announces Full Year 2023 Financial Results and Provides Business Updates


BRANFORD, Conn.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Azitra, Inc. (NYSE American: AZTR), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative therapies for precision dermatology, today reported financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2023, and provided a business update.


FY 2023 and Recent Business Highlights


Completed an initial public offering, raising $7.5 million in gross proceeds.
Obtained IND clearance of ATR-12 for a Phase 1b clinical trial in Netherton syndrome.
Completed and filed post-IND, FDA commitments for characterization of drug substance and drug product for ATR-12.
Selected and hired clinical research organization for ATR-12 clinical trial and selected initial clinical sites for activation.
Advanced ATR-04 into IND-enabling studies.
Advanced Bayer Joint Development Agreement and discussions with Bayer for a license agreement.
Strengthened IP portfolio with U.S. patent issuance from the USPTO for treating skin diseases with recombinant microorganisms, including ichthyosis vulgaris, a condition affecting about 1.3 million Americans.
Named Travis Whitfill COO and added Barbara Ryan and John Schroer to board of directors.
Successfully completed a follow-on public offering in February 2024, raising $5.0 million in gross proceeds.


“Throughout 2023 and now into 2024, Azitra’s unwavering commitment to combatting multiple serious skin conditions and diseases has propelled the company towards fundamental near-term catalysts,” said Francisco Salva, CEO of Azitra. “For our leading program, ATR-12 targeting Netherton’s syndrome, we’ve transitioned into the operational phase for our Phase 1b clinical trial. With a CRO onboard and discussions finalized with lead sites to activate the program and recruit ~12 patients, we’re poised to execute on a series of potentially high-impact catalysts. Moving forward, we’re focused on executing on key value-driving milestones, including getting the first patient enrolled, and a release of initial clinical data.”


“Next, for our ATR-04 program targeting EGFRi-associated rash, we intend to submit an IND for a Phase 1b clinical trial in cancer patients undergoing EGFRi targeted therapy in mid-2024. Subject to FDA clearance of our IND, we plan to initiate a Phase 1b clinical trial by year end.


“Additionally, regarding our Joint Development Agreement with Bayer, we are pleased with the recent progress of our collaboration and Bayer’s re-affirmed commitment to an execution of a license agreement.”





Pipeline and Upcoming Milestones


ATR-12 - Netherton syndrome (Rare skin disease with no FDA approved treatment options). Global Prevalence: 20K+ patients. Estimated Peak Sales Opportunity: ~$250 million.


Clinical Status: Phase 1b
Upcoming milestones:

First patient dosed in 12-patient clinical trial
Publication of preclinical data at major medical meetings in Q2 2024
Initial clinical safety data in late 2024


ATR-04 - EGFRi-associated rash (Chemotherapy agents such as EGFR inhibitors and immunotherapies such as early BTK inhibitors lead to an aggressive and debilitating rash on many patients). US Prevalence: ~150K patients. Estimated Peak Sales Opportunity: >$1B.


Clinical Status: Pre-IND
Upcoming milestones:

Publication of preclinical data at major medical meetings in Q2 2024
IND submission in mid-2024
First patient dosed in first-in-human clinical trial in late 2024 or early 2025


Bayer Joint Development Agreement (Joint development on S. epidermidis strains and products for eczema-prone skin.) Global Prevalence: 230 million. Annual economic burden in Europe: $30B.


Status: Azitra is responsible for early research, and Bayer is responsible for clinical development and commercialization
Upcoming milestones:

Execution of a licensing agreement with upfront payment


Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2023


Service Revenue – Related Party: The Company generated $0.7 million of service revenue during the year ended December 31, 2023, compared to $0.3 million for the comparable period in 2022.
Research and Development (R&D) expenses: R&D expenses for the year ended December 31, 2023, were $3.8 million compared to $6.1 million for the comparable period in 2022.
General and Administrative (G&A) expenses: G&A expenses for the year ended December 31, 2023, were $4.5 million compared to $3.6 million for the comparable period in 2022.
Net Loss was $11.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, compared to $10.7 million for the comparable period in 2022.
Cash and cash equivalents: As of December 31, 2023, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $1.8 million, which does not include net proceeds of approximately $4.4 million from a February 15, 2024, follow-on offering.


About Azitra, Inc.


Azitra, Inc. is an early-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative therapies for precision dermatology using engineered proteins and topical live biotherapeutic products. The Company has built a proprietary platform that includes a microbial library comprised of approximately 1,500 unique bacterial strains that can be screened for unique therapeutic characteristics. The platform is augmented by artificial intelligence and machine learning technology that analyzes, predicts, and helps screen the Company’s library of strains for drug like molecules. The Company’s initial focus is on the development of genetically engineered strains of Staphylococcus epidermidis, or S. epidermidis, which the Company considers to be an optimal therapeutic candidate species for engineering of dermatologic therapies. For more information, please visit https://azitrainc.com/.





Forward-Looking Statements


This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements may be identified by words such as “aims,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “goal,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “possible,” “potential,” “seeks,” “will,” and variations of these words or similar expressions that are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Any such statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the expected timing of the presentation of data from the Phase 1b study of ATR-12, the filing of an IND application, and the presentation of data from our Phase 1b for ATR-04, the IND filing for ATR-01, the timing of having a signed license agreement with Bayer, and statements about our clinical and pre-clinical programs, and corporate and clinical/pre-clinical strategies.


Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on current expectations, estimates and projections only as of the date of this release and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to that we may fail to successfully complete our Phase 1b trial for ATR-12 and pre-clinical studies of other product candidates and obtain required approval before commercialization; our product candidates may not be effective; there may be delays in regulatory approval or changes in regulatory framework that are out of our control; our estimation of addressable markets of our product candidates may be inaccurate; we may fail to timely raise additional required funding; more efficient competitors or more effective competing treatment may emerge; we may be involved in disputes surrounding the use of our intellectual property crucial to our success; we may not be able to attract and retain key employees and qualified personnel; earlier study results may not be predictive of later stage study outcomes; and we are dependent on third-parties for some or all aspects of our product manufacturing, research and preclinical and clinical testing. Additional risks concerning Azitra’s programs and operations are described in its registration statement on Form S-1, which is on file with the SEC, and in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K to be filed with the SEC. Azitra explicitly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements except to the extent required by law.




Norman Staskey
Chief Financial Officer

Hayden IR
James Carbonara
(646) 755-7412





Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations



   2023   2022 
Service revenue – related party  $686,000   $284,000 
Total revenue   686,000    284,000 
Operating expenses:          
General and administrative   4,493,332    3,639,666 
Research and development   3,809,063    6,097,938 
Total operating expenses   8,302,395    9,737,604 
Loss from operations   (7,616,395)   (9,453,604)
Non- operating income (expense):          
Interest income   1,577    4,818 
Interest expense   (167,726)   (251,891)
Employee retention credit   -    229,813 
Other income   -    65,849 
Forgiveness of accounts payable   56,285    - 
Change in fair value of convertible note   (3,630,100)   (1,250,000)
Other income (expense)   89,886    (25,351)
Total non-operating expenses   (3,650,078)   (1,226,762)
Loss before income taxes   (11,266,473)   (10,680,366)
Income tax benefit (expense)   (17,308)     
Net loss  $(11,283,781)   (10,680,366)
Dividends on preferred stock   (1,355,347)   (2,768,984)
Net loss attributable to common shareholders  $(12,639,128)   (13,449,350)
Net loss per Share, basic and diluted   (1.83)   (12.74)
Weighted average common stock outstanding, basic and diluted  $6,924,453   $1,055,399 





Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets



   December 31,   December 31, 
   2023   2022 
Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $1,795,989   $3,492,656 
Other receivables   223,474    266,208 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   516,116    377,019 
Total current assets  $2,535,579   $4,135,883 
Property and equipment, net   710,075    846,958 
Other assets   1,869,832    2,184,602 
Total assets  $5,115,486   $7,167,443 
Liabilities, preferred stock, and stockholders’ equity          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $897,272   $784,687 
Current financing lease liability   14,600    - 
Current operating lease liability   307,655    287,384 
Accrued expenses   383,668    993,961 
Contract liabilities   -    156,000 
Total current liabilities   1,603,195    2,222,032 
Long-term financing lease liability   26,169    - 
Long-term operating lease liability   537,523    840,896 
Warrant liability   35,453    70,283 
Convertible notes payable, net   0    6,600,000 
Total liabilities   2,202,340    9,733,211 
Stockholders’ equity (deficit)          
Preferred stock   0    33,694,542 
Common stock   1,210    104 
Additional paid-in capital   51,510,269    1,054,138 
Accumulated deficit   (48,598,333)   (37,314,552)
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)   2,913,146    (36,260,310)
Total liabilities, preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit)  $5,115,486   $7,167,443