Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Nature of Business

Nature of Business
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2023
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Nature of Business

1. Nature of Business

Syros Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the "Company"), a Delaware corporation formed in November 2011, is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing new standards of care for the frontline treatment of patients with hematologic malignancies.

The Company is subject to a number of risks similar to those of other early stage companies, including dependence on key individuals; risks inherent in the development and commercialization of medicines to treat human disease; competition from other companies, many of which are larger and better capitalized; risks relating to obtaining and maintaining necessary intellectual property protection; and the need to obtain adequate additional financing to fund the development of tamibarotene and any of its other product candidates. If the Company is unable to raise capital when needed or on favorable terms, it would be forced to delay, reduce, eliminate or out-license certain of its research and development programs or future commercialization rights to its product candidates.

The Company has incurred significant net operating losses in every year since its inception. It expects to continue to incur significant and increasing net operating losses for at least the next several years. As of September 30, 2023, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $112.2 million and an accumulated deficit of $658.4 million. The Company has not generated any revenues from product sales, has not completed the development of any product candidate and may never have a product candidate approved for commercialization. The Company has financed its operations to date primarily through a credit facility, the sale of equity securities and through license and collaboration agreements. The Company has devoted substantially all of its financial resources and efforts to research and development and general and administrative activities to support such research and development. The Company’s net losses may fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter and year to year. Net losses and negative cash flows have had, and will continue to have, an adverse effect on the Company’s stockholders’ equity and working capital.

On September 16, 2022, the Company filed an amendment to its Restated Certificate of Incorporation (the “Restated Certificate of Incorporation”) with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware to effect the reverse stock split of its common stock, such that every 10 shares of the Company’s common stock held by a stockholder immediately prior to the reverse stock split were combined and reclassified into one share of the Company’s common stock (the “Reverse Stock Split”).

On September 16, 2022, the Company completed its acquisition of Tyme Technologies, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Tyme”), in accordance with an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of July 3, 2022 (the “Merger Agreement”). The Company issued approximately 7.5 million shares of its common stock to the former Tyme stockholders in exchange for all of the shares of Tyme common stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the merger, with Tyme surviving as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (the “Merger”). In connection with the closing of the Merger, and in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement, the Company acquired net cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of approximately $67.1 million.

On September 16, 2022, the Company issued in a private placement (the “2022 Private Placement”) 6,387,173 shares of common stock, and, in lieu of shares of common stock, pre-funded warrants (the “2022 Pre-Funded Warrants”) to purchase an aggregate of up to 7,426,739 shares of common stock, and, in each case, accompanying warrants (the “2022 Warrants”) to purchase an aggregate of up to 13,813,912 additional shares of common stock (or 2022 Pre-Funded Warrants to purchase common stock in lieu thereof) at a price of $10.34 per share and accompanying 2022 Warrant (or $10.33 per 2022 Pre-Funded Warrant and accompanying 2022 Warrant). The 2022 Private Placement resulted in aggregate gross proceeds of $129.9 million, before $10.1 million of transaction costs.

On April 6, 2023, the Company filed a universal shelf registration statement on Form S-3, or the 2023 Registration Statement, with the SEC to register for sale from time to time up to $250.0 million of common stock, preferred stock, debt securities, warrants and/or units in one or more registered offerings. The 2023 Registration Statement was declared effective on April 28, 2023. Further, in April 2023, the Company entered into an at-the-market sales agreement with Cowen pursuant to which the Company may offer and sell shares of its common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $50.0 million through Cowen pursuant to the 2023 Registration Statement.

On October 2, 2023, the Company announced a strategic realignment to prioritize key development and pre-launch activities to advance tamibarotene for the treatment of newly diagnosed higher-risk myelodysplastic syndrome and newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia. The Company will stop further investment in the clinical development of SY-2101 (oral arsenic trioxide) for the treatment of newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia, as well as in the Company’s preclinical and discovery-stage programs. In connection with these decisions, the Company instituted certain

expense reduction measures (the “Restructuring”), including a reduction of approximately 35% of the Company’s employee base (excluding members of the Company’s drug discovery organization whose employment ended concurrently with the termination, effective October 16, 2023, of its collaboration with Pfizer, Inc. related to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia (the “Pfizer Agreement Termination”). The Restructuring, which is explained in more detail in Note 13, is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.


Based on its current operating plan, the Company’s management believes that as of September 30, 2023, the Company will meet its liquidity requirements for a period of at least 12 months from the issuance date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.