Form 8-K
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Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  November 3, 2021


Cytokinetics, Incorporated

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

280 East Grand Avenue

South San Francisco, California 94080

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(650) 624-3000

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

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


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

Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001CYTKThe Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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

Emerging growth company

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 November 3, 2021, Cytokinetics, Incorporated (the “Registrant”) announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.  The full text of the press release issued in connection with this announcement is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

The information furnished under this Item 2.02 shall not be considered “filed” under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, nor shall it be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, unless the  Registrant expressly sets forth in such future filing that such information is to be considered “filed” or incorporated by reference therein.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Exhibit 99.1. Press release dated November 3, 2021.

Exhibit 104. Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)



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.

 Cytokinetics, Incorporated
Date: November 3, 2021By: /s/ Ching Jaw        
  Ching Jaw
  Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer




Cytokinetics Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Submission of NDA for Omecamtiv Mecarbil on Track to Occur in Q4 2021

Start-Up Activities Underway for SEQUOIA-HCM

Enrollment Complete in Cohort 3 of REDWOOD-HCM; Results Expected in Q1 2022

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cytokinetics, Incorporated (Nasdaq: CYTK) reported financial results for the third quarter of 2021. Net loss for the third quarter was $76.1 million, or $0.95 per share, compared to net loss for the third quarter of 2020 of $3.2 million, or $0.05 per share. Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $668.9 million at September 30, 2021.

“During the third quarter we were pleased to deliver against several key milestones across our late-stage pipeline, including our sharing positive results from REDWOOD-HCM and conducting start-up activities for SEQUOIA-HCM, our Phase 3 trial of aficamten. In parallel, we were pleased to start COURAGE-ALS, our Phase 3 trial of reldesemtiv while also advancing towards our goal of submitting the NDA for omecamtiv mecarbil,” said Robert I. Blum, Cytokinetics’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Moreover, after recently outlining our go-to-market strategy for omecamtiv mecarbil in the U.S., we are forging ahead to execute on those plans, supported by a strong and growing commercial organization with focus to building a cardiovascular franchise. All of this is occurring alongside an expansion of our research programs with the objective to support a sustainable pipeline of innovation.”

Q3 and Recent Highlights

Cardiac Muscle Programs

omecamtiv mecarbil (cardiac myosin activator)

aficamten (cardiac myosin inhibitor)

Skeletal Muscle Program

reldesemtiv (fast skeletal muscle troponin activator (FSTA))

Pre-Clinical Development and Ongoing Research



Revenues for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 were $5.4 million and $14.8 million, respectively, compared to $41.7 million and $49.1 million for the corresponding periods in 2020. The changes in revenues are due to our recognizing a $5.0 million milestone from Ji Xing Pharmaceuticals in anticipation of the start of SEQUOIA-HCM, the absence of licensing revenue, the absence of revenue from our prior collaboration with Amgen, and changes in reimbursable collaborative activities with Astellas.

Research and development expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 increased to $48.4 and $116.4 million, respectively, compared to $24.2 million and $67.7 million for the same periods in 2020. The changes were primarily due to increases in spending for our clinical development activities for our cardiac muscle inhibitor programs and COURAGE-ALS. In addition, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, we incurred transition costs related to the termination of our collaboration with Amgen and our purchase from Amgen of approximately $7.3 million and $14.6 million, respectively, of materials including manufactured quantities of the active pharmaceutical ingredient for omecamtiv mecarbil.  

General and administrative expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 increased by $13.9 million and $24.1 million, from the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively, primarily due to higher outside service spend in anticipation of the potential commercial launch of omecamtiv mecarbil, an increase in personnel related costs including stock-based compensation and facilities expense due to the Oyster Point Lease recorded at the end of the first quarter of 2021.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Members of Cytokinetics’ senior management team will review the company’s third quarter results on a conference call today at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The call will be simultaneously webcast and can be accessed from the homepage and in the Investors & Media section of Cytokinetics’ website at The live audio of the conference call can also be accessed by telephone by dialing either (866) 999-CYTK (2985) (United States and Canada) or (706) 679-3078 (international) and typing in the passcode 5885725.

An archived replay of the webcast will be available via Cytokinetics’ website until November 17, 2021. The replay will also be available via telephone by dialing (855) 859-2056 (United States and Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and typing in the passcode 5885725 from November 3, 2021 at 7:30 PM Eastern Time until November 17, 2021.

About Cytokinetics

Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators and next-in-class muscle inhibitors as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised. As a leader in muscle biology and the mechanics of muscle performance, the company is developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to impact muscle function and contractility. Cytokinetics is preparing a U.S. NDA submission of omecamtiv mecarbil, its novel cardiac muscle activator, following positive results from GALACTIC-HF, a large, international Phase 3 clinical trial in patients with heart failure. Cytokinetics is conducting METEORIC-HF, a second Phase 3 clinical trial of omecamtiv mecarbil. Cytokinetics is also developing aficamten, a next-generation cardiac myosin inhibitor, for the potential treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathies (HCM). The company has announced positive results from Cohorts 1 and 2 in REDWOOD-HCM, a Phase 2 clinical trial of aficamten in patients with obstructive HCM. Cytokinetics expects to start SEQUOIA-HCM, the Phase 3 clinical trial of aficamten in patients with obstructive HCM in Q4 2021. Cytokinetics is also developing reldesemtiv, a fast skeletal muscle troponin activator, currently the subject of COURAGE-ALS, a Phase 3 clinical trial in patients with ALS. Cytokinetics continues its over 20-year history of pioneering innovation in muscle biology and related pharmacology focused to diseases of muscle dysfunction and conditions of muscle weakness.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). Cytokinetics claims the protection of the Act’s Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements. Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Cytokinetics’ and its partners’ research and development and commercial readiness activities, including the initiation, conduct, design, enrollment, progress, continuation, completion, timing and results of clinical trials, including the completion of the conduct of METEORIC-HF by the end of 2021 and the release of results of METEORIC-HF in early 2022, the availability of drug product in early 2022 to enable the commencement of screening and enrollment of patients in SEQUOIA-HCM, a Phase 3 clinical trial of aficamten, the release of results of Cohort 3 of REDWOOD-HCM in the first quarter of 2022; the timing of the release of interim results of COURAGE-ALS, the significance and utility of pre-clinical study and clinical trial results, including the results of GALACTIC-HF in respect of omecamtiv mecarbil; the timing of interactions with regulatory authorities in connection to any of Cytokinetics’ drug candidates and the outcomes of such interactions, including the submission of an NDA for omecamtiv mecarbil in the fourth quarter of 2021, and the prospects of regulatory approval for, and if approved, potential commercialization of omecamtiv mecarbil; decisions by the FDA or other regulatory authorities to condition our approval of omecamtiv mecarbil on the need or approval of a dosage selection test for the personalized dose optimization of omecamtiv mecarbil in patients, our ability or the ability of any third party to develop or commercialize such a dosage selection test, or the timing, prospects, process or likelihood of the approval of such a dosage selection test; our decision to engage in or execute, and the cost and expenses to be incurred in connection with, any particular transition activities from Amgen related to omecamtiv mecarbil and any particular commercial launch readiness activities for omecamtiv mecarbil; and the properties and potential benefits of Cytokinetics’ drug candidates. Such statements are based on management's current expectations, but actual results may differ materially due to various risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to Cytokinetics’ need for additional funding and such additional funding may not be available on acceptable terms, if at all; potential difficulties or delays in the development, testing, regulatory approvals for trial commencement, progression or product sale or manufacturing, or production of Cytokinetics’ drug candidates that could slow or prevent clinical development or product approval; patient enrollment for or conduct of clinical trials may be difficult or delayed; the FDA or foreign regulatory agencies may delay or limit Cytokinetics’ or its partners’ ability to conduct clinical trials; Cytokinetics may incur unanticipated research and development and other costs; standards of care may change, rendering Cytokinetics’ drug candidates obsolete; and competitive products or alternative therapies may be developed by others for the treatment of indications Cytokinetics’ drug candidates and potential drug candidates may target. For further information regarding these and other risks related to Cytokinetics’ business, investors should consult Cytokinetics’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly under the caption “Risk Factors” in Cytokinetics’ latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and Cytokinetics’ actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which it operates, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that Cytokinetics makes in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Cytokinetics assumes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.

Joanna Siegall
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Investor Relations
(425) 314-1721


Cytokinetics, Incorporated
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
  September 30, 2021 December 31, 2020 
Current assets:     
Cash and short term investments $477,636  $464,060  
Other current assets  17,305   10,161  
Total current assets  494,941   474,221  
Long-term investments  191,295   36,954  
Property and equipment, net  53,896   13,346  
Operating lease right-of-use assets  80,725   2,924  
Other assets  6,682   6,358  
Total assets $827,539  $533,803  
Current liabilities:     
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $47,994  $27,365  
Current portion of long-term debt  16,875     
Short-term lease liabilities  13,586   2,785  
Other current liabilities  2,413   1,049  
Total current liabilities  80,868   31,199  
Term loan, net  30,203   46,209  
Convertible notes, net  93,885   89,504  
Liability related to the sale of future royalties, net  174,775   166,068  
Long-term deferred revenue  87,000   87,000  
Long-term lease and other non-current liabilities  111,788   440  
Total liabilities  578,519   420,420  
Commitments and contingencies     
Stockholders’ equity (deficit):     
Common stock  84   70  
Additional paid-in capital  1,426,051   1,105,470  
Accumulated other comprehensive income  (65)  149  
Accumulated deficit  (1,177,050)  (992,306) 
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)  249,020   113,383  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $827,539  $533,803  

Cytokinetics, Incorporated 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands except per share data)
  Three Months Ended 
 Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2021 September 30, 2020 September 30, 2021 September 30, 2020
Research and development revenues $437  $5,187  $9,828  $12,605 
License revenues     36,501      36,501 
Milestone revenues  5,000      5,000    
Total revenues  5,437   41,688   14,828   49,106 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development  48,436   24,202   116,440   67,730 
General and administrative  26,202   12,302   62,997   38,912 
Total operating expenses  74,638   36,504   179,437   106,642 
Operating (loss) income  (69,201)  5,184   (164,609)  (57,536)
Interest expense  (4,161)  (3,976)  (12,222)  (11,945)
Non-cash interest expense on liability related to the sale of future royalties  (2,955)  (5,461)  (8,621)  (17,062)
Interest and other income  231   1,078   708   3,183 
Net loss $(76,086) $(3,175) $(184,744) $(83,360)
Net loss per share — basic and diluted $(0.95) $(0.05) $(2.48) $(1.34)
Weighted-average number of shares used in computing net loss per share — basic and diluted  80,329   68,279   74,460   62,406