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Organization and Description of the Business

Organization and Description of the Business
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2018
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Organization and Description of the Business

1. Organization and Description of the Business

Description of Business

Kezar Life Sciences, Inc. (the Company) was incorporated in Delaware on February 19, 2015, and commenced operations in June 2015. The Company is a clinical-stage biotechnology company, discovering and developing novel small molecule therapeutics to treat unmet needs in autoimmunity and cancer. The Company’s lead product candidate, KZR-616, a first-in-class selective immunoproteasome inhibitor, has completed testing in healthy volunteers and is now enrolling a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial in lupus and lupus nephritis. The Company is also leveraging its protein secretion pathway platform to discover and develop small molecule therapies targeting cancer and immuno-oncology. To date, the Company’s primary activities have been related to the establishment of its facilities, recruitment of personnel and conducting development of its product candidates, including clinical trials. The Company’s principal operations are in South San Francisco, California, and it operates in one segment.

Reverse Stock Split

On June 8, 2018, the Company filed an Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation effecting a 1-for-5.62 reverse stock split of its issued and outstanding shares of common stock and redeemable convertible preferred stock. The par value of the authorized stock was not adjusted as a result of the reverse stock split. In connection with the reverse stock split, the filed Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation also adjusted the minimum price per share required in a firm-commitment underwritten public offering of the Company’s common stock in order for the preferred stock to automatically convert to common stock. The minimum price post-split was $15.884 and was adjusted to $7.942. The Company did not adjust the number of authorized shares of common stock or redeemable convertible preferred stock. Other than the par value and the number of authorized shares of common stock, all share and per share data shown in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes have been retroactively revised to reflect the reverse stock split.

Initial Public Offering

On June 25, 2018, the Company completed its initial public offering (“IPO”), whereby the Company issued 5,750,000 shares of its common stock (inclusive of 750,000 shares of common stock pursuant to the full exercise of an overallotment option granted to the underwriters in connection with the offering) at a price of $15.00 per share. The shares began trading on The Nasdaq Global Select Market on June 21, 2018. The net proceeds received by the Company from the offering were approximately $77.6 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses payable by the Company of $8.6 million. Upon the closing of the IPO, all outstanding shares of redeemable convertible preferred stock converted into 12,263,126 shares of common stock. Additionally, the Company is now authorized to issue 125,000,000 shares of common stock and 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock.


Since commencing operations in mid-2015, substantially all of the Company’s efforts have been focused on research, development, and the advancement of the Company’s lead product candidate, KZR-616. The Company’s ultimate success depends on the outcome of the ongoing research and development activities. The Company has not yet generated product sales and as a result has experienced operating losses since inception and had an accumulated deficit of $37.8 million as of June 30, 2018. The Company expects to incur additional losses in the future to conduct research and development and will need to raise additional capital to fully implement management’s business plan. The Company intends to raise such capital through the issuance of additional equity, and potentially through borrowings, strategic alliances with partner companies and other licensing transactions. However, if such financing is not available at adequate levels, the Company may need to reevaluate its operating plans. Management believes that its existing cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund the Company’s cash requirements for at least 12 months following the issuance of these financial statements.