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SERES THERAPEUTICS, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/06/2019
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Because of the numerous risks and uncertainties associated with the development of our programs, we are unable to estimate the amounts of increased capital outlays and operating expenses associated with completing the research and development of our product candidates. Our future capital requirements will depend on many factors, including:


the progress and results of our Phase 3 clinical study of SER-109;


the progress and results of any future clinical studies of SER-287;


the cost of manufacturing clinical supplies of our product candidates;


the costs, timing and outcome of regulatory review of our product candidates and research activities;


the costs and timing of future commercialization activities, including manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution, for any of our product candidates for which we receive marketing approval;


the revenue, if any, received from commercial sales of our product candidates for which we receive marketing approval;


the costs and timing of preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications, maintaining and enforcing our intellectual property rights and defending any intellectual property-related claims;


the effect of competing technological and market developments; and


the extent to which we acquire or invest in businesses, products and technologies, including entering into licensing or collaboration arrangements for product candidates.

We continue to evaluate microbiome pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data from the SER-262 Phase 1b study and other completed clinical trials, in addition to insights gained from preclinical research efforts with our other rationally designed Ecobiotic microbiome therapeutic candidates, in order to determine future steps in the development of both SER-262 and SER-155.

Identifying potential product candidates and conducting preclinical testing and clinical trials is a time-consuming, expensive and uncertain process that takes years to complete, and we may never generate the necessary data or results required to obtain marketing approval and achieve product sales. In addition, our product candidates, if approved, may not achieve commercial success. Our commercial revenues, if any, will be derived from sales of products that we do not expect to be commercially available for many years, if ever. Accordingly, we will need to obtain substantial additional funds to achieve our business objectives.

Adequate additional funds may not be available to us on acceptable terms, or at all. We do not currently have any committed external source of funds. To the extent that we raise additional capital through the sale of equity or convertible debt securities, our shareholders’ ownership interest will be diluted, and the terms of these securities may include liquidation or other preferences that adversely affect our shareholders’ rights as common stockholders. Additional debt financing and preferred equity financing, if available, may involve agreements that include covenants limiting or restricting our ability to take specific actions, such as incurring additional debt, making capital expenditures or declaring dividends and may require the issuance of warrants, which could potentially dilute our shareholders’ ownership interest.

If we raise additional funds through collaborations, strategic alliances or licensing arrangements with third parties, in addition to the License Agreement, we may have to relinquish valuable rights to our technologies, future revenue streams, research programs, or product candidates or grant licenses on terms that may not be favorable to us. If we are unable to raise additional funds through equity or debt financings when needed, we may be required to delay, limit, reduce or terminate our product development programs or any future commercialization efforts or grant rights to develop and market product candidates that we would otherwise prefer to develop and market ourselves.

As discussed in Note 1 of the consolidated financial statements included in this Annual Report we have the responsibility to evaluate whether conditions or events raise substantial doubt about our ability to meet our future financial obligations as they become due within one year after the date the financial statements are issued. This evaluation initially cannot take into consideration the potential mitigating effects of plans that have not been fully implemented as of the date the financial statements are issued or potential contingent milestone payments under the License Agreement that we have not earned. As such, we have determined that our cash runway of less than 12 months along with our accumulated deficit, history of losses, and future expected losses raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern within one year of the issuance date of the consolidated financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. While we have plans in place to mitigate this risk, which primarily consist of raising additional capital through a combination of equity or debt financings, and, depending on the availability and level of additional financings, potentially new collaborations and reducing cash expenditures, there is no guarantee that we will be successful in these mitigation efforts. Lack of necessary funds may require us, among other things, to delay, scale back, or eliminate some or all of our planned clinical trials.


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