Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 8-K


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

Date of Report (Date of earliest event Reported): March 18, 2019  

Scholar Rock Holding Corporation
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)


620 Memorial Drive, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(857) 259-3860
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

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

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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On March 18, 2019, Scholar Rock Holding Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its financial and operating results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018. A copy of the press release is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Report on Form 8-K.

The information in this Report on Form 8-K and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto is intended to be furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for 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 incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

99.1 Press Release issued by the Company on March 18, 2019, furnished hereto.


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.

 Scholar Rock Holding Corporation
Date: March 18, 2019By: /s/ Rhonda Chicko        
  Rhonda Chicko
  Chief Financial Officer



Scholar Rock Reports Full Year 2018 Financial Results and Highlights Business Progress

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Scholar Rock Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SRRK), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of serious diseases in which protein growth factors play a fundamental role, today reported financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2018 and highlighted progress in 2018 and upcoming milestones for its pipeline programs.

Key 2018 Accomplishments

“2018 was a year of remarkable progress with our platform and for establishing a strong foundation as we transitioned to a public company,” said Nagesh Mahanthappa, Ph.D, President and CEO of Scholar Rock. “We are focused on advancing our growing portfolio of product candidates, including SRK-015 for the treatment of SMA and SRK-181 to overcome primary resistance to checkpoint blockade therapy, as we continue to pursue our mission of developing innovative therapies to address significant unmet medical needs of patients.” 

R&D Highlights and Upcoming Milestones

SRK-015 Program:

SRK-181 Program:

Full Year 2018 Financial Results

For the year ended December 31, 2018, net loss was $49.3 million or $3.15 per share compared to a net loss of $25.0 million or $15.30 per share for the year ended December 31, 2017.

As of December 31, 2018, Scholar Rock had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $175.6 million, compared to $58.0 million as of December 31, 2017.

“We established a strong financial foundation in 2018 with contributions from our successful IPO and our strategic fibrosis collaboration with Gilead,” said Rhonda Chicko, Chief Financial Officer of Scholar Rock.  “As illustrated by the recent announcement of positive interim Phase 1 results for SRK-015 and the nomination of SRK-181 as the first product candidate in our cancer immunotherapy program, we continue to focus on our robust pipeline of highly specific growth factor modulators across a diverse range of therapeutic areas.”

About Scholar Rock
Scholar Rock is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines for the treatment of serious diseases in which signaling by protein growth factors plays a fundamental role.  Scholar Rock is creating a pipeline of novel product candidates with the potential to transform the lives of patients suffering from a wide range of serious diseases, including neuromuscular disorders, cancer, fibrosis and anemia.  Scholar Rock’s newly elucidated understanding of the molecular mechanisms of growth factor activation enabled it to develop a proprietary platform for the discovery and development of monoclonal antibodies that locally and selectively target these signaling proteins at the cellular level.  By developing product candidates that act in the disease microenvironment, the Company intends to avoid the historical challenges associated with inhibiting growth factors for therapeutic effect.  Scholar Rock believes its focus on biologically validated growth factors may facilitate a more efficient development path.  For more information, please visit www.ScholarRock.com or follow Scholar Rock on Twitter (@ScholarRock) and LinkedIn.

Scholar Rock® is a registered trademark of Scholar Rock, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding Scholar Rock’s future expectations, plans and prospects, including without limitation, Scholar Rock’s expectations regarding its strategy, progress and timing of its Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials for SRK-015, its product candidate selection and development timing, including its plans and timing for developing SRK-181 and timing for identifying a second disease indication for SRK-015, and the ability of any product candidate to perform in humans in a manner consistent with nonclinical or preclinical study data. The use of words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” “future,” “potential,” or “continue,” and other similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations of future events 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 Scholar Rock’s ability to provide the financial support, resources and expertise necessary to identify and develop product candidates on the expected timeline, the data generated from Scholar Rock’s nonclinical and preclinical studies and clinical trials, competition from third parties that are developing products for similar uses, Scholar Rock’s ability to obtain, maintain and protect its intellectual property, the success of Scholar Rock’s current and potential future collaborations, including its collaboration with Gilead, Scholar Rock’s dependence on third parties for development and manufacture of product candidates including to supply any clinical trials, and Scholar Rock’s ability to manage expenses and to obtain additional funding when needed to support its business activities and establish and maintain strategic business alliances and new business initiatives as well as those risks more fully discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Scholar Rock’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in Scholar Rock’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements represent Scholar Rock’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and Scholar Rock undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

Scholar Rock Holding Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
   Years Ended December 31
   2018   2017 
Operating expenses   
 Research and development$  36,310  $  19,944 
 General and administrative   14,382     5,085 
Total operating expenses   50,692     25,029 
Loss from operations   (50,692)    (25,029)
 Interest income, net   1,422     44 
 Other expense, net   (56)    (10)
Total other income (expense)   1,366     34 
Net loss$  (49,326) $  (24,995)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$  (3.15) $  (15.30)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted   15,655,293     1,634,100 


 Scholar Rock Holding Corporation
 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
 (in thousands)
  December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017 
 Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities$  175,645  $  57,959 
 Other current assets   2,296  $  1,242 
 Total current assets   177,941     59,201 
 Other assets   3,395     2,436 
Total assets$  181,336  $  61,637 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   
 Current liabilities$  31,123  $  5,024 
 Long-term liabilities   43,590     903 
 Total liabilities   74,713     5,927 
 Convertible preferred stock   —     109,232 
 Total stockholders' equity (deficit)   106,623     (53,522)
Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders' equity (deficit)$  181,336  $  61,637 


Scholar Rock Contact:
Catherine Hu

Media Contact:
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