SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): March 13, 2020
PROTAGONIST THERAPEUTICS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc.
7707 Gateway Blvd., Suite 140
Newark, California 94560-1160
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(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 class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which|
|Common Stock, par value $0.00001||PTGX||The 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 x
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|Item 4.01.||Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant|
(a) On March 13, 2020, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, effective immediately.
The reports of PwC on the Company’s financial statements for each of the two fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2019, did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion, nor were they qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles.
In connection with the audits of the Company’s financial statements for each of the two fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2019, and the subsequent interim period through March 13, 2020, there were no “disagreements” (as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and related instructions) between the Company and PwC on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope or procedures which, if not resolved to the satisfaction of PwC, would have caused PwC to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreement in their reports. There were no “reportable events” (as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K) during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018, and December 31, 2019, and the subsequent interim period through March 13, 2020.
The Company provided PwC with a copy of the disclosures it is making in this Current Report on Form 8-K and requested that PwC furnish the Company with a letter addressed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether it agrees with the statements contained herein. A copy of PwC’s letter, dated March 18, 2020, is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|16.1||Letter of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP dated March 18, 2020.|
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.
|Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Dated: March 18, 2020|
|By:||/s/ Don Kalkofen|
|Chief Financial Officer|
March 18, 2020
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20549
We have read the statements made by Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc. (copy attached), which we understand will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, pursuant to Item 4.01 of Form 8-K of Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc. dated March 13, 2020. We agree with the statements concerning our Firm contained therein.
|Very truly yours,|
|/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP|
|San Jose, California|
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 488 Almaden Boulevard, suite 1800, San Jose, CA 95110
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