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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 31, 2023
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Item 8.01 Other Events

On August 31, 2023, Absci Corporation (“Absci” or the “Company”) announced an organizational realignment (the “Plan”), related to the Company’s continued realization of operational efficiencies from its AI and wet lab integration, coupled with an enhanced focus on its internal pipeline of drug discovery programs. Under this Plan, the Company is reducing its global workforce by approximately 15%, representing 30 employees.

This organizational realignment has been undertaken to further focus on and allocate resources to Absci’s internal pipeline of drug discovery programs and de novo AI platform. Absci expects no impact as a result of these actions on the Company’s ability to execute on current and projected new Active Programs with existing and potential future partners.

As a result of this organizational realignment consisting of a reduction in existing headcount and elimination of certain unfilled positions, combined with ongoing operational and technical efficiencies being realized by the Company throughout the course of 2023, Absci is updating its financial outlook for 2023.

Absci now expects a gross use of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments, exclusive of partnered program and equipment financing receipts, of approximately $80 million, compared to prior expectations of approximately $90 million, for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023. Absci continues to focus its investments and operations on strategic initiatives and near-term inflection points, providing cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments into late 2025.


This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements. Statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K may include statements that are not historical facts and are considered forward-looking within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), which are usually identified by the use of words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “projects,” “potential,” and variations of such words or similar expressions. The Company intends these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. These forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the goals of the Company’s organizational realignment, the impacts of the organizational realignment on the Company’s operations, including its ability to execute on current and projected new Active Programs with existing and potential future partners, the efficiencies being realized by the Company, the Company’s anticipated use of its cash resources, and its projected cash runway, and the timing of these events, reflect the Company’s current views about its plans, intentions, expectations and strategies, which are based on the information currently available to the Company and on assumptions it has made. Although the Company believes that its plans, intentions, expectations and strategies as reflected in or suggested by those forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that the plans, intentions, expectations or strategies will be attained or achieved. Furthermore, actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements and will be affected by a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, but not limited to, the risk that the Company may not be able to execute on its operational plans and strategies, including with respect to the execution of Active Programs, the risk that the Company’s operating expenses may exceed its current estimates, and impacts of current macroeconomic and geopolitical events, including adverse conditions due to market volatility, increasing rates of inflation and rising interest rates, on its overall business operations and expectations, as well as those risks set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of the Company’s management as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, the Company assumes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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.
Absci Corporation
Date: September 5, 2023
/s/ Sean McClain
Sean McClain
Founder and CEO