Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Organization and Basis of Presentation

Organization and Basis of Presentation
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2023
Organization and Basis of Presentation  
Organization and Basis of Presentation

1. Organization and Basis of Presentation


Dermata Therapeutics, Inc., (the “Company”), was formed in December 2014 as a Delaware limited liability company (“LLC”) under the name Dermata Therapeutics, LLC. On March 24, 2021, the Company converted from an LLC to a Delaware C-corporation and changed its name to Dermata Therapeutics, Inc. The Company is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the treatment of medical and aesthetic skin conditions and diseases.


Initial Public Offering


On August 17, 2021, the Company completed its initial public offering (“IPO”), in which it sold 160,714 shares of its common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“Common Stock”), together with 160,714 warrants to purchase one share of Common Stock with an exercise price of $112.00 per share, at a combined offering price of $112.00. Additionally, the underwriters exercised their option to purchase an additional 24,106 warrants to purchase Common Stock with an exercise price of $112.00 per share, resulting in total IPO warrants issued of 184,820 at an exercise price of $112.00. The Company received net cash proceeds of approximately $15.4 million from the IPO after deducting underwriters’ discounts and offering expenses of approximately $2.6 million.


The Company’s shares of Common Stock and warrants are listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) under the symbols “DRMA,” and “DRMAW,” respectively, and both began trading in August 2021.


Reverse Stock Split


On March 13, 2023, the Company effected a reverse stock split of shares of the Company’s Common Stock at a ratio of 1-for-16 pursuant to an amendment to the Company’s certificate of incorporation approved by the Company’s board of directors (the “Board”), and stockholders. The par value and authorized shares were not adjusted as a result of the reverse split. All issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock and per share amounts contained in the financial statements have been retroactively adjusted to reflect this reverse stock split for all periods presented.


Liquidity and Going Concern Uncertainty


Since its inception, the Company has devoted substantially all of its resources to research and development activities and has not generated any revenue or commercialized any product candidates. As of December 31, 2023, cash and cash equivalents totaled $7.4 million and the Company had an accumulated deficit of $53.4 million. For the year ended December 31, 2023, the Company used cash of $6.4 million in operations. The Company’s cash and cash equivalents are expected to fund operations into the third quarter of 2024. The Company anticipates that it will continue to incur net losses for the foreseeable future. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern for the one-year period following the date that these financial statements were issued.


Historically, the Company’s principal sources of cash have included proceeds from the issuance of equity securities and debt. The Company’s principal uses of cash have included cash used in operations and payments for license rights. The Company expects that the principal uses of cash in the future will be for continuing operations, funding of research and development, conducting preclinical studies and clinical trials, and general working capital requirements. The Company expects that as research and development expenses continue to grow, it will need to raise additional capital to sustain operations and research and development.

Management’s Plan to Continue as a Going Concern


To continue as a going concern, the Company will need, among other things, to raise additional capital resources. Until the Company can generate significant cash from operations, management’s plans to obtain such resources for the Company include proceeds from offerings of the Company’s equity securities or debt, or transactions involving product development, technology licensing or collaboration. Management can provide no assurance that any sources of a sufficient amount of financing or collaboration agreements will be available to the Company on favorable terms, if at all. The Company’s ability to raise additional capital may be adversely impacted by potential worsening of global economic conditions, potential future global pandemics or health crises, and the recent disruptions to, and volatility in, the credit and financial markets in the United States.  Because of historical and expected operating losses and net operating cash flow deficits, there is substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern for one year from the issuance of the consolidated financial statements, which is not alleviated by management’s plans.  The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. The financial statements do not include any adjustments to reflect the possible future effects on the recoverability and classification of assets or the amounts and classification of liabilities that may result from the possible inability of the Company to continue as a going concern.


Basis of Presentation


The accompanying financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and the accompanying notes. Actual results could differ materially from those estimates.