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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
on February 23, 2022
Registration No. 333-
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
The Securities Act of 1933
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
50 Hampshire Street
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
EQRx, Inc. 2019 Stock Option and Grant Plan
EQRx, Inc. 2021 Stock Option and Incentive Plan
EQRx, Inc. 2021 Employee Stock Purchase Plan
(Full title of the plans)
Chief Executive Officer
50 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
(Name and address of agent for service)
(Telephone number, including area code, of agent
William D. Collins, Esq.
Marianne Sarrazin, Esq.
50 Hampshire Street
Goodwin Procter LLP
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
100 Northern Avenue
Tel: (617) 315-2255
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Tel: (617) 570-1000
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated
filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of
“large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth
company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer ☐
Accelerated filer ☐
Non-accelerated filer ☒
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant
has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant
to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. ☐
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS
The information required by Part I of Form S-8
to be contained in the Section 10(a) prospectus is omitted from this registration statement in accordance with Rule 428 under the Securities
Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The document(s) containing the information specified in Part I will be sent
or given to participants in the 2019 Plan, participants in the ESPP and participants in the 2021 Plan (together with the 2021 Plan and
the ESPP, the “Plans”) as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) of the Securities Act. Such documents are not being filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) as part of this registration statement or as prospectuses or prospectus supplements
pursuant to Rule 424 of the Securities Act. These document(s) and the documents incorporated by reference in the registration statement
pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this form, taken together, constitute a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.
The following documents filed with the Commission
are hereby incorporated by reference in this registration statement:
prospectus filed by the registrant with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) under the
Securities Act, on
, as supplemented on
January 10, 2022
, relating to the registration statement on
, as amended (File No. 333-261786), which contains the registrant’s audited
financial statements for the latest fiscal year for which such statements have been filed;
registrant’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarterly periods ended March 31,
2021 (as filed with the Commission on
), June 30, 2021 (as filed with the Commission on
) and September 30, 2021 (as filed with the Commission on
, as amended on
description of the registrant’s Common Stock contained in the registrant’s registration
statement on Form 8-A, filed by the registrant with the Commission under Section 12(b) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), on
, including any amendments or reports filed for the purpose of updating such description;
registrant’s current reports on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on
May 27, 2021
June 2, 2021
August 6, 2021
October 29, 2021
November 23, 2021
December 17, 2021
December 20, 2021
January 10, 2022
All documents that the registrant subsequently
files pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this registration
statement that indicates that all of the shares of common stock offered have been sold or that deregisters all of such shares then remaining
unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this registration statement and to be a part hereof from the date of the filing
of such documents.
Any statement contained in a document incorporated
or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded to the extent that a statement contained
herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes
such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a
part of this registration statement.
Under no circumstances will any information filed
under current items 2.02 or 7.01 of Form 8-K be deemed incorporated herein by reference unless such Form 8-K expressly provides to the
Item 4. Description of Securities.
Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.
Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.
Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation
Law (the “DGCL”) authorizes a corporation to indemnify its directors and officers against liabilities arising out of actions,
suits and proceedings to which they are made or threatened to be made a party by reason of the fact that they have served or are currently
serving as a director or officer to a corporation. The indemnity may cover expenses (including attorneys’ fees) judgments, fines
and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the director or officer in connection with any such action, suit or
proceeding. Section 145 permits corporations to pay expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by directors and officers in advance
of the final disposition of such action, suit or proceeding. In addition, Section 145 provides that a corporation has the power to purchase
and maintain insurance on behalf of its directors and officers against any liability asserted against them and incurred by them in their
capacity as a director or officer, or arising out of their status as such, whether or not the corporation would have the power to indemnify
the director or officer against such liability under Section 145.
The registrant has adopted provisions in the registrant’s
certificate of incorporation and bylaws, which became effective in connection with the completion of the registrant’s business combination
on December 17, 2021, that limit or eliminate the personal liability of the registrant’s directors to the fullest extent permitted
by the DGCL, as it now exists or may in the future be amended. Consequently, a director will not be personally liable to the registrant
or its stockholders for monetary damages or breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except for liability for:
breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to the registrant or its stockholders;
act or omission not in good faith or that involves intentional misconduct or a knowing violation
unlawful payments related to dividends or unlawful stock purchases, redemptions or other
distributions under Section 174 of the DGCL; or
transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit.
of liability do not alter director liability under the federal securities laws and do not affect the availability of equitable remedies
such as an injunction or rescission.
In addition, the registrant’s bylaws
registrant will indemnify its directors, officers and, in the discretion of its board of
directors, certain employees to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL, as it now exists
or may in the future be amended; and
registrant will advance expenses, including attorneys’ fees, to its directors and,
in the discretion of its board of directors, to its officers and certain employees, in connection
with legal proceedings relating to their service for or on behalf of the registrant, subject
to limited exceptions
The registrant has
entered into indemnification agreements with its directors and executive officers. These agreements provide that the registrant will
indemnify each of its directors and executive officers to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law. The registrant will advance expenses,
including attorneys’ fees (but excluding judgments, fines and settlement amounts), to each indemnified director or executive officer
in connection with any proceeding in which indemnification is available and the registrant will indemnify its directors and officers
for any action or proceeding arising out of that person’s services as a director or officer brought on behalf of the registrant
or in furtherance of the registrant’s rights. Additionally, certain of the registrant’s directors may have certain rights
to indemnification, advancement of expenses or insurance provided by their affiliates or other third parties, which indemnification relates
to and might apply to the same proceedings arising out of such director’s services as a director referenced herein. Nonetheless,
the registrant has agreed in the indemnification agreements that the registrant’s obligations to those same directors are primary
and any obligation of such affiliates or other third parties to advance expenses or to provide indemnification for the expenses or liabilities
incurred by those directors are secondary.
The registrant also
maintains general liability insurance which covers certain liabilities of its directors and officers arising out of claims based on acts
or omissions in their capacities as directors or officers, including liabilities under the Securities Act.
Item 7. Exemption from Registration
Item 8. Exhibits.
Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the current report
on Form 8-K, filed with the Commission on December 20, 2021).
and Restated Bylaws of the registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the current report on Form 8-K filed with the
Commission on December 20, 2021).
Opinion of Goodwin Procter LLP.
Consent of WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Consent of Ernst & Young LLP, independent registered public accounting firm.
Consent of Goodwin Procter LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
of Attorney (included on signature page of this registration statement).
Inc. 2019 Stock Option and Grant Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the registration statement on Form S-4 (File
No. 333-259054) filed with the Commission on August 25, 2021).
of Incentive Stock Option Grant Notice, Non-Qualified Stock Option Grant Notice, Early Exercise Non-Qualified Stock Option Grant
Notice, and Restricted Stock Award Notice, under the EQRx, Inc. 2019 Stock Option and Grant Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit
10.4 to the registration statement on Form S-4/A (File No. 333-259054) deemed filed by the registrant on October 4, 2021).
Inc. 2021 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.8 to the current report on Form 8-K, filed with
the Commission on December 20, 2021).
of Incentive Stock Option Agreement, Non-Qualified Stock Option Agreement for Non-Employee Directors, Non-Qualified Stock Option
Agreement for Company Employees, Restricted Stock Award Agreement, Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement for Non-Employee Directors
and Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement for Company Employees under the EQRX, Inc. 2021 Stock Option and Incentive Plan (incorporated
by reference to Exhibit 10.9 to the current report on Form 8-K, filed with the Commission on December 20, 2021).
Inc. 2021 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.10 to the current report on Form 8-K, filed with
the Commission on December 20, 2021).
Filing Fee Table
Item 9. Undertakings.
(a) The registrant
To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:
To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;
To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective
amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration
Statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities
offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range
may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume
and price represent no more than a 20% change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration
Fee” table in the effective Registration Statement; and
To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or
any material change to such information in the registration statement.
, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) herein do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective
amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to Section
13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d)) that are incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement.
That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be
a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed
to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the
termination of the offering.
(b) The undersigned
registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the registrant’s
annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit
plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement
shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at
that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(c) Insofar as indemnification
for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant
to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification
is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification
against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling
person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling
person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been
settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against
public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
Pursuant to the
requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the
requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto
duly authorized, in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, on February 23, 2022.
Chief Executive Officer
KNOW ALL PERSONS
BY THESE PRESENTS, that each individual whose signature appears below hereby constitutes and appoints each of Melanie Nallicheri and
Jami Rubin as such person’s true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for
such person in such person’s name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective
amendments) to this registration statement on Form S-8, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and all documents in connection
therewith, with the Commission granting unto each said attorney-in-fact and agent full power and authority to do and perform each and
every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as such person
might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that any said attorney-in-fact and agent, or any substitute or substitutes
of any of them, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.
Pursuant to the
requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed by the following person in the capacities and
on the date indicated below.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)
of the Board
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