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): May 18, 2020



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-37428   26-3474527

(State or other

jurisdiction of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

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 1880 Century Park East, Suite 1000    
Los Angeles, California   90067
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (310) 203-1000




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Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act:


Title of Each Class   Trading Symbol   Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001   RTTR   Nasdaq Capital Market


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Item 1.02 Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.


On May 19, 2020, Ritter Pharmaceutical, Inc. (the “Company”) delivered notice to Aspire Capital Fund, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company (“Aspire Capital”), terminating the Amended and Restated Common Stock Purchase Agreement, dated July 23, 2019 (the “Aspire Purchase Agreement”) with Aspire Capital effective as of May 20, 2020. The Aspire Purchase Agreement provided that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions and limitations set forth therein, Aspire Capital was committed to purchase up to an aggregate of $6.5 million of shares of the Company’s common stock over the term of the Aspire Purchase Agreement. Upon termination, the Company has no further obligations under the Aspire Purchase Agreement.


Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.


At the virtual special meeting of stockholders of Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) held on May 18, 2020 (the “Special Meeting”), stockholders of the Company voted on certain matters related to the Company’s proposed merger with Qualigen, Inc. (“Qualigen”), pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of January 15, 2020, as amended, by and among the Company, RPG28 Merger Sub, Inc., and Qualigen (the “Merger Agreement”). Each of the proposals voted on at the Special Meeting is described in more detail in the Company’s definitive joint proxy and consent solicitation statement/prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 9, 2020.


At the Special Meeting, 30,980,936 shares of common stock, or approximately 68% of the outstanding common stock of the Company entitled to vote, were represented virtually or by proxy.


The final voting results for each matter submitted to a vote of the Company’s stockholders at the Special Meeting are as follows:


Proposal 1—Approval of the Issuance of Company Common Stock to Qualigen Stockholders and Company Series Alpha Preferred Stock to the Investor in the Merger and the Resulting Change of Control of the Company


The proposal to approve the issuance of the Company’s common stock to the stockholders of Qualigen and the issuance of the Company’s Series Alpha convertible preferred stock to Alpha Capital Anstalt (the “Investor”) pursuant to the terms of Merger Agreement, and the change of control of the Company resulting from the merger (pursuant to applicable Nasdaq rules) was approved by the following vote:


For   Against   Abstained   Broker Non-Votes
21,178,043   772,577   279,844   8,750,472


Proposal 2—Approval of the Amendment to the Company Certificate of Incorporation to Effect the Reverse Stock Split


The proposal to approve an amendment to the Company’s certificate of incorporation, as amended (the “Certificate of Incorporation”), to effect a reverse stock split of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company, at a ratio within a range of 1-for-25 to 1-for-35, as determined by the board of directors of the Company, was approved by the following vote:


For   Against   Abstained   Broker Non-Votes
26,033,954   4,443,792   503,190   N/A


Proposal 3—Approval of the Amendment to the Company Certificate of Incorporation to Effect the Corporate Name Change


The proposal to approve an amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation to change the name of the Company from “Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc.” to “Qualigen Therapeutics, Inc.” was approved by the following vote:


For   Against   Abstained   Broker Non-Votes
29,764,578   734,295   482,063   N/A


Proposal 4—Approval of the 2020 Equity Incentive Plan of the Company


The proposal to approve the adoption of the Company’s 2020 Equity Incentive Plan was approved by the following vote:


For   Against   Abstained   Broker Non-Votes
20,005,101   1,136,025   1,089,338   8,750,472


The Company also solicited proxies with respect to a proposal to adjourn the Special Meeting, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there were not sufficient votes to approve either Proposal 1, 2, 3 or 4 at the time of the Special Meeting. Because the Company’s stockholders approved the adoption of each of Proposal 1, 2, 3 and 4, as noted above, the adjournment proposal was not called for a vote at the Special Meeting.






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.






/s/ Andrew J. Ritter

  Name: Andrew J. Ritter
  Title: Chief Executive Officer


Dated: May 19, 2020