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):
April 24, 2017
Anika Therapeutics, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified
in its charter)
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|incorporation or organization)
32 Wiggins Avenue, Bedford, MA 01730
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number,
including area code: 781-457-9000
(Former name or former address, if changed
since last report)
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Section 4 – Matters Related to
Accountants and Financial Statements
Item 4.01. Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.
The Audit Committee (the “Committee”)
of the Board of Directors of Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) recently conducted a competitive selection process
to determine the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017. As
a result of this process, on April 24, 2017, the Committee dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) as the Company’s
independent registered public accounting firm effective immediately following the filing of the Company’s Quarterly Report
on Form 10-Q for the three-month period ended March 31, 2017 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). On
April 24, 2017, the Committee also approved the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP (“Deloitte”) as the Company’s
independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017. The appointment of Deloitte will also
become effective immediately following the filing of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three-month period
ended March 31, 2017.
The reports of PwC on the Company’s
consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 did not contain an adverse opinion or disclaimer
of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles.
During the fiscal years ended December 31,
2016 and 2015, and in the subsequent interim period through April 24, 2017, there were: (a) no disagreements with PwC on any matters
of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope or procedure which disagreements, if not
resolved to the satisfaction of PwC, would have caused PwC to make reference to the matter in their reports on the consolidated
financial statements for such years; and (b) no reportable events (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).
The Company has provided a copy of the foregoing
disclosures to PwC and requested that PwC furnish it with a letter addressed to the SEC stating whether PwC agrees with the above
statements. A copy of PwC’s letter, dated April 27, 2017, is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this Form 8-K.
During the two most recent fiscal years
and in the subsequent interim period through April 24, 2017, neither the Company nor anyone on its behalf has consulted with Deloitte
with respect to either (i) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, or
the type of audit opinion that would have been rendered on the Company’s consolidated financial statements, and neither a
written report nor oral advice was provided to the Company that was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a
decision as to any accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue or (ii) any matter that was either the subject of a disagreement
or a reportable event, each as described in Regulation S-K Item 304(a)(1)(v).
Section 9 – Financial Statements
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
16.1 Letter from PricewaterhouseCoopers
LLP regarding change in certifying accountant dated April 27, 2017.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be filed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
||Anika Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Dated: April 28, 2017
||/s/ Sylvia Cheung|
||Chief Financial Officer|