DELMAR PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (NASDAQ:DMPI) Files An 8-K Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant

DELMAR PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (NASDAQ:DMPI) Files An 8-K Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant
Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.

As previously reported in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 1, 2019, which is incorporated herein by reference, DelMar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) received notification from Ernst & Young LLP (“E&Y”), the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, that E&Y has declined to stand for re-appointment as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm as a result of the relocation of the Company’s headquarters from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to San Diego, California. Accordingly, on September 30, 2019 E&Y resigned as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.

Upon approval of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) and the Audit Committee of the Board, Marcum LLP (“Marcum”) was engaged, effective September 30, 2019, to serve as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.

E&Y’s report on the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 contained a paragraph stating that there was substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. E&Y’s reports on the Company’s consolidated financial statements for each of the two most recent fiscal years ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018 did not contain an adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion, and neither such report was qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principle.

During the fiscal years ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018, and the subsequent period through September 30, 2019, (i) there were no disagreements with E&Y on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedures, which disagreement, if not resolved to the satisfaction of E&Y, would have caused E&Y to make reference thereto in its reports on the financial statements for such years, and (ii) there were no reportable events as described in paragraph (a)(1)(v) of Item 304 of Regulation S-K, except as described below.

During the audit for the year ended June 30, 2019, a material weakness in the design and operating effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting was identified relating to inadequate segregation of duties over authorization, review and recording of transactions, as well as the financial reporting of such transactions. During the audit for the year ended June 30, 2018, a material weakness in internal control over financial reporting was identified relating to inadequate segregation of duties over authorization, review and recording of transactions, as well as the financial reporting of such transactions.

During the Company’s two most recent fiscal years, which ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018, and the subsequent interim period through September 30, 2019, neither the Company nor any person on its behalf has consulted Marcum 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 might be rendered on the Company’s consolidated financial statements, and neither a written report was provided to the Company nor oral advice was provided that Marcum concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to the accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue; or (ii) any matter that was either the subject of a disagreement (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions to Item 304 of Regulation S-K), or a reportable event (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K).

The Company has provided E&Y with a copy of the above disclosures. A copy of E&Y’s letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission required by Item 304(a) of Regulation S-K is included as Exhibit 16.1 to this Current Report.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit No. Description
16.1 Letter from Ernst & Young LLP to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, dated October 1, 2019.

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DelMar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Exhibit
EX-16.1 2 f8k093019ex16-1_delmar.htm LETTER FROM ERNST & YOUNG LLP TO THE U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION,…
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About DELMAR PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (NASDAQ:DMPI)

DelMar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage drug development company. The Company focuses on the treatment of cancer. The Company is engaged in conducting clinical trials in the United States with its product candidate, VAL-083, as a treatment for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a form of brain cancer. VAL-083 is being evaluated in a Phase II clinical trial for the treatment of refractory GBM. In addition to its clinical development activities in the United States, the Company has obtained certain commercial rights to VAL-083 in China where it is approved as a chemotherapy for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and lung cancer. Its drug discovery research focuses on identifying validated clinical and commercial-stage compounds, and establishing a scientific rationale for development in orphan drug indications. VAL-083 is an alkylating agent, which crosses the blood-brain-barrier (BBB).

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