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Item 2.02

Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


On January 10, 2022, Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release regarding the transition plan for the Chief Financial Officer role. The press release also stated that total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2021 is estimated to be in the range of $153 million to $154 million. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

The information in this Item 2.02 and the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 5.02

Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


Resignation of Chief Financial Officer


On January 4, 2022, Chad Cohen, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, notified the Company of his decision to resign as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective following the filing of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2021, on or about February 15, 2022, after which Mr. Kyle Piskel, the Company’s Principal Accounting Officer, will act as Chief Financial Officer and principal financial officer. Mr. Cohen stated that he does not have any disagreement with the Company, its management, its board of directors or any committee thereof on any matter.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.








Press Release dated January 10, 2022



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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 thereunto duly authorized.




Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation





Date: January 10, 2022



/s/ Chad Robins




Chad Robins




Chief Executive Officer






Adaptive Biotechnologies Announces Preliminary, Unaudited 2021 Revenue Results and CFO Transition



SEATTLE, Jan. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation (Nasdaq: ADPT) today reported preliminary, unaudited revenue for the year ended December 31, 2021. Total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2021 is estimated to be in the range of $153 million to $154 million, representing an approximate increase of 56% at the mid-point of the range compared to $98.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.

“The Adaptive team delivered strong results in 2021, setting the stage to accelerate our immune medicine and MRD business areas,” said Chad Robins, chief executive officer and co-founder of Adaptive Biotechnologies. “Our goal is to transform the genetics of the adaptive immune system into novel diagnostics and therapeutics. We are in a strong position and poised for sustainable future growth.”

These preliminary, unaudited results are based on management’s initial analysis of operations for the year ended December 31, 2021 and are subject to change. Adaptive Biotechnologies expects to issue full financial results for the year ended December 31, 2021 on or around February 15, 2022.

Adaptive further announced that Chad Cohen, chief financial officer, will be resigning from his role, effective on or about February 15, 2022, following the filing of Adaptive Biotechnologies’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021.  Adaptive Biotechnologies’ principal accounting officer, Kyle Piskel, will serve as interim CFO after Mr. Cohen’s resignation. Adaptive Biotechnologies has initiated a search for a permanent CFO with the capabilities and qualifications to help accelerate the development and commercialization of products resulting from the insights provided by its proprietary immune medicine platform. Mr. Cohen will continue to work with Adaptive Biotechnologies and Mr. Piskel in a consulting capacity to ensure a smooth transition.

“I’d like to thank Chad Cohen for his excellent contributions to both the financial and operational success at Adaptive over the last seven years,” said Chad Robins, chief executive officer and co-founder of Adaptive Biotechnologies. “We wish him all the best and we look forward to working with him through the transition.”

About Adaptive Biotechnologies
Adaptive Biotechnologies is a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on harnessing the inherent biology of the adaptive immune system to transform the diagnosis and treatment of disease. We believe the adaptive immune system is nature’s most finely tuned diagnostic and therapeutic for most diseases, but the inability to decode it has prevented the medical community from fully leveraging its capabilities. Our proprietary immune medicine platform reveals and translates the massive genetics of the adaptive immune system with scale, precision and speed to develop products in life sciences research, clinical diagnostics and drug discovery. We have three commercial products and a robust clinical pipeline to diagnose, monitor and enable the treatment of diseases such as cancer, autoimmune conditions and infectious diseases. Our goal is to develop and commercialize immune-driven clinical products tailored to each individual patient. For more information, please visit and follow us on

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