8-K 1 d414783d8k.htm FORM 8-K Form 8-K












Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 24, 2012 (September 20, 2012)



Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)




Delaware   000-50743   77-0602661

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

300 Third Street, Cambridge, MA   02142
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 551-8200

Not applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On September 20, 2012, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) and Novartis Pharma AG (“Novartis”) entered into a letter agreement (the “Letter Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company has agreed that, if during the next five years Novartis is not eligible to sell pursuant to Rule 144(b)(1) shares of the Company’s common stock it holds, excluding ineligibility resulting from the purchase by Novartis or its affiliates of additional shares of the Company’s common stock, Novartis will have registration rights for such shares similar to those rights set forth in the Investor Rights Agreement dated September 6, 2005 by and between the Company and Novartis (the “Investor Rights Agreement”). The Letter Agreement was executed concurrent with the sale by Novartis of 1,551,896 shares of common stock of the Company which the Company expects will result in the loss of Novartis’ existing demand and piggyback registration rights, as well as its subscription rights, under the Investor Rights Agreement. Following this sale, Novartis reported that it holds 4,051,002 shares of the Company’s common stock.


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.


Date: September 24, 2012      

/s/ Michael P. Mason

      Michael P. Mason
      Vice President, Finance and Treasurer