8-K 1 d849604d8k.htm 8-K 8-K





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Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): January 16, 2020




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Item 1.02

Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.

On January 16, 2020, Unum Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) and Seattle Genetics, Inc. (“SGI” and together with the Company, the “Parties”) announced that they have agreed to terminate that certain Collaboration Agreement dated June 7, 2015 (the “Collaboration Agreement”) and have entered into a termination agreement and release (the “Termination Agreement”), effective as of January 16, 2020 (the “Termination Effective Date”), pursuant to which the Parties will cease all research, development, manufacturing and other exploitations of any and all research candidates and development candidates under the Collaboration Agreement, including, without limitation, the development candidate ACTR-BCMA and a research candidate. As the Company previously announced in November 2019, further dose escalation of the ATTCK-17-01 Phase 1 trial of ACTR-BCMA was suspended pending a further review of the program. The decision to enter into the Termination Agreement and discontinue further dose-escalation of ATTCK-17-01 was based on a deprioritization of a target approach relative to the emerging clinical competitive environment in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma and a desire to allocate the resources of the Parties towards other programs and product candidates. No dose-limiting toxicities following ACTR087 administration were reported and no severe adverse events of cytokine release syndrome or neurologic events have been observed to date.

Pursuant to terms of the Termination Agreement, among other things, (i) SGI will pay the Company $5,750,000 within five business days after Termination Effective Date, (ii) SGI will surrender, assign and transfer to Unum all of SGI’s right, title and interest in the 831,847 shares of the Company’s common stock owned by SGI, (iii) the Company will pay all expenses for the wind-down of the ACTR-BCMA trial and (iv) SGI will pay research and development costs incurred through the Termination Effective Date and all costs incurred by the Company associated with the research candidate program through June 30, 2019. In addition, the exclusivity provisions in the Collaboration Agreement terminate and each party will be free to research, develop and commercialize their individual constructs (the SGI antibody or the ACTR construct, as applicable) either by themselves or with third parties, subject to the intellectual property rights of the other party.


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: January 17, 2020     UNUM THERAPEUTICS INC.

/s/ Charles Wilson

      Charles Wilson, Ph.D.
      Chief Executive Officer and President