8-K 1 d84412d8k.htm 8-K 8-K





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): May 7, 2021




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-39425   36-4813934

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

Checkmate Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

245 Main Street, 2nd Floor

Cambridge, MA 02142

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(617) 682-3625

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

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



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Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share   CMPI   The Nasdaq Global Market

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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On May 7, 2021, Checkmate Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Supply and Non-Exclusive License Agreement (the “Agreement”), effective as of May 6, 2021, with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Regeneron”), for the initial purpose of evaluating the combination of vidutolimod (CMP-001), the Company’s Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) agonist, and Regneron’s Libtayo® (cemiplimab), a PD-1 blocking antibody, in multi-indication, Phase 2, proof-of-concept clinical trial of vidutolimod in combination with cemiplimab in the following patient cohorts: (a) PD-1 treatment-naïve subjects with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (b) subjects with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma that is refractory to PD-1 blockade, and (c) subjects with Merkel cell carcinoma that is refractory to PD-1 blockade. The Company will be the sponsor of the clinical trial, and Regeneron will supply Libtayo. This trial is expected to initiate patient dosing in Q1 2022.

Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, each party granted to the other a non-exclusive, worldwide, non-transferable, royalty-free license, limited license to use the other party’s intellectual property and compounds solely as necessary for the party to perform its obligations under the Agreement, including to conduct the trial. The Company shall be responsible for supplying vidutolimod and Regeneron shall be responsible for supplying Libtayo for the trial.

Unless earlier terminated, the Agreement provides that it will remain in effect until the completion of all of the obligations of the parties for the trial is completed. The parties may enter into clinical trial plans until the fifth anniversary of the Agreement. The Agreement may be terminated for cause by either party based on any uncured material breach by the other party, for safety reasons, or for a breach of a party’s representations regarding the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition, the trials may be terminated for various reasons. Upon termination by either party, the licenses granted to each party will terminate upon completion of any ongoing activities under the Agreement.

The foregoing description of the Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Agreement, a copy of which will be included as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Item 8.01 Other Events

On May 10, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing its entry into the Agreement. A copy of the Press Release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

Cash Runway

In addition, in connection with the anticipated studies pursuant to the Agreement, the Company updated its cash runway expectation to fund current operating plans through the end of 2022.

Item 9.01. Exhibits

(d) Exhibits


99.1    Press Release, dated May 10, 2021.



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: May 10, 2021




/s/ Kleem Chaudhary




Kleem Chaudhary, Ph.D.




Chief Business Officer