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Washington, D.C. 20549










Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 12, 2020




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)



Delaware   001-36150   33-0344842

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


4955 Directors Place

San Diego, CA 92121

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (858) 203-4100



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



Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


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Securities Registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:



Title of each class   Trading Symbol   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par value   SRNE   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC




Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On October 12, 2020, Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a license agreement (the “License Agreement”) with Personalized Stem Cells, Inc. (“PSC”). Pursuant to the License Agreement, among other things, PSC granted the Company an exclusive license and right under certain patents, certain know-how and other intellectual property to fully utilize, exploit and commercialize certain products and services using allogeneic adipose-derived stem cells for or in respect of human health, including the diagnosis and treatment and/or cure of any human disease or disorder (excluding commercial sales for the diagnosis, treatment and/or cure of SARS-CoV-2 or other respiratory diseases in the People’s Republic of China) worldwide (excluding the People’s Republic of China for products directed at COVID-19 or other respiratory diseases). PSC also agreed to transfer certain cell lines composed of stromal vascular cells, master cell banks and finished final drug lots (the “Product Materials”) to the Company. The Company agreed to grant PSC rights to use data derived by the Company from a certain Phase 1 COVID-19 study for PSC’s own programs that are not competitive with the businesses or activities of the Company, and for PSC to sublicense such data to third parties for research, development and regulatory purposes.


As consideration for the license under the License Agreement, the Company has agreed to pay PSC an upfront license fee of $3.5 million in cash.


The Company also agreed to pay PSC (i) a milestone payment upon the issuance of a regulatory approval, and (ii) certain milestone payments upon PSC’s manufacture and delivery of the Product Materials to the Company.


The Company will also pay royalties in the low-single digit percentages of annual net sales of licensed products and services by the Company and a share of any sublicense revenue received by the Company from sublicensees.


The foregoing summary of the License Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the License Agreement. A copy of the License Agreement will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as an exhibit to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020 (the “Form 10-K”) or via an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K. Certain terms of the License Agreement have been omitted from this Current Report on Form 8-K and will be omitted from the version of the License Agreement to be filed as an exhibit to the Form 10-K or via an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K pursuant to Item 601(b)(10) of Regulation S-K because such terms are both (i) not material and (ii) would likely cause competitive harm to the Company if publicly disclosed.


The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the License Agreement were made only for purposes of such agreement and as of specific dates, were solely for the benefit of the parties to the License Agreement, and may be subject to limitations agreed upon by the contracting parties. Accordingly, the License Agreement is incorporated herein by reference only to provide investors with information regarding the terms of the License Agreement, and not to provide investors with any other factual information regarding the Company or its business, and should be read in conjunction with the disclosures in the Company’s periodic reports and other filings with the SEC.


Item 8.01. Other Events.


On October 12, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing its entry into the License Agreement. A copy of the press release is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.




99.1 Press Release, dated October 12, 2020
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File, formatted in Inline Extensible Business Reporting Language (iXBRL).







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:  October 13, 2020 By: /s/ Henry Ji, Ph.D.  
    Name: Henry Ji, Ph.D.  
    Title: Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer