8-K 1 f8k072319_nektartherap.htm 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): July 23, 2019


(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)


Delaware 0-24006 94-3134940
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

455 Mission Bay Boulevard South

San Francisco, California 94158

(Address of Principal Executive Offices and Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (415) 482-5300

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Emerging growth company ☐


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐


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


Title of each class Trading symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par value NKTR NASDAQ Global Select Market








Item 8.01 Other Events


On July 23, 2019, Nektar Therapeutics, a Delaware corporation (“Nektar”), received a General Advice letter (“Letter”) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) regarding Nektar’s New Drug Application (“NDA”) for NKTR-181, a novel mu-opioid analgesic drug candidate.


In the Letter, the FDA stated that it is postponing product-specific advisory committee meetings for opioid analgesics, including the one previously scheduled for August 21, 2019 to discuss the NDA for the NKTR-181 product, while the agency continues to consider a number of scientific and policy issues relating to this class of drugs. The Letter stated that the FDA’s reason for postponing the advisory committee meeting for NKTR-181 is not unique to the NKTR-181 product. The Letter further stated that the FDA will continue to review the NDA for NKTR-181 according to the existing Prescription Drug User Fee Act (“PDUFA”) timeline and will request additional information from Nektar, as needed. However, the FDA did indicate in the Letter that it is possible the agency may not be able to meet the PDUFA goal date of August 29, 2019, due to the postponement of the advisory committee meeting.


Nektar will work closely with the FDA as they continue their review of the NDA for NKTR-181.






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: July 25, 2019 By: /s/ Mark A. Wilson
      Mark A. Wilson 
      General Counsel and Secretary