0000921895-15-000458.txt : 20150218 0000921895-15-000458.hdr.sgml : 20150216 20150217164125 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000921895-15-000458 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: SC 13G/A PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 1 FILED AS OF DATE: 20150217 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20150217 SUBJECT COMPANY: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INC CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000886163 STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION: PHARMACEUTICAL PREPARATIONS [2834] IRS NUMBER: 770160744 STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE FISCAL YEAR END: 1231 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: SC 13G/A SEC ACT: 1934 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 005-43329 FILM NUMBER: 15623557 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 11119 NORTH TORREY PINES ROAD STREET 2: SUITE 200 CITY: LA JOLLA STATE: CA ZIP: 92037 BUSINESS PHONE: 858-550-7500 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 11119 NORTH TORREY PINES ROAD STREET 2: SUITE 200 CITY: LA JOLLA STATE: CA ZIP: 92037 FILED BY: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: BIOTECHNOLOGY VALUE FUND L P CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000918923 STANDARD INDUSTRIAL CLASSIFICATION: INVESTMENT ADVICE [6282] IRS NUMBER: 363924731 STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE FISCAL YEAR END: 1231 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: SC 13G/A BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 1 SANSOME ST STREET 2: 30TH FL CITY: SAN FRANCISCO STATE: CA ZIP: 94104 BUSINESS PHONE: 3125066500 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 1 SANSOME ST STREET 2: 30TH FL CITY: SAN FRANCISCO STATE: CA ZIP: 94104 SC 13G/A 1 sc13ga1007422lig_12312014.htm AMENDMENT NO. 10 TO SCHEDULE 13G sc13ga1007422lig_12312014.htm
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13G
(Rule 13d-102)

INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN STATEMENTS FILED PURSUANT
TO RULES 13d-1(b), (c), AND (d) AND AMENDMENTS THERETO FILED
PURSUANT TO RULE 13d-2(b)
 
(Amendment No. 10)1
 

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
 (Name of Issuer)
 
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share
 (Title of Class of Securities)
 
53220K504
 (CUSIP Number)
 
December 31, 2014
 (Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)
 
 

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule is filed:
 
   o  Rule 13d-1(b)
 
   x  Rule 13d-1(c)
 
   o  Rule 13d-1(d)
 
 

_______________
The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.
 
      The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).
 
 
 

 
CUSIP NO. 53220K504
 
1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
 
Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P.
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
  (a) x
  (b) o
3
SEC USE ONLY
 
4
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
 
Delaware
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH
5
SOLE VOTING POWER
 
0 shares
6
SHARED VOTING POWER
 
139,486
7
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
0 shares
8
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
139,486
9
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
 
139,486
10
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
¨
11
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
 
Less than 1%
12
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
 
PN

 
2

 
CUSIP NO. 53220K504
 
1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
 
Biotechnology Value Fund II, L.P.
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
  (a) x
  (b) o
3
SEC USE ONLY
 
4
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
 
Delaware
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH
5
SOLE VOTING POWER
 
0 shares
6
SHARED VOTING POWER
 
72,323
7
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
0 shares
8
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
72,323
9
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
 
72,323
10
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
¨
11
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
 
Less than 1%
12
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
 
PN

 
3

 
CUSIP NO. 53220K504
 
1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
 
BVF Investments, L.L.C.
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
  (a) x
  (b) o
3
SEC USE ONLY
 
4
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
 
Delaware
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH
5
SOLE VOTING POWER
 
0 shares
6
SHARED VOTING POWER
 
559,200
7
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
0 shares
8
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
559,200
9
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
 
559,200
10
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
¨
11
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
 
2.8%
12
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
 
OO

 
4

 
CUSIP NO. 53220K504
 
1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
 
Investment 10, L.L.C.
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
  (a) x
  (b) o
3
SEC USE ONLY
 
4
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
 
Illinois
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH
5
SOLE VOTING POWER
 
0 shares
6
SHARED VOTING POWER
 
38,917
7
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
0 shares
8
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
38,917
9
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
 
38,917
10
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
¨
11
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
 
Less than 1%
12
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
 
OO

 
5

 
CUSIP NO. 53220K504
 
1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
 
MSI BVF SPV, LLC
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
  (a) x
  (b) o
3
SEC USE ONLY
 
4
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
 
Delaware
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH
5
SOLE VOTING POWER
 
0 shares
6
SHARED VOTING POWER
 
50,137
7
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
0 shares
8
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
50,137
9
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
 
50,137
10
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
¨
11
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
 
Less than 1%
12
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
 
OO

 
6

 
CUSIP NO. 53220K504
 
1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
 
BVF Partners L.P.
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
  (a) x
  (b) o
3
SEC USE ONLY
 
4
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
 
Delaware
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH
5
SOLE VOTING POWER
 
0 shares
6
SHARED VOTING POWER
 
860,063
7
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
0 shares
8
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
860,063
9
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
 
860,063
10
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
¨
11
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
 
4.4%
12
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
 
PN, IA

 
7

 
CUSIP NO. 53220K504
 
1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
 
BVF Inc.
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
  (a) x
  (b) o
3
SEC USE ONLY
 
4
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
 
Delaware
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH
5
SOLE VOTING POWER
 
0 shares
6
SHARED VOTING POWER
 
860,063
7
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
0 shares
8
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
860,063
9
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
 
860,063
10
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
¨
11
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
 
4.4%
12
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
 
CO

 
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CUSIP NO. 53220K504
 
1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSON
 
Mark N. Lampert
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
  (a) x
  (b) o
3
SEC USE ONLY
 
4
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
 
United States
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH
5
SOLE VOTING POWER
 
0 shares
6
SHARED VOTING POWER
 
860,063
7
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
0 shares
8
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
860,063
9
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
 
860,063
10
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
¨
11
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
 
4.4%
12
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
 
IN

 
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CUSIP NO. 53220K504
 
Item 1(a).
Name of Issuer:

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, a Delaware corporation (the “Issuer”).

Item 1(b).
Address of Issuer’s Principal Executive Offices:

11119 North Torrey Pines Road
Suite 200
La Jolla, CA 92037

Item 2(a).
Name of Person Filing
Item 2(b).
Address of Principal Business Office or, if None, Residence
Item 2(c).
Citizenship

Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P. (“BVF”)
1 Sansome Street, 30th Floor
San Francisco, California 94104
Citizenship: Delaware

Biotechnology Value Fund II, L.P. (“BVF2”)
1 Sansome Street, 30th Floor
San Francisco, California 94104
Citizenship: Delaware

BVF Investments, L.L.C. (“BVLLC”)
900 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Citizenship: Delaware

Investment 10, L.L.C. (“ILL10”)
900 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Citizenship: Illinois

MSI BVF SPV, LLC (“MSI”)
c/o Magnitude Capital, LLC
601 Lexington Avenue, 59th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Citizenship: Delaware

BVF Partners L.P. (“Partners”)
900 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Citizenship: Delaware

BVF Inc.
1 Sansome Street, 30th Floor
San Francisco, California 94104
Citizenship: Delaware
 
 
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Mark N. Lampert (“Mr. Lampert”)
1 Sansome Street, 30th Floor
San Francisco, California 94104
Citizenship: United States

Each of the foregoing is referred to as a “Reporting Person” and collectively as the “Reporting Persons.”

Item 2(d).
Title of Class of Securities:

Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”)

Item 2(e).
CUSIP Number:

53220K504

Item 3.
If This Statement is Filed Pursuant to Rule 13d-1(b), or 13d-2(b) or (c), Check Whether the Person Filing is a:

 
 
/x/
Not applicable.
 
 
(a)
/ /
Broker or dealer registered under Section 15 of the Exchange Act.
 
 
(b)
/ /
Bank as defined in Section 3(a)(6) of the Exchange Act.
 
 
(c)
/ /
Insurance company as defined in Section 3(a)(19) of the Exchange Act.
 
 
(d)
/ /
Investment company registered under Section 8 of the Investment Company Act.
 
 
(e)
/ /
An investment adviser in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E).
 
 
(f)
/ /
An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F).
 
 
(g)
/ /
A parent holding company or control person in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G).
 
 
(h)
/ /
A savings association as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.
 
 
(i)
/ /
A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an investment company under Section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act.
 
 
(j)
/ /
Group, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J).
 
 
(k)
/ /
Group, in accordance with Rule 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(K). If filing as a non-U.S. institution in accordance with Rule 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J), please specify the type of institution: ____
 
 
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CUSIP NO. 53220K504

Item 4.
Ownership

 
(a)
Amount beneficially owned:

 
 
As of the close of business on December 31, 2014, (i) BVF beneficially owned 139,486 shares of Common Stock, (ii) BVF2 beneficially owned 72,323 shares of Common Stock, (iii) BVLLC beneficially owned 559,200 shares of Common Stock, (iv) ILL10 beneficially owned 38,917 shares of Common Stock, and (v) MSI beneficially owned 50,137 shares of Common Stock.

 
Partners, as the general partner of BVF and BVF2, the manager of BVLLC, and the investment adviser of each of ILL10 and MSI, may be deemed to beneficially own the  860,063 shares of Common Stock beneficially owned in the aggregate by BVF, BVF2, BVLLC, ILL10 and MSI.

 
BVF Inc., as the general partner of Partners, may be deemed to beneficially own the 860,063 shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Partners.

 
Mr. Lampert, as a director and officer of BVF Inc., may be deemed to beneficially own the 860,063 shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by BVF Inc.

 
The foregoing should not be construed in and of itself as an admission by any Reporting Person as to beneficial ownership of any shares of Common Stock owned by another Reporting Person.  Each of Partners, BVF Inc. and Mr. Lampert disclaims beneficial ownership of the shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by BVF, BVF2, BVLLC, ILL10 and MSI, and the filing of this statement shall not be construed as an admission that any such person or entity is the beneficial owner of any such securities.

 
(b)
Percent of class:

 
The following percentages are based on 19,645,775 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of December 12, 2014, as disclosed in the Issuer’s Amendment to Annual Report on Form 10-K/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on December 12, 2014.

 
As of the close of business on December 31, 2014, (i) BVF beneficially owned less than 1% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, (ii) BVF2 beneficially owned less than 1% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, (iii) BVLLC beneficially owned approximately 2.8% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, (iv) ILL10 beneficially owned less than 1% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, (v) MSI beneficially owned less than 1% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, and (vi) each of Partners, BVF Inc. and Mr. Lampert may be deemed to beneficially own approximately 4.4% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock.

 
(c)
Number of shares as to which such person has:

 
(i)
Sole power to vote or to direct the vote

 
See Cover Pages Items 5-9.
 
 
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(ii)
Shared power to vote or to direct the vote

 
See Cover Pages Items 5-9.

 
(iii)
Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of

 
See Cover Pages Items 5-9.

 
(iv)
Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of

 
See Cover Pages Items 5-9.

Item 5.
Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class.

If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of the class of securities, check the following [X].

Item 6.
Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person.

Not applicable.

Item 7.
Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary That Acquired the Security Being Reported on by the Parent Holding Company or Control Person.

Not Applicable.

Item 8.
Identification and Classification of Members of the Group.

See Exhibit 99.1 to Amendment No. 9 to Schedule 13G filed by the Reporting Persons with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 21, 2014.

Item 9.
Notice of Dissolution of Group.

Not Applicable.

Item 10.
Certifications.

By signing below each of the undersigned certifies that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect.
 
 
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CUSIP NO. 53220K504

SIGNATURE

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of his knowledge and belief, each of the undersigned certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Dated:  February 17, 2015
 
BIOTECHNOLOGY VALUE FUND, L.P.
 
INVESTMENT 10, L.L.C.
 
 
     
By:
BVF Partners L.P., its general partner
 
By:
BVF Partners L.P., its investment adviser
By:
BVF Inc., its general partner
 
By:
BVF Inc., its general partner
 
 
   
 
By:
/s/ Mark N. Lampert
 
By:
/s/ Mark N. Lampert
 
Mark N. Lampert
   
Mark N. Lampert
 
President
   
President
 
 
     
 
 
     
BIOTECHNOLOGY VALUE FUND II, L.P.
 
MSI BVF SPV, LLC
 
 
     
By:
BVF Partners L.P., its general partner
 
By:
BVF Partners L.P., its investment adviser
By:
BVF Inc., its general partner
 
By:
BVF Inc., its general partner
 
 
   
 
By:
/s/ Mark N. Lampert
 
By:
/s/ Mark N. Lampert
 
Mark N. Lampert
   
Mark N. Lampert
 
President
   
President
 
 
   
 
       
 
BVF PARTNERS L.P.
 
BVF INC.
 
 
   
 
By:
BVF Inc., its general partner
 
By:
/s/ Mark N. Lampert
       
Mark N. Lampert
By:
/s/ Mark N. Lampert
   
President
 
Mark N. Lampert
   
 
 
President
   
 
 
 
 
/s/ Mark N. Lampert
 
 
 
MARK N. LAMPERT
BVF INVESTMENTS, L.L.C.
     
         
By:
BVF Partners L.P., its manager
     
By:
BVF Inc., its general partner
     
         
By:
/s/ Mark N. Lampert
     
 
Mark N. Lampert
     
 
President
     
 
 
 
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