VERSARTIS, INC. (NASDAQ:VSAR) Files An 8-K Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement

VERSARTIS, INC. (NASDAQ:VSAR) Files An 8-K Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.02. Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.

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On January4, 2018, Versartis, Inc. (the “Company”) received notice from Teijin Limited (“Teijin”) that Teijin was, to the agreement’s terms, terminating the Exclusive License and Supply Agreement among the Company, Versartis GmbH, a subsidiary of the Company, and Teijin, dated August5, 2016 (the “License Agreement”), effective as of January31, 2018. The notice of termination followed discussions between the Company and Teijin regarding the failure of the Company’s Phase 3 VELOCITY trial to meet its primary endpoint during which the Company and Teijin determined that continuing with the License Agreement was no longer in the best interests of either party.

Under the License Agreement, the Company had granted to Teijin an exclusive license to develop, use, sell, offer for sale, import and otherwise commercialize, in Japan, any pharmaceutical product incorporating somavaratan (VRS-317). In exchange for such rights, the Company received an upfront payment of $40million from Teijin, and could potentially have also received up to $125million in development, regulatory and sales milestone payments, in addition to transfer pricing and a royalty calculated on net sales in Japan. The termination is not associated with any early termination penalty or any further payments by either party.


Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in developing long-acting recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH), somavaratan (VRS-317), for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), an orphan disease. The Company’s product pipeline includes VRS-317 and XTEN Technology. The Company’s VRS-317 combines the rhGH amino acid sequence utilized in approved rhGH products with a half-life extension technology, XTEN, to enable less frequent administration. The XTEN technology consists of hydrophilic amino acids added at the genetic level as part of the manufacturing process. The Company’s XTEN is a recombinant polypeptide designed to extend the in vivo half-life of peptides and proteins in a tunable manner. The XTEN sequence consists of hydrophilic amino acids and possesses various additional properties, which are used for the development of protein pharmaceuticals.

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