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): September 18, 2018



Molecular Templates, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-32979   94-3409596

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

9301 Amberglen Blvd, Suite 100

Austin, TX 78729

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (512) 869-1555

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

Takeda License Agreement

On September 18, 2018, Molecular Templates, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a development collaboration and exclusive license agreement (the “License Agreement”) with Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”), for the development and commercialization of products incorporating or comprised of one or more CD38 SLT-A fusion proteins (“Licensed Products”) for the treatment of patients with diseases such as multiple myeloma.

Pursuant to the License Agreement, the parties will initially co-develop one or more of the Licensed Products up to and including Phase Ia clinical trials, with the Company having an option to continue to co-develop the Licensed Products following Phase Ia clinical trials. The Company may exercise its co-development option within a specified time period following completion of the Phase Ia clinical trials with no additional fee by providing written notice of exercise to Takeda, provided the Company has paid all co-development costs due pursuant to the License Agreement as of the date of such exercise. Pursuant to the terms of the License Agreement, Takeda will be responsible for all regulatory activities and commercialization of the Licensed Products. The Company has granted Takeda specified intellectual property licenses to enable Takeda to perform its obligations and exercise its rights under the License Agreement, including exclusive license grants to enable Takeda to conduct development, manufacturing, and commercialization activities pursuant to the terms of the License Agreement.

Pursuant to the License Agreement, the Company will receive an upfront payment of $30 million and, if the Company exercises its co-development option and funds its share of development costs, it may receive up to an additional $307.5 million in milestone payments upon the achievement of certain development and regulatory milestone events and up to an additional $325 million in milestone payments upon the achievement of certain sales milestone events. If the Company does not exercise its co-development option, it may receive up to an additional $162.5 million in milestone payments upon the achievement of certain development and regulatory milestone events and up to an additional $175 million in milestone payments upon the achievement of certain sales milestone events. The Company will also be entitled to receive tiered royalties, subject to certain reductions, as percentages of annual aggregate net sales, if any, of Licensed Products. The royalty percentages would range from low double-digits to low twenties if the Company exercises its option to co-develop, and from high-single digits to low teens if the Company does not exercise its option to co-develop.

The parties will share in co-development costs in accordance with the terms of the License Agreement, and Takeda will be responsible for all costs incurred commercializing the Licensed Products.

Unless earlier terminated, the License Agreement will expire upon the expiration of the last-to-expire co-development royalty term (or royalty term, if applicable) for a Licensed Product. Takeda has the right to terminate the License Agreement at any time upon no less than ninety days’ prior written notice to the Company. Either party may, subject to specified cure periods, terminate the License Agreement in the event of the other party’s uncured material breach, and either party may terminate the License Agreement under specified circumstances relating to the other party’s insolvency.

The License Agreement contemplates that the Company will enter into certain ancillary arrangements with Takeda, including a clinical supply agreement and a quality agreement.

CPRIT Grant Contract

On September 18, 2018, the Company entered into a Cancer Research Grant Contract (the “Agreement”) with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (“CPRIT”), in connection with a grant of approximately $15.2 million awarded by CPRIT to the Company in November 2016 to fund research of a cancer therapy involving a CD38 targeting ETB (MT-4019) (the “Award”). Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company may also use such funds to develop a replacement CD38 targeting ETB, with or without a partner. The Award is contingent upon funds being available during the term of the Agreement and subject to CPRIT’s ability to perform its obligations under the Agreement as well as the Company’s progress towards achievement of specified milestones, among other contractual requirements.

Subject to the terms of the Agreement, full ownership of any CPRIT funded technology and CPRIT funded intellectual property rights developed pursuant to the Agreement will be retained by the Company, its Collaborators (as defined in the Agreement) and, to the extent applicable, any participating third party (the “Project Results”). With respect to any Project Results, the Company agreed to grant to CPRIT a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license, solely for academic, research and other non-commercial purposes, under the Project Results and to exploit any necessary additional intellectual property rights, subject to certain exclusions.

The Company will pay to CPRIT, during the term of the Agreement, certain payments equal to a percentage of revenue ranging from the low- to mid-single digits. These payments will continue up to and until CPRIT receives an aggregate amount of 400% of the sum of all monies paid to the Company by CPRIT under the Agreement. If the Company is required to obtain a license from a third party to sell any such product, the revenue sharing percentages may be reduced. In addition, once the Company pays CPRIT 400% of the monies it has received under the Agreement, it will continue to pay CPRIT a revenue-sharing percentage of 0.5%.

The Agreement will terminate, with certain obligations extending beyond termination, on the earlier of (a) May 31, 2019 or (b) the occurrence of any of the following events: (i) by mutual written consent of the parties, (ii) by CPRIT for an Event of Default (as defined in the Agreement) by the Company, (iii) by CPRIT if allocated funds should become legally unavailable during the term of the Agreement and CPRIT is unable to obtain additional funds or (iv) by the Company for convenience. CPRIT may approve a no cost extension for the Agreement for a period not to exceed six months after the termination date if additional time is required to ensure adequate completion of the approved project, subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement.


The foregoing descriptions of certain terms of the License Agreement and the Agreement do not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the License Agreement and the Agreement that the Company intends to file as exhibits to its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ending September 30, 2018.


Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.


Exhibit 99.1    Press Release dated September 19, 2018


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.


    Molecular Templates, Inc.
Dated: September 19, 2018    
    By:   /s/ Eric E. Poma, Ph.D.

Name: Eric E. Poma, Ph.D.

Title: Chief Executive Officer


Exhibit 99.1

Molecular Templates Announces Agreement with Takeda for the Joint Development

of a Protein-Based Oncology Therapy

The Agreement Will Support the Development of a Potential New Treatment Option for

Multiple Myeloma

AUSTIN, Texas, September 19, 2018 — Molecular Templates, Inc. today announced an agreement with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) for the joint development of CD38-targeted engineered toxin bodies (ETBs) for the treatment of patients with diseases such as multiple myeloma. The lead development candidate is a CD38-targeted ETB that resulted from a previous discovery collaboration between the two companies.

The parties developed preclinical stage ETBs targeting CD38 under the prior discovery collaboration. Takeda and Molecular Templates will further develop the ETBs for the treatment of multiple myeloma under this new license, development and commercialization agreement.

“This collaboration builds on Takeda’s deep history and commitment to the study of blood cancers, including multiple myeloma,” said Philip Rowlands, Ph.D., Head, Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit at Takeda. “Throughout our research collaboration with Molecular Templates, we have seen the promise of its ETB platform for the discovery and development of new therapies. As we expand our relationship and continue to explore next-generation modalities, our hope is to bring forth new and important treatment options for patients.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Takeda will make an upfront payment of $30 million and Molecular Templates is eligible to receive development, regulatory and commercial milestone payments of up to $632.5 million if Molecular Templates exercises its co-development option or $337.5 million if Molecular Templates does not exercise or opts out of its co-development option. Takeda has also agreed to pay royalties on sales of the commercial product developed through the collaboration. Molecular Templates and Takeda will share equally in the development costs.

“We have worked closely with Takeda’s scientific team since October 2016 to develop CD38-targeted ETBs with substantial improvements over our own internal program, MT-4019,” said Eric Poma, Ph.D., Molecular Templates’ Chief Executive and Scientific Officer. “Takeda’s expertise in multiple myeloma and strong antibody capabilities allowed us to develop CD38-targeted ETBs that, of the ones tested to date, are the most potent ETBs we have created with our platform. We look forward to moving this program into the clinic.”

Multiple myeloma cells widely express the CD38 protein, making it an increasingly important target in the development of therapeutics for multiple myeloma. CD38-targeted ETBs recognize the protein and deliver a modified bacterial toxin that enters the myeloma cells and destroys them through the enzymatic and irreversible destruction of ribosomes. Unlike other CD38-targeted therapies, ETBs are not reliant on the body’s own immune system for effectiveness, offering the potential of broader and deeper responses.


About Molecular Templates

Molecular Templates is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation immunotoxins called Engineered Toxin Bodies (ETBs) for the treatment of cancers and other serious diseases. For additional information, please visit Molecular Templates’ website at www.mtem.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). Molecular Templates disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, and claims the protection of the Act’s Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release regarding strategy, future results, future financial position, future revenue, prospects, plans and objectives of Molecular Templates are forward-looking statements. In addition, when or if used in this press release, the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “predict” and similar expressions and their variants, as they relate to Molecular Templates may identify forward-looking statements. Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the development of the potential for CD-38 targeting ETBs under the agreement; the expected timing and the potential for payments under the agreement; and the Company’s belief that its proprietary biologic drug platform technology, or ETBs, provides for a differentiated mechanism of action that may address some of the limitations associated with currently available cancer therapeutics.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors including, but not limited to, the uncertainties inherent in the preclinical and clinical development process; risks associated with the joint development of CD38-targeted ETBs; whether the Company’s cash resources will be sufficient to fund its continuing operations for the periods and/or trials anticipated; the ability of the Company to protect its intellectual property rights; and legislative, regulatory, political and economic developments, as well as those risks identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Contact:

Adam Cutler

Chief Financial Officer





Source: Molecular Templates, Inc.