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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 9, 2018
LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INCORPORATED
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3911 Sorrento Valley Boulevard, Suite 110, San Diego, CA
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
On November 9, 2018, we entered into OmniAb platform license agreements with two undisclosed San Francisco-area venture-stage biotechnology companies. Under the licenses, the two respective counterparties will be able to use OmniAb® platform rodents and birds in campaigns to discover fully human mono- and bispecific antibodies.
We are receiving upfront payments and we are eligible to receive development milestone payments and royalties for each product incorporating an OmniAb antibody. The two respective counterparties will be responsible for all costs related to the programs.
OmniAb® is a three-species transgenic-animal platform consisting of four different technologies used for producing mono- and bispecific human therapeutic antibodies. OmniRat® transgenic rats embody the industry’s first human monoclonal antibody technology in rats. OmniRat animals have a complete immune system with a diverse antibody repertoire and generate antibodies with human idiotypes as effectively as wild-type animals make rat antibodies. OmniMouse® is a transgenic mouse that complements OmniRat and expands epitope coverage. OmniFlic® is an engineered rat with a fixed light chain for development of bispecific, fully human antibodies. OmniChicken™ chickens have been genetically modified by Crystal to have the immunoglobulin genes replaced with corresponding human genes, and embody the industry’s first human monoclonal antibody technology in chickens. The four technologies use patented technology, have broad freedom to operate and deliver fully human antibodies with high affinity, specificity, expression, solubility and stability.
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.
LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INCORPORATED
Date: November 13, 2018
By: /s/ Charles S. Berkman
Name: Charles S. Berkman
Title: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary