UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM 8-K
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CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 4, 2019

LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INCORPORATED
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware
001-33093
77-0160744
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)


3911 Sorrento Valley Boulevard, Suite 110, San Diego, California 92121
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(858) 550-7500
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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


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Item 8.01 Other Events.
On February 4, 2019, we entered into a worldwide Commercial Platform License Agreement with Genagon Therapeutics AB, a Sweden-based, immuno-oncology focused biotech. Under the terms of the Agreement, Genagon gained access to the full OmniAb® transgenic animal technology platform, including OmniRat®, OmniMouse®, OmniFlic® and OmniChicken, for its drug discovery efforts. We received a modest upfront payment and are eligible to receive development milestone payments and tiered royalties of four-to-six percent for each product incorporating an OmniAb-derived antibody. Genagon will be responsible for all costs related to its programs.


SIGNATURES

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:    February 7, 2019
By: /s/ Charles S. Berkman
Name: Charles S. Berkman
Title: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary