Form: 8-K

Current report filing

October 4, 2023






Washington, D.C. 20549





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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 28, 2023



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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On December 19, 2022, Sutro Biopharma, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a letter agreement (the “Agreement”) with Vaxcyte, Inc. (“Vaxcyte”) under which the Company granted to Vaxcyte (i) authorization to enter into an agreement with an independent alternate contract manufacturing organization (“CMO”) to source cell-free extract solely for the products it licensed from the Company, allowing Vaxcyte to have direct oversight over financial and operational aspects of the relationship with the CMO, and (ii) a right, but not an obligation, to obtain certain exclusive rights to internally manufacture and/or source extract from certain CMOs and the right to independently develop and make improvements to extract for use in connection with the exploitation of certain vaccine compositions (the “Option”). Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company and Vaxcyte agreed to negotiate the terms and conditions of a form definitive agreement to be entered into in the event Vaxcyte exercises the Option (the “Form Definitive Agreement”) and, within five days after the Company and Vaxcyte mutually agreed in writing upon the Form Definitive Agreement, Vaxcyte agreed to pay the Company $5.0 million. On September 28, 2023, the Companies mutually agreed in writing upon the Form Definitive Agreement.

Pursuant to the Agreement, and effective immediately upon agreement to the Form Definitive Agreement, the Company and Vaxcyte entered into amendment No 3. (the “Amendment”) to that certain license agreement between the Company and Vaxcyte, dated August 1, 2014, and amended and restated on October 12, 2015, and amended again on May 9, 2018 and May 29, 2018 (the “License Agreement”). The Amendment amended certain terms of the License Agreement including with respect to (i) royalty reduction provisions applicable in the event of expiration of relevant patent claims, which would result in lower royalties payable by Vaxcyte under certain circumstances, (ii) the ownership, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of certain intellectual property rights licensed or arising under the License Agreement, and (iii) the timing and form for financial reporting of royalty payment calculations.

The foregoing description of the Amendment is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amendment, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending September 30, 2023.





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Sutro Biopharma, Inc.

Date: October 4, 2023


/s/ Edward Albini

Edward Albini

Chief Financial Officer