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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): April 1, 2021



Molecular Templates, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-32979   94-3409596

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



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(IRS Employer

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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 1.02

Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement

On April 1, 2021, Molecular Templates, Inc. (the “Company”) received notice from Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”), that Takeda has decided to terminate the Development Collaboration and Exclusive License Agreement by and between the Company and Takeda, dated September 18, 2018, as amended (the “Collaboration Agreement”) to co-develop one or more products incorporating or comprised of one or more SLT-A fusion proteins targeting CD38 for the treatment of patients with diseases such as multiple myeloma. The termination of the Collaboration Agreement will be effective 90 days following the notice of termination. Following receipt of the termination notice from Takeda, the Company notified Takeda of its intent to assume full rights to TAK-169, a second-generation ETB targeting CD38, by entering into an agreement for such rights pursuant to the termination provisions of the Collaboration Agreement.

Takeda has communicated that its decision to turn over full rights of TAK-169 was the result of Takeda’s ongoing portfolio prioritization. The Company believes that TAK-169 is a potent molecule with a novel mechanism of action in multiple myeloma. It has demonstrated a favorable safety and efficacy profile in in vivo models and potency against daratumumab refractory patient samples. TAK-169 is in an ongoing Phase 1 study with dose escalation planned through six dose cohorts, in which the first patient was dosed in February 2020. To date, Takeda has enrolled and treated four subjects in the Phase 1 study. There have been no life-threatening toxicities, and no signs of capillary leak syndrome (CLS). The maximum tolerated dose (MTD) has not been reached, patient screening continues, and dose escalation is ongoing. One dose limiting toxicity (grade 2 myocarditis) was assessed in one subject. A mild elevation in Troponin I was noted in this subject after the third dose of TAK-169. No EKG or echocardiographic abnormalities and no clinical symptoms were noted. A stable elevation in high-sensitivity troponin was seen although no comparison to baseline was available as baseline levels were not required per protocol at the time. An independent radiologist and cardiologist reviewed the imaging in the case and concluded that there was weak to intermediate evidence of myocarditis. The subject had multiple pre-existing cardiac risk factors. No other cardiac adverse events were observed in any other subject. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data of this first cohort have been in-line with predicted outcomes. The Company looks forward to accelerating the full enrollment and completion of this safety and dose-finding study. The Company’s manufacturing of TAK-169 has been qualified by Takeda and the Company has sufficient TAK-169 drug supply to continue the Phase 1 study as planned. The Company’s assumption of the full rights to TAK-169 is expected to result in cost savings in 2021 and the Company’s guidance of cash runway into the second half of 2023 is unchanged. Upon transfer of the full TAK-169 rights to the Company, per the terms of the Collaboration Agreement, the Company will owe Takeda low-single digit royalties on future net sales of TAK-169. The Company anticipates that the transition of TAK-169 development from Takeda to the Company will be conducted over the next 90 days.

Pursuant to the terms of the Collaboration Agreement, the total transaction price of the Collaboration Agreement was $29.8 million, consisting of (1) the $30.0 million upfront payment to the Company, (2) a $10.0 million development milestone payment, which was achieved by the Company in the first quarter of 2020, (3) minus $10.2 million in expected co-share payments payable to Takeda. In July 2019, the Company exercised its co-development option and the agreed upon collaboration budget was increased to cover additional research and development activities.

In addition to the Collaboration Agreement, the Company has a separate multi-target collaboration and license agreement with Takeda, dated June 23, 2017, which remains in effect.

The foregoing summary of the terms of the Collaboration Agreement, as amended, is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Collaboration Agreement, which was filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 13, 2018 and the First Amendment to the Collaboration Agreement, which was filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 12, 2019, and which are both incorporated by reference herein.

A copy of the press release announcing the termination of the Collaboration Agreement is filed as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 8.01

Other Events

On April 5, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing its decision to discontinue the development of MT-3724 and focus its resources on the development of next-generation engineered toxin bodies, including TAK-169, which the Company will assume full rights of pursuant to the termination described above.

A copy of this press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.


Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits.


99.1    Press Release dated April 5, 2021.
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

Forward-Looking Statements

This Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). The Company 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 Form 8-K regarding strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenue, projected expenses, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. In addition, when or if used in this Form 8-K, the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “predict” and similar expressions and their variants, as they relate to the Company may identify forward-looking statements. Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the safety or potential efficacy of the Company’s drug or biologic candidates, including the anticipated benefits of the Company’s next-generation ETBs compared to its first-generation ETBs, such as MT-3724; statements relating to the development of MT-5111, TAK-169, and MT-6402; the expected budgetary impact of the Company’s assumption of the full rights to TAK-169; the expected timing of submitting various IND applications and conducting studies and generating data; the expected participation and presentation at upcoming conferences; the anticipated effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s ongoing clinical studies, manufacturing and preclinical development; 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; 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; risks from global pandemics including COVID-19; 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. There can be no assurance that any of the Company’s drug or biologic candidates will be successfully developed, manufactured or commercialized, that final results of clinical trials will be supportive of regulatory approvals required to market products, or that any of the forward-looking information provided herein will be proven accurate. Any forward-looking statements contained in this Form 8-K 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.


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: April 5, 2021    

/s/ Eric E. Poma, Ph.D.

    Name:   Eric E. Poma, Ph.D.
    Title:   Chief Executive Officer