Form 8-K





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): March 8, 2013




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-35006   93-0979187

(State or other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

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11500 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 240, Henderson, NV   89052
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (702) 835-6300

Not Applicable

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



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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On March 8, 2013, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Spectrum”) entered into a License Agreement (the “License Agreement”) with CyDex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (together with CyDex, collectively “Ligand”), and acquired exclusive global development and commercialization rights to Ligand’s Captisol-enabled®, propylene glycol-free (PG-free) melphalan. Pursuant to the terms of the License Agreement, Spectrum assumed the responsibility for all clinical and regulatory development of the program going forward, including the ongoing pivotal clinical trial. In consideration for the rights granted under the License Agreement, Spectrum paid Ligand an upfront license fee of $3 million. Additionally, Ligand is eligible to receive an aggregate of more than $50 million based upon the achievement of certain regulatory and sales milestones and significant double-digit royalties based on the net sales of licensed products in all territories worldwide. The License Agreement will remain in effect, on a country-by-country basis, until the expiration of Spectrum’s obligation to pay royalties on net sales of the subject products in such country. Spectrum may terminate the Agreement at its election upon ninety days’ notice to Ligand. Additionally, either party may terminate the Agreement for an uncured material breach by the other party.

In connection with the transaction, the parties also entered into a supply agreement (the “Supply Agreement”) pursuant to which, subject to certain exceptions, Spectrum agreed to purchase its requirements of Captisol from Ligand. The term of the Supply Agreement is concurrent with the term of the License Agreement and may be terminated by either party for an uncured material breach by the other party.

The foregoing description of the License Agreement and the Supply Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by such Agreements, each of which will be filed as an Exhibit to Spectrum’s next Form 10-Q. Spectrum intends to submit a FOIA confidential treatment request to the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 24b-2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requesting that it be permitted to redact certain portions of the License Agreement and/or the Supply Agreement. The omitted material will be included in the request for confidential treatment.

A copy of the press release announcing the transaction is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is hereby incorporated by this reference.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.


Exhibit No.



99.1    Press Release dated March 14, 2013.




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.

Date: March 14, 2013



 /s/ Brett L. Scott

  Brett L. Scott

Senior Vice President and

Acting Chief Financial Officer





Exhibit No.



99.1    Press Release dated March 14, 2013.