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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): February 24, 2021


Fortress Biotech, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)



 (State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)




 (Commission File Number)




(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


2 Gansevoort Street, 9th Floor

New York, New York 10014

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(781) 652-4500

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


  ¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act.


  ¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act.


  ¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2b under the Exchange Act.


  ¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act.


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock FBIO Nasdaq Capital Market
9.375% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock FBIOP Nasdaq Capital Market


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).  ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ¨






Item 8.01. Other Events.


On February 24, 2021, Cyprium Therapeutics, Inc. (“Cyprium”), a Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress”) partner company, and Sentynl Therapeutics, Inc. (“Sentynl”), a U.S.-based specialty pharmaceutical company owned by the Zydus Group, announced the execution of an asset purchase agreement (the “Agreement”) to commit development funding for and acquire Cyprium’s proprietary rights to CUTX-101, its Copper Histidinate product candidate for the treatment of Menkes disease. Under the terms of the Agreement, Sentynl will make an upfront cash payment to Cyprium, provide additional cash payments upon the achievement of certain regulatory milestones, and pay royalties and commercial milestone payments based on the net sales of CUTX-101. Cyprium will retain development responsibility of CUTX-101 through approval of the New Drug Application (“NDA”) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), and Sentynl will be responsible for commercialization of CUTX-101 as well as progressing newborn screening activities. Continued development of CUTX-101 will be overseen by a Joint Steering Committee consisting of representatives from Cyprium and Sentynl.


Under the Agreement, Cyprium is eligible to receive up to $20 million in development and regulatory cash milestones, consisting of $8 million upfront, $3 million upon FDA acceptance of the NDA filing and $9 million upon NDA approval, as well as potential sales milestones totaling up to $255 million. Royalties on CUTX-101 net sales are also payable, with 6% due on that portion of annual net sales up to $75 million, 17.5% due on that portion of annual net sales between $75 million and $100 million, and 25% due on that portion of annual net sales over $100 million. Cyprium will retain 100% ownership over any FDA priority review voucher that may be issued at NDA approval for CUTX-101.


The Agreement includes customary representations, warranties, conditions, covenants, and indemnification rights and obligations of Cyprium and Sentynl. Fortress issued a press release to announce Cyprium’s execution of the Agreement. A copy of such press release is being filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


The following exhibits are filed herewith:


99.1   Press Release issued by Fortress Biotech, Inc., dated February 24, 2021.








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.


  Fortress Biotech, Inc.



Date: February 24, 2021

  By:   /s/ Lindsay A. Rosenwald, M.D.  
      Lindsay A. Rosenwald, M.D.  
      Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer