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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)

November 15, 2021



Codiak BioSciences, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-39615   47-4926530
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)


File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

35 CambridgePark Drive, Suite 500

Cambridge, MA 02140

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

(617) 949-4100

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



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Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share    CDAK    Nasdaq Global Market

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Item 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On November 15, 2021, Codiak BioSciences, Inc. (the “Company”) and Lonza Rockland, Inc. (“Lonza”) closed (the “Closing”) the transactions contemplated by that certain Asset Purchase Agreement dated as of November 1, 2021 by and between the Company and Lonza (the “APA”), pursuant to which to Lonza acquired Codiak’s exosome manufacturing facility and related assets, and subleased the premises, located at 4 Hartwell Place, Lexington, MA 02421 as reported on that certain Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company on November 2, 2021.

In connection with the Closing, and as consideration for the APA, on November 15, 2021, the Company and Lonza entered into a Manufacturing Services Agreement (the “MSA”). Pursuant to the MSA, Lonza will become the exclusive manufacturing partner for future clinical and commercial manufacturing of the Company’s exosome products pipeline, subject to limited exceptions. Under the MSA, the Company shall receive approximately $65.0 million worth of exosome manufacturing services for its clinical programs during the next four years. Pursuant to the MSA, commencing in 2026, the Company shall purchase from Lonza a contractually agreed minimum amount of exosome manufacturing services per year for 10 years, or if earlier, until the fifth (5th) anniversary of the first commercial sale of a Company exosome product, subject to limited exceptions.

In connection with the Closing, on November 15, 2021, the Company and Lonza entered into a Licensing and Collaboration Agreement (the “License”). Pursuant to the License, the Company granted Lonza a worldwide, exclusive and sub-licensable license to the Company’s high-throughput exosome manufacturing intellectual property in the contract development and manufacturing field, and a worldwide, non-exclusive and sub-licensable license to such intellectual property for non-therapeutical uses outside the contract development and manufacturing field. Pursuant to the License, the Company is eligible to receive from Lonza a double-digit percentage of future sublicensing revenues. The Company shall retain its pipeline of therapeutic candidates and core exosome engineering, drug-loading expertise and related intellectual property. The companies will collaborate to establish a joint Center of Excellence for further development of exosome manufacturing technology, with a shared oversight committee. The Center of Excellence will leverage the strengths of both companies to pursue developments in exosome production, purification and analytics.

The foregoing summaries of certain terms of the APA, MSA and License do not purport to be complete and are subject to, and qualified in their entirety by, the text of the APA, MSA and License, which the Company plans to file as exhibits to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2021 and are incorporated by reference herein.


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 November 16, 2021   Codiak BioSciences, Inc.

/s/ Douglas E. Williams

  Name:   Douglas E. Williams, Ph.D.
  Title:   Chief Executive Officer and President