SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 30, 2013
SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
|(Commission File Number)||
6042 Cornerstone Ct. West, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92121
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (858) 210-3700
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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:
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|Item 5.03||Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.|
On July 30, 2013, Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (the Company) filed a Certificate of Amendment to its Restated Certificate of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of Delaware, pursuant to which the Company effected a one-for-twenty five reverse split of its issued and outstanding common stock (the Reverse Stock Split). The Reverse Stock Split will not change the number of authorized shares of the Companys common stock. A copy of the Certificate of Amendment is attached hereto as Exhibit 3.1.
|Item 8.01||Other Events.|
On August 1, 2013, the Company issued a press release announcing the Reverse Stock Split. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|3.1||Certificate of Amendment of the Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.|
|99.1||Press Release issued August 1, 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.
Dated: August 1, 2013
|SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|/s/ Richard Vincent|
|Name: Richard Vincent|
|Title: Chief Financial Officer and Secretary|
CERTIFICATE OF AMENDMENT
THE RESTATED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION
SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, INC.
Under Section 242 of the Delaware General Corporation Law
Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware (the Corporation) hereby certifies as follows:
1. The Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph at the end of Article Fourth as paragraph C:
On July 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm EDT (the Effective Time) pursuant to the Delaware General Corporation Law and this amendment to the Corporations Restated Certificate of Incorporation, each twenty-five (25) shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time either issued and outstanding or held by the Corporation as treasury stock shall be combined into one (1) validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable share of Common Stock without any further action by the Corporation or the holder thereof (the Reverse Stock Split); provided that no fractional shares shall be issued to any holder and that instead of issuing such fractional shares, the Corporation shall round shares up to the nearest whole number (after aggregating all fractional shares to be received by a holder). Each certificate that immediately prior to the Effective Time represented shares of Common Stock (Old Certificates), shall thereafter represent that number of shares of Common Stock into which the shares of Common Stock represented by the Old Certificate shall have been combined, subject to the treatment of fractional shares as described above.
2. The foregoing amendment has been duly adopted in accordance with the provisions of Section 242 of the General Corporation law of the State of Delaware by the vote of a majority of each class of outstanding stock of the Corporation entitled to vote thereon.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have signed this Certificate this 30 th day of July, 2013.
|/s/ Henry Ji|
|Chief Executive Officer & President|
Sorrento Therapeutics Announces Reverse Split of Common Stock
San Diego, CA August 1, 2013 Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: SRNE; Sorrento) announced today that it has filed a Certificate of Amendment to its Restated Certificate of Incorporation to effect a 1-for-25 reverse stock split of its common stock, effective on July 30, 2013. The proposal to effect a reverse stock split was approved by the Companys stockholders at its Special Meeting of Stockholders held on April 26, 2013, and the specific 1-for-25 ratio was subsequently approved by the Companys Board of Directors.
At the effective time of the reverse stock split, every twenty five shares of the Companys issued and outstanding common stock will be automatically converted into one issued and outstanding share of common stock, without any change in par value per share. The reverse stock split will affect all shares of the Companys common stock outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the reverse stock split, as well as the number of shares of common stock available for issuance under the Companys equity incentive plans. In addition, the reverse stock split will effect a reduction in the number of shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options or warrants outstanding immediately prior to the effectiveness of the reverse stock split. No fractional shares will be issued as a result of the reverse stock split. The Companys common stock will begin trading on the OTC QB on a split-adjusted basis when the market opens on Thursday, August 1, 2013. The new CUSIP number for the Companys common stock following the reverse stock split is 83587F 202.
The reverse stock split will reduce the number of shares of common stock issued and outstanding from approximately 336.4 million to approximately 13.5 million.
The Company has submitted a listing application to the The NASDAQ Capital Market. The Companys ability to become listed on The NASDAQ Capital Market is subject to, among other items, maintaining a minimum market price for its common stock for a sufficient period of time as determined by the exchange.
We believe the reverse stock split is the next step to obtaining a listing on a national securities exchange, and an uplisting would increase the attractiveness of Sorrentos common stock among institutional and retail investors focused on national exchange listed securities, said Henry Ji, President and CEO.
Computershare Trust Company, N.A. is acting as exchange agent and transfer agent for the reverse stock split. Computershare will provide instructions to stockholders regarding the process for exchanging their pre-split stock certificates for post-split stock certificates. Additional information regarding the reverse stock split can be found in the Companys definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 16, 2013.
About Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.
Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. is a publicly-traded, development-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, acquisition, development and commercialization of proprietary drug therapeutics for addressing significant unmet medical needs in the Unites States, Europe and additional international markets. Sorrento Therapeutics primary therapeutic focus is oncology but it is also developing therapeutic products for other indications, including inflammation, metabolic, and infectious diseases. Sorrento Therapeutics proprietary G-MAB ® fully-human antibody library platform was designed to facilitate the rapid identification and isolation of highly specific antibody therapeutic product candidates that bind to disease targets appropriate for antibody therapy.
More information is available at www.sorrentotherapeutics.com
This press release contains forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Words such as assumes, plans, believes, expects, anticipates, and will, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements about the clinical trial results from third parties, and the preclinical and clinical development of Sorrentos human antibody therapeutics. All such forward-looking statements are based on Sorrentos current beliefs and expectations, and should not be regarded as a representation by Sorrento that any of its plans will be achieved. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Sorrentos businesses; the scope and validity of patent protection for Sorrentos platform technologies, and the risk that the development or commercialization of product candidates may infringe the intellectual property rights of others; the potential that Sorrento may require substantial additional funding in order to obtain regulatory approval for and commercialize Sorrento Therapeutics proprietary G-MAB ® fully-human antibody library platform technologies or product candidates; and additional risks set forth in Sorrento Therapeutics filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements represent Sorrento Therapeutics judgment as of the date of this release. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and STI undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. This caution is made under the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Mr. Jaisim Shah
Chief Business Officer
Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.
T: + 1 (650) 996-2367