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):
August 9, 2017

Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

2130 W. Holcombe Blvd., Ste. 800, Houston, TX    77030
(Address of principal executive offices)    (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (832) 384-1100

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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On August 9, 2017, Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Bellicum”) entered into a Cancer Research Grant Contract (the “Agreement”) with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (“CPRIT”), pursuant to which CPRIT awarded a grant of approximately $16.9 million to Bellicum to fund research of a cancer therapy involving BPX-501 (the “Award”). The Award is contingent upon funds being available during the term of the Agreement and subject to CPRIT’s ability to perform its obligations under the Agreement.

Bellicum and CPRIT will retain joint ownership over any intellectual property developed under the Agreement. With respect to non-commercial use of any intellectual property developed under the Agreement (the “Project Results”), Bellicum agreed to grant to CPRIT a sublicensable, nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual worldwide license to any intellectual property of Bellicum that is necessary to exploit the Project Results. The Agreement permits Bellicum to license any Project Results, subject to Bellicum retaining an exclusive sublicensable license to exploit the Project Results for non-commercial purposes.

During the term of the Agreement, Bellicum is obligated to make revenue-sharing payments to CPRIT with respect to net sales of any product covered by the Agreement, up to a maximum repayment of 400% of the aggregate amount paid to Bellicum by CPRIT under the Agreement. The payments are determined as a percentage of net sales ranging from the low to mid-single digits, which may be reduced if Bellicum is required to obtain a license from a third party to sell any such product. In addition, upon meeting the foregoing limitation on revenue-sharing payments, Bellicum agreed to make continued revenue-sharing payments to CPRIT of less than 1% of net sales.

The Agreement will expire on February 29, 2020 unless terminated earlier by: mutual consent of the parties; CPRIT upon an event of default by Bellicum as specified in the Agreement; CPRIT if allocated funds become unavailable or CPRIT is unable to obtain additional funds; or Bellicum in its sole discretion.

The foregoing description of the Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Agreement, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ending September 30, 2017.


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.

Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dated: August 15, 2017
By: /s/ Ken Moseley
       Ken Moseley
       Senior Vice President and
       General Counsel