SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): September 9, 2019
AKEBIA THERAPEUTICS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
245 First Street
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (617) 871-2098
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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|Common Stock, par value $0.00001 per share||AKBA||The Nasdaq Global Market|
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|Item 1.01.|| |
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On September 9, 2019, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Keryx), a wholly owned subsidiary of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. (Akebia or the Company), entered into a Sublease (the Sublease) with Foundation Medicine, Inc. (Subtenant), pursuant to which Keryx will sublease to Subtenant all of its approximately 27,300 rentable square feet of office space (the Premises) located at One Marina Park Drive, Boston, Massachusetts (the Building). Akebia will guaranty Keryxs obligations under the Sublease.
Keryx currently leases the Premises pursuant to the One Marina Park Drive Office Lease (the Lease) dated as of April 29, 2015, by and between Keryx and Fallon Cornerstone One MPD LLC (the Landlord), which expires on February 28, 2023. The term of the Sublease (the Term) will commence on the later of September 15, 2019 and the date on which the Landlord consents in writing to such Sublease (the Commencement Date) and will expire on February 27, 2023.
The rights and obligations of Subtenant under the Sublease will be subject to the terms of the Lease. Under the Sublease, the Subtenant is obligated to pay rent for the Premises beginning one month after the Commencement Date (the Rent Commencement Date). From the Rent Commencement Date through the last day of the twelfth full calendar month of the Term, Subtenant will pay an initial base rent of $146,861.13 per month, or $64.50 per square foot per year. Beginning on the thirteenth full calendar month of the Term, and annually thereafter, the monthly base rent will increase $1.00 per square foot. In addition, Subtenant will pay its pro rata share of the annual operating expenses and taxes associated with the Building, calculated as set forth in the Sublease, which are equal to Keryxs pro rata share of the annual operating expenses and taxes associated with the Building.
The foregoing summary of the Sublease does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Sublease, a copy of which we expect to file as an exhibit to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending September 30, 2019.
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.
|AKEBIA THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|Date: September 11, 2019||By:||/s/ John P. Butler|
|Name: John P. Butler|
|Title: President and Chief Executive Officer|