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Washington, D.C. 20549










Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 17, 2023 ( March 16, 2023)




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)



Delaware   001-36150   33-0344842

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


4955 Directors Place

San Diego, CA 92121

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (858) 203-4100



(Former Name, or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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Title of each class   Trading Symbol   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 par value   SRNEQ   N/A


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Item 8.01. Other Events.


As previously disclosed, Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (“Sorrento” or the “Company”) has been engaged in arbitration before the American Arbitration Association against NantPharma, LLC (“NantPharma”) relating to alleged breaches of the May 14, 2015 Stock Sale and Purchase Agreement entered into between the Company and NantPharma related to the development of the cancer drug Cynviloq™ (the “Cynviloq Arbitration”).


As previously disclosed, on December 20, 2022, the arbitrator in the Cynviloq Arbitration issued an award granting contractual damages of $125 million to the Company, reflecting the value of lost milestone payments for the approval of Cynviloq for the treatment of breast and lung cancers.


On March 16, 2023, the Los Angeles Superior Court granted Sorrento’s motion to confirm the award in the Cynviloq Arbitration over NantPharma’s opposition. Sorrento now intends to enforce the award against NantPharma.


Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.


In connection with the Cynviloq Arbitration, the Company issued a press release on March 17, 2023, a copy of which is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1. Exhibit 99.1 is being furnished and shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act, whether made before or after the date hereof, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.


Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements


This Current Report on Form 8-K includes certain statements that are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s ability to enforce on its arbitration award in the Cynviloq Arbitration. The Company’s actual results or outcomes and the timing of certain events may differ significantly from those discussed in any forward-looking statements. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of the Company’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability.





Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of the Company. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with Sorrento’s ability to enforce on its arbitration award in the Cynviloq Arbitration, the unpredictability of trading markets and whether a market will be established for the Company’s common stock; the potential adverse impact of the Company’s bankruptcy proceedings pursuant to Chapter 11 (the “Chapter 11 Cases”) on the Company’s liquidity and results of operations; changes in the Company’s ability to meet its financial obligations during the Chapter 11 process and to maintain contracts that are critical to its operations; the outcome and timing of the Chapter 11 process; the effect of the Chapter 11 Cases on the Company’s relationships with vendors, regulatory authorities, employees and other third parties; possible proceedings that may be brought by third parties in connection with the Chapter 11 process; the timing or amount of any recovery, if any, to the Company’s stakeholders; any effects of the Chapter 11 Cases on the enforcement of the arbitration award in the Cynviloq Arbitration; the trading of the Company’s common stock on the Pink Open Market; and those factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in each case under the heading “Risk Factors,” and other documents of the Company filed, or to be filed, with the SEC. If the risks materialize or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that the Company presently does not know or that the Company currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this document. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its assessments to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this document. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


99.1 Press Release dated March 17, 2023, entitled “Court Confirms Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.’s $125 Million Arbitration Award Against NantPharma, LLC”
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File, formatted in Inline Extensible Business Reporting Language (iXBRL).







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: March 17, 2023 By: /s/ Henry Ji, Ph.D.
    Name: Henry Ji, Ph.D.
    Title: Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer





Exhibit 99.1





March 17, 2023


Court Confirms Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.’s $125 Million Arbitration Award Against NantPharma, LLC



SAN DIEGO, March 17, 2023 -- Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC: SRNEQ, “Sorrento”), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of life-saving therapeutics to treat cancer, announced that on March 16, 2023, the LA County Superior Court confirmed an arbitration award of $125 million in damages, to be paid by NantPharma, LLC (“NantPharma”). The award reflects the values of lost milestones for the approval of the drug Cynviloq® for the treatment of breast and lung cancers.


Dr. Henry Ji, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sorrento, commented: “We are pleased that the Court has affirmed the result of the arbitration against NantPharma and has awarded $125 million in damages to Sorrento. From here, we remain focused on our important work of developing new and innovative therapies for patients struggling with cancer, intractable pain, infectious disease, and more.”


The award stems from an arbitration between Sorrento and NantPharma regarding the development of chemotherapy drug Cynviloq, the rights to which NantPharma acquired from Sorrento in 2015. In 2019, Sorrento filed an arbitration demand against NantPharma, alleging that the company had failed to live up to its contractual obligations to develop Cynviloq and bring it to market.

On December 19, 2022, following nearly two years of discovery and an 18-day evidentiary hearing, the Honorable Faith Hochberg, whom the parties selected to preside over the Cynviloq Arbitration, awarded Sorrento $125 million in damages. On March 16, 2023, the LA County Superior Court granted Sorrento’s motion to confirm the award, which Sorrento now intends to enforce against NantPharma.


About Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.


Sorrento is a clinical and commercial stage biopharmaceutical company developing new therapies to treat cancer, pain (non-opioid treatments), autoimmune disease and COVID-19. Sorrento’s multimodal, multipronged approach to fighting cancer is made possible by its extensive immuno-oncology platforms, including key assets such as next-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (“TKIs”), fully human antibodies (“G-MAB™ library”), immuno-cellular therapies (“DAR-T™”), antibody-drug conjugates (“ADCs”), and oncolytic virus (“Seprehvec™”). Sorrento is also developing potential antiviral therapies and vaccines against coronaviruses, including STI-1558, COVISHIELD™ and COVIDROPS™, COVI-MSCTM; and diagnostic test solutions, including COVIMARK™.





Sorrento’s commitment to life-enhancing therapies for patients is also demonstrated by our effort to advance a TRPV1 agonist, non-opioid pain management small molecule, resiniferatoxin (“RTX”), and SP-102 (10 mg, dexamethasone sodium phosphate viscous gel) (SEMDEXA™), a novel, viscous gel formulation of a widely used corticosteroid for epidural injections to treat lumbosacral radicular pain, or sciatica, and to commercialize ZTlido® (lidocaine topical system) 1.8% for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). RTX has been cleared for a Phase II trial for intractable pain associated with cancer and a Phase II trial in osteoarthritis patients. Positive final results from the Phase III Pivotal Trial C.L.E.A.R. Program for SEMDEXA™, its novel, non-opioid product for the treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain (sciatica), were announced in March 2022. ZTlido® was approved by the FDA on February 28, 2018.


For more information visit www.sorrentotherapeutics.com.


Forward-Looking Statements


This press release and any statements made for and during any presentation or meeting concerning the matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements related to Sorrento and its subsidiaries under the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Sorrento’s ability to enforce on its arbitration award in the Cynviloq Arbitration, to safeguard its business operations and protect and maximize value for stakeholders, Sorrento’s long-term objectives and commercialization plans, future opportunities for Sorrento, Sorrento’s future business strategies, the expected cash resources of Sorrento and the expected uses thereof; Sorrento’s current and prospective product candidates, planned clinical trials and preclinical activities and potential product approvals, as well as the potential for market acceptance of any approved products and the related market opportunity; statements regarding ELYXYB™, SP-102 (SEMDEXA™), SP-103, SP-104 or any of Sorrento’s product candidates, if approved by the FDA; Sorrento’s development and commercialization plans; and Sorrento’s products, product candidates, technologies and prospects.


Risks and uncertainties that could cause Sorrento’s actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in our forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to: Sorrento’s ability to enforce on its arbitration award in the Cynviloq Arbitration, general economic, political and business conditions; risks related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; the risk that the potential product candidates that Sorrento develops may not progress through clinical development or receive required regulatory approvals within expected timelines or at all; risks relating to uncertainty regarding the regulatory pathway for Sorrento’s product candidates; the risk that Sorrento will be unable to successfully market or gain market acceptance of their product candidates; the risk that Sorrento’s product candidates may not be beneficial to patients or successfully commercialized; the risk that Sorrento has overestimated the size of the target patient population, their willingness to try new therapies and the willingness of physicians to prescribe these therapies; risks that the results of the Phase 2 trial for SP-103 or Phase 1 trials for SP-104 may not be successful; risks that the prior results of the clinical trials of SP-102 (SEMDEXA™), SP-103 or SP-104 may not be replicated; regulatory and intellectual property risks; and other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time and other risks set forth in Sorrento’s filings with the SEC, and relating to the voluntary proceedings under Chapter 11 in the Bankruptcy Court (the “Chapter 11 Cases”), Sorrento’s ability to continue operating in the ordinary course while the Chapter 11 Cases are pending, the timing and outcome of the Chapter 11 Cases, Sorrento’s ability to obtain timely approval by the Bankruptcy Court of the motions filed in the Chapter 11 Cases and any effects of the Chapter 11 Cases on the enforcement of the arbitration award in the Cynviloq Arbitration. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release except as may be required by law.







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Sorrento® and the Sorrento logo are registered trademarks of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.


G-MAB™, DAR-T™, Seprehvec™, SOFUSA™, COVISHIELD™, COVIDROPS™, COVI-MSC™, COVIMARK™,Fujovee™ and OvydsoTM are trademarks of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.


SEMDEXA™ (SP-102) is a trademark of Semnur Pharmaceuticals, Inc. A proprietary name review by the FDA is planned.


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