Washington, DC 20549




Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 16, 2020

Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

30 Technology Drive
Warren, NJ 07059
(908) 941-1900
(Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Registrant’s Principal Executive Offices)

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share
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Item 1.01
Entry into a Material Contract

Effective as of March 16, 2020, Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a first amendment (the “Amendment”) to the License Agreement (the “Agreement’), dated as of April 1, 2016, with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (formerly, Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc., and referred to herein as “Sunovion”). The Amendment was entered into for the primary purpose of amending the Agreement as follows: (i) including the United Kingdom and any other country currently in the European Union (EU) which later withdraws as a member country in the EU for purposes of determining the satisfaction of the conditions triggering the obligation to pay the third milestone due under the Agreement, (ii) extending the date after which Sunovion has the right to terminate the Agreement for convenience from December 31, 2024 to March 31, 2028, (iii) modifying the date the first minimum annual royalty is due to be paid by Sunovion to the Company from January 1, 2020 to April 1, 2020, and (iv) modifying the termination provisions to reflect the Company’s waiver of the right to terminate the Agreement in the event that the licensed product was not commercialized by January 1, 2020.

The foregoing description is only a summary of certain provisions of the Amendment and is qualified in its entirety by reference to a copy of the Amendment, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8‑K and is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits


Exhibit Number
First Amendment to License Agreement, effective as of March 16, 2020, by and between Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc. and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (formerly, Cynapsus Therapeutics, Inc.)

* Portions of this exhibit have been omitted pursuant to Rule 601(b)(10) of Regulation S-K. The omitted information is not material and would likely cause competitive harm to the registrant if publicly disclosed.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Dated: March 20, 2020
Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc.
/s/ John T. Maxwell
Name: John T. Maxwell
Title: Chief Financial Officer

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