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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): July 26, 2021



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-36279   75-3175693

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


4 Stamford Plaza

107 Elm Street, 9th Floor

Stamford, Connecticut


 (Address of principal executive offices)       (Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (203) 406-3700  

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share CARA The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On July 26, 2021, Cara Therapeutics, Inc. (“Cara”) entered into an API Commercial Supply Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Polypeptide Laboratories S.A. (“PPL”) that defines each party’s responsibilities with respect to PPL’s manufacture and supply of the active pharmaceutical agreement CR845/difelikefalin (“API”) for the Company’s KORSUVA I.V. product candidate (the “Product Candidate”). Cara has submitted a new drug application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) with respect to the Product Candidate for the treatment of moderate-to-severe pruritus in hemodialysis patients.


Under the Agreement, PPL shall manufacture API at its facility for sale and supply to Cara, in the amounts as set forth in purchase orders to be provided by Cara. Cara will be required to purchase its requirements of API for each year of the term of the agreement, based on internal forecasts.


The Agreement will continue until the fifth anniversary of the approval by the FDA of the new drug application for KORSUVA I.V, unless the Agreement is earlier terminated, and will automatically be extended for successive five year periods unless either party gives notice to the other party of its intention to terminate.


The FDA has conditionally accepted KORSUVA as the trade name for difelikefalin injection. CR845/difelikefalin is an investigational drug product and its safety and efficacy have not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority.


The foregoing description of the terms of the Agreement is only a summary, does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement, which the Company intends to file as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2021. Unless otherwise defined herein, the capitalized terms used above shall have the same meaning ascribed to them in the Agreement.







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.


    Thomas Reilly
    Chief Financial Officer
    (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)


Date: August 3, 2021



















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