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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): March 17, 2021



Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




Delaware   001-38529   46-3137900

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


10 North High Street, Suite

200 West Chester, PA

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (484) 453-3300



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Title of each class





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on which registered

Common Stock   VRCA   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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Item 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On March 17, 2021, Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc., or the Company, entered into a collaboration and license agreement, or the Torii Agreement, with Torii Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., or Torii, pursuant to which the Company granted Torii an exclusive license to develop and commercialize the Company’s product candidates that contain a topical formulation of cantharidin for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum and common warts in Japan, including VP-102. Additionally, the Company granted Torii a right of first negotiation with respect to additional indications for the licensed products and certain additional products for use in the licensed field, in each case in Japan.

Under the Torii Agreement, Torii is responsible for all development activities and costs in support of obtaining regulatory approval of the licensed products in Japan, provided, that Torii’s activities will be overseen by a joint steering committee. Torii is required to use commercially reasonable efforts to conduct all development necessary to obtain regulatory approval for licensed products in Japan, to obtain and maintain such approvals, and to commercialize licensed products upon receipt of such approvals.

Pursuant to the Torii Agreement, the Company is entitled to receive an up-front payment from Torii of $11.5 million. Additionally, the Company is entitled to receive from Torii an additional $58.0 million in aggregate payments contingent on achievement of specified development, regulatory, and sales milestones, in addition to tiered transfer price payments for supply of product in the percentage range of the mid-30s to the mid-40s of net sales. The transfer payments shall be payable, on a product-by-product basis, beginning on the first commercial sale of such product and ending on the latest of (a) expiration of the last-to-expire valid claim contained in certain licensed patents in Japan that cover such product, (b) expiration of regulatory exclusivity for the first indication for such product in Japan, and, (c) (i) with respect to the first product, ten years after first commercial sale of such product, and, (ii) with respect to any other product, the later of (x) ten years after first commercial sale of the first product and (y) five years after first commercial sale of such product.

The Torii Agreement expires on a product-by-product basis upon expiration of Torii’s obligation under the agreement to make transfer price payments for such product. Torii has the right to terminate the agreement upon specified prior written notice to us. Additionally, either party may terminate the agreement in the event of an uncured material breach of the agreement by, or insolvency of, the other party. The Company may terminate the agreement in the event that Torii commences a legal action challenging the validity, enforceability or scope of any licensed patents.

The foregoing is a summary description of certain terms of the Torii Agreement, is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the Torii Agreement, which the Company expects to file as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending March 31, 2021.


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.


      Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Date: March 17, 2021      

/s/ A. Brian Davis

      A. Brian Davis
      Chief Financial Officer