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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 31, 2023




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Ireland   001-37558   Not Applicable
(State or other jurisdiction of
  (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)


Alexandra House Office 225/227,
The Sweepstakes,
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  Not Applicable
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (610) 816-6640


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)


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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
Ordinary Shares, nominal value $0.01 per share   NBRV   The Nasdaq Capital Market


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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On January 31, 2023, Nabriva Therapeutics Ireland Designated Activity Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nabriva Therapeutics plc (the “Company”), entered into a Letter Agreement (the “Letter Agreement”) with MSD International Business GmbH and Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, each a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., relating to the Sales Promotion and Distribution Agreement, dated July 15, 2020 (the “Distribution Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company previously exclusively licensed the right to promote, distribute and commercialize SIVEXTRO for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections caused by certain susceptible Gram-positive microorganisms in the United States and its territories. Pursuant to the Letter Agreement, the Company’s exclusive license to promote, distribute and commercialize SIVEXTRO was converted to a non-exclusive license, and the parties agreed to terminate the Distribution Agreement, effective June 30, 2023. The Company no longer intends to actively promote SIVEXTRO but expects to continue to make SIVEXTRO available to wholesale customers and record revenue on account of any sales until June 30, 2023. After June 30, 2023, the Company will no longer have the right to promote, distribute or commercialize SIVEXTRO.


The foregoing description of certain terms of the Letter Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Letter Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


10.1*   Letter Agreement, dated January 31, 2023, by and among Nabriva Therapeutics Ireland Designated Activity Company, MSD International Business GmbH and Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


 * Portions of this exhibit have been omitted pursuant to Item 601(b)(10)(iv) of Regulation S-K.






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.


    Nabriva Therapeutics plc
Date: February 3, 2023 By: /s/ Daniel Dolan
    Daniel Dolan
    Chief Financial Officer



Exhibit 10.1


Certain identified information has been excluded from the exhibit because it is both (i) not material and (ii) is the type of information that the registrant treats as private or confidential. Double asterisks denote omissions.


January 31, 2023


Nabriva Therapeutics Ireland DAC

Alexandra House, Office 225/227, The Sweepstakes, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 C7H2, Ireland

Attn: Dan Dolan, Director


RE: Distribution of Product during Nabriva Wind-Down Period


Dear Sir or Madam:


This letter agreement (“Letter Agreement”) confirms the understanding between Nabriva Therapeutics Ireland Designated Activity Company, (“Distributor”), MSD International Business GmbH (“MSD”), and Merck Sharpe & Dohme LLC (“Supplier”) under the Sales Promotion and Distribution Agreement dated as of July 15, 2020 (the “Agreement”), as amended, with respect to Distributor’s preliminary notice of its intent to wind-down its business operations and to return the promotion and distribution of the Product. To facilitate an orderly transition, MSD and Supplier have requested, and Distributor has agreed, to have Distributor continue the distribution of the Product until such time that MSD and Supplier can make alternative arrangements for the promotion and distribution of the Product.


For good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the Parties hereby agree as follows:


1.Amendment to the Agreement


1.01Changes to Recitals. The third recital of the Agreement is amended by deleting it in its entirety and replacing it with the following:


“WHEREAS, MSD desires to appoint Distributor as a non-exclusive, non-assignable and non-sublicensable distributor and promoter of the Products in the Territory, and Distributor desires to accept such appointment;”


1.02Changes to Section 1.41. Section 1.41 of the Agreement is amended by deleting “December 31, 2026” and replacing it with “June 30, 2023.”


1.03Changes to Schedule 1.83. The text of Schedule 1.83 of the Agreement (Territory Promotion Plan) is amended by deleting the current text in its entirety and replacing it with “None.”





1.04Changes to Section 2.1.1. Section 2.1.1 of the Agreement is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:


“2.1.1. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement and subject to fulfillment of the conditions set forth in Section 2.1.2 and Section 2.1.3 below, as appropriate, MSD hereby appoints Distributor as MSD’s non-exclusive, non-assignable and non-sublicensable except as expressly permitted hereby, distributor of the Products in the Territory and grants Distributor the right to Distribute and Promote the Products in the Territory during the Term of this Agreement, and Distributor hereby accepts such appointment. Distribution and Promotion of the Products under this Agreement is expressly limited to apply within the Territory and, unless otherwise agreed in writing by MSD, exportation by Distributor and/or its sub-distributors or agents of any Products from the Territory in any way, form or manner is strictly prohibited. Such right further expressly excludes the right to delegate, subcontract or sublicense its rights under this Agreement to any Third Party without MSD’s prior written consent, except that Distributor may retain the services of a contract sales organization as contemplated by Section 2.5 hereof.”


1.05Changes to Section 2.1.5. Section 2.1.5 of the Agreement is deleted in its entirety.


1.06Changes to Section 3.2. Section 3.2 of the Agreement is deleted in its entirety and all references to the term Extension Term in the Agreement shall be deleted therefrom.


1.07Changes to Section 6.1. Section 6.1 of the Agreement is deleted in its entirety.


1.08Changes to Section 9.3.1. Section 9.3.1 of the Agreement is amended by deleting it in its entirety and replacing it with the following:


“9.3.1        MSD or its Affiliate shall issue an invoice for each accepted Order prior to delivery, and Distributor shall make payment for [**].”


2.        Ordering


2.01        Notwithstanding any other term or condition of the Agreement to the contrary including Section 9.1.4, the Parties agree that MSD’s delivery of Products on mutually agreeable delivery dates pursuant to purchase orders #2594 and #2571 (the “Closeout Deliveries”) shall fully satisfy Distributor’s purchase requirements for the remainder of the Initial Term, and MSD shall not have any further obligation to accept any other Order for Products submitted by Distributor; provided, however, Distributor may submit additional Orders following the Closeout Deliveries, which MSD may accept at its sole discretion within [**] after receipt of the Order(s).





3.        Effect of Expiration


3.01.       Notwithstanding any other term or condition of the Agreement to the contrary, upon the expiration of the Agreement, the Parties agree that Distributor shall:


(a)               immediately cease all Distribution Activities;


(b)               immediately cease all Promotion including any promotion and marketing activities as well as any physician promoting and marketing activity unless otherwise agreed to by MSD in writing, with respect to the Products in the Territory unless otherwise approved by MSD; and


(c)               promptly, in respect of any expired Products and all Products remaining unsold at the effective date of such termination, destroy such Products at its cost. Distributor shall (i) arrange for the destruction of the Products in compliance with all applicable Laws and such destruction shall be carried out at a facility or facilities licensed by the applicable Agency in the Territory, (ii) permit MSD or its representative to be present at such destruction and (iii) provide MSD a certificate certifying the legal destruction of such Products; the certificate shall be supported by a detailed listing of the Products and quantities destroyed.


4.        Miscellaneous


4.01Effective Date. This Letter Agreement shall be effective as of February 1, 2023 (the “Effective Date”).


4.02Term. The Parties agree that the term of this Letter Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date and shall automatically terminate upon termination or expiration of the Agreement.


4.03Effect of Letter Agreement. This Letter Agreement, together with the Agreement, is the sole agreement with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all other agreements and understandings, whether oral or written, between the Parties with respect to the same. This Letter Agreement may not be modified, amended, waived or otherwise changed, in whole or in part, except in a writing that is signed by MSD, Supplier and Distributor. If any portion of this Letter Agreement or the application thereof to a Party is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, non-binding or unenforceable in any respect, this Letter Agreement shall be construed as if such invalid, illegal, non-binding or unenforceable provision had never been contained herein and the remaining portion hereof or applications to a party shall remain in full force and effect.





4.04Governing Law. This Letter Agreement shall be construed and governed under and in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, without giving effect to the principle of conflict of laws thereof.


4.05Headlines. All headings in this Letter Agreement are for convenience only and do not affect the meaning of any provision.


4.06Counterparts. This Letter Agreement may be executed two or more counterparts, each of which shall for all purposes be deemed an original and all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. ln addition, this Letter Agreement may be executed by facsimile or “PDF” and such facsimile or “PDF” signature shall be deemed to be an original. In addition, the Parties may execute this Letter Agreement electronically using digital signatures.


4.07Definitions. All capitalized terms used but not defined in this Letter Agreement shall have the respective definitions assigned to such terms in the Agreement.


[Signature page follows]





IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have caused this Letter Agreement to be signed by their duly authorized representatives as of the Effective Date.


MSD International Business GmbH   Nabriva Therapeutics Ireland DAC
By: /s/ Carlos Fernandez   By: /s/ Dan Dolan
Name: Carlos Fernandez   Name: Dan Dolan
Title:  Director   Title:  Director
Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC    
By: /s/ Jannie Oosthuizen    
Name: Jannie Oosthuizen    
Title: President, Human Health, U.S. Market