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): January 7, 2020



Fate Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)









(State or other jurisdiction of




File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


3535 General Atomics Court, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92121

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(858) 875-1800  

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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Trading Symbol(s)


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Common Stock, $.001 par value




Nasdaq Global Market


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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On January 7, 2020, Fate Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) and Scripps Summit Investments LLC (the “Landlord”) entered into a lease agreement (the “Lease”) for office, laboratory, and GMP manufacturing space (the “Premises”). The Premises consists of 198,880 square feet in San Diego, California, and the Company intends to move its corporate headquarters to the Premises in the middle of 2021.

The Lease shall commence, subject to certain conditions, in May 2021 (the “Commencement Date”). The Lease has a term of 15 years from the Commencement Date, and the Company has the option to extend the Lease for two successive five-year terms. The Company also has a one-time option to terminate the Lease after 10 years from the Commencement Date, subject to payment of a $30 million early termination fee.  

The initial annual base rent is $42.60 per square foot per year, payable in monthly installments beginning on the Commencement Date, and is subject to annual increases of 3% of the then-current base rent. The Landlord will contribute an aggregate of $30.0 million toward tenant improvements. In connection with the Lease, the Company will maintain a letter of credit for the benefit of the Landlord in an initial amount of $15 million, which amount is subject to reduction over time.  

The foregoing description of the terms of the Lease does not purport to be a complete description of the rights and obligations of the parties thereunder, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Lease, which will be filed with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, with confidential portions redacted.

Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

The information set forth under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference.






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:  January 10, 2020
















/s/ J. Scott Wolchko




J. Scott Wolchko




President and Chief Executive Officer