ABIO ARCA biopharma

Filed: 7 Jul 21, 4:15pm










Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 7, 2021 (July 1, 2021)


ARCA biopharma, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)






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10170 Church Ranch Way, Suite 100, Westminster, CO



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Item 1.01.

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.



On July 7, 2021, ARCA biopharma, Inc. (“ARCA”) announced it had entered into a patent assignment agreement (the “Agreement”) with the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.  


Under the terms of the Agreement, ARCA received exclusive world-wide patent rights relating to the use of rNAPc2 as a potential treatment for COVID-19, and other indications, based on the research and discoveries from Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfram Ruf, the Scientific Director and Alexander von Humboldt Professor at the Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis (CTH) of the University Medical Center Mainz, and his collaborators.  ARCA has potential upfront and milestone obligations to the University Medical Center Mainz that could total approximately €1.6 million and royalty obligations in the low single digit range, if rNAPc2 receives regulatory approval and is commercialized. The term of the Agreement extends to the date of expiration of the last to expire of any of the assigned patents.


The Agreement will be filed as an exhibit to ARCA’s June 30, 2021 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Section 9 — Financial Statements and Exhibits

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.





Exhibit Number







Press Release titled “ARCA biopharma Announces rNAPc2 COVID-19 Patent Assignment Agreement” dated July 7, 2021.



Cover Page Interactive Data File. The cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the inline XBRL document (contained in Exhibit 101).








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.


Dated: July 7, 2021





ARCA biopharma, Inc.








/s/ C. Jeffrey Dekker




C. Jeffrey Dekker




Chief Financial Officer