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Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): August 19, 2021



Verve Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-40489   82- 4800132
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)


500 Technology Square, Suite 901

Cambridge, Massachusetts

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 603-0070

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





Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common stock, $0.001 par value per share   VERV   Nasdaq Global Select Market

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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On August 19, 2021, Verve Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a lease agreement (the “Lease”) with ARE-MA Region No. 87 Tenant, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Landlord”), pursuant to which the Company will lease approximately 104,933 square feet of office and laboratory space located at 201 Brookline Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts (the “Premises”).

The term of the Lease will commence on the earlier of (1) the date the Landlord delivers the Premises to the Company, which the parties expect to be on or prior to August 1, 2022, or (2) the date the Landlord could have delivered the Premises but for any delays attributable to the Company (the “Commencement Date”). The Company’s obligation for the payment of base rent for the Premises begins 90 days after the Commencement Date (the “Rent Commencement Date”) and will initially be $795,741.92 per month, which will increase by approximately 3% per annum. The Lease has a term of 10 years, measured from the Rent Commencement Date. The Company has the option to extend the term of the Lease for a period of an additional five years. Under the terms of the Lease, the Landlord has agreed to make up to $21 million in certain tenant improvements to the Premises to suit the Company’s use (the “Tenant Improvement Allowance”), which amount is included in the base rent set forth in the Lease. In addition to the Tenant Improvement Allowance, the Company may pay up to $5.2 million for additional improvements to the Premises, which amount may be paid in equal monthly installments or may be prepaid in full.

In connection with its entry into the Lease and as a security deposit, the Company has provided the Landlord a letter of credit in the amount of approximately $4.8 million, which may be reduced to approximately $3.5 million on the expiration of the 36-month anniversary of the Rent Commencement Date so long as there are, and have been, no defaults by the Company under the terms of the Lease.

The Landlord has the right to terminate the Lease upon customary events of default. The Company may also terminate the Lease if the Premises are not ready for occupancy within a specified time period after August 1, 2022.

The foregoing summary of the Lease does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Lease, a copy of which the Company intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an exhibit to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

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 in or incorporated by reference into Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated into this Item 2.03 by reference.


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.


Date: August 24, 2021     By:  

/s/ Andrew Ashe

      Name: Andrew Ashe
      Title: President and Chief Operating Officer