UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 13, 2018  
 
VITAL THERAPIES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
001-36201
56-2358443
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

15010 Avenue of Science, Suite 200
San Diego, CA
92128
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code:   (858) 673-6840
________________________________________________________________________________
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 2.05.    Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities

Consistent with our decision to cease any further development of the ELAD® System, on September 13, 2018, Vital Therapies, Inc. (the “Company”) began notifying approximately 85 employees whose employment will be terminated on September 14, 2018. The Company estimates it will incur pre-tax cash charges of $2.0 million to $2.5 million for severance pay expenses and related cash expenditures. The Company expects to recognize the majority of these charges in the third quarter of 2018.

Forward-Looking Statements
 
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including statements concerning estimated cash payments and expenditures. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this report are forward-looking statements. For a detailed description of our risks and uncertainties, you are encouraged to review the official corporate documents filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and Vital Therapies, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update these statements except as may be required by law.
 








SIGNATURE
    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.

 
 
VITAL THERAPIES, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
By: /s/ Michael V. Swanson   
 
 
Michael V. Swanson
Chief Financial Officer
Date: September 13, 2018