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AVEXIS, INC. filed this Form S-1 on 01/15/2016
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days. Upon termination of the agreement, other than for ReGenX's material breach, we grant to ReGenX a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, sublicenseable license under patentable modifications and improvements to any vector claimed by the licensed patents for use by ReGenX for the research, development and commercialization of products in any therapeutic indication.

Asklepios Biopharmaceutical, Inc.

          In May 2015, we entered into a non-exclusive license agreement with Asklepios Biopharmaceutical, Inc., or the AskBio License. Pursuant to the license agreement, AskBio granted us a non-exclusive, worldwide license under certain patent rights and know-how owned or controlled by AskBio, including certain patent rights owned by the University of North Carolina and licensed to AskBio, and relating to its self-complementary DNA technology to develop, make, have made, use, sell, offer to sell, import, export and distribute any products covered by the AskBio License, or AskBio licensed products, for the treatment of SMA in humans. The in-licensed patent rights are issued patents in the United States, and in Canada and Europe. There are two in-licensed patent families. The first patent family expires in November 2019 worldwide. The second patent family includes three issued United States patents with expiry dates between May 2021 and August 2023. The foreign counterparts expire in 2021. The patents relate to self-complementary technology and include claims to viral particles based on such technology, methods of manufacturing such viral particles, and methods of use in treatment. We have the right to sublicense the licensed technology to third parties with AskBio's prior approval. We assign to AskBio all right, title and interest in and to defined improvements to the licensed technology that we make and all patent rights covering those improvements. In return, we receive a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, sublicenseable, irrevocable, perpetual license to practice such improvements.

          The AskBio License required us to pay AskBio a one time upfront license fee of $1.0 million and an ongoing annual maintenance fee of $0.1 million each year during the term of the license agreement. We are also required to pay up to a total of $0.6 million in clinical development milestone payments and $9.0 million in sales based milestone payments.

          Under the terms of the AskBio License, we are required to pay AskBio annual tiered royalties based on the aggregate net sales of AskBio licensed products on a field by field basis starting at percentages in the low-single digits and increasing to mid-single digits. The royalties are payable on a country-by-country basis until the last to expire of the valid claims within the licensed patents that cover the AskBio licensed product in such country. These royalty rates are subject to reductions in specified circumstances, including, in the event we exercise our option to make a specified one-time royalty option fee payment of $3.0 million to AskBio as further detailed in the AskBio License. We must also pay AskBio a low double digit percentage of all consideration we receive from our sublicense of the licensed technology.

          We are required to use commercially reasonable efforts to research, develop, commercialize and sell AskBio licensed products for the treatment of SMA in humans throughout the term of the AskBio License. We do not have the right to control prosecution of the in-licensed patent applications, and AskBio has the sole right, but not the obligation, to enforce the in-licensed patents. In addition, our rights under the AskBio License are not assignable without the prior written consent of AskBio.

          Unless terminated earlier, the AskBio License automatically expires on the date on which we no longer have any payment obligation under the AskBio License. The AskBio License may be terminated prior to its expiration:

    by us upon six months advance written notice to AskBio;

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