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AVEXIS, INC. filed this Form S-1/A on 02/01/2016
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our ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial materials. For future clinical trials of AVXS-101, we intend to utilize materials manufactured by cGMP compliant third-party manufacturers. In the event that the establishment of our own manufacturing facility is delayed and if these third-party manufacturers do not successfully carry out their contractual duties, meet expected deadlines or manufacture AVXS-101 in accordance with regulatory requirements or if there are disagreements between us and these third-party manufacturers, we will not be able to complete, or may be delayed in completing, the preclinical studies required to support future IND submissions and the clinical trials required for approval of AVXS-101. In such instances, we may need to locate an appropriate replacement third-party relationship, which may not be readily available or on acceptable terms, which would cause additional delay or increased expense prior to the approval of AVXS-101 and would thereby have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

          We have initiated a technology transfer of the current manufacturing process of AVXS-101 to SAFC Carlsbad, Inc., or SAFC, a cGMP manufacturing facility, and intend to utilize material manufactured by SAFC or another third-party manufacturer in our future clinical trials of AVXS-101. This technology transfer process is still underway, and to date, SAFC has not successfully produced a batch of AVXS-101. We will need to perform analytical and other animal or cell-based tests to demonstrate that materials produced by SAFC, or any other third-party manufacturer that we engage, is comparable in all respects, including potency, to the product produced by NCH and utilized in our Phase 1 clinical trial of AVXS-101. There is no assurance that SAFC, or any other future third-party manufacturer that we engage, will be successful in producing AVXS-101, that any such product will pass the required comparability testing, or that any materials produced by SAFC or any other third-party manufacturer that we engage will have the same effect in patients that we have observed to date with respect to materials produced by NCH. Once the technology transfer to SAFC is complete, we believe that our manufacturing network will have sufficient capacity to meet demand for AVXS-101 for our future U.S. clinical trials. Although we have identified additional third-party cGMP-compliant manufacturers that we believe we will be able to contract with in order to provide additional sources of such materials, there is a risk that if supplies are interrupted or result in poor yield or quality, it would materially harm our business. In addition, we may change our manufacturing process for AVXS-101, which could cause delays in production as we and our third-party manufacturers seek to improve and streamline the process.

          In addition, we do not currently have long-term supply or manufacturing arrangements in place for the production of AVXS-101. Although we intend to establish multiple sources for long-term supply, including our own commercial-scale cGMP-compliant manufacturing facility and one or more third-party manufacturers, if the gene therapy industry were to grow, we may encounter increasing competition for the raw materials and consumables necessary for the production of AVXS-101. Furthermore, demand for third-party cGMP manufacturing facilities may grow at a faster rate than existing manufacturing capacity, which could disrupt our ability to find and retain third-party manufacturers capable of producing sufficient quantities of AVXS-101 for future clinical trials or to meet initial commercial demand in the U.S. In addition to NCH and SAFC, we currently rely, and expect to continue to rely, on additional third parties to manufacture ingredients of AVXS-101 and to perform quality testing. Even following our establishment of our own cGMP-compliant manufacturing capabilities, we intend to maintain third-party manufacturers for these ingredients, as well as to serve as additional sources of AVXS-101, which will expose us to risks including:

    reduced control for certain aspects of manufacturing activities;

    termination or nonrenewal of manufacturing and service agreements with third parties in a manner or at a time that is costly or damaging to us; and

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