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AVEXIS, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/18/2016
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Our intellectual property licenses with third parties may be subject to disagreements over contract interpretation, which could narrow the scope of our rights to the relevant intellectual property or technology or increase our financial or other obligations to our licensors.

        We currently depend, and will continue to depend, on our license agreements, including our agreements with NCH and our agreements with ReGenX and AskBio, whereby we obtain rights in certain patents and patent applications owned by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina, respectively. Further development and commercialization of AVXS-101 may and development of any future product candidates will require us to enter into additional license or collaboration agreements, including, potentially, additional agreements with NCH or any of our other licensors. The agreements under which we currently license intellectual property or technology from third parties are complex, and certain provisions in such agreements may be susceptible to multiple interpretations. The resolution of any contract interpretation disagreement that may arise could narrow what we believe to be the scope of our rights to the relevant intellectual property or technology, or increase what we believe to be our financial or other obligations under the relevant agreement, either of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

        If any of our licenses or material relationships or any in-licenses upon which our licenses are based including the underlying agreements between ReGenX and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, and AskBio and the University of North Carolina, are terminated or breached, we may:

    lose our rights to develop and market AVXS-101;

    lose patent protection for AVXS-101;

    experience significant delays in the development or commercialization of AVXS-101;

    not be able to obtain any other licenses on acceptable terms, if at all; or

    incur liability for damages.

        These risks apply to any agreements that we may enter into in the future for AVXS-101 or for any future product candidates. If we experience any of the foregoing, it could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results or operations and prospects.

If we fail to comply with our obligations in the agreements under which we license intellectual property rights from third parties or otherwise experience disruptions to our business relationships with our licensors, we could lose license rights that are important to our business.

        We have entered into license agreements with third parties and may need to obtain additional licenses from one or more of these same third parties or from others to advance our research or allow commercialization of AVXS-101. It is possible that we may be unable to obtain additional licenses at a reasonable cost or on reasonable terms, if at all. In that event, we may be required to expend significant time and resources to redesign AVXS-101 or the methods for manufacturing it or to develop or license replacement technology, all of which may not be feasible on a technical or commercial basis. If we are unable to do so, we may be unable to develop or commercialize AVXS-101, which would harm our business significantly. We cannot provide any assurances that third-party patents or other intellectual property rights do not exist which might be enforced against our current manufacturing methods, product candidate or future methods, resulting in either an injunction prohibiting our manufacture or sales, or, with respect to our sales, an obligation on our part to pay royalties and/or other forms of compensation to third parties.

        In each of our existing license agreements, and we expect in our future agreements, patent prosecution of our licensed technology is controlled solely by the licensor, and we may be required to reimburse the licensor for their costs of patent prosecution. If our licensors fail to obtain and maintain

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