SEC Filings

10-Q
AVEXIS, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 08/10/2017
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entities affiliated with NCH, the Company and certain of the Company's present and former executives (the "Complaint"). According to the complaint, in 2012, SCF and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation (“NCH Foundation”) entered into a donation agreement under which SCF provided NCH a gift of $550,000 to fund clinical work associated with the study of the product candidate that the Company now refers to as AVXS-101 for SMA Type 1 patients, and NCH Foundation agreed in such donation agreement to reference SCF as the "primary sponsor" of such clinical work in all publications issued by NCH Foundation. The complaint also alleges that NCH breached the donation agreement by not naming SCF as the sponsor of the investigational new drug application (the "IND") that it filed for AVXS-101. Additionally, the complaint alleges that the Company and the named Company executives tortiously interfered with SCF's rights under the donation agreement by assuming sponsorship of the IND under the NCH License. There is no contractual relationship between the Company and SCF. The complaint seeks, among other relief, monetary damages of $500.0 million and equitable relief, including taking steps to designate SCF as the sponsor of the IND. The Company filed a motion to dismiss this action on October 28, 2016. On December 5, 2016, SCF filed an amended complaint, asserting similar allegations against the Company as in the original complaint.  The Company filed a motion to dismiss the amended complaint on December 19, 2016. On March 20, 2017, SCF filed an opposition brief to the Company’s motion to dismiss, and on April 10, 2017, the Company filed a reply memorandum in support of its motion to dismiss. The Court has not yet ruled on the Company’s motion to dismiss.  A pre-trial conference was held on May 9, 2017.  The Company believes that the complaint is without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself and its current executives from the allegations. The Company views the probability of loss in this matter to be remote.

 

Lawsuits may be asserted against the Company in the normal course of business. Based on information currently available, management believes that the disposition of any matters, including the matter involving SCF described above, will not have a material adverse effect on the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of the Company.

 

9.Taxes

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are determined based on the difference between the financial statement and tax bases of assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which the differences are expected to reverse. Valuation allowances are provided if based upon the weight of available evidence, it is more likely than not that some or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. The Company has evaluated the positive and negative evidence bearing upon the realizability of its deferred tax assets, including its net operating losses. Based on its history of operating losses, the Company believes that it is more likely than not that the benefit of its deferred tax assets will not be realized. Accordingly, the Company has provided a full valuation allowance for deferred tax assets as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016.

 

10.Collaboration and License Agreements

 

The Company has entered into three license agreements related to its planned preclinical programs in Rett syndrome and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (“ALS”) caused by mutations in the gene that produces the copper zinc superoxide dismutase 1 (“SOD1”) enzyme (“genetic ALS”).

 

REGENXBIO Inc.

 

Effective June 7, 2017, the Company entered into a License Agreement (the “REGENX Rett and ALS License”) with REGENXBIO Inc. (“REGENX”). Under the terms of the REGENX Rett and ALS License, REGENX granted the Company an exclusive worldwide license to utilize REGENX's proprietary adeno-associated virus ("AAV") gene delivery platform for the treatment of Rett syndrome and genetic ALS, caused by mutations in the gene that produces the copper zinc superoxide dismutase 1 (“SOD1”) enzyme, by in vivo gene therapy, using REGENX’s AAV9 gene delivery vector. Under the REGENX Rett and ALS License, REGENX granted the Company an exclusive, worldwide license under the licensed patent rights to make, have made, use, import, sell and offer for sale any products covered by the REGENX Rett and ALS License (the “REGENX Rett and ALS licensed products”) in the field of the treatment of (i) Rett syndrome in humans by in vivo gene therapy using AAV9 delivering the gene encoding for methyl CpG binding protein 2, and (ii) ALS caused by SOD1 mutation in humans by in vivo gene therapy using AAV9 delivering the gene encoding for SOD1, subject to certain rights reserved by REGENX and its licensors.

 

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