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10-Q
AVEXIS, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 08/10/2017
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Asklepios Biopharmaceutical, Inc.

 

In May 2015, we entered into a non-exclusive, worldwide license agreement with Asklepios Biopharmaceutical, Inc., or AskBio, under certain patents and patent applications, for the use of AskBio’s self-complementary AAV genome technology for the treatment of SMA in humans, or the AskBio License. Under the AskBio License, we paid AskBio a one-time upfront license fee of $1.0 million, payable across stipulated milestones. We are also required to pay ongoing annual maintenance fees, up to a total of $0.6 million in clinical development milestone payments and up to a total of $9.0 million in commercial milestone payments. Under the terms of the AskBio License, we are required to pay AskBio annual tiered royalties on net sales of any products covered by the AskBio License, on a country-by-country basis, starting at percentages in the low-single digits and increasing to mid-single digits. These royalty rates are subject to potential reduction in specified circumstances, including, in the event we exercise our option to make a specified one-time royalty option fee payment to AskBio. We must also pay AskBio a low-double digit percentage of all consideration we receive from any sublicense of the licensed technology. Through June 30, 2017, we have paid the $1.0 million upfront license fee owed under the AskBio License.

 

Preclinical Programs for Rett Syndrome and ALS

 

We have also entered into three license agreements relating to our planned new programs for Rett syndrome and ALS.

 

REGENXBIO Inc.

 

Effective June 7, 2017, we entered into an exclusive license agreement with REGENX under certain patents and patent applications owned by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and licensed to REGENX, for the development and commercialization of products to treat Rett syndrome and genetic ALS using the AAV 9 vector, or the REGENX Rett and ALS License. Under the REGENX Rett and ALS License, REGENX granted us 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, or 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. The patent rights exclusively in-licensed include an issued United States patent, which expires in 2026. We have the right to sublicense the licensed technology to third parties subject to certain conditions as specified in the REGENX Rett and ALS License. Under the REGENX Rett and ALS License we grant a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, sublicenseable, irrevocable, perpetual license back to REGENX to (a) use any patentable modifications and improvements to the licensed technology that we or our affiliates or sublicensees develop, or licensed back improvements, and (b) practice the licensed back improvements in connection with AAV9 outside of our fields of use.

 

Under the terms of the REGENX Rett and ALS License, we have paid or are required to pay:

 

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an initial fee of $6.0 million;

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an annual maintenance fee;

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up to $36.0 million in total milestone fees for the REGENX Rett and ALS licensed products;

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a low double digit royalty percentage on net sales of REGENX Rett and ALS licensed products, subject to reduction in specified circumstances; and

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a lower mid-double digit percentage of any sublicense fees we receive from sublicensees for the licensed intellectual property rights.

 

We are obligated to achieve certain development milestones with respect to the licensed disease indications. We do not have the right to control prosecution of the in-licensed patent applications nor the right to enforce the in-licensed patents. In addition, our rights under the REGENX Rett and ALS License are generally not assignable without the prior written consent of REGENX.

 

The REGENX Rett and ALS License will expire upon the later of (i) the expiration, lapse, abandonment or invalidation of the last valid claim of the licensed intellectual property to expire, lapse or become abandoned or unenforceable in all

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