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10-Q
AVEXIS, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 11/09/2017
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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.

 

As consideration for the REGENX Rett and ALS License, in June 2017 the Company paid an initial fee of $6.0 million. This $6.0 million initial fee paid to REGENX was recognized as research and development expense during the three months ended September 30, 2017. Additionally, the Company agreed to pay potential future milestones of up to $36.0 million in the aggregate for the REGENX Rett and ALS licensed products, and a low double digit royalty on net sales, if any, of the REGENX Rett and ALS licensed products, subject to reduction in specified circumstances; and lower mid-double digit percentages of any sublicense fees the Company receives from sublicenses of the licensed intellectual property rights.  The Company also agreed to pay an annual maintenance fee on each anniversary of the effective date of the REGENX Rett and ALS License.

 

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 the countries of the world or (ii) seven years from the first commercial sale of each REGENX Rett and ALS licensed product. Upon expiration of the REGENX Rett and ALS License, the license granted to the Company becomes irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free and fully paid-up. The Company has the right to terminate the REGENX Rett and ALS License upon a specified period of prior written notice. REGENX may terminate the REGENX Rett and ALS License if the Company or its affiliates become insolvent, if the Company is greater than a specified number of days late in paying money due under the REGENX Rett and ALS License, or, effective immediately, if the Company or its affiliates, or sublicensees commence any action against REGENX or its licensors to declare or render any claim of the licensed patent rights invalid or unenforceable. Either party may terminate the REGENX Rett and ALS License for material breach if such breach is not cured within a specified number of days.

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

 

In September 2016, the Company entered into two exclusive license agreements with NCH, pursuant to which NCH granted the Company exclusive, worldwide licenses under certain patent rights to make, have made, use, sell, offer for sale and import any products covered by each license (“NCH licensed products”) and a non-exclusive, worldwide license under certain technical information to develop and manufacture the NCH licensed products, in the field of therapies and treatments of Rett syndrome and ALS in human use, respectively (each an “NCH License”). 

 

The Company paid an initial fee of $0.2 million to NCH in connection with the NCH License for Rett syndrome and $0.1 million in connection with the NCH License for ALS in human use. Each initial fee was recognized as research and development expense during the three months ended September 30, 2016.  Additionally, the Company agreed to pay potential future development milestone-based payments and an annual maintenance fee under each NCH License.  Following the first commercial sale of an NCH licensed product for Rett syndrome or ALS, as applicable, under an

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