|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2023
11. License Agreements
On February 23, 2023, the Company entered into a Commercial License Agreement (the “License Agreement”) with Inspirevax Inc. (“Inspirevax”) pursuant to which Inspirevax granted the Company an exclusive worldwide license to use Inspirevax’s inventions, patents, trade secrets, know-how, copyright, biological material, designs, and/or technical information created by or on behalf of Inspirevax (the “Inspirevax Technologies”) relating to its novel lipid-protein based intranasal adjuvants, to make, research, and develop an intra-nasal vaccine in combination with an antigen (“Combination Product”) to be used in an intranasal vaccine for use against diseases caused by coronaviruses and any genetic variants thereof to be sold by us. The Company agreed to pay in consideration for the License Agreement an upfront signing fee and to certain milestone payment obligations.
Through NTI, the Company is a party to a Patent License and Biological Materials License Agreement (the “License Agreement” or “NIH License”), dated March 23, 2020, with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (the “HHS”), as represented by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (“NIAID”), an Institute within the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”). Under the terms of the License Agreement, the Company holds a nonexclusive, worldwide license to certain specified patent rights (including patent applications, provisional patent applications and Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”) patent applications) and biological materials relating to the use of pre-fusion coronavirus spike proteins to exploit products (“Licensed Products”) and practice processes (“Licensed Processes”) that are covered by the licensed patent rights and biological materials for the purpose of developing and commercializing a vaccine product candidate for SARS-CoV-2.
On July 26, 2021, the Company entered into a non-exclusive Technology License Agreement (the “License Agreement”) with the National Research Council of Canada (“NRC”) pursuant to which the NRC grants to the Company a license to use NRC’s inventions, patents, trade secrets, know-how, copyright, biological material, designs, and/or technical information created by or on behalf of the NRC (the “NRC Technologies”) relating to the derivatives of CHO 2353 TM Cell Line listed in the License Agreement (the “Stable Cells”) to: (i) make, research, and develop SARS-CoV-2 spike protein manufactured by a Stable Cell (the “Drug Substance”) within Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States (U.S.) (collectively the “Territory”); (ii) file regulatory approval, export and sell the final formulation of the Drug Substance (“Products”) and (iii) engage contractors to use the Stable Cells to make Drug Substance or Products on behalf of the Company to be used and sold, worldwide, by the Company. The License Agreement was subsequently amended to include the Delta and Omicron variants. In addition, the Company subsequently amended the License Agreement to broaden the non-exclusive field of use to include all diseases caused by coronaviruses and any genetic variants thereof. Additional amendments to the License Agreement removed certain protocols and reagents from the License Agreement, and included amendments to remove any license fees owed by the Company to the NRC related to the returned protocols and reagents.