McDermott Advises Hookipa on Collaboration and License Agreement with Gilead


Frankfurt am Main (13 June, 2018)– McDermott Will & Emery has advised Hookipa Biotech AG, a Vienna based clinical-stage biotech company on entering into a research collaboration and license agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc, the research-based biopharmaceutical company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Hookipa grants Gilead exclusive rights to Hookipa’s TheraT® and Vaxwave® arenavirus vector-based immunization technologies for two major chronic infectious disease indications, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Gilead will provide an upfront payment of $10 million and fund all research and development activities. Additionally, Hookipa will be eligible to receive milestone payments based upon achievement of specified development, regulatory, and commercial milestones up to a total of more than $400 million as well as tiered royalties on net sales.

The McDermott team was led by Dr. Rüdiger Herrmann, working alongside fellow partner Jochen Eimer and Dr. Monika Richter, counsel.

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