SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15 (d)
of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): September 23, 2022
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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On September 23, 2022, Ocugen, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an exclusive license agreement (the “WU License Agreement”) with The Washington University (“Washington University”), pursuant to which the Company was granted an exclusive, sublicensable, royalty-bearing license to patent rights for an intranasal COVID-19 vaccine and a license to certain tangible research property and technical information necessary to exploit the patent rights within the Territory (as defined below). Under the WU License Agreement, the Company may make, have made, sell, offer for sale, use, market, promote, distribute, export, and import licensed products in the United States, Europe, and Japan (collectively, the “Territory”), and has agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts to develop, manufacture, promote, and sell the licensed products in the Territory.
The WU License Agreement requires the Company to pay an initial license issuance fee of $1.0 million, an annual license maintenance fee, payments upon achievement of certain regulatory and commercial milestones in the aggregate amount of up to $37.0 million, and low single-digit percentage royalties on net sales of the licensed products.
Washington University maintains control of patent preparation, filing, prosecution, and maintenance. The Company is responsible for Washington University’s out-of-pocket expenses related to the preparation, filing, prosecution, issuance, and maintenance of the licensed patent rights incurred pursuant to the WU License Agreement.
The WU License Agreement will expire on a country-by-country basis and a licensed product-by-licensed product basis and end, separately in each such country and for each such licensed product, upon the latter of (a) the expiration date of the last valid claim, (b) the fifteenth (15th) anniversary of the date of the first commercial sale of a licensed product, or (c) the expiration of the last form of Market Exclusivity (as defined in the WU License Agreement), subject to the earlier termination of the WU License Agreement in accordance with its terms. In addition, the agreement contains customary termination provisions in the event of an uncured material breach or upon certain corporate actions, including bankruptcy, receivership, or liquidation.
The foregoing summary of the material terms of the WU License Agreement is qualified in its entirety by the terms of the WU License Agreement, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2022 to be filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: September 28, 2022
|By:||/s/ Shankar Musunuri|
|Name: Shankar Musunuri|
|Title: Chief Executive Officer and Chairman|