NVAX Novavax

Filed: 19 Feb 21, 4:55pm






Washington, D.C. 20549













Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 12, 2021 





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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On February 12, 2021, Novavax, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a collaboration and license agreement (the “Collaboration and License Agreement”) with SK bioscience Co., Ltd. (“SK bioscience”) under which SK bioscience was granted an exclusive license to develop, manufacture and commercialize NVX-CoV2373, the Company’s vaccine candidate for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the “Vaccine Product”), in the Republic of Korea, including the anticipated sale by SK bioscience of 40 million doses of the Vaccine Product to the Korean government under their advance purchase agreement. In addition, SK bioscience will expand its capacity to manufacture the protein antigen component of the Vaccine Product, which SK bioscience has been manufacturing for the Company under an existing contract manufacturing agreement. SK bioscience will purchase a certain quantity of the finished Vaccine Product directly from the Company for early supply, subject to approval of the Vaccine Product by the relevant regulatory authority, and sufficient doses of the Company’s Matrix-M™ adjuvant to manufacture the remainder of the 40 million doses of finished Vaccine Product SK bioscience expects to sell to the Korean government. SK bioscience will pay a tiered royalty in the low to middle double-digit range on the sale of the Vaccine Product in the Republic of Korea, net of certain agreed costs.


SK bioscience is solely responsible for obtaining and maintaining all regulatory approvals required for the development, manufacture and commercialization of the Vaccine Product in the Republic of Korea, with reasonably necessary support from the Company.


The activities of the Collaboration and License Agreement are subject to oversight from a joint steering committee composed of representatives of the Company and SK bioscience. The Collaboration and License Agreement includes customary representations and warranties of the Company and SK bioscience along with certain customary covenants, including confidentiality, limitation of liability, and indemnity provisions. The Collaboration and License Agreement will expire upon the later of (i) February 12, 2023, (ii) the completion of both parties’ duties and obligations under the Collaboration and License Agreement and the Korean government’s advance purchase agreement, or (iii) the day that the World Health Organization declares that there is no longer a COVID-19 pandemic.


The foregoing description of material terms of the Collaboration and License Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to such agreement, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.







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.


 Novavax, Inc.
Date: February 19, 2021By:/s/ John A. Herrmann III
 Name:John A. Herrmann III
 Title:Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary