PIRS Pieris Pharmaceuticals

Filed: 25 May 21, 8:05am

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): May 19, 2021
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Item 1.01: Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On May 19, 2021, Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Pieris Pharmaceuticals GmbH (together, “Pieris” or the “Company”) and Genentech, Inc. (“Genentech”), entered into a Research Collaboration and License Agreement (the "Agreement"), to discover, develop and commercialize locally delivered respiratory and ophthalmology therapies that leverage Pieris’ proprietary Anticalin® technology.

Under the terms of the agreement, Pieris will receive $20 million in an upfront payment and may be eligible to receive up to approximately $1.5 billion in additional milestone payments across multiple programs, as well as tiered royalty payments on net sales at percentages ranging from the mid-single to low double-digits, subject to certain standard reductions and offsets. Pieris will be responsible for discovery research and early development of two initial programs, each of which is eligible for $11 million in preclinical milestones. Genentech has an option to expand the collaboration to encompass two additional programs with the payment of a $10 million fee per additional program. Genentech will be responsible for IND-enabling activities, clinical development, and commercialization of those programs. The collaboration does not include any of Pieris’ internal programs.

Unless earlier terminated, the term of the Agreement continues until no royalty or other payment obligations are or will become due under the Agreement. The Agreement may be terminated (i) by either party based on insolvency or breach by the other party and such insolvency proceeding is not dismissed or such breach is not cured within 90 days; or (ii) after 9 months from the effective date of the Agreement, by Genentech as a whole or on a product-by-product and/or country-by-country basis upon 90 days prior written notice before the first commercial sale of a product or upon 180 days prior written notice after the first commercial sale of a product.

The foregoing description of the Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement, which Pieris intends to file as an exhibit to its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ending June 30, 2021. A copy of the press release announcing the Agreement is attached to this Current Report as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits.

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.
Dated: May 25, 2021  /s/ Tom Bures
  Tom Bures
  Vice President, Finance