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): June 5, 2019
Axovant Gene Therapies Ltd.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
Suite 1, 3rd Floor
11-12 St. James’s Square
London SW1Y 4LB, United Kingdom
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(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code): +44 207 400 3347
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Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.
On June 5, 2019, Axovant Gene Therapies Ltd., or the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Axovant Sciences GmbH, notified Benitec Biopharma Limited, or Benitec, of its intention to terminate the license and collaboration agreement, dated July 8, 2018, by and between Axovant Sciences GmbH and Benitec, or the License Agreement, in its entirety. The termination of the License Agreement will be effective on September 3, 2019, the 90th day following the date of the Company’s notice of termination.
Pursuant to the License Agreement, the Company received a worldwide, exclusive, royalty-bearing, sub-licensable license under certain patents and other intellectual property controlled by Benitec to develop and commercialize investigational gene therapy AXO-AAV-OPMD (formerly BB-301) and related gene therapy products for all diseases and conditions. Upon the effective date of the termination of the License Agreement, all rights and licenses granted to the Company thereunder will cease, including the Company’s rights to AXO-AAV-OPMD, which was in preclinical development for the treatment of oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, and all other early stage research collaboration programs.
Axovant decided to terminate the License Agreement following its decision to no longer pursue development of AXO-AAV-OPMD and related gene therapy products. Under the License Agreement, no termination penalties are to be incurred by the Company in connection with the termination of the License Agreement.
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.
AXOVANT GENE THERAPIES LTD.
June 6, 2019
/s/ Pavan Cheruvu, M.D.
Principal Executive Officer