Kodiak Sciences Announces Sale of Future Royalties on KSI-301 for $225 Million to Baker Bros. Advisors
Under the terms of the agreement, Baker Bros. Advisors (BBA) purchased a capped 4.5% royalty on net sales of the Company's anti-VEGF antibody biopolymer conjugate therapy known as KSI-301 to be paid upon marketing approval in exchange for
BBA is required to pay to the Company the first
The Company has the option, exercisable at any point during the term of the funding agreement, to repurchase from BBA 100% of the royalties due to BBA under the funding agreement for a purchase price equal to the funding amount paid to the Company as of such time times 4.5 less amounts paid by the Company to BBA.
"In thinking through how best to finance our accelerating clinical, manufacturing and commercial plans for KSI-301 and our
The parties also agreed that, subject in all cases to compliance with applicable securities laws and regulations, in the event the Company issues shares of common stock in an underwritten public offering on or prior to
The royalty financing was the result of a competitive process overseen by independent and disinterested directors of Kodiak with the assistance of outside counsel.
J.P. Morgan and
KSI-301 is an investigational anti-VEGF therapy built on the Company's Antibody Biopolymer Conjugate, or
Kodiak™ is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in novel therapeutics to treat chronic, high-prevalence retinal diseases. We are focused on bringing new science to the design and manufacture of next generation retinal medicines to prevent and treat the leading causes of blindness globally. Our ABC Platform™ merges the fields of antibody-based and chemistry-based therapies and is at the core of Kodiak's discovery engine. Kodiak's lead product candidate, KSI-301, is a novel anti-VEGF antibody biopolymer conjugate being developed for the treatment of retinal vascular diseases including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye diseases. Kodiak has leveraged its ABC Platform to build a pipeline of product candidates in various stages of development including KSI-501, our bispecific anti-IL-6/VEGF biopolymer conjugate for the treatment of neovascular retinal diseases with an inflammatory component, and we are expanding our early research pipeline to include ABC Platform based triplet inhibitors for multifactorial retinal diseases such as dry AMD and the neurodegenerative aspects of glaucoma. Kodiak is based in
This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical fact and include statements regarding our ability to advance our product candidates, including KSI-301, the timing of, and our ability to receive, development funding under our funding agreement with Baker Bros. Advisors, the sufficiency of the development funding to advance KSI-301, our 2022 Vision and participation by Baker Bros. Advisors in any future equity financing. Forward-looking statements generally include statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as "may," "will," "should," "would," "expect," "plan," "believe," "intend," "pursue," and other similar expressions among others. Any forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the preliminary safety, efficacy and durability data for our KSI-301 product candidate from the Phase 1 study will not continue or persist; cessation or delay of any of the ongoing clinical studies and/or our development of KSI-301 may occur; future potential regulatory milestones of KSI-301, including those related to current and planned clinical studies may be insufficient to support regulatory submissions or approval; anticipated presentation of data at upcoming conferences may not occur; our research and development efforts and our ability to advance our product candidates into later stages of development may fail; any one or more of our product candidates may not be successfully developed, approved or commercialized; adverse conditions in the general domestic and global economic markets; as well as the other risks identified in our filings with the
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