Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Strategic Alliances

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Strategic Alliances
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2014
Strategic Alliances [Abstract]  
Strategic Alliances
Strategic Alliances
Pfizer Inc.
We plan to develop a portfolio of product candidates through a combination of internal development and external partnerships. In December 2014, we entered into an exclusive worldwide agreement with Pfizer Inc. (“Pfizer”) for the development and commercialization of our long-acting hGH-CTP for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency (“GHD”) in adults and children, as well as for the treatment of growth failure in children born small for gestational age (“SGA”) (the “Pfizer Transaction”).
The Pfizer Transaction closed in January 2015 following the termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Under the terms of the Pfizer Transaction, we received non-refundable and non-creditable upfront payments of $295 million and are eligible to receive up to an additional $275 million upon the achievement of certain regulatory milestones. Pfizer received the exclusive license to commercialize hGH-CTP worldwide. In addition, we are eligible to receive initial royalty payments associated with the commercialization of hGH-CTP for Adult GHD. Upon the launch of hGH-CTP for Pediatric GHD, the royalties will transition to a regional, tiered gross profit sharing for both hGH-CTP and Pfizer’s Genotropin®.
We will lead the clinical activities and will be responsible for funding the development programs for the key indications, which includes Adult and Pediatric GHD and Pediatric SGA. Pfizer will be responsible for all development costs for additional indications as well as all post-marketing studies. In addition, Pfizer will fund the commercialization activities for all indications and lead the manufacturing activities covered by the global development plan.
As the Pfizer Transaction was completed in January 2015, no revenue was recognized for the year ended December 31, 2014 for the Pfizer Transaction. See further discussion of the Pfizer Transaction in Note 20.
TESARO
In November 2009, we entered into an asset purchase agreement (the “NK-1 Agreement”) under which we acquired rolapitant and other neurokinin-1 (“NK-1”) assets from Schering Plough Corporation, now Merck. In December 2010, we entered into an exclusive license agreement with TESARO, in which we out-licensed the development, manufacture, commercialization and distribution of our lead NK-1 candidate, rolapitant (the “TESARO License”). Under the terms of the TESARO License, we are eligible for payments of up to $121.0 million, including an up-front payment of $6.0 million, which has been received, and additional payments based upon achievement of specified regulatory and commercialization milestones. In addition, TESARO will pay us double digit tiered royalties on sales of licensed products. We will share future profits from the commercialization of licensed products in Japan with TESARO and we will have an option to market the products in Latin America.
In September 2014, TESARO submitted a New Drug Application (“NDA”) to the FDA for approval of oral rolapitant, an investigational neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist in development for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Under the terms of our agreement with TESARO, TESARO paid us a milestone payment of $5.0 million upon acceptance by the FDA of the NDA in the fourth quarter 2014 which was recognized in Revenue from transfer of intellectual property in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.
Under the terms of the NK-1 Agreement, upon acceptance by the FDA of TESARO’s NDA in the fourth quarter of 2014, we were required to make a $2.0 million milestone payment to Merck. We accounted for the NK-1 Agreement as an asset acquisition and allocated the entire $2.0 million payment to In-process research and development expense in the Consolidated Statement of Operations. Under the terms of the NK-1 Agreement, we are required to pay up to an additional $25.0 million upon achievement of certain development milestones. Future payments to be made under the NK-1 Agreement will be recognized when the milestones are achieved and consideration is issued or becomes issuable.
RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation
In March 2013, we completed the sale to RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (“RXi”) of substantially all of our assets in the field of RNA interference (the “RNAi Assets”) (collectively, the “Asset Purchase Agreement”). In accounting for the sale of the RNAi Assets, we determined that we did not have any continuing involvement in the development of the RNAi Assets or any other future performance obligations and, as a result, during the year ended December 31, 2013, we recognized $12.5 million of revenue from transfer of intellectual property in our Consolidated Statement of Operations.
Pursuant to the Asset Purchase Agreement, RXi will be required to pay us up to $50.0 million in milestone payments upon the successful development and commercialization of each drug developed by RXi, certain of its affiliates or any of its or their licensees or sublicensees utilizing patents included within the RNAi Assets (each, a “Qualified Drug”). In addition, RXi will also be required to pay us royalties equal to: (a) a mid single-digit percentage of “Net Sales” (as defined in the Asset Purchase Agreement) with respect to each Qualified Drug sold for an ophthalmologic use during the applicable “Royalty Period” (as defined in the Asset Purchase Agreement); and (b) a low single-digit percentage of net sales with respect to each Qualified Drug sold for a non-ophthalmologic use during the applicable royalty period.
Other
We have also completed strategic deals with the UT Southwestern, Washington University, INEOS Healthcare, TSRI, the President and Fellows of Harvard College, and Academia Sinica, among others. In connection with these license agreements, upon the achievement of certain milestones we are obligated to make certain payments and have royalty obligations upon sales of products developed under the license agreements. At this time, we are unable to estimate the timing and amounts of payments as the obligations are based on future development of the licensed products.