Arcturus Announces Collaboration with CSL to Develop and Commercialize Self-amplifying mRNA Vaccines
Arcturus to receive upfront payment of
$200 millionand more than $4 billionin potential development and commercial milestones
- 40% profit sharing for COVID-19 vaccines, up to double digit royalties for influenza, pandemic preparedness and three additional respiratory infectious disease vaccines
- Combines Arcturus’ self-amplifying mRNA vaccine technologies with CSL’s world-leading capabilities as a commercial scale manufacturer and global distributor of influenza and pandemic vaccines
Under the terms of the agreement, Arcturus will provide CSL Seqirus with a license to their self-amplifying mRNA technology to support the research, development, manufacture, and commercialization of vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), influenza, pandemic preparedness, as well as three other globally prevalent respiratory infectious diseases.
The collaboration combines CSL Seqirus’ established global vaccine commercial and manufacturing infrastructure with Arcturus’ manufacturing expertise and innovative STARR™ self-amplifying mRNA vaccine and LUNAR® delivery platform technologies. Arcturus will bring its mRNA design and modification expertise, LUNAR® lipid nanoparticle (LNP) technology and manufacturing know-how, which has enabled the Company’s low dose, lyophilized and durable self-amplifying mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. Previously reported clinical results from ongoing ARCT-154 studies have demonstrated a favorable efficacy and safety profile with sustained neutralizing antibodies against COVID-19, including recent variants of concern.
“We are excited to embark on this collaboration with CSL Seqirus, a respected world leader in the development, manufacture and commercialization of vaccines,” said
Summary of Deal Terms and Financial Considerations
Under the terms of the agreement, Arcturus will provide CSL Seqirus with a license to its STARR™ self-amplifying mRNA technology, LUNAR® lipid-mediated delivery, along with mRNA drug substance and drug product manufacturing expertise. CSL Seqirus will lead development and commercialization of vaccines under the collaboration. The collaboration plans to advance vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), influenza, pandemic preparedness as well as three other globally prevalent respiratory infectious diseases.
Arcturus will receive
Founded in 2013 and based in
CSL (ASX:CSL; USOTC:CSLLY) is a leading global biotechnology company with a dynamic portfolio of lifesaving medicines, including those that treat haemophilia and immune deficiencies, vaccines to prevent influenza, and therapies in iron deficiency, dialysis and nephrology. Since our start in 1916, we have been driven by our promise to save lives using the latest technologies. Today, CSL – including our three businesses,
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