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Roche and Inovio Pharmaceuticals partner on Inovio's prostate cancer and hepatitis B immunotherapy products
Date:9/10/2013

BASEL, Switzerland and BLUE BELL, Pa., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) and Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT: INO) announced today that they have entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement to research, develop and commercialize Inovio's highly-optimized, multi-antigen DNA immunotherapies targeting prostate cancer and hepatitis B. The licensed compounds are currently in preclinical development and have generated robust T-cell responses in animal models.

Roche acquired an exclusive license for Inovio's DNA-based vaccines INO-5150 (targeting prostate cancer) and INO-1800 (targeting hepatitis B) as well as the use of Inovio's CELLECTRA® electroporation technology for delivery of the vaccines. Roche also obtained an option to license additional vaccine opportunities in connection with a collaborative research program in oncology.  Roche and Inovio will collaborate to further develop INO-5150 and INO-1800.

Under the terms of the agreement, Roche will make an upfront payment of USD $10 million to Inovio. Roche will also provide preclinical R&D support and payments for near-term regulatory milestones  as well as payments upon reaching certain development and commercial milestones potentially up to USD $412.5 million. Additional development milestone payments could also be made to Inovio if Roche pursues other indications with INO-5150 or INO-1800.  In addition, Inovio is entitled to receive up to double-digit tiered royalties on product sales.

Commenting on the deal, Hy Levitsky, Head of Cancer Immunology Experimental Medicine at Roche, said: "At Roche we are always interested in finding first-in-class and best-in-class therapies that may become the next generation treatments for patients with different types of cancer. INO-5150 will allow promising combination opportunities with the Roche portfolio, particularly wi
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