Washington, D.C. 20549







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April 1, 2020




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Delaware   001-39083   81-2730369

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Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share   VIR   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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Item 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

On April 1, 2020, Vir Biotechnology, Inc. (the “Company”) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Alnylam”) entered into an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Collaboration and License Agreement by and between the parties dated October 16, 2017, as amended by Letter Agreement dated November 13, 2018, by Amendment No. 1 to the Collaboration and License Agreement effective December 17, 2019, and by Amendment No. 2 to the Collaboration and License Agreement effective March 3, 2020 (as further amended by the Amendment, the “Amended Alnylam Agreement”), to expand the parties’ existing collaboration to include the development and commercialization of RNAi therapeutics targeting up to three human host factor targets relating to susceptibility to coronaviruses, for use in connection with the treatment, palliation, diagnosis or prevention of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, and other diseases caused by coronaviruses. The first two additional host factor targets are ACE2 and TMPRSS2, and the parties may mutually agree upon a third such target for inclusion. The products arising from the activities directed to the host factor targets may utilize Alnylam’s recent advances in lung delivery of novel conjugates of siRNA – the molecules that mediate RNAi (the “Host Factor Products”).

Pursuant to the Amended Alnylam Agreement, the parties will each be responsible for pre-clinical development costs incurred by such party in performing its allocated responsibilities under an agreed-upon initial pre-clinical development plan for Host Factor Products. The parties will equally share costs incurred in connection with the manufacture of non-GMP drug product required for pre-clinical development prior to filing of an investigational new drug application for the first Host Factor Product in the coronavirus program. Following the completion of initial pre-clinical development activities, if the Company exercises its option to progress one or more candidates arising from the coronavirus program into further development, the Company will be responsible for conducting all development, manufacturing and commercialization activities for Host Factor Products, at its sole expense, subject to Alnylam’s right to opt-in, during a specified period, to share equally with the Company the profits and losses in connection with development and commercialization of Host Factor Products.

If the Company exercises its program option for the coronavirus program, and successfully develops one or more Host Factor Products arising from such program, then unless Alnylam exercises its profit-sharing option, the Company will be required to pay Alnylam up to $15.0 million in the aggregate for the achievement of specified development milestones for the Host Factor Products. Following commercialization, the Company will also be required to make specified milestone payments to Alnylam on achievement of specified levels of annual net sales, and a tiered royalty at specified rates on annual net sales of the applicable Host Factor Products. However, with respect to sales to governmental authorities or sales for the purposes of biodefense, management of public health or other public policy reasons, such royalty will be payable at a percentage in the low single-digits, plus a pass-through amount of any royalties Alnylam is required to pay to third parties under any third party in-license agreements related to the Host Factor Products.

Except as amended in connection with the addition of this coronavirus program to the collaboration, the Alnylam Agreement remains in force between the parties in accordance with its terms. The foregoing description of the material terms of the Amendment is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Amendment, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to a subsequent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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.



/s/ Howard Horn


Howard Horn

Chief Financial Officer

Dated: April 7, 2020