Biopharma Deal of the Month: Vir – GSK for VIR-2482 and mAbs for Influenza

by | Mar 10, 2021

Top Biopharma Partnership by Upfront Cash and Equity

February 2021

VIR and GSK Expanding VIR-2482 and mAb Development into Influenza

Announced: Feb. 17, 2021

Total Deal Value: $845M

Upfront Cash: $225M

Upfront Equity: $120M

Option Payments: $300M

Milestones: $200M, regulatory

Profit Split: n/d, possibly 50%

The Asset:

Phase I VIR-2482, monoclonal antibodies, and small molecule programs for the prevention and treatment of influenza and other respiratory viruses

Deal Structure:

Research and Option to License

Partnership Features:

Co-Development, Options to additional products

The Details:

  • Vir Biotechnology signed a research partnership with GlaxoSmithKline granting it an exclusive option to co-develop and commercialize mAbs, including VIR-2482, and undisclosed small molecule programs for the prevention and treatment of influenza and other respiratory viruses.
  • The partners had already signed an agreement in April 2020 to develop VIR-2482 for COVID-19. Additionally, the companies are expanding their current functional genomics partnership to develop pancoronavirus therapeutics.
  • Vir and GSK are also expanding the deal to include other respiratory virus targets and are researching 3 neutralising mAbs over a 3-year research period by applying Vir’s antibody functional genomics technology platform to target non-influenza pathogens.
  • GSK has the exclusive option to co-develop VIR-2482 after Vir continues to fund, completes, and reports Phase II trial outcomes.
  • Vir Biotechnology will receive $225M up front and GSK will invest $120M in Vir’s common stock, adding to the equity share from the April deal. If GSK exercises its option to co-develop, Vir will receive a $300M option fee and is eligible to receive up to $200M in regulatory milestone payments. The partners will share development costs and profits.

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