In return, Caladrius will receive certain development milestone payments as well as royalties on sales of any commercial product. This transaction supports the Company’s strategy to monetize non-core assets. Under the license agreement AiVita will assume responsibility for all costs to develop a product using the licensed intellectual property, including the maintenance costs of the associated intellectual property.
The license contributes to AiVita’s intellectual property protection for its next generation immunotherapy targeting cancer stem cells. AiVita intends to begin a Phase II clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of its novel approach for ovarian cancer in 2016. To facilitate these clinical objectives, AiVita has also assumed a sublease of the Company’s former Irvine, California facility. This sublease obligation will cover for the remainder of the lease term all cash obligations of Caladrius with respect to the rent and overhead of the Irvine facility.
“Licensing this technology to AiVita is another step forward in streamlining our strategic focus and reducing our operating expenses while monetizing non-core assets through royalty and other milestone-driven transactions,” said David J. Mazzo, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Caladrius. “This agreement adds to the one signed in February 2016 whereby we licensed to AiVita exclusive global rights to our cell-derived dermatological technology for topical skin applications.”