Source - SMW
Oxford BioMedica, a gene and cell therapy group, has signed a major collaboration and licence agreement with Bioverativ for the development and manufacturing of lentiviral vectors to treat haemophilia. 

The agreement includes a licence to use OXB's LentiVector Enabled technology and access to its industrial-scale manufacturing technology.    Oxford BioMedica will receive a $5 million upfront payment from Bioverativ. It is also eligible to receive various milestone payments, potentially worth in excess of $100 million, and undisclosed royalties on net sales of Bioverativ's lentiviral vector haemophilia products. 

Bioverativ will also fund process development and scale-up activities for its lentiviral vector haemophilia products at Oxford BioMedica. 

The agreement allows for the parties to put in place a clinical supply agreement for GMP manufacturing of haemophilia products at Oxford BioMedica.

John Dawson, chief executive officer of Oxford BioMedica, said: "Today's news demonstrates the value of our LentiVector Enabled platform and our leading capabilities and reputation in the industrial scale-up for lentiviral vectors for clinical and commercial supply. Bioverativ's investment in haemophilia gene therapy underlines the potential of lentiviral vectors for use for in vivo gene therapy.

"This new deal, potentially worth in excess of $100m, demonstrates Oxford BioMedica's strategy of building multiple partnerships with leaders in their therapeutic categories and will support the Group's continued growth. Oxford BioMedica is recognised as a world leader in the field of development and manufacturing of lentiviral vectors and we are delighted to be supporting Bioverativ in the development of gene therapy products to treat haemophilia." 

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