Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Out-license Agreements

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Out-license Agreements
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2022
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Out-license Agreements

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Out-license Agreements

Bayer Agreements

Research, Development and License Agreement

In December 2020, we entered into the Bayer License Agreement to develop mesothelin-directed CAR T-cell therapies for the treatment of solid tumors, pursuant to which we granted to Bayer an exclusive, field-limited license under the applicable patents and know-how owned or controlled by us and our affiliates covering or related to ATA2271 and ATA3271 (the “Licensed Products”).

Under the terms of the Bayer License Agreement, we will be responsible at our cost for all mutually agreed preclinical and clinical activities for ATA2271 through the first in human Phase 1 clinical study in collaboration with MSK, following which Bayer will be responsible for the further development of ATA2271 at its cost. Bayer will be responsible for the development of ATA3271 at Bayer’s cost, except for certain mutually agreed preclinical, translational, manufacturing and supply chain activities to be performed by us relating to ATA3271. Bayer will also be solely responsible for commercializing the Licensed Products at its cost.

In December 2020, we received an upfront cash payment of $45.0 million from Bayer for the exclusive license grant, net of applicable withholding taxes, which were fully recovered in August 2021, and an additional $15.0 million reimbursement payment for certain research and process development activities to be performed by us. We are also entitled to receive (i) up to an additional $5.0 million for additional, specified translational activities under the Bayer License Agreement, of which we have invoiced and received $1.3 million, and (ii) an aggregate of up to $610.0 million in milestone payments upon achieving certain development, regulatory and commercial milestones relating to the Licensed Products. In addition, we are eligible to receive from Bayer tiered royalties at percentages up to low double digits on worldwide net product sales of the Licensed Products on a country-by-country and product-by-product basis until the later of 12 years after the first commercial sale in such country or the expiration of specified patent rights in such country, subject to certain reductions and aggregate minimum floors.

Bayer and we have formed a joint steering committee (“JSC”) that will provide oversight, decision making and implementation guidance regarding the collaboration activities covered under the agreement.

The transaction price at inception consisted of a $45.0 million upfront payment for the license, $15.0 million for certain research and process development activities and the $5.0 million for additional specified translational activities, and this amount was allocated to the single performance obligation. The potential development and commercial milestone payments that we are eligible to receive were excluded from the transaction price, as all milestone amounts were fully constrained based on the probability of achievement. None of the future royalty and sales-based milestone payments were included in the transaction price, as the potential payments represent sales-based consideration. We will reevaluate the transaction price at the end of each reporting period and as uncertain events are resolved or other changes in circumstances occur, and, if necessary, adjust our estimate of the transaction price.

Technology Transfer Agreement

In March 2021, we entered into a Technology Transfer Agreement with Bayer (the “Bayer Tech Transfer Agreement”), which was contemplated as part of the Bayer License Agreement, to transfer to Bayer the ATA3271 manufacturing process being developed as part of the CMC services in the Bayer License Agreement. Upon entering into the agreement, we invoiced Bayer 20 percent of the total fee of $15.3 million under the Bayer Tech Transfer Agreement, or $3.1 million, which we received in the second quarter of 2021 and invoiced and received 40 percent of the total fee, or $6.1 million, in the first quarter of 2022. The remainder of the fee will be billed as follows: (i) 20 percent on January 1, 2023 and (ii) 20 percent upon the technology transfer completion.

Under the Bayer Tech Transfer Agreement, in order to evaluate the appropriate transaction price, we determined that the $15.3 million fee constituted the entire consideration to be included in the transaction price, and this amount was allocated to the single performance obligation as identified under the Bayer License Agreement.

We utilize a cost-based input method to recognize revenue based on the amount of actual costs incurred relative to the total budgeted costs expected to be incurred for the combined performance obligation.

Manufacturing and Supply Agreement

In March 2021, we entered into a Manufacturing and Supply Agreement with Bayer (the “Bayer Manufacturing Agreement”), which was contemplated as part of the Bayer License Agreement, to manufacture Phase 1 and 2 allogeneic mesothelin-directed CAR T-cell therapies for Bayer to use in clinical trials at a price based on our costs plus a margin, which is consistent with our standalone

selling price. Under the Bayer Manufacturing Agreement, we will also provide storage and distribution services to Bayer at a price that is consistent with our standalone selling price for these services.

Upon entering into the Bayer Manufacturing Agreement, Bayer submitted, and we approved, a binding purchase order for manufacturing services and storage services. Any fees for the manufacturing services will be invoiced as follows: (i) 50 percent upon written acceptance by us of the binding purchase order, and (ii) the remainder upon delivery of the certification of analysis of such lots to Bayer. Storage and distribution services are billed monthly as those services are provided to Bayer.

In March 2021, we invoiced Bayer 50 percent of the total estimated supply price of $13.1 million for manufacturing services under the initial purchase order for the supply of six lots, or $6.6 million, which we received in the second quarter of 2021. The remainder of the supply price will be billed upon the release of the lots ordered by Bayer.

Under the Bayer Manufacturing Agreement, in order to evaluate the appropriate transaction price, we determined that the $13.1 million fee constituted the entire consideration to be included in the transaction price, and this amount was allocated to the single performance obligation as identified under the Bayer License Agreement. Revenue for the manufacturing services for the initial six lots will be recognized based on the amount of actual costs incurred relative to the total budgeted costs expected to be incurred for the combined performance obligation. Revenue for the storage services will be recognized over time as those services are provided. Revenue for the distribution services will be recognized at a point in time when the product is delivered to a clinical site designated by Bayer.

Bayer Revenue Recognition

We utilize a cost-based input method to recognize revenue based on the amount of actual costs incurred relative to the total budgeted costs expected to be incurred for the combined performance obligation. For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, we recognized license and collaboration revenue of $6.6 million and $3.6 million, respectively, under the Bayer Agreements. Deferred revenue related to the Bayer Agreements aggregated to $50.9 million and $51.5 million as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively. The $50.9 million of deferred revenue as of March 31, 2022 is included in current liabilities and is expected to be recognized over the next year. No development or sales-based milestone payments have been earned or received through March 31, 2022.

Pierre Fabre Commercialization Agreement

In October 2021, we entered into the Pierre Fabre Commercialization Agreement, pursuant to which, we granted to Pierre Fabre an exclusive, field-limited license to commercialize and distribute tab-cel in Europe and select emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (the “Territory”) following regulatory approval. Atara will retain full rights to tab-cel in other major markets, including North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

We are responsible at our cost for the conclusion of the ongoing Phase 3 ALLELE clinical study and the Phase 2 multi-cohort clinical study. We will also be responsible at our cost for certain other activities directed to obtaining regulatory approval for tab-cel for EBV-positive lymphoproliferative disease pursuant to the terms of the Pierre Fabre Commercialization Agreement in Europe and the UK. Pierre Fabre will be responsible at its cost for obtaining and maintaining all other regulatory approvals and for commercialization and distribution of tab-cel in the Territory. We will own any intellectual property rights developed solely by us under the Agreement.

Pierre Fabre paid us an upfront cash payment of $45.0 million for the exclusive license grant in the fourth quarter of 2021. We are also entitled to receive an aggregate of up to $318.0 million in milestone payments upon achieving certain regulatory and commercial milestones. In addition, we are eligible to receive double-digit tiered royalties as a percentage of net sales of tab-cel until the later of 12 years after the first commercial sale in such country, the expiration of specified patent rights, or the expiration of all regulatory exclusivity for such product on a country-by-country basis.

We are negotiating a separate manufacturing and supply agreement with Pierre Fabre for us to manufacture tab-cel for Pierre Fabre to use in the Territory based on a fixed price until January 1, 2024 and cost plus a margin post January 1, 2024. We are responsible for manufacturing and supplying Pierre Fabre with tab-cel for commercialization in the Territory at Pierre Fabre’s cost for a minimum of seven years. Following this period, we have the option to transfer the manufacturing responsibility and related manufacturing technology to a third party CMO, and Pierre Fabre may elect to directly assume the manufacturing responsibility and receive the related manufacturing technology.

Pierre Fabre and we have formed a joint steering committee (“JSC”) that will provide oversight, decision making and implementation guidance regarding the commercialization activities covered under the agreement.

Under the Pierre Fabre Commercialization Agreement, in order to evaluate the appropriate transaction price, we determined that the $45 million upfront payment, constituted the entire consideration to be included in the transaction price at the outset of the arrangement. Revenue associated with the upfront fee for the single performance obligation will be deferred until the initial delivery of services related to the manufacture and supply and cell selection and then recognized over the contract performance period​. We have not recognized to date any of the $45.0 million upfront payment as revenue. All of the $45.0 million of deferred revenue was included in long-term liabilities as of March 31, 2022.

 

The potential development and commercial milestone payments that we are eligible to receive were excluded from the transaction price, as all milestone amounts were fully constrained based on the probability of achievement. None of the future royalty and sales-based milestone payments were included in the transaction price, as the potential payments represent sales-based consideration. We will reevaluate the transaction price at the end of each reporting period and as uncertain events are resolved or other changes in circumstances occur, and, if necessary, adjust our estimate of the transaction price. No development or commercial milestone payments have been earned or received through March 31, 2022.