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Description of Business

Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. (“Atara”, “we”, “our” or “the Company”) was incorporated in August 2012 in Delaware. Atara is a T-cell immunotherapy company developing novel treatments for patients with cancer, autoimmune and viral diseases. The Company’s “off-the-shelf”, allogeneic T-cells are bioengineered from donors with healthy immune function and allow for rapid delivery from inventory to patients without a requirement for pretreatment.  Atara’s T-cell immunotherapies are designed to precisely recognize and eliminate cancerous or diseased cells without affecting normal, healthy cells.  

We licensed rights to T-cell product candidates from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (“MSK”) in June 2015 and entered into agreements related to our next-generation CAR T programs with MSK in May 2018 and with Moffitt Cancer Center in August 2018. Additionally, we licensed rights to know-how and technology from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (“QIMR Berghofer”) in October 2015, September 2016 and June 2018. See Note 6 for further information.