Under the collaboration agreement, originally signed in 2012, through the exercise of this option MSD gains exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize an undisclosed vaccine utilizing Vaxxas’ HD‐MAP technology. Vaxxas will receive US$12 million (A$18 million) in a combination of equity funding and option fees associated with the agreement. In addition, Vaxxas is eligible to receive future option, development, and commercial milestone payments. MSD will fund any requested additional research activities conducted by Vaxxas and is responsible for clinical development.
“We are pleased with the progress seen to date in our collaboration with Vaxxas and look forward to advancing the first candidate towards clinical development,” said Daria Hazuda, Vice President Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Discovery at MSD and chief scientific officer MSD Exploratory Science Centre.