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Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 6, 2020




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-36138   02-0563870

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


305 College Road East

Princeton, New Jersey

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (609) 452-9813




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Common stock, par value $0.001 per share   ADXS   Nasdaq Global Select Market


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Item 1.02 Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.


On October 6, 2020, Advaxis, Inc. (the “Company”) received a notice (the “Notice”) from Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (“Aratana”), dated September 17, 2020, indicating that Aratana is terminating the Exclusive License Agreement, dated March 19, 2014, by and between Aratana and the Company (the “Agreement”) and that such termination of the Agreement will be effective on December 21, 2020. Other than in respect of the Agreement, there is no material relationship between the Company and Aratana.


Under the Agreement, the Company granted Aratana an exclusive, worldwide, royalty-bearing license, with the right to sublicense, certain of the Company’s proprietary technology to enable Aratana to develop and commercialize animal health products targeted for treatment of osteosarcoma and other cancer indications in animals. Aratana paid an upfront payment to the Company in the amount of $1 million upon signing of the Aratana Agreement. The Agreement also required Aratana to pay the Company (a) up to $36.5 million based on the achievement of milestones relating to the advancement of products through the approval process with the United States Department of Agriculture in the United States and the relevant regulatory authorities in the European Union, and up to an additional $15 million in cumulative sales milestones based on achievement of gross sales revenue targets for sales of any and all products for use in non-human animal health applications, or the Aratana Field (regardless of therapeutic area), and (b) tiered royalties starting at 5% and going up to 10%, paid based on net sales of any and all products (regardless of therapeutic area) in the Aratana Field in the United States. The Agreement required royalties for sales of products outside of the United States to be paid at a rate equal to half of the royalty rate payable by Aratana on net sales of products in the United States (starting at 2.5% and going up to 5%). The Agreement also required Aratana to pay the Company 50% of all sublicense royalties received by Aratana and its affiliates. In fiscal year 2019, the Company received approximately $8,000 in royalty revenue from Aratana.


The Notice of termination follows Aratana’s acquisition by Elanco Animal Health Incorporated, effective July 18, 2019.


The Company will not incur any early termination penalties as a result of the termination. Aratana will be required to make all payments to the Company that would have otherwise been payable under the Agreement through the effective date of the termination.


The foregoing summary of the material terms of the Agreement is qualified in its entirety by the complete terms and conditions of the Agreement, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 10, 2014 as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


October 8, 2020 ADVAXIS, INC.
  By: /s/ Kenneth A. Berlin
  Name: Kenneth A. Berlin
  Title: President and Chief Executive Officer