Sixth Amendment to Collaboration and License Agreement, effective November 1, 2019, by and among F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. and Blueprint Medicines Corporation
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SIXTH AMENDMENT TO COLLABORATION AND LICENSE AGREEMENT
This Sixth Amendment (this “Sixth Amendment”), effective November 1, 2019 (“Sixth Amendment Effective Date”), is by and between F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, with an office and place of business at Grenzacherstrasse 124, 4070 Basel, Switzerland and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., with an office and place of business at 150 Clove Road, Suite 8, Little Falls, New Jersey 07424, U.S.A. (together referred to as “Roche”), and Blueprint Medicines Corporation, with a principal place of business at 45 Sidney Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 U.S.A. (“BPM”). Capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined in this Sixth Amendment shall have the meanings set forth in the Agreement (as defined below).
WHEREAS, BPM and Roche entered into a Collaboration and License Agreement, dated March 14, 2016, as amended by an amendment, effective April 15, 2016, a second amendment, effective April 27, 2016, a third amendment, effective August 4, 2016, a fourth amendment, effective February 25, 2019, and a fifth amendment, effective June 28, 2019 (collectively, the “Agreement”); and
WHEREAS, the Parties wish to enable the Joint Research Committee to approve alternative funding arrangements for preclinical development activities conducted under Research Plans as set forth herein;
WHEREAS, the Parties wish to be able to conduct preclinical development activities for Collaboration Targets with Roche Clinical Compounds and Roche Marketed Products;
WHEREAS, the Parties wish to terminate [***] as a Collaboration Target under the Agreement;
NOW THEREFORE, Roche and BPM hereby agree as follows:
1. Section 1.108 of the Agreement is hereby amended by adding the following sentence to the end of such section:
“In the event that the JRC approves an Alternative Funding Arrangement for a Collaboration Target, then the Research Plan for such Collaboration Target shall also specify (i) the budget for the applicable preclinical development activities and (ii) the percentage of the corresponding costs and expenses that each Party (if applicable) will be responsible for funding (e.g., fifty percent-fifty percent cost sharing).”
2. The definition of “Roche Clinical Compounds” in Section 1.110 of the Agreement shall be amended by deleting it in its entirety and replacing it with the following Section 1.110:
“1.110 Roche Clinical Compounds
The term “Roche Clinical Compounds” shall mean clinical-stage compounds controlled by Roche or its Affiliates (but not Products or Licensed Products) and provided for (i) combination preclinical development activities with Library Compounds, Collaboration Compounds, Other Compounds or Products during Lead Nomination or Lead Optimization, or (ii) combination Clinical Studies with Products or Licensed Products.”
3. The definition of “Roche Marketed Products” in Section 1.113 of the Agreement shall be amended by deleting it in its entirety and replacing it with the following Section 1.113:
“1.113 Roche Marketed Products
The term “Roche Marketed Products” shall mean marketed products controlled by Roche or its Affiliates (but not Products or Licensed Products) and provided for (i) combination preclinical development activities with Library Compounds, Collaboration Compounds, Other Compounds or Products during Lead Nomination or Lead Optimization, or (ii) combination Clinical Studies with Products or Licensed Products.”
4. Section 4.1.3 is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph immediately after the first paragraph of Section 4.1.3:
7. Section 12.3 of the Agreement is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced by the following new Section 12.3:
“12.3 Costs for Work Conducted under Research Plans
Except for Alternative Funding Arrangements approved by consensus of the JRC (i.e. neither BPM nor Roche have final decision) pursuant to the JRC’s authority under Section 8.4(c) hereof or as otherwise provided in this Agreement, each Party shall be responsible for its own costs incurred in the conduct of its activities under each Research Plan.
Commencing the first Calendar Quarter immediately following BPM incurring costs under an Alternative Funding Arrangement within a Research Plan (“Alternative Funding Arrangement Costs”) and continuing thereafter so long as BPM incurs costs under such
Alternative Funding Arrangement under this Agreement, within forty-five (45) days following the end of such Calendar Quarter, BPM shall submit to Roche a report setting forth the Alternative Funding Arrangement Costs incurred by BPM in such Calendar Quarter; provided that if there are any Alternative Funding Arrangement Costs incurred in such Calendar Quarter that BPM is unable to timely include in such financial report, then such amount shall be included and reconciled in the financial report in a future Calendar Quarter. Each such report shall specify in reasonable detail the Alternative Funding Arrangement Costs incurred and shall include reasonably detailed supporting information. Within [***] after receipt of each such report, the Finance Officers (as defined in Section 12.5 below) shall confer and agree in writing on whether a reconciliation payment is due from Roche to BPM, and if so, the amount of such reconciliation payment, so that the Parties share Alternative Funding Arrangement Costs in accordance with the allocation specified in the applicable Research Plan for such Alternative Funding Arrangement. Roche shall make such payment to BPM within [***] after the end of each Calendar Quarter; provided, however, that in the event of any disagreement with respect to the calculation of such reconciliation payment, any undisputed portion of such reconciliation payment shall be paid in accordance with the foregoing timetable and the remaining, disputed portion shall be paid within [***] after the date on which the Parties, using good faith efforts, resolve the dispute. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 12.3, in the event that the JRC approves an Alternative Funding Arrangement for which the approved budget includes costs and expenses previously incurred by BPM that are to be shared retroactively by the Parties (as specified in the applicable Research Plan), then Roche’s portion of such previously incurred costs and expenses shall be included in the first Calendar Quarter report submitted by BPM related to such Alternative Funding Arrangement (or if BPM is unable to timely include such costs and expenses in such financial report, then such amount shall be included and reconciled in the financial report in a future Calendar Quarter).”
8. Section 16.1 of the Agreement is hereby amended by adding the following sentence to the end of such section.
This Sixth Amendment may be executed in two (2) or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. Counterparts may be delivered via facsimile, electronic mail (including pdf or other electronic signature) or other transmission method and any counterpart so delivered shall be deemed to have been duly and validly delivered and be valid and effective for all purposes.
This Sixth Amendment shall be effective as of the Sixth Amendment Effective Date. On and after the Sixth Amendment Effective Date, each reference in the Agreement to “this Agreement,” “hereunder,” “hereof,” “herein” or words of like import, and each similar reference in the other documents entered into in connection with the Agreement, shall mean and be a reference to the Agreement, as amended by this Sixth Amendment. Except as specifically amended above, the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect in accordance with its terms and is hereby ratified and confirmed.
This Sixth Amendment shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of laws principles, and shall not be governed by the United Nations Convention of International Contracts on the Sale of Goods (the Vienna Convention).
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have caused this Sixth Amendment to be executed by their respective duly authorized representatives as of the Sixth Amendment Effective Date.
Blueprint Medicines Corporation
Name:Jeffrey W. Albers
Title:President and Chief Executive Officer
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Title: Global Alliance and Asset Management Director
Title: Head Legal Pharma
Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.
Name:John P. Praise