Vir Biotechnology’s acquisition of Humabs BioMed


Cooley advised Vir Biotechnology on its acquisition of Humabs BioMed and on entering into strategic agreements with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Visterra and four leading academic research institutions.

Swiss-based Humabs BioMed focuses on discovering and developing fully human monoclonal antibodies to treat serious infections. The acquisition adds more than 15 antibody development candidates – including pre-clinical antibodies for the treatment of diseases such as Hepatitis B, Zika and Dengue – to Vir’s portfolio. The collaborations will drive Vir’s focus in three areas of significant unmet need, including chronic infectious diseases, respiratory diseases and healthcare-acquired infections.

In addition, Vir has entered into exclusive license and collaboration agreements with life sciences companies Visterra, which covers up to six antibodies to treat infectious diseases, and Alynylam, which covers up to five RNAi therapeutics programs for the treatment of infectious diseases.

Supplemental to the license agreements, Vir has partnered with Stanford, Harvard and the Oregon Health & Science University. With Stanford, Vir has agreed to a licensing agreement to support the company’s efforts to use artificial intelligence to mine gene expression data for early diagnostic predictions and target discovery.

Vir Biotechnology, Inc. invests and develops cures, treatments, and preventions for viral and bacterial diseases, including those caused by drug resistant bacteria and pathogens. The company, led by George A. Scangos, Klaus Frueh, Robert T. Nelsen, Lawrence Corey and Louis J. Picker, is based in San Francisco (CA).

Cooley advised Vir Biotechnology with a team led by Kenneth Krisko (Picture), Laura Berezin, Marjorie Wagman and Marya Postner.

Involved fees earner: Kenneth Krisko – Cooley LLP; Laura Berezin – Cooley LLP; Sara Semnani – Cooley LLP; Peter Mandel – Cooley LLP; Marjorie Wagman – Cooley LLP; Marya Postner – Cooley LLP; Kristy Brady – Cooley LLP;

Law Firms: Cooley LLP;

Clients: Vir Biotechnology, Inc.;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti