Hogan Lovells advises Spark Therapeutics on collaboration with Senti Biosciences

New York, 14 April 2021 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells is advising Spark Therapeutics (Spark), a member of the Roche Group, on its collaboration and option agreement with Senti Biosciences (Senti Bio) to apply Senti Bio’s gene circuit technology to the development of next-generation precision gene therapies directed toward specific cell types in the central nervous system (CNS), eye or liver.

Under the terms of the agreement, Senti Bio will be responsible for designing, building and testing cell type- and disease specific-synthetic promoters for use in developing certain CNS, eye or liver-directed gene therapies.

Spark will receive the option to exclusively license a defined number of synthetic promoters emerging from the collaboration for use in developing gene therapy products in specified indications. Upon option exercise, Spark will be responsible for conducting preclinical, clinical and commercialization activities for any gene therapy candidates that incorporate Senti Bio’s licensed synthetic promoters.

Senti Bio will receive an upfront payment as well as funding to support its research activities, and upon option exercise will be eligible to receive an option exercise payment as well as development, regulatory, and sales milestone payments in addition to royalties on a per product basis. The aggregate potential value of upfront, opt-in and milestone payments to Senti Bio may exceed US$645 million.

Hogan Lovells is advising Spark with corporate partner Adam Golden (New York) and senior associate Jeff Jay (New York) leading the team.

Further information on the collaboration can be found here.


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