EX-10.1 2 ex10_1.htm EXHIBIT 10.1

Exhibit 10.1





This Agreement is between the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (“NCATS”), which is a component of the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, having offices located at 9800 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, and Regen Biopharma, Inc. (“Collaborator”), having a principal place of business at 4700 Spring Street, Suite 304, La Mesa, CA 91942 (collectively, the “Parties”). This Agreement is neither a funding agreement as defined in 35 U.S.C. § 201(b) nor a cooperative research and development agreement authorized under the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, as amended, 15 U.S.C. §§ 3710a et seq., and Executive Order 12591 of April 10, 1987. NCATS enters into this Agreement pursuant to the authority of the Public Health Services Act of 1944, as amended (42 U.S.C. § 241).



1.NCATS and Collaborator want to collaborate on a research project; and
2.NCATS and Collaborator want to transfer between the laboratories of their investigators, during the term of this Agreement, confidential information and proprietary research materials required to conduct the research project.


Terms and Conditions



1.1Confidential Information” includes scientific, business, or financial information pertaining to the Research Project (defined below) that is designated as confidential by Provider (defined below). Confidential Information does not include information that: (i) is in the public domain other than as a result of a disclosure by Recipient (defined below) or any of Recipient’s representatives in violation of this Agreement; (ii) was in the possession of Recipient before disclosure by the Provider; (iii) is acquired by Recipient from a third party having no obligation of confidentiality to Provider; (iv) is hereafter independently developed by Recipient, without reference to Confidential Information received from Provider; or (v) Provider expressly authorizes Recipient to disclose.
1.2Invention” means any invention or discovery that is or may be patentable or protectable under applicable laws.
1.3Investigator” means the principal researcher designated by a Party to direct the Research Project.
1.4Material” means compounds and cell lines listed in Appendix A.
1.5Progeny” means unmodified descendent from Material, such as virus from virus, cell from cell, or organism from organism.
1.6Provider” means the Party that provides Material or discloses Confidential Information to the other Party under this Agreement.
1.7Recipient” means the Party that receives Material or Confidential Information from the other Party under this Agreement.
1.8Research Project” means the collaborative research described in Appendix A.



2.1NCATS and Collaborator agree to collaborate on the Research Project. The Investigator for NCATS will be Menghang Xia and the Investigator for Collaborator will be Harry M. Lander.
2.2Nothing in this Agreement will be construed to limit the freedom of either Party from engaging in similar research with other parties, providing the research does not create a conflict with the Parties’ obligations under this Agreement, especially with regard to Article 3.
2.3The Parties recognize that the Research Project describes the collaborative research to be conducted under this Agreement and that the goals set forth in Appendix A are good faith guidelines. If events occur that require substantial modification of the Research Project, the Parties may amend Appendix A according to Paragraph 6.2.1 of this Agreement.



3.1 Confidential Information

3.1.1Either Party may disclose or receive Confidential Information under this Agreement.
3.1.2All Confidential Information exchanged between the Parties must conspicuously bear the words “Confidential Information” or “Confidential.” Confidential Information exchanged orally or through observation must be reduced to writing and marked “Confidential Information” or “Confidential” within 30 days after disclosure to be considered Confidential Information.
3.1.3Recipient will maintain Confidential Information in confidence for a period of 3 years from the effective date of this Agreement and will protect Confidential Information with the same degree of care as Recipient uses to protect its own Confidential Information.
3.1.4Recipient may disclose Confidential Information to its employees, consultants, or contractors to whom it is necessary to disclose this information for the purpose of the Research Project; Recipient may make these disclosures only under terms at least as restrictive as those specified in this Agreement. Recipient agrees that disclosure of Confidential Information may not be made to any party not listed herein unless Provider grants prior written approval to Recipient.
3.1.5Recipient may disclose Provider’s Confidential Information if required to do so by law, regulation, or court order. If Recipient, or anyone to whom it discloses Confidential Information in accordance with Article 3, becomes legally required to disclose any Confidential Information, Recipient will provide timely notice to Provider and, to the extent practicable, consult with Provider prior to any disclosure.
3.1.6Either Party may disclose the Abstract of the Research Project (in Appendix A) to the public.

3.2 Publications; Press Releases

3.2.1Publications addition to the specific goals of the Research Project, the Parties view dissemination of research findings, both by publication and oral presentation, as an essential objective of the Research Project. Authorship will be decided according to commonly accepted conventions for scientific publications. Parties are encouraged to make publicly available the results of the Research Project. Before either Party submits a paper or abstract for publication or otherwise intends to publicly disclose information about any Invention made in the course of the Research Project, the other Party will have 30 days to review proposed manuscripts and 3 days to review proposed abstracts to assure that its Confidential Information is protected. Either Party may request in writing that the proposed publication or other disclosure be delayed for up to 30 additional days as necessary to file a patent application.
3.2.2Press Releases
Neither party will, without written consent of the other party, issue press releases that reference or rely upon the Research Project under this Agreement, permission of which will not be unreasonably withheld. Press release shall be provided by the releasing party at least 7 days prior to publication.



4.1 Inventions

4.1.1The Parties acknowledge the possibility that Inventions may be made in the course of the Research Project. Inventorship of those Inventions will be determined in accordance with applicable U.S. laws and regulations. The term made, as used in reference to any invention, means the conception or first actual reduction to practice of such invention.
4.1.2Inventions made in the course of the Research Project will be owned by the Party employing the inventor or inventors. Inventions that are invented jointly by employees of both Parties will be owned jointly.
4.1.3Each Party will report to the other Party, in writing, all Inventions made during the Research Project no later than 3 months from the time the invention is disclosed to a Party by its Investigator. The reports will be written in sufficient detail to determine inventorship and will be treated as Confidential Information in accordance with Article 3. The Parties will confer with each other regarding a patent filing strategy for jointly made Inventions. If either Party files a patent application on a jointly made Invention, then the filing Party will include a statement in the patent application that clearly identifies the Parties and states that the Invention was made jointly under this Agreement. The Parties, moreover, agree to enter into an inter-institutional agreement with respect to Joint Inventions, which shall authorize Collaborator to have primary control and responsibility for any patenting and commercialization activities and shall be negotiated in good faith based on the respective parties’ contributions to each Joint Invention.

4.2 Data

Each Party will disclose to the other Party a summary of all data generated under this Agreement. Subject to the restrictions in Article 3, both Parties will have free access to and use of any data generated under this Agreement.



5.1 Mechanics of Transfer

Either Party may provide or receive Material under this Agreement. Provider will send Material to Recipient with a cover letter as described in Appendix B. The letter will refer to this Agreement and identify Material. If either Party transfers to the other Party a material not listed in Appendix A, the Parties will amend this Agreement to include the additional material.

5.2 Conditions of Use

5.2.2Recipient’s Investigator will use Material solely in connection with the Research Project in the Investigator’s laboratory. If Recipient wants to use Material for commercial purposes, Recipient agrees to first obtain the appropriate commercial use or commercialization license from Provider.
5.2.3Recipient agrees that Recipient’s Investigator will retain control over Material and further agrees that Recipient’s Investigator will not transfer Material to people not under the Investigator’s direct supervision without advance written approval of Provider.
5.2.4Recipient will use Material in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.
5.2.5Provider reserves the right to distribute its Material to others and to use its Material for its own purposes.
5.2.6Upon termination of this Agreement, Recipient agrees that Recipient’s Investigator will return any and all remaining Material unless Provider gives Recipient’s Investigator directions for disposing of Material by another means.
5.2.7Nothing in this Agreement will be construed as conferring on Recipient any implied license to Material, or option to license Material, any technology, or any patent or patent application owned by Provider and will not create any obligation, by implication or otherwise, of either Party to enter into any further agreement with the other Party.



6.1 Effective Date

This Agreement will be effective on the date of the last authorized signature below.

6.2 Term and Termination

6.2.1.The Parties agree that this Agreement will be effective for 3 years from the date of the last authorized signature below and may be extended as mutually agreed by the Parties in a written amendment to this Agreement.
6.2.2This Agreement will terminate immediately upon the mutual agreement of the Parties in writing.
6.2.3This Agreement will terminate in 30 days after either Party receives written notice of the other Party’s desire to terminate this Agreement.

6.3 Representations, Warranties, and Liability

6.3.1Material is understood to be experimental in nature and may have hazardous properties. MATERIAL IS BEING SUPPLIED TO RECIPIENT WITH NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Provider makes no representations that the use of Material will not infringe any patent or other proprietary rights of third parties.
6.3.2No indemnification for any loss, claim, damage, or liability is intended or provided by either Party under this Agreement. Each Party will be liable for any loss, claim, damage, or liability that the Party incurs as a result of its activities under this Agreement, except that NCATS, as an agency of the U.S. Government, assumes liability only to the extent provided under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2671 et seq.

6.4 Assignment

Neither this Agreement nor any rights or obligations of either Party hereunder may be assigned or otherwise transferred by either Party without the prior written consent of the other Party. This Agreement will be binding upon the Parties and their respective successors and permitted assigns.

6.5 Non-endorsement

By entering into this Agreement, NCATS does not directly or indirectly endorse any product or service that is or will be provided, whether directly or indirectly related to this Agreement, by Collaborator, its successors, permitted assigns, or licensees. Collaborator will not in any way state or imply that this Agreement is an endorsement of any such product or service by the U.S. Government or any of its organizational units or employees.

6.6 Survivability

Articles 3, 4, 6.3, 6.5, 6.6 and 6.8 will survive expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement.

6.7 Severability

The illegality or invalidity of any provisions of this Agreement will not impair, affect, or invalidate the other provisions of this Agreement.

6.8 Governing Law

The construction, validity, performance, and effect of this Agreement will be governed by federal law as applied by the federal courts in the District of Columbia. Federal law and regulations will preempt any conflicting or inconsistent provisions in this Agreement.

6.9 Entire Agreement

This Agreement, together with all appendices, constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous oral or written agreements or communications between them with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement may be amended only by written instrument signed by authorized representatives of NCATS and Collaborator.

6.10          Notices

All notices pertaining to or required by this Agreement shall be in writing, shall be signed by an authorized representative and shall be delivered to the addresses indicated on the signature page for each Party.









/s/ Lila Portilla   12/15/2015
Lili M. Portilla, MPA   Date
Director, Office of Strategic Alliances, NCATS  
Mailing Address for Notices:  
Lili M. Portilla, MPA  
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH  
9800 Medical Center Drive, Room B 311  
Bethesda, MD 20892-3370  
Phone: 301-217-2589  
Fax: 301-217-5736  


Acknowledgment by NCATS’s Investigator:



/s/ Menghang Xia   12/16/2015
Menghang Xia, Ph.D.   Date
Group Leader, Toxicology, NCATS    




/s/ Harry Lander   12/15/2015
Harry Lander, Ph. D.   Date
President and Chief Scientific Officer, Regen Biopharma, Inc.  
Mailing Address for Notices:  
Harry Lander, Ph.D.  
Regen Biopharma, Inc.  
President and Chief Scientific Officer  
4700 Spring Street, Suite 304  
La Mesa, CA 91942  



Acknowledgment by COLLABORATOR’s Investigator:



/s/ Harry Lander   12/15/2015
Harry M. Lander   Date
President and Chief Scientific Officer  




Research Project Summary


I. Abstract of the Research Project – for Public Release

Either party may, without further consultation or permission, release this abstract to the public.

Project Title: Identification of possible ligands for the NR2F6 orphan nuclear receptor.


Project Abstract: These studies are designed to screen for small molecule compounds that activate or inhibit the orphan nuclear receptor, NR2F6. Small molecule compounds from the NCATs compound libraries will be screened against cell lines expressing either the ligand binding domain or the full length protein of NR2F6 fused to a luciferase-based reporter construct and stably expressed in HEK293 cells.



II. Goal(s) of Project: To identify possible ligands for the NR2F6 orphan nuclear receptor by screening the reporter gene assay of NR2F6 cell lines using known compound libraries, NPC and LOPAC. Such ligands that show specificity for NR2F6 may lead to the development of novel immunotherapy treatments.



III. Background: The immunotherapy of cancer has completely changed the clinical management of various tumors and has dramatically improved the survival rates in those people with melanoma and lymphoma. The key discovery of this field was the identification of immune checkpoints – molecules whose expression leads to the shutting down of the immune system’s natural ability to kill cancerous cells. There are currently three checkpoint proteins that have been identified and for which there are now clinically useful drugs which target these. All of these proteins are expressed as cell surface proteins and the treatments involve injection of antibodies to these proteins.


Regen has identified a nuclear receptor, NR2F6, which has properties very much like the known checkpoint proteins. So far, the only ways to inhibit this receptor include the use of gene silencing techniques or knock outs in mice. Identification of a small molecule which could inhibit this receptor would potentially provide a major new avenue for immunotherapy of cancer.



IV. Respective Contributions of the Parties


Material Contributed by NCATS: NPC and LOPAC compound libraries will be used to screen this receptor at NCATS.


Material Contributed by Collaborator: NR2F6 orphan nuclear receptor cell lines will be provided by Regen. These lines will be HEK293 lines stably expressing NR2F6 ligand binding domain or the full-length NR2F6 protein as well as a positive control line expressing the estrogen receptor. Each of these target nuclear receptors will be fused to a luciferase-based reporter gene assay vector.



V. Experimental Plan: Cell lines (LBD, Full-length and positive control ER) will be transferred onto screening robotic system. Compound libraries will be screened at various concentrations. After the primary screening, the potential hits will be cherry-picked and confirmed in the follow up studies.




Sample Material Transfer Cover Letter


A sample letter follows.




Provider Organization Name

Provider Organization Address




Recipient PI

Recipient Organization

Recipient Organization Address


RE:Transfer of Material(s) under Collaboration Agreement between NCATS and [name of Collaborator] dated [month/year]



Dear Dr. [Name of NCATS PI or Collaborator PI]:


The [NCATS or Collaborator] is pleased to provide you with the following material: [Describe material]. The material developed by [insert name], are being shipped to you by [NCATS/Collaborator].

The material may only be used for research conducted between NCATS and [Collaborator] under the Collaboration Agreement referenced above. In addition, you understand that any remaining material will be returned to [NCATS/Collaborator] or disposed of according to the written instructions of [NCATS/Collaborator] when the Collaboration Agreement expires, unless [NCATS/Collaborator] obtains permission from [NCATS/Collaborator] to continue using the materials.

Please acknowledge receipt of the material(s) by signing below. At your earliest convenience, please fax a copy of this letter to your technology transfer office at [NCATS/Collaborator].





NCATS/Collaborator [Provider]




Acknowledged by NCATS/Collaborator PI [Recipient]


Signature   Date
Printed Name and Title    



Signature Date


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