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AC IMMUNE SA filed this Form 20-F on 03/21/2019
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services. The Company has the primary responsibility for fulfilling the promise to provide the specified good or service, it has inventory risk before transfer to the customer and it has discretion in negotiating the price with third parties. For other research and development services, revenues are recognized as work is performed, which correspond with, and best depict the transfer of control to the customer in line with the terms outlined in the contract.


We began a first-in-human study of our alpha-synuclein PET tracer in Q3 2018 and completed the second year and commenced the third year of our collaboration in April 2018. As of December 31, 2018, the Company has fully recognized revenues associated with the technology access fee. For the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016, the Company has recognized CHF 4.0 million, CHF 3.9 million and CHF 2.1 million, respectively.


Recombinant protein therapeutic candidate –2017 agreement with Essex Bio-Technology Limited


On May 19, 2017, we entered into a Research Project Agreement with Essex Bio-Technology Limited, or Essex, to develop a recombinant protein therapeutic candidate acting on a unique neuroprotective mechanism for treatment of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. Essex will provide joint research commitment as well as financial support to AC Immune for the pre-IND development of the biological agent.


Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Essex Bio and the Company have the right to terminate by providing 60 days’ notice to the other Party. Otherwise, the Agreement shall remain in force until the later of the (i) completion of the Research and Development program or (ii) five years from the Effective date.


As part of this agreement, the parties have agreed to an initial two-year Research Plan, which intends to develop a basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (“bFGF”) as a therapeutic for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and to generate novel antibody therapeutics.


AC Immune assessed this arrangement in accordance with IFRS 15 and concluded that Essex Bio-Technology is a customer. AC Immune has identified that its performance obligation is for Full Time Employees to provide research support.


The transaction price consists of the contractual amounts to recognize for the full-time employee charges. For the full-time employee charges, we recorded revenues throughout the period based on the contractual rates over the service period as this best depicts the transfer of control to Essex. For the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016, the Company has recognized CHF 0.7 million, less than CHF 0.1 million and nil, respectively. The length of the initial contract is five years through May 2022. Subject to the progress of the project, the Company may expect to recognize approximately CHF 0.8 million annually through the end of the contract.


Continuation of 2015 Grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation


On September 16, 2017, AC Immune formally signed a grant continuation with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research (“MJFF”). This grant provides funds for the development of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) tracers for the alpha-synuclein protein, to support the early diagnosis and clinical management of Parkinson’s disease.


As part of this agreement, the MJFF expects that AC Immune will complete tasks according to the agreed timeline. AC Immune’s funding is variable depending on the satisfactory achievement of specific tasks. The Company identified four milestones to achieve but these are outputs of the Company’s services to perform and develop its PET tracer over a 12 month period. The services themselves over time are considered the performance obligation and not each a distinct performance obligation. Therefore, AC Immune has determined it has one performance obligation in the arrangement: the research services in support of the development of the alpha-synuclein PET tracer.


The transaction price consists of the contractual amount of CHF 380 thousand which is allocated to the services performed. However, the consideration is variable dependent upon AC Immune’s completion of key milestones. Using the most likely amount method, AC Immune assessed the project funding and likelihood of milestone obtainment. Management estimated a 100% likelihood of completing all milestones under the terms of the grant and no discount of the transaction price is taken. The Company therefore recognizes the revenues associated with this grant as services are performed. Quarterly, the Company estimates its progress and whether to constrain further revenue recognition.



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