Hookipa Biotech Closes €7 million Series A Financing Led by Sofinnova Partners

Vienna, Austria October 17, 2011 – Hookipa Biotech, a startup biotech company specialized
in developing new generation vaccines, today announced that it has raised €7 million Series
A financing led by Sofinnova Partners. Forbion Capital Partners joined the syndicate as the

Founded in July 2011, in Austria, Hookipa Biotech has developed a proprietary technology
platform, VaxwaveTM, dedicated to genetic vaccines for the prophylactic and therapeutic
treatment of viral diseases. VaxwaveTM introduces a new approach to vaccination by
providing long lasting and potent stimulation of both cellular and humoral immunity; the
platform has been validated in different disease models. The company will use the Series A
funds to advance its lead product HB101 through pre-clinical development and a Phase I
proof of concept study, and to further industrialize and validate the VaxwaveTM technology.
Dr. Katherine Cohen, CEO of Hookipa Biotech commented: “I am excited to lead the
company and thrilled to close our first financing round with renowned international venture
capital investors. Sofinnova’s several decades of experience in building up successful biotech
companies, and Forbion’s track record success and especially in-depth expertise in biologics
and vaccine industry make both ideal partners for Hookipa Biotech. Together we share the
vision of building a new, innovative class of vaccines. Our cutting edge VaxwaveTM technology
platform introduces a new approach to vaccines and harbors the potential for meeting the
tremendous needs of the pharmaceutical industry for the next generation of innovative

“Effective vaccines inducing a potent combination of cellular and humoral immunity
represent the next frontier in vaccinology. Hookipa’s Vaxwave™ technology addresses the
industry’s current shortcomings, potentially paving the way for the treatment of numerous
persistent viral infections. Sofinnova Partners will bring its expertise and open its network to
the company; and I am thrilled to work alongside Katherine Cohen in building Hookipa
Biotech’s success”, commented Graziano Seghezzi, Partner at Sofinnova Partners.

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About Hookipa Biotech GmbH
Hookipa Biotech is a biotech startup company founded in July 2011 in Austria. The company utilizes its
proprietary VaxwaveTM technology platform to develop genetic vaccines for the prophylactic and therapeutic
treatment of diseases. Dr. Katherine Cohen, CEO of Hookipa Biotech was formerly Senior Vice President for
Corporate & Business Development at Intercell AG. Hookipa Biotech is supported by industrial developers and
a group of world class experts in vaccinology.

About Sofinnova Partners
Sofinnova Partners is an independent venture capital firm based in Paris, France. For 40 years, the firm has
backed nearly 500 companies at different stages of their development – pure creations, spin-offs, as well as
turnaround situations – and worked alongside Europe’s key entrepreneurs in the Life Sciences, Technology and
Cleantech sectors. With €1.1 billion of funds under management, Sofinnova Partners’ experienced team and
hands-on approach in building portfolio companies through to exit have created market leaders, from
landmark historical investments including Genentech, Actelion and Vistaprint to more recent successes such as
Corevalve, Novexel, Fovea, Movetis and Preglem. With a global mindset, the firm has a sister organization in
San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit www.sofinnova.fr.

About Forbion Capital Partners
Forbion Capital Partners is a dedicated Life Sciences venture capital firm with offices in Naarden, The
Netherlands, and Munich, Germany. Forbion invests in life sciences companies in drug discovery &
development as well as in medical device companies addressing substantial unmet medical needs. Forbion’s
investment team of nine investment professionals has built an impressive performance track record since the
late nineties with successful investments in Rhein Biotech, Crucell, Neutec, Glycart, Borean, Impella, Alantos,
Acorda, Fovea, PanGenetics, Argenta Discovery and Biovex. Current assets under management exceed $500M,
split between three active funds and comprising some 28 promising portfolio companies. Forbion Capital
Partners Fund II is supported by the European Investment Fund through its ERP and LfA facilities. Forbion comanages
Biogeneration Ventures, an early stage fund focused on (academic) spin-outs and seed investments in
the Netherlands. For more information, please visit www.forbion.com.