Hookipa is awarded a grant from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency for development of its first vaccine candidate HB101

Vienna Austria, September 18, 2012 - Hookipa Biotech AG, an Austrian based
biotech company today announced the award of a grant from the Austrian Research
Promotion Agency (Forschungs-Förderungs-Gesellschaft, FFG), the leading public
funding agency for translational research in Austria. The grant will support the
development of HB101, a vaccine against a persistent viral infection in humans - a
major unmet medical need. The support from FFG for the first year amounts to EUR
1.64 million; additional funding of up to 70% of the total project costs is expected in
the next three years.

“The award of this highly competitive grant by FFG validates our innovative
scientific approach and acknowledges the commercial potential of Hookipa´s
Vaxwave® technology”, commented Dr. Katherine Cohen, CEO of Hookipa Biotech
AG. “This award underscores the high quality of the team and technology behind
Hookipa and is a direct recognition of the excellent work Hookipa has been carrying
out during its initial months”, said Graziano Seghezzi, Partner at Sofinnova Partners,
the lead investor in Hookipa.

About Hookipa Biotech AG
Hookipa Biotech AG, founded in Vienna, Austria in summer 2011, is focused on the
development of innovative prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines based on its
proprietary Vaxwave® technology.

The Vaxwave® technology is a novel vaccine platform using a replication-defective
viral vector for the prevention and treatment of multiple infectious diseases and
cancer. The platform is one of the most promising new technologies for next
generation vaccines due to its ability to stimulate both potent B- cell and T-cell
immune responses. Vaxwave® has been validated in various disease models. Unlike
other vectors, Vaxwave® can be administered repeatedly to boost the immune

In October 2011, Hookipa raised €7 million from internationally renowned venture
capital investors, Sofinnova Partners and Forbion Capital Partners. The company has
recently moved into its state-of-the-art BSL2 facility in the Marxbox at the Campus
Vienna Biocenter.

Dr. Katherine Cohen
Chief Executive Officer
Hookipa Biotech AG
Helmut-Qualtinger-Gasse 2
1030 Vienna, Austria