Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

September 22, 2015

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported)



Amyris, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-34885   55-0856151

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



file number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

5885 Hollis Street, Suite 100, Emeryville, CA   94608
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(510) 450-0761

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On September 22 2015, Amyris, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Technology Investment Agreement (the “Agreement”) with The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (“DARPA”), under which the Company, with the assistance of five specialized subcontractors, will work to create new research and development tools and technologies for strain engineering and scale-up activities. The program that is the subject of the Agreement is scheduled to commence on November 1 and will be performed and funded on a milestone basis, where DARPA, upon the Company’s successful completion of each milestone event in the Agreement, pays the Company the amount in the Agreement corresponding to such milestone event. Under the Agreement, the Company and its subcontractors could collectively receive DARPA funding of up to $35.0 million over the program’s four year term if all of the program’s milestones are achieved. In conjunction with DARPA’s funding, the Company and its subcontractors are obligated to collectively contribute approximately $15.5 million toward the program over its four year term (primarily by providing specified labor and/or purchasing certain equipment). The Company can elect to retain title to the patentable inventions it produces in the program, but DARPA receives certain data rights as well as a government purposes license to certain of such inventions. Either party may, upon written notice and subject to certain consultation obligations, terminate the Agreement upon a reasonable determination that the program will not produce beneficial results commensurate with the expenditure of resources.





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


            AMYRIS, INC.
Date: September 24, 2015       By:  

/s/ Nicholas Khadder

            Nicholas Khadder
            SVP and General Counsel