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Quarterly Report

Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Forward-Looking Statements

The following discussion of our financial condition and results of operations contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are based on our management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. All statements other than statements of historical facts are "forward-looking statements" for purposes of these provisions, including those relating to future events or our future financial performance and financial guidance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "project," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "intend" or "continue," the negative of terms like these or other comparable terminology, and other words or terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. These statements are only predictions. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to us on the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Any or all of our forward-looking statements in this document may turn out to be wrong. Actual events or results may differ materially. Our forward-looking statements can be affected by inaccurate assumptions we might make or by known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. We discuss many of these risks, uncertainties and other factors in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in greater detail under the heading "Item 1A-Risk Factors." We caution investors that our business and financial performance are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties.


Seattle Genetics is a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer. Our marketed product ADCETRIS®, or brentuximab vedotin, received accelerated approval in the United States in August 2011 and approval with conditions in Canada in February 2013 for patients with relapsed Hodgkin lymphoma or relapsed systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or sALCL. ADCETRIS is an antibody-drug conjugate, or ADC, comprising an anti-CD30 monoclonal antibody attached by a protease-cleavable linker to a microtubule disrupting agent, monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE), utilizing our proprietary technology. We have a broad development strategy for ADCETRIS evaluating its potential application in earlier lines of therapy for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma or mature T-cell lymphoma, including sALCL, or MTCL, and in other CD30-positive malignancies.

We are collaborating with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, or Takeda, to develop and commercialize ADCETRIS on a global basis. Under this collaboration, Seattle Genetics has retained commercial rights for ADCETRIS in the United States and its territories and in Canada and Takeda has commercial rights in the rest of the world. ADCETRIS was granted conditional marketing authorization in the European Union in October 2012 for patients with relapsed Hodgkin lymphoma or relapsed sALCL. ADCETRIS is now commercially available in 40 countries, including those described above, as well as in Japan, Australia, Switzerland, South Korea, Singapore and Mexico, and Takeda continues to pursue marketing authorizations in multiple other countries. Our clinical-stage ADC programs consist of SGN-CD19A, SGN-CD33A, SGN-LIV1A, ASG-22ME, and ASG-15ME. We also plan to advance a novel ADC that targets CD70, SGN-CD70A, into phase 1 clinical development during the second half of 2014. In addition, we have multiple pre-clinical-stage programs that are being developed as potential candidates for future clinical-stage development. We also have collaborations for our ADC technology with a number of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd. (formerly part of Abbott Laboratories), or AbbVie; Bayer Pharma AG, or Bayer; Celldex Therapeutics, Inc., or Celldex; Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., or Daiichi Sankyo; Genentech, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, or Genentech; GlaxoSmithKline LLC, or GSK; Pfizer, Inc., or Pfizer, PSMA Development Company LLC, a subsidiary of Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc., or Progenics; and Takeda; as well as ADC co-development agreements with Agensys, Inc., an affiliate of Astellas Pharma, Inc., or Agensys, Genmab A/S, or Genmab, and Oxford BioTherapeutics Ltd., or OBT.

The commercial potential of ADCETRIS and the ability to realize that potential by us and Takeda remains uncertain. Our success in effectively commercializing ADCETRIS will continue to require, among other things, effective sales, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, information systems and pricing strategies, our ability to demonstrate in the medical community the safety and efficacy of ADCETRIS and its potential advantages, and our ability to comply with applicable laws and regulations. Our success could be unfavorably impacted by adverse events or competition. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, granted accelerated approval of ADCETRIS which means that we are, among other things, obligated to conduct specific post-approval clinical studies to confirm patient benefit as a condition of that approval. Similarly, Takeda is required to conduct post-approval confirmatory studies as a condition to the conditional marketing authorization of ADCETRIS by the European Commission and regulatory authorities in other countries. In addition, we currently expect that future ADCETRIS sales growth, if any, will depend primarily on our ability to expand ADCETRIS' labeled indications of use. Accordingly, we are exploring the use of ADCETRIS in earlier lines of therapy in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma and MTCL, and in other CD30-positive malignancies. In order to do this, we are required to conduct additional extensive clinical studies and, if these studies are successful, we intend to seek additional regulatory approvals.

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We and Takeda are conducting four phase 3 clinical trials of ADCETRIS, one in Hodgkin lymphoma patients at high risk of relapse following autologous stem cell transplant, or ASCT, called the AETHERA trial, one in relapsed cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, or CTCL, called the ALCANZA trial, one in front-line advanced classical Hodgkin lymphoma, called the ECHELON-1 trial, and one in front-line MTCL, including sALCL, called the ECHELON-2 trial. All patients on the AETHERA trial completed treatment during 2013, and the trial has been amended to enable a time point-driven progression-free survival analysis after patients have completed all required scans, which is anticipated to occur in the second half of 2014. The AETHERA trial is not being conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment, or SPA, agreement from the FDA and has not been designated as a confirmatory trial to convert either accelerated approval or conditional marketing authorization to regular approval; however, this trial will provide drug safety data analyses that fulfills one of our post-approval requirements with both the FDA and the European Medicines Agency, or EMA. We have entered into SPA agreements with the FDA for the ALCANZA, ECHELON-1 and ECHELON-2 clinical trials and we also received scientific advice from the EMA with respect to these trials. An SPA is an agreement with the FDA regarding the design of the clinical trial, including size and clinical endpoints, to support an efficacy claim in a Biologics License Application, or BLA, submission to the FDA if the trial achieves its primary endpoints. The ECHELON-1 and ECHELON-2 trials fulfill post-approval commitment obligations for ADCETRIS regarding drug efficacy and positive results from either trial would form the basis for a submission to potentially convert the approval of ADCETRIS in the United States from conditional approval to full approval in the currently approved indications. The primary endpoint in the ECHELON-1 and ECHELON-2 trials is progression-free survival per independent review facility assessment in patients treated with ADCETRIS compared to that achieved with therapy in the control arm. Given encouraging PFS trends in our phase 1 data combining ADCETRIS with standard chemotherapy regimens and the slower-than-anticipated events in the AETHERA trial, we and Takeda are evaluating the potential that event rates may be slower than expected in both the ECHELON-1 and ECHELON-2 trials and plan to work with appropriate regulatory agencies on any proposed trial modifications. The primary endpoint in the ALCANZA trial is overall response rate, lasting at least four months, in patients treated with ADCETRIS compared to that achieved with therapy in the control arm.

All of these activities will require substantial amounts of capital and may not ultimately prove successful. Our product candidates are in relatively early stages of development. These product candidates will require significant further development, financial resources and personnel to obtain regulatory approval and develop into commercially viable products, if at all. Accordingly, over the next several years, we expect that we will incur substantial expenses, primarily as a result of activities related to the commercialization and continued development of ADCETRIS. We will also continue to invest in research, development and manufacturing of our product candidates. Our commitment of resources to the continuing development, regulatory and commercialization activities for ADCETRIS and the research, continued development and manufacturing of our product candidates may require us to raise substantial amounts of additional capital and our operating expenses will fluctuate as a result of such activities. In addition, we may incur significant milestone payment obligations as our product candidates progress through clinical trials towards potential commercialization.

Although we recognize revenue from ADCETRIS product sales in the United States and Canada, we have only been commercializing ADCETRIS since August 2011 and our future ADCETRIS product sales will be difficult to accurately predict from period to period. In this regard, our product sales could vary significantly from period to period and may be affected by a variety of factors, including the incidence rate of new patients in ADCETRIS' approved indications, customer ordering patterns, the level of demand for ADCETRIS, the duration of therapy for patients receiving ADCETRIS, and the extent to which coverage and reimbursement for ADCETRIS is available from government and other third-party payers, particularly in an increasingly challenging environment due to, among other things, the attention being paid to healthcare cost containment and other austerity measures in the U.S. and worldwide. We believe that the level of our ongoing ADCETRIS sales in the United States is now largely subject to the incidence flow of patients eligible for treatment with ADCETRIS, which could vary significantly from period to period. Moreover, we believe that the incidence rate in ADCETRIS' approved indications is relatively low. For these and other reasons, we expect that future ADCETRIS sales growth, if any, will be primarily dependent on future price increases and our ability to expand the labeled indications of use. Our efforts to expand ADCETRIS' labeled indications of use will require additional time and investment in clinical trials to complete and we may not be successful. Our ability to successfully commercialize ADCETRIS and to expand its labeled indications of use are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Part I, Item 1A of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. We also expect that amounts earned from our collaboration agreements will continue to be an important source of our revenues and cash flows. These revenues will be impacted by future development funding and the achievement of development,

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clinical and commercial milestones by our collaborators under our existing collaboration and license agreements, including, in particular, our ADCETRIS collaboration with Takeda, as well as entering into new collaboration and license agreements. Our results of operations may vary substantially from year to year and from quarter to quarter and, as a result, we believe that period to period comparisons of our operating results may not be meaningful and should not be relied upon as being indicative of our future performance.

Financial summary

For the three months ended March 31, 2014, total revenues increased to $68.3 million, compared to $57.3 million for the same period in 2013. This increase was primarily due to increased ADCETRIS net product sales and royalty revenues, which during the first quarter of 2014, included a one-time $5.0 million milestone payment triggered by Takeda exceeding $100 million in annual net sales of ADCETRIS in its territory. Net product sales of ADCETRIS were $38.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014 compared to $33.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013. For the three months ended March 31, 2014, total costs and expenses increased to $84.6 million, compared to $73.7 million for the same period in 2013. This primarily reflects increases in clinical development efforts to explore additional potential applications of ADCETRIS, as well as investment in our ADC pipeline programs. As of March 31, 2014, we had $355.4 million in cash and short-term investments, and $231.0 million in total stockholders' equity.

Results of operations

Three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013

Net product sales

We sell ADCETRIS in the U.S. and Canada. Our net product sales were as follows:

                                             Three months ended
                                                 March 31,
                                      2014         2013        % Change

                Net product sales   $ 38,716     $ 33,920             14 %

The increase in net product sales for the three months ended March 31, 2014 over the comparable period in 2013 primarily resulted from an increase in sales volume in the 2014 period and, to a lesser extent, from the effect of price increases instituted since the 2013 period. We believe the increase in sales volume was largely driven by our continued focus on patient identification and duration of therapy in the U.S. The sales volume increase is also attributable to increased unit sales in Canada during the period, which we believe were augmented by funding approval in most of the Canadian provinces.

We sell ADCETRIS through a limited number of pharmaceutical distributors. Customers order ADCETRIS through these distributors and we typically ship product directly to the customer. We record product sales when title and risk of loss pass, which generally occurs upon delivery of the product to the customer. Product sales are recorded net of estimated government-mandated rebates and chargebacks, distribution fees, estimated product returns and other deductions. Accruals are established for these deductions and actual amounts incurred are offset against applicable accruals. We reflect these accruals as either a reduction in the related account receivable from the distributor, or as an accrued liability depending on the nature of the sales deduction. Sales deductions are based on our estimates that consider payer mix in target markets, industry benchmarks and experience to date. These estimates involve a substantial degree of judgment.

Government-mandated rebates and chargebacks: We have entered into a Medicaid Drug Rebate Agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This agreement provides for a rebate to participating states based on covered purchases of ADCETRIS. Medicaid rebates are invoiced to us by participating states. We estimate Medicaid rebates based on a third-party study of the payer mix for ADCETRIS, information on utilization by Medicaid-eligible patients who received assistance through SeaGen Secure, our patient assistance program and experience to date. We also have completed our Federal Supply Schedule, or FSS, agreement under which certain U.S. government purchasers receive a discount on eligible purchases of ADCETRIS. We have entered into a Pharmaceutical Pricing Agreement with the Secretary of Health and Human Services which enables certain entities that qualify for government pricing under the Public Health Services Act, or PHS, to receive discounts on their qualified purchases of ADCETRIS. Under these agreements, distributors process a chargeback to us for the difference between wholesale acquisition cost and the applicable discounted price. As a result of our direct-ship distribution model, we can identify the entities purchasing ADCETRIS and this information enables us to estimate expected chargebacks for FSS and PHS purchases based on each entity's eligibility for the FSS and PHS programs. We also review actual rebate and chargeback information to further refine these estimates.

Distribution fees, product returns and other deductions: Our distributors charge a fee for distribution services that they perform on our behalf which is determined based on sales volume to each distributor and the negotiated fee. We allow for the return of

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product that is within 30 days of its expiration date or that is damaged. We estimate product returns based on our experience to date. In addition, we consider our direct-ship distribution model, our belief that product is typically not held in the distribution channel, and the expected rapid use of the product by healthcare providers. We provide reimbursement and financial assistance to qualifying patients in the U.S. and its territories who meet various financial and treatment need criteria and are underinsured or cannot cover the cost of commercial coinsurance amounts through SeaGen Secure. Estimated contributions for commercial coinsurance under SeaGen Secure are deducted from gross sales. These contributions are based on an analysis of expected plan utilization. These estimates are adjusted as necessary to reflect our actual experience.

We record product sales net of estimated government-mandated rebates and chargebacks, distribution fees, product returns and other deductions. These are generally referred to as gross-to-net deductions. Gross-to-net deductions, net of related payments and credits, are summarized as follows (in thousands):

                                                                     Distribution fees,
                                                Rebates and            product returns
                                                chargebacks               and other               Total
Balance as of December 31, 2013                $       4,525         $             1,523         $  6,048
Provision related to current period sales              6,352                         959            7,311
Adjustment for prior period sales                       (147 )                        (7 )           (154 )
Payments/credits for current period sales             (4,727 )                      (419 )         (5,146 )
Payments/credits for prior period sales                 (894 )                      (462 )         (1,356 )

Balance as of March 31, 2014                   $       5,109         $             1,594         $  6,703

As more fully described above, our gross-to-net deductions include government-mandated rebates and chargebacks, distribution fees, product returns and commercial co-insurance assistance. Mandatory government discounts are the most significant component of our total gross to net deductions. The mandatory government discount percentage increased, on average, approximately 5.5% from the three months ended March 31, 2013 to the three months ended March 31, 2014. This is the primary factor that led to increased gross-to-net discounts in the 2014 period. These discounts increased as a result of two price increases we instituted since the 2013 period that exceeded the rate of inflation. Generally, the change in government prices is limited to the rate of inflation. We expect future gross-to-net discounts to fluctuate based on the volume of purchases eligible for government mandated discounts and rebates as well as changes in the discount percentage which is impacted by potential future price increases, the rate of inflation, and other factors. We expect gross-to-net deductions, as a percentage of gross product sales, to be in the mid to upper teens for the remainder of the year.

Collaboration and license agreement revenues

Our proprietary ADC technologies are the basis of our ADC collaborations that we have entered into in the ordinary course of business with a number of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Under these ADC collaboration agreements, we grant our collaborators research and commercial licenses to our technology and typically provide technology transfer services, technical advice, supplies and services for a period of time of between two and fourteen years depending on the terms of each agreement.

If there are continuing performance obligations, we use a time-based proportional performance model to recognize revenue over our performance period for the related agreement. Collaboration and license agreements are evaluated to determine whether the multiple elements and associated deliverables can be considered separate units of accounting. To date, the pre-commercial deliverables under our collaboration and license agreements have not qualified as separate units of accounting. The assessment of multiple element arrangements requires judgment in order to determine the appropriate point in time, or period of time, that revenue should be recognized. We believe that the development period used in each agreement is a reasonable estimate of the performance obligation period of such agreement. Accordingly, all amounts received or due, including any upfront payments, maintenance fees, development and regulatory milestone payments and reimbursement payments, are recognized as revenue over the performance obligation periods of each agreement, which range from two to fourteen years for our current agreements. When we have no further performance obligations or following the completion of the performance obligation period, such amounts are recognized as revenue when collectibility is reasonably assured. Generally, all amounts received or due other than sales-based milestones and royalties are classified as collaboration and license agreement revenues as they are earned. Sales-based milestones and royalties are recognized as royalty revenue as they are reported to us.

Our collaboration and license agreements include contractual milestones. Generally, the milestone events contained in our collaboration and license agreements coincide with the progression of the collaborators' product candidates from development, to regulatory approval and then to commercialization and fall into the following categories.

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Development milestones in our collaborations may include the following types of events:

• Designation of a product candidate or initiation of preclinical studies. Our collaborators must undertake significant preclinical research and studies to make a determination of the suitability of a product candidate and the time from those studies or designation to initiation of a clinical trial may take several years.

• Initiation of a phase 1 clinical trial. Generally, phase 1 clinical trials may take one to two years to complete.

• Initiation of a phase 2 clinical trial. Generally, phase 2 clinical trials may take one to three years to complete.

• Initiation of a phase 3 clinical trial. Generally, phase 3 clinical trials may take two to six years to complete.

Regulatory milestones in our collaborations may include the following types of events:

• Filing of regulatory applications for marketing approval such as a BLA in the United States or a Marketing Authorization Application in Europe. Generally, it may take up to twelve months to prepare and submit regulatory filings.

• Receiving marketing approval in a major market, such as in the United States, Europe, Japan or other significant countries. Generally it may take up to three years after a marketing application is submitted to obtain full approval for marketing and pricing from the applicable regulatory agency.

Commercialization milestones in our collaborations may include the following types of events:

• First commercial sale in a particular market, such as in the United States, Europe, Japan or other significant countries.

• Product sales in excess of a pre-specified threshold. The amount of time to achieve this type of milestone depends on several factors, including, but not limited to, the dollar amount of the threshold, the pricing of the product, market penetration of the product and the rate at which customers begin using the product.

Our ADC collaborators are solely responsible for the development of their product candidates and the achievement of milestones in any of the categories identified above is based solely on the collaborators' efforts.

In the case of our ADCETRIS collaboration with Takeda, we may be involved in certain development activities; however, the achievement of development, regulatory and commercial milestone events under the agreement is based on activities undertaken by Takeda.

The process of successfully developing a product candidate, obtaining regulatory approval and ultimately commercializing a product candidate is highly uncertain and the attainment of any milestones is therefore uncertain and difficult to predict. In addition, since we do not take a substantive role or control the research, development or commercialization of any products generated by our ADC collaborators, we are not able to reasonably estimate when, if at all, any milestone payments or royalties may be payable to us by our ADC collaborators. As such, the milestone payments associated with our ADC collaborations involve a substantial degree of uncertainty and risk that they may never be received. Similarly, even in those collaborations where we may have an active role in the development of the product candidate, such as our ADCETRIS collaboration with Takeda, the attainment of a milestone is based on the collaborator's activities and is generally outside our direction and control.

We generally invoice our collaborators and licensees on a monthly or quarterly basis, or upon the completion of the effort or achievement of a milestone, based on the terms of each agreement. Any deferred revenue arising from amounts received in advance of the culmination of the earnings process is recognized as revenue in future periods when the applicable revenue recognition criteria have been met. Deferred revenue expected to be recognized within the next twelve months is classified as a current liability.

Collaboration and license agreement revenues by collaborator are summarized as follows:

                                                                                        Three months ended
                                                                                            March 31,
Collaboration and license agreement revenue by collaborator ($ in thousands)     2014         2013        % Change
Takeda                                                                         $  7,402     $ 10,342            (28 %)
AbbVie                                                                            3,240        4,800            (33 %)
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