Commitments and Contingencies
|3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2018
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]
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9. Commitments and Contingencies
The Company is a party to a real property operating lease for the rental of office space in Waltham, Massachusetts of up to 4,516 square feet, that is used for its corporate headquarters. This lease terminates in December 2019. On July 6, 2016, the Company entered into a real property operating lease for office and laboratory space of approximately 2,300 square feet in Salt Lake City, Utah. This lease terminates in June 2019. Estimated future minimum lease payments for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2019 are $128,000 and $144,000, respectively.
The Company is a party to two nominal equipment capital lease agreements, one for a three-year term and one for a two-year term, for the use of scientific instruments in its Salt Lake City laboratory.
The Company is a party to six license agreements as described below. Four of the six license agreements require the Company to pay royalties or fees to the licensor based on Revenue related to the licensed technology, and the agreements with Valeant require Valeant to pay royalties to the Company based on revenue related to the licensed technology.
On February 15, 1999, the Company entered in to an exclusive worldwide license agreement with the University of Miami School of Medicine to license technology relating to the Company’s EyeGate® II Delivery System. This agreement, which was amended in December 2005, requires the Company to pay to the University of Miami an annual license fee of $12,500. This license also requires payments to the University of Miami upon the Company’s achievement of certain milestones. Unless terminated pursuant to the license agreement, this license will expire 12 years after the date of the first commercial sale of a product containing the licensed technology.
On July 23, 1999, the Company entered into a perpetual Transaction Protocol agreement with Francine Behar-Cohen to acknowledge the Company’s right to use certain patents that Ms. Behar-Cohen had certain ownership rights with respect to and which are used in the Company’s EGP-437 Combination Product. The agreement also provides for the Company to pay Ms. Behar-Cohen a fee based on a percentage of the pre-tax turnover generated from sales of the Company’s EGP-437 Combination Product relating to its inclusion of the EyeGate® II Delivery System. The fees due under the agreement expired in January 2018, but the Company continues to maintain its rights under the agreement.
On September 12, 2013, Jade entered into an agreement with BioTime, Inc. granting to it the exclusive worldwide right to commercialize cross-linked thiolated carboxymethyl hyaluronic acid (“CMHA-S”) for ophthalmic treatments in humans. The agreement calls for a license issue fee paid to BioTime of $50,000, and requires the Company (through its Jade subsidiary) to pay an annual fee of $30,000 and royalties to BioTime based on revenue relating to any product incorporating the CMHA-S technology. The agreement expires when patent protection for the CMHA-S technology lapses.
On July 9, 2015, the Company entered into an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with a subsidiary of Valeant through which EyeGate has granted Valeant exclusive, worldwide commercial and manufacturing rights to its EGP-437 Product in the field of anterior uveitis, as well as a right of last negotiation to license the EGP-437 Product for other indications. Under the agreement, Valeant paid the Company an upfront payment of $1.0 million. The Company is eligible to receive milestone payments totaling up to $32.5 million, upon and subject to the achievement of certain specified developmental and commercial milestones. In addition, the Company is eligible to receive royalties based on a specified percent of net sales of the Product throughout the world, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances.
On June 17, 2016, the Company entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with the University of Utah Research Foundation to further the commercial development of the NASH technology, together with alkylated HA. The agreement calls for payments due to the University of Utah, consisting of a license grant fee of $15,000 due within 30 days of signing, and an annual licensing fee, initially $5,000, and escalating ratably up to $20,000 in 2021.
On February 21, 2017, the Company entered into an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement with a subsidiary of Valeant (the “New Valeant Agreement”), through which the Company granted Valeant exclusive, worldwide commercial and manufacturing rights to its EGP-437 Product in the field of ocular iontophoretic treatment for post-operative ocular inflammation and pain in ocular surgery patients (the “New Field”). Under the New Valeant Agreement, Valeant paid the Company an initial upfront payment of $4.0 million, and the Company is eligible to receive milestone payments totaling up to approximately $99.0 million, upon and subject to the achievement of certain specified developmental and commercial progress of the EGP-437 Product for the New Field. In addition, the Company is eligible under the New Valeant Agreement to receive royalties based on a specified percent of net sales of its EGP-437 Product for the New Field throughout the world, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances.