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Research and License Agreements

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Research and License Agreements
3 Months Ended
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Research And License Agreements  
Research and License Agreements

NOTE 10 — RESEARCH AND LICENSE AGREEMENTS

 

In June and August 2018, the Company entered into license and sponsored research agreements with the University of Louisville Research Foundation (“ULRF”) for a novel molecular-based compound that has shown promise as an anticancer drug. Under the agreements, the Company will take over development, regulatory approval and commercialization of the compound from ULRF and is responsible for maintenance of the related intellectual property portfolio. In return, ULRF received a $50,000 convertible promissory note in payment of an upfront license fee and the Company will reimburse ULRF for sponsored research expenses of up to $348,000 and prior patent costs of up to $200,000. In addition, the Company has agreed to pay ULRF (i) royalties, on patent-covered net sales associated with the commercialization of anti-nucleolin agent-conjugated nanoparticles, of 4% (on net sales up to a cumulative $250,000,000) or 5% (on net sales above a cumulative $250,000,000), until expiration of the last to expire of the licensed patents, (ii) 30% to 50% of any non-royalty sublicensee income received (50% for sublicenses granted in the first two years of the ULRF license agreement, 40% for sublicenses granted in the third or fourth years of the ULRF license agreement, and 30% for sublicenses granted in the fifth year of the ULRF license agreement or thereafter), (iii) reimbursements for costs associated with the preparation, filing, prosecution and maintenance of licensed patents, incurred prior to June 2018, and (iv) payments ranging from $100,000 to $5,000,000 upon the achievement of certain regulatory and commercial milestones. Milestone payments for the first therapeutic indication would be $100,000 for first dosing in a Phase 1 clinical trial, $200,000 for first dosing in a Phase 2 clinical trial, $350,000 for first dosing in a Phase 3 clinical trial, $500,000 for regulatory marketing approval and $5,000,000 upon achieving a cumulative $500,000,000 of Licensed Product sales; the Company would also pay another $500,000 milestone payment for any additional regulatory marketing approval for each additional therapeutic (or diagnostic) indication. The Company also must pay ULRF shortfall payments if the total amounts actually paid with respect to royalties and non-royalty sublicensee income for any year is less than the applicable annual minimum (ranging from $10,000 to $50,000) for such year.

 

Sponsored research expenses related to these agreements for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 were approximately $2,000 and $33,000 and are recorded in research and development expenses in the statements of operations.

 

In December 2018, the Company entered into a license agreement with Advanced Cancer Therapeutics, LLC (“ACT”), granting the Company exclusive rights to develop and commercialize a novel aptamer-based anticancer technology. In return, ACT received a $25,000 convertible promissory note in payment of an upfront license fee. In addition, the Company has agreed to pay ACT (i) royalties, on net sales associated with the commercialization of ACT-GRO-777/AS1411, of 2% (only if patent-covered and only on net sales above a cumulative $3,000,000) or 1% (if not patent-covered, but only on net sales above a cumulative $3,000,000), until the 15th anniversary of the ACT license agreement and (ii) milestone payments of $100,000 for the Company raising a cumulative total of $2,000,000 in new equity financing after the date of the ACT license agreement, $100,000 upon any first AS1411-based licensed product receiving the CE Mark or similar FDA status, and $500,000 upon cumulative worldwide AS1411-based licensed product net sales reaching $3,000,000. In May 2020, the $100,000 milestone payment for the Company raising a cumulative total of $2,000,000 in new equity financing was triggered. This amount is included in intangible assets and accrued expenses as of June 30, 2020.

 

In March 2019, the Company entered into a sponsored research agreement and an option for a license agreement with ULRF for development of several small-molecule RAS Inhibitor drug candidates. Under the terms of this agreement, the Company will reimburse ULRF for sponsored research expenses of up to $693,000 for this program from April 2019 through September 2020.

 

Sponsored research expenses related to this agreement for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 were approximately $139,000 and $20,000 and are recorded in research and development expenses in the statements of operations.

 

In June 2020, the Company entered into an exclusive license agreement with ULRF for its intellectual property in the use of AS1411 as a treatment for COVID-19. Under the agreement, the Company will take over development, regulatory approval and commercialization of the compound (for such use) from ULRF and is responsible for maintenance of the related intellectual property portfolio. In return, ULRF will receive a $20,000 upfront license fee. In addition, the Company will execute a sponsored research agreement with ULRF supporting at least $250,000 in research by December 31, 2020.

 

In addition, the Company has agreed to pay ULRF (i) royalties, on patent-covered net sales associated with the commercialization, of 4% (on net sales up to a cumulative $250,000,000) or 5% (on net sales above a cumulative $250,000,000), until expiration of the licensed patent, and 2.5% (on net sales for any sales not covered by Licensed Patents), (ii) 30% to 50% of any non-royalty sublicensee income received (50% for sublicenses granted in the first two years of the ULRF license agreement, 40% for sublicenses granted in the third or fourth years of the ULRF license agreement, and 30% for sublicenses granted in the fifth year of the ULRF license agreement or thereafter), (iii) reimbursements for costs associated with the preparation, filing, prosecution and maintenance of licensed patents, incurred prior to June 2020, and (iv) payments ranging from $50,000 to $5,000,000 upon the achievement of certain regulatory and commercial milestones. Milestone payments for the first therapeutic indication would be $50,000 for first dosing in a Phase 1 clinical trial, $100,000 for first dosing in a Phase 2 clinical trial, $150,000 for first dosing in a Phase 3 clinical trial, $300,000 for regulatory marketing approval and $5,000,000 upon achieving a cumulative $500,000,000 of Licensed Product sales.

 

The Company also must pay ULRF shortfall payments if the total amounts actually paid with respect to royalties and non-royalty sublicensee income for any year is less than the applicable annual minimum (ranging from $5,000 to $50,000) for such year.

 

During the year ended March 31, 2018, the Company extended a strategic partnership entered into in May 2016 with Sekisui Diagnostics, LLC (“Sekisui”) until May 2022. In exchange for up to $7.2 million in future product development financing payments over the term of the agreement, the Company has appointed Sekisui as its commercial partner and exclusive worldwide distributor with the exception of certain customer accounts retained by Qualigen. The agreement contains an exclusivity period and right of first refusal for a potential acquisition of the Company by Sekisui.

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, there was no collaborative research revenue, and product sales of approximately $420,000 and $950,000 related to this agreement, respectively.