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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]  

Note 6 - Commitments and Contingencies


Litigations, Claims and Assessments


The Company may from time to time be a party to litigation and subject to claims incident to the ordinary course of business. In the future, the Company may become a party to an increasing number of litigation matters and claims. The outcome of litigation and claims cannot be predicted with certainty, and the resolution of these matters could materially affect the Company’s future results of operations, cash flows or financial position. The Company is not currently a party to any material legal proceedings.


Licensing Agreements


The Company was previously a party to an Exclusive License Agreement (the “2011 Exclusive Agreement”) with the Regents of the University of California (the “Regents” or “Licensors”), which was terminated, effective as of April 6, 2023.  


The Company is also a party to an Exclusive License Agreement (the “2013 Exclusive Agreement”) with the Regents whereby the Regents granted the Company an exclusive license for the use of certain other patents.  The 2013 Exclusive Agreement remains in effect for the life of the last-to-expire patent or last to be abandoned patent application, whichever is later. The Company paid the Regents an initial license issue fee of $10,000 for these other patents. The Company is also required to pay annual maintenance fees to the Licensors. Aggregate maintenance fees for the first three years following execution of the agreement were $7,500. Thereafter, the Company is required to pay maintenance fees of $5,000 annually until the first sale of a licensed product. The Company agreed to pay the Regents specified development milestone payments aggregating up to $765,000 for the first product sold under the 2013 Exclusive Agreement. Milestone payments for additional products developed and sold under the 2013 Exclusive Agreement are reduced by 50%. In addition, for the duration of the 2013 Exclusive Agreement, the Company is required to pay the Regents royalties equal to 2% of the Company’s worldwide net sales of drugs, therapies or other products developed from claims covered by the licensed patent, subject to a minimum royalty payment of $75,000 annually, beginning after the first commercial sale of a licensed product. The Company is required to pay what gave rise to the return of the security deposit the Regents royalties ranging from 8% of worldwide sublicense sales of covered products (if the sublicense is entered after commencement of Phase II clinical trials) to 12% of worldwide sublicense sales (if the sublicense is entered prior to commencement of Phase I clinical trials).  Through June 30, 2023, no royalties have been incurred under the agreement. All maintenance fees due and payable have been paid.


Operating Leases


The Company is a party to a lease agreement for laboratory space leased on a month-to-month basis that is part of a shared facility in Menlo Park, California. During the six months ended June 30, 2023, the Company consolidated its leased space in Menlo Park, California and was refunded security deposits previously paid. In September 2022, the Company renewed its lease for office space in Fairfield, New Jersey for an additional year at the same annual cost of $13,080 per annum.


Rent expense was $27 thousand and $0.1 million for each of the three-month periods ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively. Rent expense was $0.1 million and $0.2 million for each of the six-month periods ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.