8. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|12 Months Ended|
Apr. 30, 2018
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES||
NOTE 8 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
The Company acquires assets still in development and enters research and development arrangements with third parties that often require milestone and royalty payments to the third-party contingent upon the occurrence of certain future events linked to the success of the asset in development. Milestone payments may be required, contingent upon the successful achievement of an important point in the development life-cycle of the pharmaceutical product (e.g., approval of the product for marketing by a regulatory agency). If required by the license agreements, the Company may have to make royalty payments based upon a percentage of the sales of the pharmaceutical products if regulatory approval for marketing is obtained.
The Company formerly leased office space at 12510 Prosperity Drive, Suite 310, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904. The term of the lease expired on July 31, 2016 and was extended to August 31, 2016 at the same amount of monthly rent.
Effective September 1, 2016, the Company entered an office lease for the (“Leased Premises”) in California. The term of the lease is for 12 months. In May 2017, the Company entered into an additional two-year lease for the Leased Premises, commencing upon the expiration of the term of the first lease. The term of the new lease expires on August 31, 2019.
Rent expense for these offices for the years ended April 30, 2018 and 2017 were $33,879 and $45,892, respectively.
The following table summarizes the Company’s aggregate future minimum lease payments required under the operating lease as of.
Binding Term Sheet
On August 30, 2017, the Company entered into the binding Term Sheet with SG Austria and Austrianova pursuant to which the parties reached an agreement to amend certain provisions in the SG Austria APA, the Diabetes Licensing Agreement the Cannabis Licensing Agreement and the Vin-de-Bona Consulting Agreement.
The Term Sheet provides that the Company’s obligation to make milestone payments to Austrianova will be eliminated in their entirety under (i) the Cannabis License Agreement, (ii) the Diabetes License Agreement and (iii) the SG Austria APA. The Term Sheet also provides that the scope of the Diabetes License Agreement will be expanded to include all cell types and cell lines of any kind or description now or later identified, including, but not limited to, primary cells, mortal cells, immortal cells and stem cells at all stages of differentiation and from any source specifically designed to produce insulin for the treatment of diabetes.
In addition, the Term Sheet provides that the Company will have a 5-year right of first refusal in the event that Austrianova chooses to sell, transfer or assign at any time during such period the Cell-in-a-Box® tradename and its associated technology, intellectual property, trade secrets and know-how, which includes the right to purchase any manufacturing facility used for the Cell-in-a-Box® encapsulation process and a non-exclusive license to use the special cellulose sulphate utilized with the Cell-in-a-Box® encapsulation process (collectively, “Associated Technologies”); provided, however, that the Associated Technologies subject to the right of first refusal do not include Bac-in-a-Box®. Additionally, for a period of one year following the date of the Term Sheet, the Term Sheet provides that Austrianova will not solicit, negotiate or entertain any inquiry regarding the potential acquisition of the Cell-in-a-Box® and its Associated Technologies.
The Term Sheet further provides that (i) the royalty payments on gross sales as specified in the Cannabis License Agreement, the Diabetes License Agreement and the SG Austria APA will be changed to 4% and (ii) the royalty payments on amounts received by the Company from sublicensees on sublicensees’ gross sales under the same agreements will be changed to 20% of the amount received by the Company from its sublicensees, provided, however, that in the event the amounts received by the Company from sublicensees is 4% or less of sublicensees’ gross sales, Austrianova will receive 50% of what the Company receives (up to 2%) and then additionally 20% of any amount the Company receives over 4%.
The Term Sheet provides that Austrianova will receive 50% of any other financial and non-financial consideration received from the Company’s sublicensees of the Cell-in-a-Box® technology. The Term Sheet also provides that the Company will pay Austrianova Singapore $150,000 per month for a period of six months upon the execution of the amendments to the Term Sheet. During the year ended April 30, 2018, the Company paid Austrianova the entire $900,000.
Finally, the Term Sheet provides that Prof. Walter H. Günzburg, who currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer of the Company, will not receive any cash compensation from the Company under the Vin-de-Bona Consulting Agreement for services rendered as the Company’s Chief Scientific Officer for a period of six months beginning September 1, 2017.
Melligen Cell License Agreement
The Melligen Cell License Agreement requires that the Company pay royalty, milestone payments and patent costs to UTS as follows:
Consulting Agreement with Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc.
On June 5, 2017, the Company and Eurofins entered into an agreement for the preparation and characterization of a cGMP production cell bank for use in the Company’s therapy for pancreatic cancer. The agreement includes pre-bank testing, MCB preparation, MCB characterization, WCB preparation, WCB characterization, end of production characterization and related analysis, as well as optional testing. The total cost, without optional testing, is approximately $110,000.
The Company entered executive compensation agreements with its three executive officers in March 2015, each of which was amended in December 2015. Each agreement has a term of two years. The Company also entered a compensation agreement with a Board member in April 2015 which continues in effect until the member is no longer on the Board.
In March 2017, the Company amended the executive compensation agreements. The term for each agreement is two years from an effective date of January 1, 2017. At the same time, the Company amended the compensation agreement with the Board member. It continues in effect until the member is no longer on the Board.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef