Commitments and Contingencies
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2023
|Commitments and Contingencies|
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9. Commitments and Contingencies
Collaborative Agreements, Royalties and Milestone Payments
The Company has committed to make potential future milestone payments and legal fees to third parties as part of licensing and development programs. Payments under these agreements become due and payable only upon the achievement of certain developmental, regulatory and commercial milestones by the Company’s licensees. Because it is uncertain if and when these milestones will be achieved, such contingencies, aggregating up to $6.3 million (assuming one product per contract meets all milestone events) have not been recorded on the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets. The Company is unable to determine precisely when and if payment obligations under the agreements will become due as these obligations are based on milestone events, the achievement of which is subject to a significant number of risks and uncertainties.
Pursuant to the Company’s agreements with Bioasis, Aronora, Kuros, Affitech, ObsEva and Aptevo the Company has committed to pay the Bioasis Contingent Consideration, the Aronora Royalty Milestones, the Kuros Sales Milestones, the Affitech Sales Milestones, the ObsEva Sales Milestones, the ObsEva Non-Sales Milestones, the Merck KGaA royalties and the Aptevo Contingent Consideration.
The Company recorded $75,000 for the Bioasis Contingent Consideration that represents the estimated fair value of the potential future payments at the inception of the Bioasis RPA.
The Bioasis Contingent Consideration is remeasured at fair value at each reporting period, with changes in fair value recorded in other income (expense), net. As of March 31, 2023, there has been no change in the estimated fair value of the Bioasis Contingent Consideration from the initial value.
The Company recorded a contingent liability of $50,000 under ASC 450 for the Aptevo Contingent Consideration at the inception of the Aptevo CPPA. As of March 31, 2023, there has been no change in the estimated amount of the Aptevo Contingent Consideration from the recognized amount.
The liability for future Aronora Royalty Milestones, Kuros Sales Milestones, and Affitech Sales Milestones will be recorded when the amounts, by product, are estimable and probable. The liability for future ObsEva Non-Sales Milestones, ObsEva Sales Milestones and Merck KGaA royalties will be recorded at the time that the corresponding underlying revenue under the Organon License Agreement is recognized. As of March 31, 2023, none of these Aronora Royalty Milestones, Kuros Sales Milestones, Affitech Sales Milestones, ObsEva Non-Sales Milestones, ObsEva Sales Milestones, or Merck KGaA royalties were assessed to be probable and as such, no liability was recorded on the condensed consolidated balance sheet.
In June 2021, the Company initiated a binding arbitration proceeding with one of its licensees (the “Licensee”) at the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution, seeking milestone and royalty
payments under its license agreement. A hearing before a panel of arbitrators was held in November 2022, and the parties submitted post-hearing briefs. On March 21, 2023, the Company received an adverse decision in this arbitration proceeding. The panel of arbitrators declined to award the Company damages and ruled that the license agreement has expired. The panel ruled that the Company is responsible for the Licensee’s costs as well as arbitrators’ and administrative fees previously incurred by the Licensee of $4.1 million.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef