Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Deferred Research And Development Arrangement

Deferred Research And Development Arrangement
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2012
Deferred Research And Development Arrangement [Abstract]  
Deferred Research And Development Arrangement

8.  Deferred Research and Development Arrangements

Rexgene Biotech Co., Ltd.

In 2003, the Company entered into a collaborative research agreement with Rexgene Biotech Co., Ltd. (“Rexgene”), a shareholder.  Rexgene is engaged in the development of pharmaceutical products in Asia and has agreed to assist the Company with the research, development and clinical trials necessary for registration of the Company’s drug candidate, Archexin, in Asia.  This agreement provides Rexgene with exclusive rights to license, sublicense, make, have made, use, sell and import Archexin in Asia.  In accordance with the agreement, Rexgene paid the Company a one-time fee of $1,500,000 in 2003.  The agreement terminates at the later of 20 years or the term of the patent.  The amortization reduces research and development expenses for the periods presented. 

The Company is using 20 years as its basis for recognition and accordingly $75,000 reduced research and development expenses for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  The remaining $750,000 and $825,000 at December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, is reflected as deferred research and development arrangement on the balance sheet.  The contribution is being used in the cooperative funding of the costs of development of Archexin. Royalties of 3% of net sales of licensed products will become payable to the Company on a quarterly basis once commercial sales of Archexin begin in Asia.  The product is still under development and commercial sales in Asia are not expected to begin until at least 2014.  Under the terms of the agreement, Rexgene does not receive royalties on Company net sales outside of Asia.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.

On September 21, 2009, the Company closed on a securities purchase agreement with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (“Teva”), under which Teva purchased 3,102,837 shares of our common stock for $3.5 million. Contemporaneous with the execution and delivery of this agreement, the parties executed a research and exclusive license option agreement (“RELO”) pursuant to which the Company agreed to use $2,000,000 from the gross proceeds of the issuance and sale of shares to Teva to fund a research and development program for the pre-clinical development of RX-3117.  On November 27, 2012, the Company and Teva entered into a second amendment to the RELO agreement, in which Teva has provided the Company with an additional $926,000 of research funding for the development of RX-3117, which is recorded as restricted cash on the Company’s balance sheet.  The contribution from the second amendment is recorded as a deferred research and development arrangement on the balance sheet, and costs incurred for the development of RX-3117 reduced the deferred research and development arrangement, and are paid from the restricted cash.  As of December 31, 2012, the Company had proceeds remaining of $876,000 which is included in deferred research and development arrangements on the balance sheet.