Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
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Commitments and Contingencies
 
MD Anderson – IntertechBio Agreement
 
On August 11, 2015, the Company acquired the rights and obligations under the Patent and Technology License Agreement entered into between IntertechBio and MD Anderson dated April 2, 2012. Pursuant to the agreement, IntertechBio obtained a royalty-bearing, worldwide, exclusive license to intellectual property including patent rights related to the Company’s drug product candidate, WP1122. Under the agreement, IntertechBio agreed to pay annual maintenance fees in the amount of $10,000 on the first anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, $20,000 on the second anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, $40,000 on the third anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, $60,000 on the fourth anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, $80,000 on the fifth anniversary of the effective date of the agreement and $100,000 on the sixth anniversary of the effective date of the agreement, except that such payments will no longer be due upon the first sale of a licensed product. Under the agreement, IntertechBio also agreed to make a minimum annual royalty payment in the amount of $200,000 for the first anniversary following the first sale of a licensed product, $400,000 for the second anniversary following the first sale of a licensed product, and $600,000 for the third year following the first sale of a licensed product. IntertechBio also agreed to make certain milestone payments. Pursuant to an amendment on October 19, 2015, the Company will pay milestone payments as follows:
 
Phase
 
Amount
 
 
 
 
 
Commencement of Phase II Study for a licensed product
 
$
200,000
 
Commencement of Phase III Study for a licensed product
 
$
250,000
 
Filing of a New Drug Application for a licensed product
 
$
400,000
 
Receipt of market approval for a licensed product
 
$
500,000
 
 
Per the October 2015 amendment to the agreement, MD Anderson has the right to terminate the license agreement if (i) a preclinical toxicology program for a licensed product is not initiated within one year of the effective date of the amendment (which has occurred), (ii) an investigational new drug application is not filed with the Food and Drug Administration for a Phase I study for a licensed product within three years of the effective date of the amendment, or (iii) a Phase I study for a licensed product is not commenced within five years of the effective date of the amendment. The agreement will expire upon the expiration of the licensed intellectual property. The rights obtained by the Company pursuant to the agreement are made subject to the rights of the U.S. government to the extent that the technology covered by the licensed intellectual property was developed under a funding agreement between MD Anderson and the U.S. government. All out-of-pocket expenses incurred by MD Anderson in filing, prosecuting and maintaining the licensed patents have been and shall continue to be assumed by the Company.
 
On October 8, 2015, IntertechBio Corporation entered into a letter agreement with MD Anderson wherein MD Anderson agreed to receive past due maintenance fees and patent expenses of $98,108 owed by IntertechBio Corporation in four installments. The past due amount is related to certain metabolic inhibitor technology license that was assigned to the Company by IntertechBio Corporation and was owed by IntertechBio Corporation prior to the Company’s acquisition of the license. Pursuant to the letter, IntertechBio Corporation also agreed to pay $65,504 in patent fees to a law firm. In order to have the license in good standing, the Company agreed to pay MD Anderson the $98,108 and the $65,504 in patent fees to a patent law firm on behalf of IntertechBio Corporation. As of December 31, 2015, $45,000 of the past due amount to MD Anderson and $42,504 in patent fees to a patent law firm were still outstanding and were included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities. On April 15, 2016, the Company entered into a letter agreement with MD Anderson where MD Anderson agreed to receive the remaining outstanding amount on or before the earlier of a) May 31, 2016 or b) four days after the Company’s completion of the IPO. These amounts were paid prior to or on May 31, 2016.
 
MD Anderson – Patent & Technology License Agreement
 
Upon the Company’s acquisition of Moleculin, LLC on May 2, 2016, we obtained a royalty-bearing, worldwide, exclusive license to intellectual property rights, including patent rights related to our WP1066 drug product candidate from MD Anderson through a Patent and Technology License Agreement Moleculin, LLC entered with MD Anderson on June 21, 2010 (the “Moleculin License Agreement”). Under the Moleculin License Agreement, Moleculin, LLC obtained the right to manufacture, have manufactured, use, import, offer to sell or sell products worldwide for any indication under the licensed intellectual property with the right to sublicense. In consideration, Moleculin, LLC agreed to make payments to MD Anderson including an up-front payment, milestone payments and minimum annual royalty payments for sales of products developed under the license agreement. Specifically, under the Moleculin License Agreement, Moleculin, LLC agreed to pay a nonrefundable upfront documentation fee and an annual maintenance fee in the amount of $20,000 on June 21, 2011, which has and shall increase in $10,000 increments on an annual basis thereafter up to a maximum of $100,000, except that such payments will no longer be due upon marketing approval in any country of a licensed product. Under the Moleculin License Agreement, Moleculin, LLC also agreed to make a minimum annual royalty payment.
 
Upon completion of our acquisition of Moleculin, LLC, we assumed the rights and obligations of Moleculin, LLC. However, the rights we have obtained pursuant to the assignment of the Moleculin License Agreement are made subject to the rights of the U.S. government to the extent that the technology covered by the licensed intellectual property was developed under a funding agreement between MD Anderson and the U.S. government. All out-of-pocket expenses incurred by MD Anderson in filing, prosecuting and maintaining the licensed patents have been and shall continue to be assumed by us.
 
On October 8, 2015, Moleculin, LLC entered into a letter agreement with MD Anderson for Moleculin, LLC’s past due fees to MD Anderson in the amount of $691,186 of which $300,000 had been paid prior to the letter agreement. Pursuant to the letter agreement, MD Anderson agreed to receive the remaining past due fee in three installments: a) $125,000 on October 31, 2015; b) $175,000 on January 31, 2016; and c) $91,186 on April 30, 2016. Moleculin, LLC paid $125,000 to MD Anderson on November 2, 2015.
 
On October 19, 2015, the agreement was amended for the milestone payments. The amended milestone payments are as follows: (i) commencement of Phase III Study for first licensed drug/product within the United States, Europe, China or Japan - $150,000; (ii) submission of the first NDA within the United States - $500,000; and (iii) receipt of first marketing approval for sale of a license product in the United States - $600,000.
 
On January 28, 2016, the Company and Moleculin, LLC entered into a letter agreement with MD Anderson where MD Anderson agreed to receive the remaining outstanding amount on or before the earlier of April 30, 2016 or four days after our IPO. This date was amended and per the amended agreement, the Company paid the outstanding Moleculin, LLC fees on May 31, 2016 in the amount of $306,186 in cash.
 
Bonwick Capital Partners LLC
 
On January 22, 2016, as amended on February 15, 2016, the Company entered into a letter agreement with Bonwick Capital Partners LLC. (“Bonwick”) to engage Bonwick as an exclusive financial advisor of the Company. Pursuant to the agreement, the Company agreed to: a) pay success fees equal to 7% of the gross proceeds from any form of financing; and b) issue five-year warrants to purchase 7% of the Company’s equity securities sold with a cashless exercise provision, exercisable at 125% of the price per share of the Company’s common stock paid by investors in the transaction. In addition, the Company agreed to reimburse Bonwick for all of its out-of-pocket expenses incurred in connection with the offering, not to exceed $25,000, and fees and expenses of their counsel not to exceed $100,000. Upon completion of the Company’s IPO, the Company paid Bonwick a $50,000 advisory fee. In connection with the Company’s IPO, Bonwick received a success fee of $646,872, warrants to purchase 107,802 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $7.50 per share, and $6,266 for reimbursement of expenses.
 
Houston Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
 
Our acquisition of Moleculin, LLC, occurring prior to our IPO offering, provided us with the rights of the license agreement that Moleculin, LLC had with MD Anderson covering the WP1066 Portfolio. As discussed in Note 2, we are obligated to make payments to HPI totaling $750,000 over a three-year period commencing after the IPO offering in exchange for HPI allowing us to access any data, information or know-how resulting from the research and development conducted by HPI. Pursuant to the HPI Out-Licensing Agreement, we have the right within three years of the date we enter into the agreement to buy-out from HPI all rights granted to HPI under the agreement for a payment of $1.0 million. Upon our exercise of the buy-out we will no longer be obligated to make any payments to HPI remaining from the $750,000 obligation discussed above. We will need to raise additional funds to make the buy-out payment. We cannot assure that such additional funding will be available on satisfactory terms, or at all.
 
Employment Agreements
 
On August 19, 2016, the Company entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Jonathan P. Foster pursuant to which Mr. Foster agreed to serve as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of the Company commencing on such date for an initial term of three years, which will be automatically renewed for additional one-year terms unless either party chooses not to renew the agreement. The agreement provides for an annual salary of $250,000, a potential annual bonus, ten-year options to purchase 400,000 shares at an exercise price per share equal to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of execution of his employment agreement, which was $5.85. The options vest in four equal installments. Termination payments may be made under certain conditions.
 
The Company accepted the resignation of Mr. Louis Ploth from his position as Chief Financial Officer, effective on August 19, 2016. On October 7, 2016, the Company entered into a separation agreement with Mr. Louis Ploth (the “Separation Agreement”), pursuant to which, among other items, Mr. Ploth generally released the Company from any claims he may have against the Company or its affiliates, and the Company agreed to pay Mr. Ploth a severance payment of $100,000 over a 12-month period and to pay his medical insurance premiums until August 31, 2017. Pursuant to the Separation Agreement, Mr. Ploth will be permitted to exercise 25% of the options to purchase common stock granted to him in December 2015, or 50,000 shares, until May 2020. 
 
On October 13, 2016, the Company and its Chief Executive Officer, Walter Klemp, entered into an employment agreement which provides for an annual salary of $300,000, of which some is deferred, and a potential annual bonus. During the period commencing June 1, 2016 and ending June 1, 2017, $12,500 per month of the compensation is deferred. The deferred compensation shall be payable in a lump sum on the earlier of the termination of the employment agreement or June 1, 2019. As of December 31, 2016, deferred compensation of $87,500 was recorded in the accompanying balance sheet. If Mr. Klemp’s employment is terminated, his status reverts to a consultant and payments to him would continue until June 1, 2019.