Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Intangible Assets

Intangible Assets
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Goodwill and Intangible Assets Disclosure [Abstract]  
Intangible Assets Intangible Assets
The Acquisition of Moleculin, LLC

On May 2, 2016, Moleculin, LLC, a Texas limited liability company, was merged with and into the Company. As a result of the merger, the Company issued to the holders of Moleculin equity interests an aggregate of 999,931 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $6.0 million, based on the estimated acquisition-date fair value of our common stock of $6.00 per share, equal to the IPO price announced in our prospectus filed on that date. Prior to the Company’s acquisition of Moleculin, the Company had loaned $0.1 to Moleculin which was treated as part of the consideration paid to acquire Moleculin.
As additional consideration payable to the Moleculin unit holders, we agreed pursuant to the merger agreement that if drugs for dermatology indications are successfully developed by us using any of the Existing IP Assets, then the Moleculin, LLC unit holders, in the aggregate, will be entitled to receive a 2.5% royalty on the net revenues generated by such drugs. Any such net revenues would include a deduction for license fees or royalty obligations payable to MD Anderson for such Existing IP Assets. The merger agreement defined “Existing IP Assets” to mean all intellectual property, licensed by us and Moleculin as of the time of the merger, including, without limitation, the intellectual property licensed from MD Anderson under the Patent and Technology License Agreement entered into by and between IntertechBio Corporation and MD Anderson dated April 2, 2012, as amended, and the Patent and Technology License Agreement dated June 21, 2010, as amended, between MD Anderson and Moleculin, LLC, but excluding any intellectual property relating to Annamycin. The right to receive the contingent royalty payments described herein is limited to drugs developed only for dermatology indications and does not include drugs developed for any other indications. We have no obligation of any nature to pursue the development of any drugs for dermatology indications.

Our acquisition of Moleculin, LLC, occurring prior to our IPO offering, provided us with the rights to the license agreement that Moleculin, LLC had with MD Anderson covering the WP1066 Portfolio. However, Moleculin, LLC had previously granted Houston Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“HPI”), a related party, an option, which could be exercised at any time, to obtain an exclusive sub-license to develop the WP1066 Portfolio in all non-dermatological fields. Moleculin, LLC had previously pursued development of the WP1066 Portfolio for treatment of psoriasis, however, psoriasis related clinical trials had been terminated. Because WP1066 has shown significant activity against a wide range of tumors, Moleculin, LLC’s focus prior to the acquisition included the development of drugs for cancer treatment. However, the exclusive sub-license option held by HPI precluded Moleculin, LLC from pursuing drug development related to non-skin cancers, in addition to potentially creating significant intellectual property, clinical and commercialization risks associated with drug development for skin cancers. Re-acquisition of the HPI option was therefore essential for the values of both the WP1066 Portfolio and Moleculin, LLC.

Additionally, the merger agreement contained mutual representations and warranties between the parties. Pursuant to the merger agreement, we agreed for a period of six years to indemnify and hold harmless each present and former director and/or officer of Moleculin, LLC whom Moleculin, LLC would have had the power to indemnify under Delaware law that is made a
party or threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed proceeding or claim by reason of the fact that he or she was a director or officer of the Moleculin, LLC prior to the effective time of the merger and arising out of actions or omissions of the indemnified party in any such capacity occurring at or prior to the effective time of the merger against any losses or damages reasonably incurred in connection with any claim. To our knowledge, no such proceeding or claim exists or has been threatened on the date hereof.

In connection with the acquisition of Moleculin, LLC, we also negotiated on behalf of Moleculin, LLC two agreements with HPI. Under the first agreement, HPI’s option to obtain the aforementioned exclusive sublicense was terminated in exchange for a payment of $100,000 and the issuance of 629,000 shares of our common stock, valued at $6 per share. Under the second agreement (HPI Out-Licensing Agreement), HPI has received a non-exclusive technology rights and development sublicense under which it may continue its ongoing work to develop the WP1066 Portfolio related to treatment of non-skin cancer. The Company expenses such costs as incurred as research and development expense, 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. As of December 31, 2018, notwithstanding our obligation to make the foregoing payments, the HPI Out-Licensing Agreement does not obligate HPI to conduct any specific research or to meet any milestones. Pursuant to the HPI Out-Licensing Agreement, we have the right within three years of the effective date 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 $0.75 million obligation discussed above. If we do not exercise the foregoing buy-out right within three years, the license granted to HPI shall convert into an exclusive license. As such, if we do not exercise the buy-out right for any reason, we will no longer have access to the non-skin cancer uses of the WP1066 Portfolio. As noted above, this will also potentially create risks for the development of skin cancer drugs. When we decide to exercise the buy-out right from HPI, we will need to raise additional funds. We cannot assure that such additional funding will be available on satisfactory terms, or at all. 

The termination of the HPI option was completed on behalf of Moleculin, LLC, which was required to enable the sale of Moleculin, LLC by materializing the value of its most significant asset and was non-cancelable by either party. Further, the HPI option termination price was determined simultaneously with the acquisition on May 2, 2016 as our IPO price was established at that time. Accordingly, we concluded that this transaction was primarily for the benefit of Moleculin, LLC and its former owners, resulting in control of the underlying intellectual property and thereby increasing the value of Moleculin, LLC intangible assets immediately prior to the closing of its acquisition by us. 

Intangible assets consisted of the following at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017 (in thousands):
December 31,
2018 2017
Intangibles acquired from Moleculin, LLC $ 11,148  $ 11,148