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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies



Legal Matters


From time to time, the Company may be involved in litigation relating to claims arising out of the Company’s operations in the normal course of business. As of December 31, 2018, there were no pending or threatened lawsuits that could reasonably be expected to have a material effect on the results of the Company’s operations or business.


IRS Liability


As part of its requirement for having a foreign operating subsidiary, the Company is required to file an informational Form 5471 to the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”), which is a form that explains the nature of the relationship between the foreign subsidiary and the parent company. From 2012 through the 2014, the Company did not file this form in a timely manner. As a result of the non-timely filings, the Company incurred a penalty from the IRS in the amount of $10,000 per year, or $30,000 in total, plus accrued interest. The Company recorded the penalties for all three years during the year ended June 30, 2018 and is negotiating a payment plan. The Company is current on all subsequent filings.


Operating Agreements


In November 2009, the Company entered into a commercialization agreement with the University of Bath (UK) (the “University”) whereby the Company and the University co-owned the intellectual property relating to the Company’s pro-enzyme formulations. In June 2012, the Company and the University entered into an assignment and amendment whereby the Company assumed full ownership of the intellectual property while agreeing to pay royalties of 2% of net revenues to the University. Additionally, the Company agreed to pay 5% of each and every license agreement subscribed for. The contract is cancellable at any time by either party. To date, no amounts are owed under the agreement.


Operating Leases


On May 4, 2016, the Company entered into a new five-year operating lease agreement with a Horizon Pty Ltd., a related party, of which Mr. Nathanielsz, our CEO, CFO and a director, and his wife are owners and directors, with monthly rent of $3,300 AUD or $2,325 USD, inclusive of GST (See Note 8 – Related Party Transactions).


Future minimum operating lease commitments consisted of the following at December 31, 2018:


Fiscal Year Ended June 30,   Amount
Remainder 2019   $ 13,951  
2020   $ 27,900  
2021   $ 27,900  


Rent expense for the six months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 was $14,527 and $15,729, respectively.


Amatsigroup Agreement


The Company entered into a Manufacturing Services Agreement (the “MSA”) and Quality Assurance Agreement (the “QAA”), each with an effective date of August 12, 2016, with Amatsigroup NV (“Amatsigroup”), formerly known as Q-Biologicals, NV, a contract manufacturing organization located in Belgium. Pursuant to the MSA, Amatsigroup produces certain drug substances and products containing certain enzymes for the Company at its facility in Belgium. The Company uses these substances and products for development purposes, including but not limited to future clinical trials. The MSA contemplates payment to Amatsigroup pursuant to a pre-determined fee schedule based on the completion of certain milestones that depend on our manufacturing requirements and final batch yield. The Company anticipates that its payments to Amatsigroup under the MSA will range between $2.5 million and $5.0 million over three years, when the finished drug product is manufactured and released for clinical trials. The Company has spent a total of $1,689,146 of costs to date under this contract of which $1,639,192 was expensed in prior years and $49,854 was expensed in the six months ended December 31, 2018. The MSA shall continue for a term of three years unless extended by mutual agreement in writing. The Company can terminate the MSA early for any reason upon the required notice period, however, in such event, the pre-payment paid upon signing the MSA is considered non-refundable. Each party to the MSA shall have the right to terminate the MSA by written notice to the other party if the other party commits a material breach of the MSA (subject to a 30-day cure period). The QAA sets forth the parties respective obligations and responsibilities relating to the manufacturing and testing of the products under the MSA. The agreements with Amatsigroup contain certain customary representations, warranties and limitations of liabilities, and confidentiality and indemnity obligations.


Investment Banking Agreement


On February 23, 2018, the Company entered into an agreement with an effective date of February 14, 2018 with a certain investment bank, pursuant to which the Company retained the investment bank as its placement agent. As of December 31, 2018, no funds have been raised pursuant to this agreement and the agreement expired on its terms.


Collaboration Agreement


On September 13, 2018, the Company entered into a two-year collaboration agreement with the University of Jaen (the “University”) to provide certain research services to the Company. In consideration of such services, the Company agreed to pay the University approximately 52,000 Euros ($59,508 USD) in year one and a maximum of 40,000 Euros ($45,775 USD) in year two. Additionally, in exchange for full ownership of the intellectual property the Company agreed to pay royalties of 2% of net revenues to the University.