Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related Party Transactions

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Related Party Transactions
6 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions

Cato Holding Company (CHC), doing business as Cato BioVentures (CBV), is the parent of Cato Research Ltd. (CRL). CRL is a contract research, development and regulatory services organization (CRO) that we have engaged for a wide range of material aspects related to the nonclinical and clinical development, manufacturing and regulatory affairs associated with our efforts to develop and commercialize AV-101 for MDD, including our ELEVATE Study and other potential CNS indications, as well as PH94B, PH10, and other potential product candidates. At September 30, 2019, CBV held approximately 2% of our outstanding common stock.

 

In July 2017, we entered into a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with CRL, which replaced a substantially similar May 2007 master services agreement, pursuant to which CRL may assist us in the evaluation, development, commercialization and marketing of our potential product candidates, and provide regulatory and strategic consulting services as requested from time to time. Specific projects or services are and will be delineated in individual work orders negotiated from time-to-time under the MSA. Under the terms of work orders issued pursuant to the July 2017 MSA and our prior May 2007 master services agreement, we incurred expenses of $1,610,900 and $752,200 during the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and $3,016,000 and $1,603,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively. At September 30, 2019 and March 31, 2019, we had recorded accounts payable and accrued expenses related to CRL aggregating $1,646,800 and $657,800, respectively. We anticipate periodic expenses for CRO services from CRL related to nonclinical and clinical development of, and regulatory affairs related to, AV-101, PH94B, PH10 and other potential product candidates will increase in future periods.

 

During our fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, we issued an aggregate of 2,556,361 shares of our unregistered common stock having an issue-date fair market value of $4,250,000 to Pherin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Pherin) to acquire exclusive worldwide licenses to develop and commercialize PH94B and PH10. We recorded the acquisition of the licenses as research and development expense during our fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. During the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, we recorded $30,000 and $10,000, respectively, and during the six months ended September 30, 3019 and 2018, we recorded $60,000 and $10,000 respectively, representing monthly support payments to Pherin under the terms of the PH94B license agreement. We recorded no amounts payable to Pherin at September 30, 2019 or March 31, 2019. At September 30, 2019, Pherin held approximately 4% of our outstanding common stock.

 

During the six months ended September 30, 2019, we engaged the consulting firm headed by one of the independent members of our Board to provide various market research studies for certain of our product pipeline candidates and recorded research and development expense of $75,100 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 and $102,800 for the six months ended September 30, 2019 related to such studies. We incurred no such expenses for the three and six months ended September 30, 2018. At September 30, 2019, we recorded $45,000 of accrued expenses related to these studies.