Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related Party Transactions

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Related Party Transactions
9 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 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 PH94B, PH10, AV-101. At December 31, 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 $842,100 and $1,075,800 during the quarters ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and $3,858,000 and $2,705,600 for the nine months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. At December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2019, we had recorded accounts payable and accrued expenses related to CRL aggregating $898,500 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 PH94B, PH10, AV-101 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 December 31, 2019 and 2018, we recorded $30,000 in each quarter, and during the nine months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, we recorded $90,000 and $40,000, respectively, representing monthly support payments to Pherin under the terms of the PH94B license agreement. We recorded no amounts payable to Pherin at December 31, 2019 or March 31, 2019. At December 31, 2019, Pherin held approximately 3% of our outstanding common stock.

 

During the nine months ended December 31, 2019, we engaged the consulting firm headed by one of the independent members of our Board to provide various market research studies and commercial modeling projects for certain of our CNS pipeline candidates and recorded research and development expense of $5,600 for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 and $108,400 for the nine months ended December 31, 2019 related to such studies. We incurred no such expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and $11,700 for the nine months ended December 31, 2018. We recorded no amounts payable at December 31, 2019 or March 31, 2019 related to these studies.