Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related Party Transactions

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Related Party Transactions
9 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Related Party Transactions [Text Block]
8.  Related Party Transactions
 
Cato Holding Company dba Cato BioVentures ("CBV"), the parent of CRL, is currently the Company’s largest stockholder, holding common stock and warrants to purchase common stock. Prior to conversion of the 2006/2007 Notes and the August 2010 Short-Term Notes, and the conversion of  preferred stock into shares of common stock on May 11, 2011,  CBV held 2006/2007 Notes, August 2010 Short-Terms Notes, and a majority of the Company's Series B-1 Preferred Stock. Shawn Singh, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and member of its Board of Directors, served as Managing Principal of CBV and as an officer of CRL until August 2009. As described in Note 5, Convertible Promissory Notes and Other Notes Payable , in April 2011, CBV loaned the Company $352,273 under a promissory note.  During fiscal year 2007, the Company entered into a contract research organization arrangement with CRL related to the development of its lead drug candidate, AV-101, under which the Company incurred expenses of $360,000 and $1,019,000 in the three month and nine month periods ended December 31, 2011, respectively, and $124,000 and $338,000 in the three month and nine month periods ended December 31, 2010, respectively, the majority of which were reimbursed under the NIH grant.  Total interest expense on notes payable to CBV was $9,000 and $85,000 in the three month and nine month periods ended December 31, 2011, respectively, and $26,000 and $70,000 in the three month and nine month periods ended December 31, 2010, respectively, with the majority of amounts reported for all periods prior to May 2011 converted to equity. On April 29, 2011, the Company issued 157,143 shares of common stock, valued at $1.75 per share, as prepayment for research and development services to be performed by CRL during 2011.  As described in Note 7, Capital Stock, in December 2011, the Company entered into an Agreement Regarding Payment of Invoices and Warrant Exercises with CHC, CRL and the CHC affiliates under which CHC and the CHC Affiliates exercised warrants at discounted exercise prices to purchase an aggregate of 492,541 shares of the Company’s common stock and the Company received $60,207 cash, and, in lieu of cash payment for certain of the warrant exercises, settled outstanding liabilities of $245,278 for past services received from CRL and prepaid $226,449 for future services to be received from CRL.
 
Prior to his appointment as one of the Company’s officers (on a part-time basis) and directors, in April 2003, the Company retained Mr. Singh as a consultant to provide legal and other consulting services. During the course of the consultancy, as payment for his services, the Company issued him warrants to purchase 55,898 shares of common stock at $0.80 per share and a 7% promissory note in the principal amount of $26,419. On May 11, 2011, and concurrent with the Merger, the Company paid the outstanding balance of principal and accrued interest totaling $35,999 (see Note 5, Convertible Promissory Notes and Other Notes Payable ). Upon the approval by the Board of Directors, in December 2006, the Company accepted a full-recourse promissory note in the amount of $103,411 from Mr. Singh in payment of the exercise price for options and warrants to purchase an aggregate of 126,389 shares of the Company’s common stock. The note bears interest at a rate of 4.90% per annum and is due and payable no later than the earlier of (i) December 1, 2016 or (ii) ten days prior to the Company becoming subject to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”).  On May 11, 2011, in connection with the Merger, the $128,185 outstanding balance of the principal and accrued interest on this note was cancelled in accordance with Mr. Singh's employment agreement and recorded as additional compensation.
 
In March 2007, the Company accepted a full recourse promissory note in the amount of $46,360 from Franklin Rice, its former Chief Financial Officer and a former director of the Company in exchange for his exercise of options to purchase 52,681 shares of the Company’s common stock.  The note bears interest at a rate of 4.90% per annum and is due and payable no later than the earlier of (i) March 1, 2017 or (ii) ten days prior to the Company becoming subject to the requirements of the Exchange Act.  On May 11, 2011, in connection with the Merger, the $56,979 outstanding balance of principal and accrued interest on this note was cancelled in accordance with Mr. Rice's employment agreement and recorded as additional compensation.
 
The Company previously engaged Jon A. Saxe, a current director, separately from his duties as a director, as a management consultant from July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2010 to provide strategic and other business advisory services. As payment for consulting services rendered through June 30, 2010, Mr. Saxe has been issued warrants and non-qualified options to purchase an aggregate of 250,815 shares of the Company’s common stock, of which he has exercised warrants to purchase for 18,568 shares.  Additionally, Mr. Saxe was issued a 7% promissory note in the amount of $8,004.  On May 11, 2011, the $14,362 balance of the note and related accrued interest plus a note cancellation premium of $5,138 was converted to 11,142 shares of the Company’s common stock and a three-year warrant to purchase 2,784 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.50 per share.  In lieu of payment from the Company, in December 2011, Mr. Saxe exercised the warrant as a part of the Discounted Warrant Exercise Program at an exercise price of $1.25 per share in satisfaction for amounts owed to him in conjunction with his service as a member of the Board of Directors.
 
See Note 5, Convertible Promissory Notes and Other Notes Payable , for a summary of convertible promissory notes and other notes payable to related parties.