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Licenses and Collaborations

Licenses and Collaborations
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
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Licenses and Collaborations

10. Licenses and Collaborations


Emory University


On December 6, 2018, we notified Emory University (“Emory”) of the termination of our License Agreement with Emory, dated March 7, 2013 (the “License Agreement”). The License Agreement covered patents and patent applications for hepatitis C virus (“HCV”) inhibitors, which we no longer consider essential to our HCV program. As part of our HCV program, we continue to focus our efforts on CC-31244, our HCV Non-Nucleoside Polymerase Inhibitor, in Phase 2a clinical trial. The Company had the right to terminate the License Agreement at its sole discretion upon a 90 days’ prior written notice and upon payment of all amounts due Emory under the License Agreement through the date of termination. No amounts are due under the License Agreement.


Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.


On January 2, 2019, the Company entered into an Exclusive License and Research Collaboration Agreement (the “Collaboration Agreement”) with Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (“Merck”) to discover and develop certain proprietary influenza A/B antiviral agents. Under the terms of the Collaboration Agreement, Merck will fund research and development for the program, including clinical development, and will be responsible for worldwide commercialization of any products derived from the collaboration. Cocrystal received an upfront payment of $4,000,000 and is eligible to receive payments related to designated development, regulatory and sales milestones with the potential to earn up to $156,000,000, as well as royalties on product sales. Merck can terminate the Collaboration Agreement at any time prior to the first commercial sale of the first product developed under the Collaboration Agreement, in its sole discretion, without cause.


Additional to the upfront payment received, the Company recognized $1,078,000 in revenues on the condensed consolidated statement of operations and recorded the same amount in accounts receivable on the condensed consolidated balance sheet, for the three months ended and as of March 31, 2019, respectively, related to influenza A/B program research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2019 of approximately $755,000 reimbursable by Merck under the terms of the Collaboration Agreement within 45 days of period-end. The remaining receivable balance was recorded in accordance with ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers and is expected to be recognized ratably over the subsequent seven quarters and received in full. Management reviews accounts receivable regularly to determine, using the specific identification method, if any receivable amounts will potentially be uncollectible and to estimate the amount of allowance for doubtful accounts necessary to reduce accounts receivable to its estimated net realizable value.


National Institute of Health


Cocrystal has two Public Health Biological Materials License Agreements with the National Institute of Health. The original License Agreements were dated August 31, 2010 and amended on November 6, 2013. The materials licensed are being used in Norovirus assays to screen potential antiviral agents in our library.