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Apexian Sublicense Agreement

Apexian Sublicense Agreement
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2021
Apexian Sublicense Agreement [Abstract]  
Apexian Sublicense Agreement

Apexian Sublicense Agreement
On January 21, 2020, the Company entered into a sublicense agreement (as amended on June 4, 2020, the “Apexian Sublicense Agreement”) with Apexian, pursuant to which it obtained exclusive worldwide patent and other intellectual property rights that constitute a Ref-1 Inhibitor program relating to therapeutic applications to treat disorders related to ophthalmic and diabetes mellitus conditions. The lead compound in the Ref-1 Inhibitor program is APX3330, which the Company intends to develop as an oral pill therapeutic to treat diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema initially, and potentially later to treat wet age-related macular degeneration. As a result of the Sublicense Agreement, Apexian is considered by Ocuphire to be a related party.
In connection with the Apexian Sublicense Agreement, the Company issued a total of 891,422 shares (as adjusted for the Exchange Ratio) of its common stock to Apexian and to certain affiliates of Apexian. The share issuance transaction was recorded in the amount of $2.1 million as IPR&D expense for the six months ended June 30, 2020 based on the fair market value of the common shares issued since no processes or activities that would constitute a “business” were acquired and none of the rights and underlying assets acquired had alternative future uses or reached a stage of technological feasibility.
The Company also agreed to make one-time milestone payments under the Apexian Sublicense Agreement for each of the first ophthalmic indication and the first diabetes mellitus indication for the Development and Regulatory milestones, and once for each of the Sales milestones. These milestone payments include (i) payments for specified developmental and regulatory milestones (including completion of the first Phase 2 trial and the first Phase 3 pivotal trial in the United States, and filing and achieving regulatory approval from the FDA for the first New Drug Application for a compound) totaling up to $11 million in the aggregate and (ii) payments for specified sales milestones of up to $20 million in the aggregate, which net sales milestone payments are payable once, upon the first achievement of such milestone. Lastly, the Company also agreed to make a royalty payment equal to a single-digit percentage of its net sales of products associated with the covered patents under the Apexian Sublicense Agreement. If it is not terminated pursuant to its terms, the Apexian Sublicense Agreement shall remain in effect until expiration of the last to expire of the covered patents.
None of the criteria to recognize milestone or royalty obligations were met during the six-month period ended June 30, 2021.