Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Collaboration and Stock Purchase Agreements

Collaboration and Stock Purchase Agreements
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2021
Collaboration and Stock Purchase Agreements  
Collaboration and Stock Purchase Agreements

3. Collaboration and Stock Purchase Agreements


Agreement with AstraZeneca’s Alexion

In January 2019, Caelum, a subsidiary of the Company at that time, entered into a Development, Option and Stock Purchase Agreement (as amended, the "DOSPA") and related documents by and among Caelum, AstraZeneca as successor-in-interest to Alexion Therapeutics, Inc., the Company and Caelum’s other equity holders as parties thereto

(such equity holders, including Fortress, the "Sellers"). Under the terms of the agreement, AstraZeneca obtained a minority interest in Caelum and a contingent exclusive option to acquire the remaining equity in Caelum.

On September 28, 2021 AstraZeneca notified Caelum of its intention to exercise its purchase option, and on October 5, 2021 AstraZeneca acquired Caelum.  The Company received 42.4% of the distribution of proceeds from the option exercise price of $150 million, approximately $56.9 million, which is net of the 10%, 24-month escrow holdback and other miscellaneous transaction expenses. The Sellers currently remain eligible to receive up to an additional $350 million in contingent regulatory and commercial milestone payments, of which Fortress is eligible to receive 42.4% or approximately $148.6 million.


Agreement with Sentynl

On February 24, 2021, Cyprium entered into a development and contingent asset purchase agreement with Sentynl. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Sentynl paid Cyprium an upfront fee of $8.0 million specifically earmarked to complete the CUTX-101 development program for the treatment of Menkes disease, through the filing of Cyprium’s New Drug Application (“NDA”) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).  Cyprium also remains eligible to receive up to an additional $12.0 million payable as follows: (i) $3.0 million upon acceptance by the FDA of the NDA for review; and (ii) $9.0 million upon FDA approval of the NDA and transfer of CUTX-101 to Sentynl.  The Company will recognize revenue associated with these future milestones based upon achievement. At December 31, 2021, none of these future milestones was deemed probable.  

Following the transfer of CUTX-101 to Sentynl (if any), Cyprium would remain eligible to receive up to $255.0 million in additional sales milestone payments (payable pursuant to five milestones), as well as royalties on CUTX-101 net sales ranging from mid-single digits up to the mid-twenties. Cyprium would retain 100% ownership over any FDA Priority Review Voucher that may be issued at NDA approval for CUTX-101.

The Company determined that this agreement falls within the scope of ASC 606-10-15-3 and ASC 808-10-15-5A Revenue from Collaborative Arrangements (“ASC 808”) and as such the Company will recognize revenue in connection with achievement of two future development milestone payments.  

In connection with the $8.0 million upfront payment to Sentynl, the Company is recognizing revenue using an input method based upon the costs incurred to date in relation to the total estimated costs to complete the development activities.  Accordingly, revenue is being recognized over the period in which the development activities are expected to occur.  For the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company recognized revenue of $5.4 million. No revenue was recognized in connection with this agreement in 2020.


Agreement with InvaGen

On November 12, 2018, Avenue entered into a Stock Purchase and Merger Agreement (the “Avenue SPMA”) with InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“InvaGen”), and Madison Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the “Merger Sub”), which contemplated: (i) the purchase by InvaGen of a 33.3% stake in Avenue and; (ii) the contingent sale of Avenue to InvaGen. The first stage stock purchase closed in February 2019: InvaGen acquired approximately 5.8 million shares of Avenue’s common stock at $6.00 per share for total gross consideration of $35.0 million, representing a 33.3% stake in Avenue’s capital stock on a fully diluted basis. Under a contingent second stage closing, InvaGen may have acquired the remaining shares of Avenue’s capital stock (in some cases compulsorily and in some cases at InvaGen’s option), pursuant to a reverse triangular merger with Avenue remaining as the surviving entity.  On November 1, 2021, Avenue delivered InvaGen notice of termination of the Avenue SPMA, meaning that the second stage acquisition of Avenue by InvaGen pursuant to the Avenue SPMA is no longer possible.