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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Oct. 31, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 8—Commitments and Contingencies




In the ordinary course of business, the Company may become a party to lawsuits involving various matters. The Company is not currently a party, and its properties are not currently subject, to any legal proceedings that, in the opinion of management, are expected to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition or results of operations.


Employment Agreements


The Company has entered into employment agreements with each of its executive officers and certain other key employees. Generally, the terms of these agreements provide that, if the Company terminates the officer or employee other than for cause, death or disability, or if the officer terminates his or her employment with the Company for good cause, the officer shall be entitled to receive certain severance compensation and benefits as described in each such agreement.


On October 26, 2018, the Company and an employee entered into a separation and release agreement in connection with the employee’s termination of employment with the Company. Pursuant to the agreement, the Company will pay the former employee severance compensation of $415,000, less applicable withholdings, in the form of salary and bonus continuation in accordance with the Company’s customary payroll practices. In addition, the Company agreed to pay the cost of health insurance for 12 months from the date of separation and accelerate the vesting of 25,000 RSUs. On October 26, 2018, the Company recorded a liability of $451,112 on its consolidated balance sheet, and the offsetting charge was recorded in general and administrative expense as salary expense. As of October 31, 2018, the Company made no payments against the liability.


Lease Agreements


On February 14, 2018, the Company entered into a lease agreement for approximately 3,100 rentable square feet located at 24 N. Main Street, Pennington, New Jersey, which serves as the Company’s New Jersey corporate headquarters. The term of the lease commenced on March 1, 2018 and expires on April 30, 2020. Base rent under the lease agreement is $3,079 per month for each of the first five months, $6,158 per month for each of the sixth through twelfth months and $6,286 per month for each of the thirteenth through twenty-sixth months. The lease agreement also requires the Company to share in certain monthly operating expenses of the premises, and required the Company to pay a security deposit of $12,316 in February 2018 upon entering into the lease agreement.


In March 2018, the Company entered into a lease assignment agreement (the “Lease Assignment Agreement”) with Vividion Therapeutics, Inc. (“Vividion”) for the Company’s 34,054 square foot location at 5820 Nancy Ridge Drive, San Diego, California, 92121 (“NR Premises”), whereby the Company assigned its lease agreement with ARE-SD Region No. 18, LLC (the “Landlord”) to Vividion. Under the Lease Assignment Agreement, Vividion pays directly to Landlord the base rent of $101,500 per month (based upon $2.98 per rentable square foot of the NR Premises) plus operating expenses and property management fees attributable to the NR Premises currently estimated at $43,500 per month (including an estimate for utilities) during the term of the Lease Assignment Agreement, which is the remaining term of the lease through October 2025.


While the lease and all of the related obligations were assigned to Vividion, the Company could ultimately have an obligation on the Lease Assignment Agreement if Vividion defaulted on their obligation to the Landlord after all remedies were exhausted by the Landlord with regard to Vividion’s obligations. Such an event is not considered probable and no obligation has been recorded as of October 31, 2018 and July 31, 2018, respectively.


In conjunction with the Lease Assignment Agreement, the Company and Vividion also entered into a sublease (the “Sublease”), with respect to the 12,442 square-foot location at 3565 General Atomics Court, Suite 100, San Diego, CA, 92121 leased by Vividion from Landlord which serves as the Company’s California office (the “Sublease Premise”). Under the Sublease, the Company shall pay to Vividion base rent of $49,768 per month subject to an annual 3% increase, (based upon $4.00 per rentable square foot of the Sublease Premises) plus operating expenses and property management fees attributable to the Sublease Premises currently estimated at $30,400 per month during the term of the Sublease, which extends through September 2020. The Company moved to the new location in April 2018.


At the time of the lease agreements noted above, the Company had a deferred rent liability recorded on the condensed consolidated balance sheet of $1.1 million, which is being amortized on a straight-line basis over the term of the Sublease.


We have also entered into lease arrangements for vivarium space in San Diego, California to support our research and development department.


Total rent expense for the three months ended October 31, 2018 and 2017 was approximately $171,000 and $422,000, respectively.


We believe our current facilities are adequate to meet our current operating needs and will remain adequate for the foreseeable future. Should we need additional space, we currently do not foresee significant difficulties in obtaining additional facilities.