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Related Party Transactions

Related Party Transactions
3 Months Ended
Oct. 31, 2022
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions

Note 11—Related Party Transactions


Except as disclosed elsewhere herein, below are the Company’s related party transactions for the three months ended October 31, 2022 and 2021.


Co-Promotion Agreement


In January 2021, the Company entered into a co-promotion agreement with Sirtex, pursuant to which the Company granted Sirtex the option to co-promote TAVO™-EP for the treatment of anti-PD-1 refractory locally advanced or metastatic melanoma in the U.S., including its territories and possessions. In consideration for the option, the Company received an upfront, non-refundable payment of $5.0 million from Sirtex (the “option fee”). The option to co-promote is non-exclusive and may be exercised at any time by Sirtex from the effective date until 90 days following the receipt by Sirtex of a complete copy of the final BLA filed by the Company with the FDA (the “option period”). If Sirtex exercises the option, the Company will receive an additional non-refundable and non-creditable option exercise fee of $25.0 million, comprised of $20.0 million in cash, and $5.0 million for the issuance of common shares of the Company determined by the average closing price of the stock for the 30 days prior to the date of receipt of the exercise notice for the option.


Under the terms of the co-promotion agreement, if Sirtex exercises the co-promote option, the Company will pay to Sirtex a high-teens to low-twenties royalty (the “promotion fee”) of U.S. net sales of the TAVO™ products. The co-promotion agreement will continue until the earlier of the expiration of the option period without Sirtex extending the option or the eighth anniversary of the first FDA approval of the BLA, and can be extended by mutual agreement between the Company and Sirtex. During the co-promotion term, the Company is responsible for funding approximately two-thirds of the promotional costs incurred by Sirtex and Sirtex shall be responsible for approximately one-third.


The Company has determined that the co-promotion agreement represents a funded research and development arrangement within the scope of ASC Subtopic 730-20, Research and Development—Research and Development Arrangements (ASC 730-20). The Company concluded that there has not been a substantive and genuine transfer of risk related to the co-promotion agreement and the Company’s ongoing development of TAVO™-EP as there is a presumption that the Company is obligated to repay Sirtex based on the significant related party relationship that exists between the parties. This significant related party relationship is based on Sirtex’s approximate 8% ownership of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock, and that of its significant equity holder, CGP (which owns 49% of Sirtex), which, at the time of entering into the agreement, owned approximately 42% of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock and is the Company’s largest shareholder.


The Company has determined that the appropriate accounting treatment under ASC 730-20 is to record any proceeds received from Sirtex for the co-promote option or upon exercise of the option as cash and cash equivalents as the Company has the ability to direct the usage of funds, and as a corresponding long-term liability (“Liability under co-promotion agreement – related party”) on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet when received. The liability will remain on the balance sheet until (i) Sirtex exercises the option which results in royalties paid by the Company to Sirtex based on the net sales of the TAVO™ products, or (ii) Sirtex does not exercise the option and the co-promotion agreement is terminated by the parties.


As of October 31, 2022, the balance of the Liability under co-promotion agreement – related party relates to the option fee payment of $5.0 million received from Sirtex.