Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
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Commitments and Contingencies
 
Agreements for Human Placental Based Products with Celularity, Inc.
 
In November 2013, the Company entered into a License, Marketing and Development Agreement (the “License Agreement”) and Supply Agreement (the “Biovance Supply Agreement”) with Celgene Cellular Therapeutics (“CCT”), an affiliate of Celgene Corporation (“Celgene”). The agreements grant the Company an exclusive, royalty-bearing license in CCT’s intellectual property for certain placental based products, including ECM and Biovance ®, as well as provide the Company with the its requirements of Biovance for distribution. In January 2016, HLI Cellular Therapeutics, LLC (“HLI”), a genomics-based, technology-driven company, announced the purchase of LifebankUSA and other select assets from CCT. CCT assigned and HLI assumed the license and supply agreements the Company entered into with CCT, for certain placental based products. In June 2017, Celularity acquired some of the assets of HLI, including the agreements between HLI and the Company. The Company is required to pay Celularity annual license fees, designated amounts when certain milestone events occur and royalties on all sales of licensed products, with such amounts being variable and contingent on various factors. During the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, the Company incurred royalties of approximately $818,000 and $493,000, respectively, in connection with this agreement. Approximately $227,000 and $197,000 is included in accrued expenses as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively, in connection with this agreement. The initial term of the License Agreement ends on November 14, 2023, unless sooner terminated pursuant to the termination rights under the License Agreement, and will extend for additional two-year terms unless either party gives written notice within a specified period prior to the end of a term.
 
The License Agreement with Celularity is terminable on a product-by-product basis if the Company fails to meet certain minimum sales thresholds in the second year or any subsequent year of commercial sales of each licensed product. Each year of commercial sales are referred to in the License Agreement as “launch years” and the calendar period constituting each launch year for each licensed product is determined in accordance with the terms of the License Agreement. To maintain its license for Biovance, the Company must meet a minimum gross sales amount for Biovance in the second year and third year of commercial sales. If the Company fails to meet the minimum threshold in the second year of commercial sales of product, it would be able to cure such failure by making a cure payment specified in the License Agreement to Celularity; provided, however, the Company does not have the option to make a cure payment, should it fail to meet the minimum threshold for such product in the third year of commercial sales and Celularity may terminate the License Agreement with respect to such product.
 
In September 2014, the Company entered into a First Amendment to the License Agreement (the “Amended License Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company received the right to market Biovance for podiatric and orthopedic applications. The Amended License Agreement also amends certain terms and the related schedule for milestone payments to CCT. In May 2015, the Company amended its exclusive licensing agreement with CCT, which granted the Company the right to develop and market CCT’s connective tissue matrix product, also known as Interfyl.
 
In April 2016, the Company entered into a Supply Agreement with HLI (now Celularity), pursuant to which Celularity supplies the Company with the Company’s entire requirement of Interfyl™ Human Connective Tissue Matrix. Additionally, the Company agreed to make certain future milestone payments upon the achievement of certain milestones. The Company initiated sales and marketing efforts of Interfyl Human Connective Tissue Matrix in September 2016 and achieved two milestones under the license agreement. The Company is required to pay Celularity $500,000 related to the first commercial sale of Interfyl in the flowable matrix configuration and $500,000 related to the first commercial sale of Interfyl in the particulate form. Commercial sales of both configurations occurred in September 2016, and as such, the Company recorded $1.0 million of milestone expense during the year ended December 31, 2016. The milestone has been included in accrued expenses and other current liabilities as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016. The payment of this milestone will be waived if the Asset Purchase Agreement with Celularity is consummated.
 
On December 1, 2017, the Company received notice from Celularity that the Company is in material breach of the License Agreement or Supply Agreements with Celuarity, for failure to purchase the required amounts of materials under the Supply Agreements and failure to use commercially reasonable best efforts to undertake development activities for the licensed products under the License Agreement. Celularity estimated that an additional purchase of at least $842,000 would have to be made by the Company to remedy the breach under the Supply Agreements. Celularity has agreed to forbear from exercising its right to terminate the supply and license agreements until the closing of the Asset Purchase Agreement or termination of the Asset Purchase Agreement for any reason. 
 
License Agreement with Noble Fiber Technologies, LLC
 
On July 15, 2011, the Company entered into a license agreement with Noble Fiber Technologies, LLC, whereby the Company has the exclusive right and license to manufacture and distribute “SilverSeal Hydrogel Wound Dressings” and “SilverSeal Hydrocolloid Wound Dressings”. The license is granted for ten years with an option to be extended for consecutive renewal periods of two years after the initial term. Royalties are to be paid equal to 9.75% of net sales of licensed products. The agreement calls for minimum royalties in 2016 in the amount of $600,000. There are no minimum royalties subsequent to 2016. Total royalties, for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 were $1,900 and $600,000, respectively, in connection with this agreement. Approximately $0 and $598,000 is included in accounts payable as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively, in connection with this agreement.
 
Contingent Consideration
 
Celleration, Inc.
 
On May 29, 2015, the Company acquired all outstanding equity interest of Celleration, Inc. (“Celleration”), a medical device company focused on developing and commercializing the MIST Therapy® therapeutic ultrasound platform for the treatment of acute and chronic wounds. The Company agreed to pay contingent consideration of 3.5 times revenue from acquired MIST Therapy products in excess of certain revenue targets for the years ending December 31, 2015 and 2016, payable in equal amounts of cash and the Company’s common stock. This contingent consideration was payable in two installments in March 2016 and March 2017.
 
The first installment consisted of $2.6 million of cash and approximately 98,600 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at approximately $2.6 million and was paid in March 2016. This payment was based on 3.5 times of the excess of 2015 MIST Therapy revenue of approximately $10.2 million over 2014 MIST Therapy revenue of approximately $8.7 million.
 
The second installment consisted of $675,000 of cash and approximately 101,000 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at approximately $675,000 and was paid in March 2017. This payment was based on 3.5 times of the excess of 2016 MIST Therapy revenue of approximately $10.5 million over 2015 MIST Therapy revenue of approximately $10.2 million. There are no further contingent payments due in connection with the Celleration acquisition.
 
Choice Therapeutics, Inc.
 
On May 5, 2014, the Company acquired all outstanding equity interest of Choice Therapeutics, Inc., a provider of innovative wound care products using proprietary TheraBond 3D® Antimicrobial Barrier Systems. The Company agreed to pay contingent consideration based upon the Company achieving specific performance metrics over the three twelve-month periods, ended April 30, 2017. The Company issued approximately 132,000 shares of its common stock valued at approximately $500,000 in June 2017. There are no further contingent payments due in connection with the Choice acquisition.
 
Litigation, Claims and Assessments
 
From time to time, the Company may become involved in lawsuits, investigations and claims that arise in the ordinary course of business. The Company believes it has meritorious defenses against all pending claims and intends to vigorously pursue them. While it is not possible to predict or determine the outcomes of any pending actions, the Company believes the amount of liability, if any, with respect to such actions, would not materially affect its financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
 
On February 22, 2018, a putative stockholder class action complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against the Company and each member of the Board, captioned Ronald Cresta, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated v. Alliqua BioMedical Inc., David Johnson, Joseph M. Leone, Gary Restani, Jeffrey Sklar and Mark Wagner. The complaint alleges, among other things, that the Company and the Board violated federal securities laws and regulations by soliciting stockholder votes in connection with the Asset Sale Transaction through a proxy statement that omits material facts necessary to make the statements therein not false or misleading. The complaint seeks, among other things, to enjoin the Company and the Board from conducting the stockholder vote on the Asset Sale Transaction unless and until the allegedly omitted material information is disclosed to the Company’s stockholders, damages allegedly suffered by the plaintiffs as a result of the asserted omissions, as well as related attorneys’ fees and expenses.
 
The Company is reviewing the complaint and has not yet formally responded to it, but the Company denies the allegations and intends to defend against them vigorously.