Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related-Party Transactions

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Related-Party Transactions
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related-Party Transactions

3. RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS

We have several agreements that govern our relationship with Cellectis. Pursuant to our management services agreement with Cellectis, we also pay management fees for services Cellectis provides to us. We perform Cellectis’ U.S. operations payroll services. We incurred management fee expenses of $0.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 and $0.4 million for the same period in 2018. We incurred management fee expenses of $0.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 and $1.0 for the same period in 2018.

Cellectis also has guaranteed our headquarters lease agreement. Cellectis’ guarantee of our obligations under the sale-leaseback transaction will terminate at the end of the second consecutive calendar year in which our tangible net worth exceeds $300 million. Any amounts borrowed from Cellectis bear floating-rate interest at a rate of 12-month Euribor plus five percent per annum.

TALEN technology was invented by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University and exclusively licensed to Cellectis. We obtained from Cellectis an exclusive license for the TALEN technology for commercial use in plants. TALEN technology is the primary gene-editing technology used by us today. We also license other key technology from Cellectis and owe them royalties on any revenue we generate from sales of product as well as a percentage of any sublicense revenues we generate. With the exception of a one-time payment made to the University of Minnesota related to our commercialization of High Oleic Soybeans, we have incurred nominal license fees under these agreements in in the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2019 and 2018.