Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related-Party Transactions

Related-Party Transactions
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related-Party Transactions


We have several agreements that govern our relationship with Cellectis, some of which require us to make payments to Cellectis. Pursuant to our management services agreement with Cellectis, we incurred management fee expenses of $305,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2019, and $1.0 million for the same period in 2018. We incurred management fee expenses of $1.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and $2.0 million for the same period in 2018.

Cellectis has also guaranteed the lease agreement for our headquarters. Cellectis’ guarantee of our obligations under the lease will terminate at the end of the second consecutive calendar year in which our tangible net worth exceeds $300.0 million.

TALEN® is our primary gene-editing technology, and it is the foundation of our technology platform. TALEN technology was invented by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University and exclusively licensed to Cellectis. We obtained an exclusive license for the TALEN technology for commercial use in plants from Cellectis. We also license other technology from Cellectis. We owe Cellectis royalties on any revenue we generate from sales of products less certain amounts as defined in the license agreement, as well as a percentage of any sublicense revenues. 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 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018.