Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related-Party Transactions

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Related-Party Transactions
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2020
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related-Party Transactions

3. 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 $62,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020, and $361,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

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 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. We have incurred $33,000 of license and royalty fees owed to Cellectis for the three months ended March 31, 2020, and $25,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

We have entered into various agreements with the University of Minnesota, pursuant to which we have been granted both exclusive and non-exclusive license agreements that carry annual license fees, milestone payments, royalties, and associated legal fees. These agreements primarily relate to gene-editing tools, enabling technologies and germplasm. We have incurred $12,000 of costs pursuant to these agreements for the three months ended March 31, 2020, and $4,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019.