Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related-Party Transactions

Related-Party Transactions
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related-Party Transactions


The Company is party to several agreements that govern its relationship with Cellectis, some of which require the Company to make payments to Cellectis. Pursuant to the Company's management services agreement with Cellectis, it incurred nominal management fee expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, and 2020.

Cellectis has also guaranteed the lease agreement for the Company's headquarters. Cellectis’ guarantee of the Company's obligations under the lease will terminate at the end of the second consecutive calendar year in which the Company's tangible net worth exceeds $300 million.

TALEN® is the Company's primary gene editing technology, and it is the foundation of its technology platform. TALEN® technology was invented by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University and exclusively licensed to Cellectis. The Company obtained an exclusive license for the TALEN® technology for commercial use in plants from Cellectis. The Company also licenses other technology from Cellectis. Cellectis is entitled to royalties on any revenue the Company generates from sales of products less certain amounts as defined in the license agreement, royalties on certain cumulative revenue thresholds, and a percentage of any sublicense revenues. The Company has incurred nominal license and royalty fees for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, and 2020.

The Company is also party to various agreements with the University of Minnesota, pursuant to which it has 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. The Company incurred nominal expenses pursuant to these agreements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, and 2020.