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6. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

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6. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2015
Notes to Financial Statements  
NOTE 6 - RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Through December 31, 2011, Dr. Platt advanced $257,820 to the Company to fund start-up costs and operations. Advances by Dr. Platt carry an interest rate of 6.5% and were due on June 29, 2013. On May 7, 2012, Dr. Platt and the Company's former President entered into promissory notes to advance to the Company an aggregate of $40,000. The notes accrue interest at 6.5% per year and were due June 30, 2013. The outstanding notes of $297,820 have been amended each year to extend the maturity dates.  Most recently, effective June 30, 2015, the outstanding notes for Dr. Platt were amended to extend the maturity dates to June 30, 2017. The maturity date for the Company's former President remain June 30, 2016 and have been classified as a current liability within the accompanying balance sheet.

 

In December 2013, the Board of Directors agreed to indemnify Dr. Platt for legal costs incurred in connection with an arbitration (now concluded) initiated before the American Arbitration Association by Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (formerly named Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) for which Dr. Platt previously served as CEO and Chairman.  Galectin sought to rescind or reform the Separation Agreement entered into with Dr. Platt upon his resignation from Galectin to remove a $1.0 million milestone payment which Dr. Platt asserted he was entitled to receive and to be repaid all separation benefits paid to Dr. Platt.  The Company initially capped the amount for which it would indemnify Dr. Platt at $150,000 in December 2013 and Dr. Platt agreed to reimburse the indemnification amounts paid by the Company should he prevail in the arbitration.  The Board decided to indemnify Dr. Platt after considering a number of factors, including the scope of the Company’s existing indemnification obligations to officers and directors and the potential impact of the arbitration on the Company.  In May 2014, the Board approved a $50,000 increase in indemnification support, solely for the payment of outside legal expenses.  The Company recorded a total of $182,697 in costs associated with Dr. Platt’s indemnification, of which $119,401 was expensed in the year ended December 31, 2013 and of which $63,296 was expensed in the year ended December 31, 2014.  In July 2014, the arbitration was concluded in favor of Dr. Platt, confirming the effectiveness of the separation agreement and payment was made to Dr. Platt in July 2014.  

 

On March 2, 2015, the Board of Directors voted to reduce the amount that Dr. Platt was required to reimburse the Company to $82,355 and to offset this amount against interest accrued in respect of the outstanding note payable to Dr. Platt.  In addition, the Board determined that Dr. Platt would be charged interest related to the $182,697 indemnification payment since funds were received by Dr. Platt in July 2014.  The Board of Directors concluded the foregoing constituted complete satisfaction of Dr. Platt’s indemnification by the Company.  Accordingly, the Company has recorded the reduction in accrued interest through earnings during the interim period ended March 31, 2015.  As of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, $10,004 and $82,760, respectively, of accrued interest in connection with the related party promissory notes, had been included in accrued expenses and other current liabilities on the accompanying balance sheet.

 

On June 24, 2011, the Company entered into a definitive Licensing and Manufacturing Agreement (the "Agreement") with Advance Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. ("Advance Pharmaceutical"), a Hong Kong-based privately-held company.  Under terms of the Agreement, the Company manufactures and supplies product in bulk for Advance Pharmaceutical.  Advance Pharmaceutical is responsible for the packaging, marketing and distribution of SUGARDOWN® in China, Hong Kong and Macau.    In November 2014, The Company agreed to expand Advance Pharmaceutical’s territory to include 12 additional countries: Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Brunei and Cambodia. In March 2015, the agreement was expanded to include Japan as an additional territory.  Advance Pharmaceutical, through a wholly owned subsidiary, has purchased an aggregate 1,799,800 shares of the Company’s common stock in conjunction with the Company’s private placement offerings during the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011.   The shares were purchased on the same terms as the other participants acquiring shares in the respective offerings.   Conroy Chi-Heng Cheng is a director of Advance Pharmaceutical and joined the Company’s Board of Directors in December 2013.    Revenue generated pursuant to the Agreement for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2015, were $35,231 and $70,137, respectively.  Revenue generated pursuant to the Agreement for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2014, were $19,766 and $62,366, respectively. 

 

On March 14, 2013, the Company issued 500,000 shares of its common stock at a price per share of $0.50 and issued a warrant to purchase 250,000 additional shares with an exercise price of $1.00 per share for gross proceeds of $250,000 to CJY Holdings Limited ("CJY"). The warrant is exercisable immediately and has a five year term. In July 2013 CJY Holdings Limited purchased 6,666,660 shares of the Company’s common stock and warrants to purchase an aggregate of 3,333,320 shares of the Company’s common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $2,000,000 in the private placement conducted by the Company between July 2013 and September 2013.  The warrants are exercisable immediately over a five year term with an exercise price of $0.50 per share.  CJY is an entity that is controlled by Cheng Chi Him, a brother of our Director, Conroy Chi-Heng Cheng.

 

In June 2015, the Company received $200,000 of cash proceeds from CJY Holdings Limited, in connection with a potential future exercise of its warrant.  As of June 30, 2015, the Company had recorded the $200,000 of proceeds in accrued expenses and other current liabilities within the accompanying balance sheet as terms of the exercise were not yet finalized and all proceeds had not yet been received.