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License Agreements
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2012
License Arrangement [Abstract]  
License Agreements

Note 5 — License Agreements:

 

Diltiazem (VEN 307) And Phenylepherine (VEN 308)

 

In March 2007, pursuant to an Exclusive License Agreement, S.L.A. Pharma, AG (“S.L.A. Pharma”) granted Paramount BioSciences, LLC, or PBS, a royalty-bearing license to sell, make and use diltiazem (VEN 307) for treatment, through topical administration, of anal fissures and phenylepherine (VEN 308) for treatment, through topical administration, of fecal incontinence in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In August 2007, pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption Agreement, PBS sold all of its rights in and arising out of the Exclusive License Agreement with S.L.A. Pharma to Ventrus for $1,087,876. The corresponding U.S. and foreign patents and applications for the two compounds have been licensed to Ventrus under the Assignment and Assumption Agreement (the technology referred to collectively as the “Compound Technology”). In the event that the Compound Technology is commercialized, the Company is obligated to pay to S.L.A. Pharma annual royalties, based upon net sales of the product. In addition, the Company is required to make payments to S.L.A. Pharma up to an aggregate amount of $20 million upon the achievement of various milestones related to regulatory events. Should the Company make any improvements regarding the Compound Technology, the Company is required to grant S.L.A. Pharma licenses to use such improvements.

 

As compensation for S.L.A. Pharma’s participation in the management and the development of the technologies, Ventrus is required to make separate payments to S.L.A. Pharma equal to $41,500 per month (“Monthly Payments”) for each of diltiazem and phenylephrine. Per the agreement, Ventrus’ obligation to make these Monthly Payments was to terminate upon a new drug application (“NDA”) filing. Pursuant to amendments to the Exclusive License Agreement, the Company, as of September 30, 2010, was no longer required to make additional monthly payments for phenylephrine. At September 30, 2012, the Company had no amounts due to S.L.A. Pharma.

 

Ventrus is also required to reimburse S.L.A. Pharma for clinical development costs associated with the technology development of both diltiazem and phenylephrine. Ventrus’ total payment obligation for the diltiazem project was limited to $4,200,000, and these payments were made from August 2007 through December 31, 2011. Both Ventrus and S.L.A. Pharma have agreed to add additional services outside the scope of the agreement for $400,000. The services have not yet been provided by S.L.A. Pharma. S.L.A. Pharma has been paid $600,000 for services for the phenylephrine project through September 30, 2012. S.L.A. Pharma did not provide Ventrus with any services for the phenylephrine project in 2011 or the nine months ended September 30, 2012, and management does not expect any services from S.L.A. Pharma for the phenylephrine project in the foreseeable future.

 

On June 6, 2011, Ventrus further amended the Exclusive License Agreement with S.L.A. Pharma. The amendment eliminates its potential $800,000 milestone payment to S.L.A. Pharma for the development of diltiazem, previously payable upon the completion of enrollment into the Phase III clinical trial that S.L.A. Pharma conducted in Europe. It also eliminates S.L.A. Pharma’s ability to terminate the license agreement at any time, with one month’s notice, in the event that Ventrus had failed to make a required payment and a third party wished to enter into a license agreement for diltiazem and phenylephrine, provided the termination would not have been effective if within that one-month period Ventrus paid all the then required payments under the agreement. Pursuant to the amendment, Ventrus must pay S.L.A. Pharma up to $1,000,000 in milestone payments, payable in four equal installments of $250,000 once specified thresholds of randomized patients are achieved in the Phase III trial for diltiazem that S.L.A. Pharma was conducting in Europe. The first two milestones were met and paid in the third quarter of 2011 and the third and fourth milestones were met and paid in the fourth quarter of 2011. On October 9, 2012, Ventrus made a milestone payment of $125,000 to S.L.A. which was due upon Investigational Review Board approval of a Phase III study of a licensed product incorporating Anoheal. Additionally, upon Ventrus’ receipt of a quality controlled final study report of the Phase III trial for diltiazem in Europe, Ventrus must pay S.L.A. Pharma $400,000 in development costs for diltiazem.

 

As of September 30, 2012, Ventrus’ total remaining payment obligation for the phenylephrine project shall not exceed $400,000, consisting of to-be-agreed-upon services.

 

Iferanserin (VEN 309)

 

In March 2008, Ventrus entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Sam Amer & Co., Inc. (“Amer”) whereby Ventrus acquired certain patent rights to iferanserin (VEN 309) for the topical treatment of any anorectal disorders. On June 5, 2011, the Company entered into an agreement with Amer to acquire all rights, title and interest to iferanserin, which acquisition closed on November 14, 2011. On June 25, 2012, based on the results of the Phase III clinical trial, the Company ceased all research and development activity related to iferanserin.