Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  



Patent payable


As part of the formation of the Company, a patent license was transferred to the Company. The original license began in 2006. Under the terms of the license the Company agreed to pay $10,000 per year through 2015 and royalties of 2% on any revenues resulting from the license. There were no revenues generated by this license during the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017. The remaining obligation of $20,000 as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, is recorded as a part of accounts payable on the consolidated balance sheets. The license expired in February 2016.


Employee settlement


As of December 31, 2018 and 2017, the Company owed a former employee a severance settlement payable in the amount of $50,000 for accrued vacation benefits. As part of the severance settlement, a stock option previously granted to the former employee was fully vested and extended.


BASF agreement and license


In November 2006, the Company entered into a joint development and supply agreement with BASF SE (“BASF”). Under the agreement, the Company granted BASF an exclusive world-wide license to the Company’s rights related to the development and commercialization of astaxanthin nutraceutical products; the Company retains all rights related to astaxanthin pharmaceutical products. The Company is to receive specified royalties based on future net sales of such astaxanthin nutraceutical products. No royalties were realized from this agreement during the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.


Capsugel agreement


On August 18, 2014, the Company entered into a collaboration agreement with Capsugel US, LLC (“Capsugel”) for the joint commercial development of astaxanthin products (“Capsugel Astaxanthin Products”) for the consumer health market that contain nature-identical synthetic astaxanthin and use Capsugel’s proprietary formulation technology. The agreement provides for the parties to jointly administer activities under a product development plan that will include identifying at least one mutually acceptable third-party marketer who will further develop, market and distribute Capsugel Astaxanthin Products. Capsugel will share revenues with the Company based on net sales of products that are developed under the collaboration. No revenues were realized from this agreement during the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.