rent expense for all rented facilities for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016, and 2015 was $0.4 million, $0.5 million, and
$1.0 million, respectively.
minimum annual lease payments, including the lease liability, under the Fremont Lease for the years ending after December 31,
2017 are as follows (in thousands):
|| ||1,346|| |
|| ||1,389|| |
|| ||1,431|| |
|| ||1,097|| |
is subject to various claims and contingencies in the ordinary course of its business, including those related to litigation,
business transactions, employee-related matters, and others. When Asterias is aware of a claim or potential claim, it assesses
the likelihood of any loss or exposure. If it is probable that a loss will result and an amount that can be reasonably estimated,
Asterias will record a liability for the loss. If the loss is not probable or the amount of the loss cannot be reasonably estimated,
Asterias discloses the claim if the likelihood of a potential loss is reasonably possible and the amount involved could be material.
Asterias is not aware of any claims likely to have a material adverse effect on its financial condition or results of operations.
has entered into employment contracts with certain executive officers. Under the provisions of the contracts, Asterias may be
required to incur severance obligations for matters relating to changes in control, as defined and involuntary terminations. In
2016, Asterias paid $309,000 in severance to two former executives in accordance with their respective separation agreements.
December 31, 2017, total potential severance obligations in connection with the termination of employment contracts approximated
$1.3 million for termination without cause and $2.0 million for termination due to a change in control.
the normal course of business, Asterias may provide indemnifications of varying scope under Asterias’ agreements with its
directors and executive employees or other companies or consultants, typically Asterias’ clinical research organizations,
investigators, clinical sites, suppliers and others. Pursuant to these agreements, Asterias will generally agree to indemnify,
hold harmless, and reimburse the indemnified parties for losses and expenses suffered or incurred by the indemnified parties arising
from claims of third parties in connection with the use or testing of Asterias’ products and services. Indemnification provisions
could also cover third-party infringement claims with respect to patent rights, copyrights, or other intellectual property pertaining
to Asterias products and services. The term of these indemnification agreements will generally continue in effect after the termination
or expiration of the particular research, development, services, or license agreement to which they relate. The potential future
payments Asterias could be required to make under these indemnification agreements will generally not be subject to any specified
maximum amount. Historically, Asterias has not been subject to any claims or demands for indemnification. Asterias maintains various
liability insurance policies that limit Asterias’ exposure. As a result, Asterias believes the fair value of these indemnification
agreements is minimal. Accordingly, Asterias has not recorded any liabilities for these agreements as of December 31, 2017 and