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BIOTIME INC filed this Form 424B3 on 02/04/2019
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13. License and Royalty Obligations


Services Agreement with Cell Therapy Catapult Services Limited


In October 2015, Asterias entered into a Services Agreement (the “Services Agreement”) with Cell Therapy Catapult Services Limited (“Catapult”), a research organization specializing in the development of technologies which speed the growth of the cell and gene therapy industry. Under the Services Agreement, Catapult will license to Asterias, certain background intellectual property and will develop a scalable manufacturing and differentiation process for Asterias’ human embryonic stem cell derived dendritic cell cancer vaccine development program. In consideration for the license and Catapult’s performance of services, Asterias agreed to make aggregate payments of up to GBP £4,350,000 over the next five years (approximately $5.9 million based on the foreign currency exchange rate on December 31, 2017). At the option of Asterias, up to GBP £3,600,000 (approximately $4.9 million based on the foreign currency exchange rate on December 31, 2017) of such payments may be settled in shares of Asterias Series A Common Stock instead of cash. If Asterias elects to pay for the services in stock and Catapult is unable to sell the stock in the market within 60 days of issuance, after reasonable and diligent efforts through its broker, Catapult may request that the unsold portion of the stock payment, if any, be paid by Asterias in cash at a value equal to approximately 91% of the total amount that was issued in stock. This right by Catapult to put the unsold shares back to Asterias for cash expires the earlier to occur of the sale of the stock in the market or after 60 days of issuance. As of December 31, 2017, we have incurred costs since commencement of the Services Agreement of GBP £3,200,000 under the Services Agreement.


The Services Agreement may be terminated by Asterias for any reason upon 60 days prior written notice. Catapult may terminate the Services Agreement on 60 days prior written notice if it encounters a technical issue that would prevent it from completing the services at all or without obtaining additional resources, or if the estimated time and cost of completing the services will be exceeded and Catapult and Asterias do not reach agreement on revised time and cost terms. Catapult may terminate the Services Agreement in the event Asterias fails to pay any amount due under the Services Agreement 30 days after Catapult makes a written demand for payment. In addition, a non-breaching party may terminate the Services Agreement upon the occurrence a material breach that is not remedied within 30 days. Either party may terminate the Services Agreement in the event the other party becomes subject to insolvency, receivership, liquidation, or a similar event.


Advance payments for research and development services to be performed by Catapult are deferred and recognized as research and development expense ratably as the services are performed. Advance payments related to licenses will be expensed when paid due to the experimental nature of the project. Pursuant to the Services Agreement, if there are any issued, but unsold Asterias stock, to Catapult for payment of services and the 60-day put right has not expired as of the period end being reported on, Asterias will present that amount as “temporary” equity in accordance with ASC 480-10-S99 Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity – SEC Materials. Once the put right expires or the shares are sold by Catapult, the temporary equity amount will be reclassified by Asterias to permanent equity without adjustment to the carrying value of the stock


In the fiscal years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015 Asterias paid $1.6 million, $1.7 million and $1.2 million, respectively, for services pursuant to the Services Agreement. Asterias paid $385,000, $815,000, and $713,000, respectively, in cash for these services and the remainder was paid with Asterias Series A Common Stock. Asterias issued 318,748, 218,520, and 96,479 shares of Asterias Series A Common Stock with fair market values of $1.2 million, $922,000, and $486,000 at the time of issuance which Asterias reclassified into permanent equity.



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