|6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2021
|Revenue from Contract with Customer [Abstract]
11. DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
Collaboration with Kaken
On January 3, 2019, the Company entered into a Collaboration and License Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Kaken Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a company organized under the laws of Japan (“Kaken”). Pursuant to the Agreement, Corbus granted Kaken an exclusive license to commercialize pharmaceutical preparations containing lenabasum (the “Licensed Products”) for the prevention or treatment of dermatomyositis and systemic sclerosis (together, the “Initial Indications”) in Japan (the “Territory”).
Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Corbus will bear the cost of, and be responsible for, among other things, conducting the clinical studies and other developmental activities for the Licensed Products in the Initial Indications in the Territory, and Kaken will bear the cost of, and be responsible for, among other things, preparing and filing applications for regulatory approval in the Territory and for commercializing Licensed Products in the Territory, using commercially reasonable efforts to commercialize the Licensed Products and obtaining pricing approval for Licensed Products in the Territory.
In consideration of the license and other rights granted by Corbus, Kaken paid to Corbus in March 2019 a $27,000,000 upfront cash payment and is obligated to pay potential milestone payments to Corbus totaling up to approximately $173,000,000 for the achievement of certain development, sales and regulatory milestones, with part of the milestone payments being calculated in Japanese Yen, and therefore subject to change based on the conversion rate to U.S. Dollars in effect at the time of payment. In addition, during the Royalty Term (as defined below), Kaken is obligated to pay Corbus royalties on sales of Licensed Products in the Territory, under certain conditions, in the double digits, which royalty shall be reduced in certain circumstances. In particular, for so long as Corbus supplies Licensed Products to Kaken pursuant to a supply agreement to be entered into by the parties, royalty payments shall be payable for each unit of Licensed Product that Corbus supplies as a percentage of the Japanese National Health Insurance price of the Licensed Product. During any time in which a supply agreement is not in effect, royalty payments shall be changed to a rate to be agreed upon by the parties in good faith.
The Agreement will remain in effect on a Licensed Product-by-Licensed Product (as defined in the Agreement) basis and will expire upon the expiration of the Royalty Term for the final Licensed Product. The “Royalty Term” means the period beginning on the date of the first commercial sale of the Licensed Product in Japan and ends on the latest of (i) the expiration of the last valid claim of the royalty patents covering such Licensed Product in Japan, (ii) the expiration of regulatory exclusivity for such Licensed Product for such Initial Indication in Japan, or (iii) ten (10) years after the first commercial sale of such Licensed Product for such Initial Indication in Japan. The Agreement may be terminated by either party for material breach, upon a party’s insolvency or bankruptcy or upon a challenge by one party of any patents of the other party, and Kaken may terminate in specified situations, including for a safety concern or clinical failure, or at its convenience following the second anniversary of the first commercial sale of a Licensed Product in either of the Initial Indications in the Territory, with 180 days’ notice.
Pursuant to the Agreement, the parties agreed to develop a joint steering committee to provide strategic oversight of the parties’ activities under the Agreement, as well as a joint development committee to coordinate the development of Licensed Products in Japan. Additionally, the parties will establish a joint commercialization committee to review and confirm commercialization activities with respect to Licensed Products in Japan upon regulatory approval of such Licensed Product.
The Agreement also contains customary representations, warranties and covenants by both parties, as well as customary provisions relating to indemnification, confidentiality and other matters.
The Company assessed this arrangement in accordance with GAAP and concluded that the contract counterparty, Kaken, is a customer. The Company identified the following material promises under the arrangement: (1) the exclusive license to commercialize lenabasum; (2) the product’s initial know-how transfer; (3) election to use the product trademarks; (4) the sharing of data gathered through the execution of the Global Development Plan (as defined in the Agreement) for the Initial Indications; and (5) Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (“PMDA”)-required supplemental studies. The Company identified two performance obligations; (1) the combined performance obligation of the License, initial know-how transfer and license to the Company’s product trademarks; and (2) the sharing of data gathered through the execution of the Global Development Plan for the Initial Indications. The Company determined that the license and initial know-how transfer were not distinct from another in the context of the contract, as initial know-how transfer is highly interrelated to the license and Kaken would incur significant costs to re-create the know-how of the Company. The Company determined that the election to use the product trademarks license contributes to the exclusivity of the license and, therefore, is combined with the license. The PMDA-required supplemental study is a contingent promise although not a performance obligation as the promise does not provide Kaken with a material right.
Under the Agreement, in order to evaluate the appropriate transaction price, the Company determined that the upfront amount of $27,000,000 constituted the entirety of the consideration to be included in the transaction price at the outset of the arrangement, which was allocated to the two performance obligations. The potential milestone payments that the Company is eligible to receive were excluded from the transaction price, as all milestone payments are fully constrained based on the probability of achievement. The Company will reevaluate the transaction price at the end of each reporting period and as uncertain events are resolved or other changes in circumstances occur, and, if necessary, adjust its estimate of the transaction price.
The Company estimated the stand-alone selling price of each performance obligation using a market approach and allocated the transaction price on a relative basis. This allocation resulted in a de minimis value attributable the obligation to sharing of data gathered through the execution of the Global Development Plan for the Initial Indications and effectively all of the value to the combined license, initial know-how transfer and license to product trademarks. Therefore, the full upfront payment of $27,000,000 is allocated to the combined performance obligation of the license, initial technology transfer and license to the product trademarks.
The Company received the upfront payment of $27,000,000 in March 2019 and, as the performance obligations were not yet satisfied at that time, the payment was recorded in deferred revenue as of March 31, 2019. The Company satisfied the combined performance obligation by June 30, 2019, upon which the Company recognized the $27,000,000 upfront payment as revenue in the second quarter of 2019.
The Company was required to make a $2,700,000 royalty payment to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (the “CFF”) within 60 days of receipt of the upfront cash payment from Kaken pursuant to the 2018 CFF Award (as defined below). This obligation was paid by the Company to CFF in May 2019.
2018 CFF Award
On January 26, 2018, the Company entered into the Cystic Fibrosis Program Related Investment Agreement (the “Investment Agreement”) with the CFF, a non-profit drug discovery and development corporation, pursuant to which the Company received an award for up to $25,000,000 in funding (the “2018 CFF Award”) to support a Phase 2b Clinical Trial (the “Phase 2b Clinical Trial”) of lenabasum in patients with cystic fibrosis, of which the Company has received $22,500,000 in the aggregate through September 30, 2020 upon the Company’s achievement of milestones related to the progress of the Phase 2b Clinical Trial, as set forth in the Investment Agreement. The Company expects that the final $2,500,000 of the 2018 CFF Award will be paid upon the Company’s achievement of the last remaining milestone related to the progress of the Phase 2b Clinical Trial, as set forth in the Investment Agreement, and the Company expects to receive the remainder before the end of the second half of 2021.
Pursuant to the terms of the Investment Agreement, the Company is obligated to make certain royalty payments to CFF, including a royalty payment of one and one-half times the amount of the 2018 CFF Award, payable in cash within sixty days upon the first receipt of approval of lenabasum in the United States and a second royalty payment of one and one-half times the amount of the 2018 CFF Award upon approval in another major market, as set forth in the Investment Agreement (the “Approval Royalty”). At the Company’s election, the Company may satisfy the first of the two Approval Royalties in registered shares of the Company’s common stock.
Additionally, the Company is obligated to make (i) royalty payments to CFF of two and one-half percent of net sales from lenabasum due within sixty days after any quarter in which such net sales occur in the Field (as defined in the Investment Agreement), (ii) royalty payments to CFF of one percent of net sales of Non-Field Products (as defined in the Investment Agreement) due within sixty days after any quarter in which such net sales occur, and (iii) royalty payments to CFF of ten percent of any amount the Company and its stockholders receive in connection with the license, sale, or other transfer to a third party of lenabasum, if indicated for the treatment or prevention of CF, or a change of control transaction, except that such payment shall not exceed five times the amount of the 2018 CFF Award, with such payments to be credited against any other net sales royalty payments due. Accordingly, the Company will owe to CFF a royalty payment equal to 10% of any amounts the Company receives as payment under the collaboration agreement with Kaken, provided that the total royalties that the Company will be required to pay under the Investment Agreement resulting from income from licenses or sales subject to the Investment Agreement are capped at five times the total amount of the 2018 CFF Award. The Company may credit such royalties against any royalties on net sales otherwise owed to CFF under the Investment Agreement. Accordingly, the Company was required to pay CFF $2,700,000 in May 2019 as a result of its receipt of the $27,000,000 upfront cash payment from Kaken.
Either CFF or the Company may terminate the Investment Agreement for cause, which includes the Company’s material failure to achieve certain commercialization and development milestones. The Company’s payment obligations survive the termination of the Investment Agreement.
Pursuant to the terms of the Investment Agreement, the Company issued a warrant to CFF to purchase an aggregate of 1,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (the “CFF Warrant”). The CFF Warrant is exercisable at a price equal to $13.20 per share and is immediately exercisable for 500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. Upon completion of the final milestone set forth in the Investment Agreement and receipt of the final payment from CFF to the Company pursuant to the Investment Agreement, the CFF Warrant will be exercisable for the remaining 500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The CFF Warrant expires on January 26, 2025. Any shares of the Company’s common stock issued upon exercise of the CFF Warrant will be unregistered and subject to a one-year lock-up.
Under the Investment Agreement, the Company recorded $136,558 and $286,346 of revenue during the three months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively, and recorded $784,382 and $2,048,405 of revenue during the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The Company concluded that the contract counterparty, CFF, is a customer. The Company identified the following material promise under the arrangement: research and development activities and related services under the Phase 2b Clinical Trial. Based on these assessments, the Company identified one performance obligation at the outset of the Investment Agreement, which consists of: Phase 2b Clinical Trial research and development activities and related services.
To determine the transaction price, the Company included the total aggregate payments under the Investment Agreement which amount to $25,000,000 and reduced the revenue to be recognized by the payment to the customer of $6,215,225 in the form of the CFF Warrant representing its fair value, leaving the remaining $18,784,775 as the transaction price as of the outset of the arrangement, which will be recognized as revenue over the performance period as discussed below. The $6,215,225 fair value of the warrant was also recorded as an increase to additional paid in capital.
The Company has billed and received $22,500,000 so far in milestone payments including $12,500,000 in 2018, $5,000,000 in 2019 and $5,000,000 in 2020. No milestone payments were received in the first half of 2021. The corresponding contract asset increased from $1,618,000 at December 31, 2020 to $2,403,000 at June 30, 2021 as a result of the additional revenue recognized during the first half of 2021.
The CFF Warrant is accounted for as a payment to the customer under GAAP. See Note 14 for further information related to the CFF Warrant. The Company notes that the Investment Agreement contains an initial payment that was received upon contract execution and subsequent milestone payments, which are a form of variable consideration that require evaluation for constraint considerations. The Company concluded that the related performance milestones are generally within the Company’s control and as result are considered probable. Revenue associated with the performance obligation is being recognized as revenue as the research and development services are provided using an input method, according to the costs incurred as related to the research and development activities on each program and the costs expected to be incurred in the future to satisfy the performance obligation. The transfer of control occurs over this time period and, in management’s judgment, is the best measure of progress towards satisfying the performance obligation. The research and development services related to this performance obligation are expected to be performed over approximately three years and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021. The amounts received that have not yet been recognized as revenue are recorded as contract liabilities and the amounts recognized as revenue, but not yet received or invoiced are generally recognized as contract assets on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet.