Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2013
Business Combinations [Abstract]  
3. Acquisitions

SymbioTec GmbH

On January 17, 2012, the Company completed the acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of SymbioTec, a privately held company located in Germany, in exchange for 25.6 million shares of the Company’s common stock. The full consideration transferred was $9.75 million, which included the assumption of a SymbioTec note payable due to the Company in the amount of approximately $411,000. In addition, the Company incurred $80,774 of stock issuance costs. SymbioTec is principally focused on the discovery of therapies designed to treat cancer in humans. SymbioTec’s lead product candidate, OncoHist™, is in the pre-clinical stage of development for the treatment of refractory AML and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. OncoHist™ has been granted orphan drug status by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and the European Medicines Agency.

The acquisition has been accounted for as a business combination in accordance with ASC 805. In addition to acquiring all of the outstanding stock of SymbioTec and obtaining the rights to the OncoHist™ intangible asset, the Company obtained the services of key employees and the rights to a second antibody and an antibody conjugate, which are both in pre-clinical development.


The following table summarizes the estimated fair values of the separately identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of January 17, 2012:


Intangible asset

   $ 9,579,660   

Property and equipment


Trade and other receivables


Cash and cash equivalents


Trade and other payables


Deferred tax liability





Total identifiable net assets








   $     9,750,068   

The Company estimated the fair value of the OncoHist™ intangible asset using the Multi-Period Excess Earnings Method (the “MPEEM”), which considers forecasted revenue and operating projections for the 18 years following the acquisition date and applies a probability adjusted cash flow analysis utilizing a discount rate of approximately 50%. Refer to Note 6, Goodwill and Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets, for further discussion on the valuation assumptions used. The fair value associated with the OncoHist™ intangible asset was $9.58 million as of the acquisition date. As of December 31, 2013, the Company estimates the cost to complete pre-clinical work necessary for the filing of an Investigation New Drug (“IND”) filing with the FDA in the first quarter of 2015 and progress clinical development through completion of a phase I/II(a) human clinical trial will be approximately $10 million. Based upon current expectations, completion of any such phase I/II(a) clinical trial is expected by the end of the second quarter of 2017.

The Company’s goodwill principally relates to establishing a deferred tax liability for the OncoHist™ intangible asset which has no tax basis and, therefore, is not tax deductible.

The Company concluded pro forma revenues and earnings related to the SymbioTec acquisition assuming the acquisition occurred on January 1, 2012 would not provide materially different results. In addition, the Company determined that there were no material, non-recurring pro forma adjustments directly attributable to the acquisition.