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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2012
Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]  

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

In December 2009, OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary, OncoGenex Technologies, entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Teva for the development and global commercialization of custirsen (and related compounds). Under the Collaboration Agreement, Teva made upfront payments in the aggregate amount of $50 million, and may make additional payments up to $370 million upon the achievement of developmental and commercial milestones and royalties at percentage rates ranging from the mid-teens to mid-twenties on net sales. Teva also acquired $10 million of the Company’s common stock at a premium under a separate Stock Purchase Agreement. The Company is required to contribute $30 million in direct and indirect costs towards the Clinical Development Plan. As of June 30, 2012, $14.6 million of these costs have been incurred by OncoGenex, resulting in a remaining funding responsibility of $15.4 million which has been recorded under Current Deferred Collaboration Revenue. Management currently expects that all remaining Current Deferred Collaboration Revenue will be recognized as Collaboration Revenue by the fourth quarter of 2012. Teva will fund all other expenses under the Clinical Development Plan.

Pursuant to the Collaboration Agreement, the Company agreed to collaborate with Teva in the development and global commercialization of custirsen. Teva received the exclusive worldwide right and license to develop and commercialize products containing custirsen and related compounds (the “Licensed Products”). The Company has an option to co-promote custirsen in the United States and Canada.

In addition to the development costs noted above, Teva is also responsible for all costs relating to product commercialization including costs incurred in relation to the Company’s co-promotion option, except for start-up costs in advance of commercialization.

Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and University of British Columbia

Pursuant to license agreements the Company has with the UBC and Isis, the Company is obligated to pay milestone payments of up to CAD $1.6 million and $7.75 million, respectively, upon the achievement of specified product development milestones related to OGX-427 and OGX-225 and low to mid-single digit royalties on future product sales.

In addition, the Company is required to pay to Isis 30% of all non-royalty revenue (defined to mean revenue not based on net sales of products) it receives. Isis has disclosed in its SEC filings that it is entitled to receive 30% of the up to $370 million in milestone payments the Company may receive from Teva as part of the Collaboration Agreement; however, the Company believes that certain of the milestone payments related to sales targets may qualify as royalty revenue (defined to mean revenue based on net sales of products), and therefore be subject to the lesser payment obligations. No assurance can be provided that the Company will be entitled to receive these milestone payments or, if it is, that the applicable amount payable to Isis will be less than 30%. The Company is also obligated to pay to UBC certain patent costs and annual license maintenance fees for the extent of the patent life of CAD $8,000 per year. The Company paid Isis and UBC USD $0.8 million and CAD $0.1 million, respectively, in 2010 upon the initiation of a phase 2 clinical trial of OGX-427 in patients with CRPC. The Company does not anticipate making any royalty payments to Isis in 2012.

The UBC agreements have effective dates ranging from November 1, 2001 to April 5, 2005 and each agreement expires upon the later of 20 years from its effective date or the expiry of the last patent licensed thereunder, unless otherwise terminated.


Unless otherwise terminated, the Isis agreements for custirsen and OGX-427 will continue for each product until the later of 10 years after the date of the first commercial product sale, or the expiration of the last to expire of any patents required to be licensed in order to use or sell the product, unless OncoGenex Technologies abandons either custirsen or OGX-427 and Isis does not elect to unilaterally continue development. The Isis agreement for OGX-225 will continue into perpetuity unless OncoGenex Technologies abandons the product and Isis does not elect to unilaterally continue development.

To facilitate the execution and performance of the Collaboration Agreement with Teva, OncoGenex and Isis agreed to amend the Isis License Agreement and OncoGenex and UBC agreed to make a corresponding amendment to the UBC License Agreement, in each case, effective December 19, 2009 and December 20, 2009, respectively.

The amendment to the Isis License Agreement provides, among other things, that if the Company is subject to change of control with a third party, where the surviving company immediately following such change of control has the right to develop and sell the product, then (i) a milestone payment of $20 million will be due and payable to Isis 21 days following the first commercial sale of the product in the United States; and (ii) unless such surviving entity had previously sublicensed the product and a royalty rate payable to Isis by the Company has been established, the applicable royalty rate payable to Isis will thereafter be the maximum amount payable under the Isis License Agreement. Any non-royalty milestone amounts previously paid will be credited toward the $20 million milestone if not already paid. As a result of the $10 million milestone payment payable to Isis in relation to the Collaboration Agreement, the remaining amount owing in the event of change of control discussed above is a maximum of $10 million. Because the Company has now licensed the product to Teva and established a royalty rate payable to Isis, no royalty rate adjustments would apply if Teva were to acquire the Company and become the surviving company. If the $30 million in advanced reimbursement of development activities has not been spent by OncoGenex prior to December 20, 2012, the third anniversary of the Collaboration Agreement between OncoGenex and Teva, OncoGenex will pay Isis an amount equal to 30% of any un-spent portion less $3.5 million.

Bayer HealthCare LLC

On June 27, 2008, Sonus completed an exclusive in-licensing agreement with Bayer HealthCare LLC for the right to develop, commercialize or sublicense a family of compounds known as caspase activators presently in preclinical research. Under terms of the agreement, Sonus was granted exclusive rights to develop two core compounds for all prophylactic and therapeutic uses in humans. Additionally, Sonus was granted rights to all other non-core compounds covered under the patents for use in oncology.

Under the terms of the agreement, Bayer received an upfront license fee of $0.5 million. The Company was obligated make annual payments to Bayer on the anniversary dates, which are referred to as Anniversary Payments, with an initial payment of $0.1 million paid in 2008. The payments increase by $25,000 each year until the initiation of the first phase 3 clinical trial, at which point the Anniversary Payments reset to $0.1 million each year and increase by $25,000 until the Company achieves either the first New Drug Application, or NDA, filing in the United States or the European Union. The Company was also obligated to pay royalties on net future product sales in addition to aggregate milestone payments of up to $14.0 million for clinical development and regulatory milestones.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Company had the option to terminate this contract upon 60 days written notice to Bayer. On March 30, 2012, the Company exercised its option to terminate the contract in its entirety with written notice to Bayer. As a result, effective 60 days from receipt of the notice of termination by Bayer, the Company has no other obligations associated with CSP-9222.

Lease Arrangements

The Company has an operating lease agreement for office space being used in Vancouver, Canada, which expires in September 2014.


Future minimum annual lease payments under the Vancouver lease are as follows (in thousands):




  $ 53  


  $ 107  


  $ 80  





  $ 240  

In November 2006, prior to the Arrangement, Sonus entered into a non-cancellable operating lease agreement for office space in Bothell, Washington, expiring in 2017 (note 6). In connection with the lease, Sonus was required to provide a cash security deposit of approximately $0.5 million, which is included in Other Long Term Assets. In addition, a standby letter of credit for $0.3 million is deposited in a restricted money market account as collateral. The Company is currently in the process of evaluating opportunities to exit or sublet portions of the leased space and has recorded a liability in the excess facilities lease charge of $6.7 million as at June 30, 2012 (note 6).

If the Company is unable to exit or sublet portions of this leased space, the future minimum annual lease payments are as follows (in thousands):




  $ 1,058  


  $ 2,180  


  $ 2,246  


  $ 2,313  


  $ 4,836  





  $ 12,633  

Consolidated rent expense relating to both the Vancouver, Canada and Bothell, Washington offices in use periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 was $1.3 million and $1.3 million respectively.

Guarantees and Indemnifications

OncoGenex indemnifies its officers and directors for certain events or occurrences, subject to certain limits, while the officer or director is or was serving at the Company’s request in such capacity. The term of the indemnification period is equal to the officer’s or director’s lifetime.

The maximum amount of potential future indemnification is unlimited; however, the Company had obtained director and officer insurance that limits its exposure and may enable it to recover a portion of any future amounts paid. The Company believes that the fair value of these indemnification obligations is minimal. Accordingly, the Company has not recognized any liabilities relating to these obligations as of June 30, 2012.

The Company has certain agreements with certain organizations with which it does business that contain indemnification provisions pursuant to which the Company typically agrees to indemnify the party against certain types of third-party claims. The Company accrues for known indemnification issues when a loss is probable and can be reasonably estimated. There were no accruals for or expenses related to indemnification issues for any period presented.