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13. Commitments and Contingencies

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13. Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

13. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS AND COMMITMENTS

There have been no material changes to our contractual obligations and commitments outside the ordinary course of business from those disclosed under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations-Contractual Obligations and Commitments” as contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2018 filed by us with the SEC on June 8, 2018 except:

 

On December 10, 2018, we entered into a Separation and Consulting Agreement with James A. Joyce, our former CEO. Under this agreement, we have a contractual obligation to pay Mr. Joyce a total of $385,000 and to cover his medical insurance costs over a twelve month period that began on January 10, 2019. We also paid Mr. Joyce accrued vacation of $32,083 in December 2018. In addition, we entered into a twelve month consulting arrangement with Mr. Joyce with agreed compensation of $5,000 per month over calendar 2019. Mr. Joyce’s existing RSU’s will continue vesting over the term of the consulting arrangement.

 

The total expense accrued at December 31, 2018 relating to the separation agreements with Mr. Joyce and our former President, Rodney Kenley, was $505,609 (see Note 7 and Note 8).

 

LEASE COMMITMENTS

 

We currently lease approximately 2,600 square feet of executive office space at 9635 Granite Ridge Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, California 92123 under a 39-month gross plus utilities lease that commenced on December 1, 2014 and expires on August 31, 2021. The current rental rate under the lease extension is $7,986 per month. We believe this leased facility will be satisfactory for our office needs over the term of the lease.

 

We also rent approximately 1,700 square feet of laboratory space at 11585 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 109, San Diego, California 92121 at the rate of $4,700 per month on a one-year lease that expires on November 30, 2019.

 

Rent expense, which is included in general and administrative expenses, approximated $126,000 and $100,000 for the nine month periods ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

From time to time, claims are made against us in the ordinary course of business, which could result in litigation. Claims and associated litigation are subject to inherent uncertainties and unfavorable outcomes could occur, such as monetary damages, fines, penalties or injunctions prohibiting us from selling one or more products or engaging in other activities.

 

The occurrence of an unfavorable outcome in any specific period could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations for that period or future periods. We are not presently a party to any pending or threatened legal proceedings.