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11. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND GRANTS AND RELATED REVENUE RECOGNITION

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11. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND GRANTS AND RELATED REVENUE RECOGNITION
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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND GRANTS AND RELATED REVENUE RECOGNITION

11. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND RELATED REVENUE RECOGNITION

 

We have entered into the following two contracts/grants with the National Cancer Institute, or NCI, part of the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, over the past two years:

 

Phase 2 Melanoma Cancer Contract

 

On September 12, 2019, the NCI awarded to us an SBIR Phase II Award Contract, for NIH/NCI Topic 359, entitled “A Device Prototype for Isolation of Melanoma Exosomes for Diagnostics and Treatment Monitoring”, or the Award Contract. The Award Contract amount is $1,860,561 and runs for the period from September 16, 2019 through September 15, 2021.

 

The work to be performed pursuant to this Award Contract will focus on melanoma exosomes. This work follows from our completion of a Phase I contract for the Topic 359 solicitation that ran from September 2017 through June 2018, as described below. Following on the Phase I work, the deliverables in the Phase II program involve the design and testing of a pre-commercial prototype of a more advanced version of the exosome isolation platform.

 

We did not record any government contract revenue on the Phase 2 Melanoma Cancer Contract in the three months ended June 30, 2020.  We did invoice the NCI for $206,729 during the three months ended June 30, 2020, however we have recorded that amount as deferred revenue since we did not achieve the milestones associated with that quarterly billing cycle.

 

Breast Cancer Grant

 

In September 2018, the NCI awarded us a government grant (number 1R43CA232977-01). The title of this Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, Phase I grant is “The Hemopurifier Device for Targeted Removal of Breast Cancer Exosomes from the Blood Circulation.”

 

This NCI Phase I grant period originally ran from September 14, 2018 through August 31, 2019. In August 2019, we applied for and received a no cost, twelve month extension on this grant, so the expiration date was extended to August 31, 2020. The total amount of the firm grant is $298,444. The grant calls for two subcontractors to work with us. Those subcontractors are University of Pittsburgh and Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2019, we recognized $30,000 in government contract revenue under this grant as a result of the work involved in one of the three technical objectives of the contract: Aim 2. “Elution of a population of breast cancer exosomes from Hemopurifier cartridges that bear the signatures of malignancy based on expression of CSPG4 and HER2, for triple-negative or HER2-overexpressing cancers, respectively”.