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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
9 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Revenue Recognition [Abstract]  
GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND GRANTS AND RELATED REVENUE RECOGNITION

11. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND RELATED REVENUE RECOGNITION

 

We have recognized revenue under 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 focuses 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.

 

During the period ended December 31, 2020, we completed all of the milestones relevant to that time period. As a result, we recorded $436,427 of government contract revenue on the Phase 2 Melanoma Cancer Contract in the nine months ended December 31, 2020.   Of the total revenue recognized during the current period relating to this grant, a total of $117,849 was invoiced to the NCI during the three months ended December 31, 2020 and we recorded $318,578 which had previously been recognized as deferred revenue.

 

Breast Cancer Grant

 

In the nine months ended December 31, 2020, we completed and submitted the final reports applicable to this NCI 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,” or the Breast Cancer Grant.

 

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; through August 31, 2020. The total amount of the firm grant was $298,444. The grant called for two subcontractors to work with us. Those subcontractors were University of Pittsburgh and Massachusetts General Hospital. As of December 31, 2020, we have received all of the funds allocated to the Breast Cancer Grant.

 

During the nine months ended December 31, 2020, we recorded the remaining $188,444 of revenue related to the Breast Cancer Grant, as we achieved two of the three milestones related to the Breast Cancer Grant. We concluded in our final report to the SBIR that our pre-clinical results demonstrated that our work under the grant provided support that the Hemopurifier has the capacity to clear exosomes from breast cancer patients. That amount previously was recorded as deferred revenue.

 

As of December 31, 2020, we received all of the funds allocated to the Breast Cancer Grant and have submitted the final reports applicable to this grant.

 

Subaward with University of Pittsburgh

 

In addition, we are completing the logistical elements of documentation and billing the University of Pittsburgh in connection with a cost reimbursable subaward arrangement under an NIH project entitled “Depleting Exosomes to Improve Responses to Immune Therapy in HNNCC.” Our share of the award is $256,750. We have not recorded any revenues as of December 31, 2020 related to the subaward. We anticipate billing and recognizing revenue under this subaward in future periods.