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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND RELATED REVENUE RECOGNITION

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND RELATED REVENUE RECOGNITION
9 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2021
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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND RELATED REVENUE RECOGNITION

10. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND RELATED REVENUE RECOGNITION

 

We entered into the following contract 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, as amended, runs for the period from September 16, 2019 through September 15, 2022.

 

The work to be performed pursuant to this Award Contract is focused 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 recorded $229,698 of government contract revenue on the Phase 2 Melanoma Cancer Contract in the nine months ended December 31, 2021. That revenue related to work performed in the three months ended March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021 that had previously been recorded as deferred revenue as a result of falling short on certain milestones. We then achieved those March period milestones in the June quarter and the June period milestones in the September quarter and therefore recorded the previously deferred revenue as government contract revenue in the quarter ended September 30, 2021. We recorded the invoices related to the September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2021 periods as deferred revenue, since we fell short of certain milestones related to those periods.

 

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 nine months ended December 31, 2020 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.

 

Subaward with University of Pittsburgh

 

In December 2020, we entered into a cost reimbursable subaward arrangement with the University of Pittsburgh in connection with an NIH contract entitled “Depleting Exosomes to Improve Responses to Immune Therapy in HNNCC.” Our share of the award is $256,750. We recorded $51,351 of revenue related to this subaward in the nine months ended December 31, 2021.