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Related Party Transactions

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Related Party Transactions
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
We hold investments in Zebra (ownership 28%), Sevion (3%), Neovasc (4%), ChromaDex Corporation (2%), MabVax (4%), COCP (8%) ARNO (0%), NIMS (1%) and BioCardia (5%). These investments were considered related party transactions as a result of our executive management’s ownership interests and/or board representation in these entities. See further discussion of our investments in Note 5. In January 2016, we invested an additional $0.3 million in ARNO for 714,285 shares of its common stock and in August 2016 we invested an additional $0.3 million in ARNO for 714,285 shares of its common stock and warrants to purchase 357,142 shares of its common stock. In August 2016 we invested an additional $1.0 million in MabVax for 207,900 shares of its common stock and warrants to purchase 415,800 shares of its common stock. In September 2016 we invested an additional $2.0 million in COCP for 4,878,050 shares of its common stock.
In October 2016, we entered into a consulting agreement to provide strategic advisory services to BioCardia. In connection with the consulting agreement, BioCardia granted us 5,027,726 common stock options. In December 2016, we purchased 19,230,769 shares of BioCardia from Dr. Frost for $2.5 million. We have also purchased shares of BioCardia in the open market. BioCardia is a related party as a result of our executive management’s ownership interest and board representation in BioCardia and its predecessor, Tiger X Medical, Inc. In October 2016, BioCardia completed its merger with Tiger X Medical, Inc., to which Tiger X Medical, Inc. was the surviving entity and the name of the issuer was changed to BioCardia.
In November 2016, we made a $0.2 million loan to Sevion, and in February 2017, we entered into an agreement with Sevion pursuant to which we delivered $0.3 million cash to Sevion in exchange for a promissory note which bears interest at 6% and may convert into shares of Sevion capital stock in certain circumstances. The agreements with Sevion were considered related party transactions as a result of our executive management’s ownership interests and board representation in Sevion.
In November 2016, we entered into a Pledge Agreement with the Museum of Science, Inc. and the Museum of Science Endowment Fund, Inc. pursuant to which we will contribute an aggregate of $1.0 million over a four-year period for constructing, equipping and the general operation of the Frost Science Museum. Dr. Frost and Mr. Pfenniger serve on the Board of Trustees of the Frost Science Museum and Mr. Pfenniger is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
We lease office space from Frost Real Estate Holdings, LLC (“Frost Holdings”) in Miami, Florida, where our principal executive offices are located. Effective January 1, 2017, we entered into an amendment to our lease agreement with Frost Holdings. The lease, as amended, is for approximately 29,500 square feet of space. The lease provides for payments of approximately $81 thousand per month in the first year increasing annually to $86 thousand per month in the third year, plus applicable sales tax. The rent is inclusive of operating expenses, property taxes and parking.
Our wholly-owned subsidiary, BioReference, purchases and uses certain products acquired from InCellDx, Inc., a company in which we hold a 27% minority interest.
We reimburse Dr. Frost for Company-related use by Dr. Frost and our other executives of an airplane owned by a company that is beneficially owned by Dr. Frost. We reimburse Dr. Frost for out-of-pocket operating costs for the use of the airplane by Dr. Frost or Company executives for Company-related business. We do not reimburse Dr. Frost for personal use of the airplane by Dr. Frost or any other executive. For the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, we recognized approximately $20 thousand and $58 thousand, respectively, for Company-related travel by Dr. Frost and other OPKO executives.