Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Related Party Transactions

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Related Party Transactions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2014
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions
Related Party Transactions
In February 2014, Dr. Frost, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, paid a filing fee of $280,000 to the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”) in connection with filings made by us and Dr. Frost. We reimbursed Dr. Frost for the HSR filing fee.
In October, 2013, we paid the $170,000 filing fee to the FTC in connection with filings made by us and Dr. Hsiao, our Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Technical Officer, under the HSR Act.
In October 2013, we entered into an agreement with ARNO pursuant to which we invested $2.0 million as part of an approximate $30 million financing. In exchange for our investment, we received 833,333 shares of ARNO common stock, one-year warrants to purchase 833,333 shares of ARNO common stock, for $2.40 a share and five-year warrants to purchase an additional 833,333 shares of ARNO common stock for $4.00 a share. Other investors participating in the private financing included Frost Gamma Investments Trust, a trust affiliated with Dr. Frost (the “Gamma Trust”), Hsu Gamma Investment, L.P., an entity affiliated with Dr. Hsiao (the “Hsu Gamma”), and other members of our board of directors and management. In connection with the transaction, ARNO agreed that for so long as we continue to hold at least 3% of the total number of outstanding shares of ARNO’s common stock on a fully-diluted basis, we will have the right to appoint a non-voting observer to attend all meetings of ARNO’s board of directors and we shall have a right of first negotiation that provides us with exclusive rights to negotiate with ARNO for a 45-day period regarding any potential strategic transactions that ARNO’s board of directors elects to pursue.
In October 2013, we made an investment in Zebra pursuant to which we acquired 840,000 shares of Zebra’s Series A-2 Preferred stock for $2.0 million. Zebra is a privately held biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of biosuperior antibody therapeutics and complex drugs. Zebra’s patented platform is an advanced version of a core technology developed at The Scripps Research Institute (“TSRI”) by Dr. Lerner (the “TSRI Technology”). Zebra acquired the license to the TSRI Technology from a third party who had licensed such rights from TSRI. In connection with its acquisition of rights to the TSRI Technology, Zebra agreed to make certain research funding payments to Dr. Lerner’s laboratory at TSRI to further support development of the TSRI Technology. Dr. Lerner also participated in the Series A-2 Preferred Stock financing on the same financial terms as the Company. Each of Drs. Frost and Lerner serve as members of the board of directors and scientific consultants to Zebra. After the closing, we owned 23.5% of the Series A-2 Preferred stock issued and outstanding by Zebra. Each of Drs. Frost and Lerner received 900,000 restricted shares of Zebra common stock in connection with their roles as founders and scientific consultants to Zebra. Dr. Frost gifted his 900,000 shares of Zebra restricted common stock to OPKO.
Effective May 1, 2013, we entered into an agreement with Dr. Hsiao pursuant to which we have the right to utilize approximately 5,000 square feet of laboratory space in Taiwan, inclusive of any and all utility costs, taxes and building maintenance fees. In addition, Dr. Hsiao provides certain other services to us relating to government grant work in Taiwan, as well as the coordination of work flow between our U.S. and Taiwanese operations. The term of the agreement is for five years and obligates us to pay Dr. Hsiao approximately $60,000 annually.  
In August 2013, we acquired OPKO Biologics (formerly PROLOR) pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of April 23, 2013 in an all-stock transaction.  Until completion of the acquisition, Dr. Frost was PROLOR’s Chairman of the Board and a greater than 5% stockholder of PROLOR. Dr. Hsiao and Mr. Rubin were also directors and less than 5% stockholders of PROLOR. 
In January 2013, we sold $175.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2033 Senior Notes in a private placement in reliance on exemptions from registration under the Securities Act. The Purchasers of the 2033 Senior Notes include the Gamma Trust and Hsu Gamma. The 2033 Senior Notes were issued on January 30, 2013.
In December 2012, we entered into a five-year lease agreement with AVI Properties, LLC (“AVI”), an entity affiliated with Dr. Jonathan Oppenheimer, who previously served as OPKO Lab’s Chief Executive Officer. The lease is for approximately 44,000 square feet of laboratory and office space in Nashville, Tennessee, where OPKO Lab is based. The lease provides for payments of approximately $18 thousand per month in the first year, increasing annually if the consumer price index exceeds 5%, plus applicable sales tax. In addition to the rent, we pay a portion of operating expenses, property taxes and parking.
During the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, FineTech recorded revenue of $0.3 million, $0.3 million and $0.2 million, respectively, for the sale of APIs to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Limited (“Teva”). Dr. Frost previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Teva until 2015.
In February 2012, we entered into a cooperative research funding and option agreement with TSRI to support research for the development of novel oligomeric compounds relating to our molecular diagnostics technology (the “Research Agreement”). Pursuant to the Research Agreement, we agreed to provide funding of approximately $0.9 million annually over a five year period. OPKO has notified TSRI of its intent to terminate this Agreement effective July 2015. In conjunction with entering into the Research Agreement, we also entered into a license agreement with TSRI for technology relating to libraries of peptide tertiary amides. In addition, we entered into a second license with TSRI for technology relating to highly selective inhibitors of c-Jun-N-Terminal Kinases that may be useful for the treatment of various diseases, including Parkinson’s disease. We also entered into a research funding and option agreement to provide funding of approximately $0.2 million annually over three years to support further development of the technology. Dr. Frost served as a Trustee for TSRI until November 2012 and Dr. Lerner, a member of our Board of Directors, served as its President until December 2011.
In February 2012, we made a $1.0 million investment in ChromaDex. Other investors participating in the private financing included the Gamma Trust, Hsu Gamma, and Dr. Lerner. Following our investment, we owned 1.5% of ChromaDex, the Gamma Trust owned approximately 16% of ChromaDex; Hsu Gamma owned approximately 1%; and certain of our directors owned less than 1% of ChromaDex.
In 2012, we made a $1.7 million investment in Biozone. Effective January 2, 2014, Biozone completed a merger with Cocrystal, another entity in which we have an equity investment, to which Cocrystal was the surviving entity, and the name of the issuer was changed to Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (“CPI”). Dr. Frost previously invested in both Biozone and Cocrystal. Effective January 16, 2014, we invested an additional $0.5 million in the company as part of a $2.75 million private placement and received 1.0 million shares of common stock and 1.0 million 10-year warrants exercisable at $0.50 per share. At December 31, 2014, we hold an 8% ownership interest in CPI.
In August 2011, we made an investment in Neovasc. Dr. Frost and other members of our management are shareholders of Neovasc. Prior to the investment, Dr. Frost beneficially owned approximately 36% of Neovasc, Dr. Hsiao owned approximately 6%, and Mr. Rubin owned less than 1%. Dr. Hsiao and Mr. Rubin also serve on the board of directors of Neovasc.
In November 2010, we made an investment in Fabrus and on May 16, 2014, Senesco Technologies, Inc. acquired Fabrus pursuant to an agreement and plan of merger. On September 29, 2014, Senesco changed its name to Sevion Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Frost and Steven Rubin serve on the Sevion board of directors. At December 31, 2014, we hold an 4% ownership interest in Sevion.
In June 2010, we entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (“Academia Sinica”), for pre-clinical work for a compound against various forms of cancer. Dr. Alice Yu, a member of our Board of Directors, previously served as a Distinguished Research Fellow and Associate Director at the Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica (“Genomics Research Center”). In connection with the Academia Sinica Agreement, we are required to pay Academia Sinica approximately $0.2 million over the term of the agreement.
In June 2009, we entered into a stock purchase agreement with Sorrento, pursuant to which we invested $2.3 million in Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (“Sorrento”). In exchange for the investment, we acquired approximately one-third of the outstanding common shares of Sorrento and received a fully-paid, exclusive license to the Sorrento antibody library for the discovery and development of therapeutic antibodies in the field of ophthalmology. On September 21, 2009, Sorrento entered into a merger transaction with Quikbyte Software, Inc. (“Quikbyte”). Prior to the merger transaction, certain investors, including Dr. Frost and other members of our management group, made an investment in Quikbyte. Dr. Lerner serves as a consultant and scientific advisory board member to Sorrento and owns less than one percent of its shares. In December 2013, we completed the sale of our stake in Sorrento and recorded a gain on the sale of $17.2 million and other income of $2.7 million related to an early termination fee under a license agreement with Sorrento.
In November 2007, we entered into an office lease with Frost Real Estate Holdings, LLC (“Frost Holdings”), an entity affiliated with Dr. Frost. The lease was for approximately 8,300 square feet of space in an office building in Miami, Florida, where our principal executive offices are located. The lease provided for payments of approximately $18 thousand per month in the first year increasing annually to $24 thousand per month in the fifth year, plus applicable sales tax. The rent was inclusive of operating expenses, property taxes and parking. The rent for the first year was reduced to reflect a $30 thousand credit for the costs of tenant improvements. In August 2012, we entered into a six-month extension on the same terms as the 2007 expiring lease and in February 2013, we agreed to extend the lease on a month-to-month basis. Effective January 1, 2014, we entered into a new lease agreement with Frost Holdings. The lease, as amended on July 28, 2014, was for approximately 22,000 square feet of space. The lease provides for payments of approximately $57 thousand per month in the first year increasing annually to $65 thousand per month in the fifth year, plus applicable sales tax. As in the original lease, the rent is inclusive of operating expenses, property taxes and parking. The rent will be reduced by $216 thousand for the cost of tenant improvements, of which approximately $113 thousand and $103 thousand will be credited against rent payments in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
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 in an amount equal to the cost of a first class airline ticket between the travel cities for each executive, including Dr. Frost, traveling on the airplane for Company-related business. We do not reimburse Dr. Frost for personal use of the airplane by Dr. Frost or any other executive; nor do we pay for any other fixed or variable operating costs of the airplane. For the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013, and 2012, we reimbursed Dr. Frost approximately $175 thousand, $93 thousand, and $203 thousand, respectively, for Company-related travel by Dr. Frost and other OPKO executives.