Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Related Party Transactions

Related Party Transactions
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
In August 2020, we paid a $125,000 filing fee to the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) in connection with filings made by us and Dr. Jane Hsiao, our Vice Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”) relating to her percentage equity ownership interest in OPKO and potential future purchases of our Common Stock.

In August 2020, Dr. Phillip Frost, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, paid a filing fee of $280,000 to the FTC under the HSR Act in connection with filings made by us and Dr. Frost, relating to his percentage equity ownership interest in OPKO and potential future purchases of our Common Stock.  We reimbursed Dr. Frost for the HSR filing fee.
In August 2020, GeneDx, Inc., a subsidiary of BioReference, entered into an agreement with Mednax Services, Inc. (“Mednax Services”), a subsidiary of MEDNAX, Inc., (“MEDNAX”) pursuant to which the parties formed a joint venture under the brand Detect Genomix. GeneDx’s initial capital investment in Detect Genomix was $245,000 for which GeneDx received a 49% ownership interest in Detect Genomix, and Mednax Services contributed $255,000 in exchange for a 51% ownership interest in Detect Genomix. Adam Logal, the Company’s CFO, is the chair and sits on the Board of Managers of the joint venture. Mednax Services provides administrative services to the joint venture pursuant to an administrative services agreement. GeneDx provides laboratory services to the joint venture. Dr. Roger Medel, a director of the Company, is the former Chief Executive Officer of MEDNAX and Mednax Services. Dr. Medel serves on the board of MEDNAX.
On February 25, 2020, we entered into a credit agreement with an affiliate of Dr. Frost, pursuant to which the lender committed to provide us with an unsecured line of credit in the amount of $100 million. Borrowings under the line of credit will bear interest at a rate of 11% per annum and may be repaid and reborrowed at any time. The credit agreement includes various customary remedies for the lender following an event of default, including the acceleration of repayment of outstanding amounts under this line of credit. This line of credit matures on February 25, 2025. The line of credit also calls for a commitment fee equal to 0.25% per annum of the unused portion of the line. As of March 31, 2021, no funds were borrowed under the line of credit.
The Company owns approximately 9% of Pharmsynthez and Pharmsynthez is Xenetic’s largest and controlling stockholder. Dr. Richard Lerner, a director of the Company, is a co-inventor of Xenetic’s technology and received 31,240 shares of Xenetic upon the closing of the Xenetic transactions described above. Adam Logal, our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is a director of Xenetic.
We hold investments in Zebra (ownership 29%), Neovasc (1%), ChromaDex Corporation (0.1%), MabVax (1%), COCP (4%), NIMS (1%), Eloxx (3%), and BioCardia (1%). 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 6.
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 agreed to 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. Richard 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 August 1, 2019, 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 $89 thousand per month in the first year increasing annually to $101 thousand per month in the fifth year, plus applicable sales tax. The rent is inclusive of operating expenses, property taxes and parking.
BioReference purchases and uses certain products acquired from InCellDx, a company in which we hold a 29% 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, 2021 and 2020, we reimbursed approximately $0 thousand and $94 thousand, respectively, for Company-related travel by Dr. Frost and other OPKO executives.