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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q / A

 

(Amendment No. 1)

 

(Mark One)

 

x

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES

 

EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2008

 

 

OR

 

o

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES

 

EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

 

For the transition period from                                    to                                    

 

Commission File No. 001-31326

 

SENESCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

(exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

84-1368850

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

303 George Street, Suite 420

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(732) 296-8400

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the past 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

 

Yes: x

No: o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer o

Accelerated filer o

Non-accelerated filer (Do not check if a smaller reporting
company)
x

Smaller reporting company o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

 

Yes: o

No: x

 

As of April 30, 2008, 18,283,870 shares of the issuer’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share, were outstanding.

 

 

 



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PART I.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1.

Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
as of March 31, 2008 and June 30, 2007

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2008 and 2007,
For the Nine Months Ended March 31, 2008 and 2007,
and From Inception on July 1, 1998 through March 31, 2008

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’EQUITY
From Inception on July 1, 1998 through March 31, 2008

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
For the Nine Months Ended March 31, 2008 and 2007,
and From Inception on July 1, 1998 through March 31, 2008

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

10

 

 

 

 

Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

Changes to Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

35

 

 

 

 

 

Results of Operations

 

36

 

 

 

 

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

 

44

 

 

 

 

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

 

44

 

 

 

 

PART II.

OTHER INFORMATION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

 

45

 

 

 

 

Item 6.

Exhibits

 

58

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

59

 

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

This Amendment No. 1 on Form 10-Q/A amends financial statements and the footnotes of the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Senesco Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) for the third quarter ended March 31, 2008, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 15, 2008 (the “Quarterly Report”) as the Company’s financial statements for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2008 should be restated and should no longer be relied upon.  

 

During the year ended June 30, 2008, the Company issued convertible notes and warrants.  The proceeds of the convertible notes were allocated to the warrants and the beneficial conversion feature of the notes and the discount was being amortized over the term of the notes.  According to EITF 98-5, paragraph 9, for convertible debt securities, any recorded discount resulting from the allocation of proceeds to the beneficial conversion feature should be recognized as interest expense using the effective yield method.  The Company was providing for the amortization of the convertible debt discount on a straight-line method over the term of the convertible debt securities.  The Company has reviewed its calculations of amortization of debt discount, a non-cash expense, under both the straight-line and effective yield methods and has determined that there is a material difference between the two calculations because of the change from the straight-line method to the effective yield method.  The condensed consolidated financial statements have been restated for all periods presented.  

 

For convenience and ease of reference, the Company is filing the Quarterly Report in its entirety with the applicable changes. Unless otherwise stated, all information contained in this amendment and restated 10-Q is as of May 15, 2008, the filing date of the Quarterly Report. This Form 10-Q/A does not reflect events or transactions occurring after such filing date or modify or update those disclosures in the Quarterly Report that may have been affected by events or transactions occurring subsequent to such filing date. No information in the Quarterly Report other than as set forth above is amended hereby. Currently-dated certifications from our President and Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer have been included as exhibits to this amendment.  

 

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PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION.

 

Item 1.                                                           Financial Statements.

 

Certain information and footnote disclosures required under United States generally accepted accounting principles have been condensed or omitted from the following consolidated financial statements pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  However, Senesco Technologies, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Senesco, Inc., a New Jersey corporation (collectively, “Senesco” or the “Company”), believe that the disclosures are adequate to assure that the information presented is not misleading in any material respect.

 

The results of operations for the interim periods presented herein are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the entire fiscal year.

 

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SENESCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

March 31,

 

June 30,

 

 

 

2008

 

2007

 

 

 

(unaudited)
(restated)

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

4,049,233

 

$

408,061

 

Short-term investments

 

500,000

 

250,000

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

57,695

 

104,526

 

Total Current Assets

 

4,606,928

 

762,587

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

6,880

 

7,526

 

Intangibles, net

 

3,032,449

 

2,544,447

 

Deferred financing costs

 

729,029

 

 

Security deposit

 

7,187

 

7,187

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

8,382,473

 

$

3,321,747

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

168,525

 

$

109,258

 

Accrued expenses

 

509,619

 

377,359

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

16,667

 

Total Current Liabilities

 

678,144

 

503,284

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Convertible note, net of discount

 

12,742

 

 

Grant payable

 

99,728

 

99,728

 

Other liability

 

24,595

 

29,196

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

815,209

 

632,208

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 5,000,000 shares, no shares issued

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 17,728,314 and 17,473,694, respectively

 

177,283

 

174,737

 

Capital in excess of par

 

35,925,622

 

28,136,342

 

Deficit accumulated during the development stage

 

(28,535,641

)

(25,621,540

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

7,567,264

 

2,689,539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

$

8,382,473

 

$

3,321,747

 

 

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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SENESCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

For the Nine Months Ended
March 31,

 

For the Nine Months Ended
March 31,

 

From Inception on July 1, 1998 through
March 31,

 

 

 

2008

 

2007

 

2008

 

2007

 

2008

 

 

 

(restated)

 

 

 

(restated)

 

 

 

(restated)

 

Revenue

 

$

79,167

 

$

6,250

 

$

456,667

 

$

268,750

 

$

1,175,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General and administrative

 

876,966

 

514,189

 

1,851,876

 

2,001,068

 

21,286,069

 

Research and development

 

474,176

 

314,294

 

1,219,325

 

863,037

 

9,412,494

 

Total Operating Expenses

 

1,351,142

 

828,483

 

3,071,201

 

2,864,105

 

30,698,563

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss From Operations

 

(1,271,975

)

(822,233

)

(2,614,534

)

(2,595,355

)

(29,523,563

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale of state income tax loss, net

 

 

 

 

 

586,442

 

Other noncash income 

 

 

 

 

 

321,259

 

Interest income, net

 

43,907

 

20,916

 

76,013

 

57,936

 

455,801

 

Amortization of debt discount and financing costs

 

 (66,676

)

 

(120,271

)

 

(120,271

)

Interest expense on convertible notes

 

(187,473

)

 

(255,309

)

 

(255,309

)

Net Loss

 

$

(1,482,217

)

$

(801,317

)

$

(2,914,101

)

$

(2,537,419

)

$

(28,535,641

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and Diluted Net Loss Per Common Share

 

$

(0.08

)

$

(0.05

)

$

(0.17

)

$

(0.15

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and Diluted Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding

 

17,583,461

 

17,473,694

 

17,510,410

 

16,732,003

 

 

 

 

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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SENESCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

FROM INCEPTION ON JULY 1, 1998 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2008

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Capital in
Excess of

 

Deficit
Accumulated
During the
Development

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Par Value

 

Stage

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(restated)

 

(restated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock outstanding

 

2,000,462

 

$

20,005

 

$

(20,005

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contribution of capital

 

 

 

85,179

 

 

$

85,179

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock in reverse merger on January 22, 1999 at $0.01 per share

 

3,400,000

 

34,000

 

(34,000

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock for cash on May 21, 1999 at $2.63437 per share

 

759,194

 

7,592

 

1,988,390

 

 

1,995,982

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock for placement fees on May 21, 1999 at $0.01 per share

 

53,144

 

531

 

(531

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock for cash on January 26, 2000 at $2.867647 per share

 

17,436

 

174

 

49,826

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock for cash on January 31, 2000 at $2.87875 per share

 

34,737

 

347

 

99,653

 

 

100,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock for cash on February 4, 2000 at $2.934582 per share

 

85,191

 

852

 

249,148

 

 

250,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock for cash on March 15, 2000 at $2.527875 per share

 

51,428

 

514

 

129,486

 

 

130,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock for cash on June 22, 2000 at $1.50 per share

 

1,471,700

 

14,718

 

2,192,833

 

 

2,207,551

 

 

(continued)

 

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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SENESCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

FROM INCEPTION ON JULY 1, 1998 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2008

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Capital in
Excess of

 

Deficit
Accumulated
During the
Development

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Par Value

 

Stage

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(restated)

 

(restated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissions, legal and bank fees associated with issuances for the year ended June 30, 2000

 

 

 

$

(260,595

)

 

$

(260,595

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair market value of options and warrants vested during the year ended June 30, 2000

 

 

 

1,475,927

 

 

1,475,927

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair market value of options and warrants vesting during the year ended June 30, 2001

 

 

 

308,619

 

 

308,619

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock and warrants for cash from November 30, 2001 through April 17, 2002 at $1.75 per unit

 

3,701,430

 

$

37,014

 

6,440,486

 

 

6,477,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock and warrants associated with bridge loan conversion on December 3, 2001

 

305,323

 

3,053

 

531,263

 

 

534,316

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissions, legal and bank fees associated with issuances for the year ended June 30, 2002

 

 

 

(846,444

)

 

(846,444

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair market value of options and warrants vested during the year ended June 30, 2002

 

 

 

1,848,726

 

 

1,848,726

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair market value of options and warrants vested during the year ended June 30, 2003

 

— 

 

— 

 

848,842 

 

 

848,842 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock and warrants for cash from January 15, 2004 through February 12, 2004 at $2.37 per unit

 

1,536,922

 

15,369

 

3,627,131

 

 

3,642,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allocation of proceeds to warrants

 

 

 

(2,099,090

)

 

(2,099,090

)

 

(continued)

 

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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SENESCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

FROM INCEPTION ON JULY 1, 1998 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2008

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Capital in
Excess of

 

Deficit Accumulated During the Development

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Par Value

 

Stage

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(restated)

 

(restated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclassification of warrants

 

 

 

$

1,913,463

 

 

$

 (378,624

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissions, legal and bank fees associated with issuances for the year ended June 30, 2004

 

 

 

(378,624

)

 

1,913,463

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair market value of options and warrants vested during the year ended June 30, 2004

 

 

 

1,826,514

 

 

1,826,514

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Options and warrants exercised during the year ended June 30, 2004 at exercise prices ranging from $1.00 - $3.25

 

370,283

 

$

3,704

 

692,945

 

 

696,649

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock and warrants for cash on May 9, 2005 at $2.11 per unit

 

1,595,651

 

15,957

 

3,350,872

 

 

3,366,829

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allocation of proceeds to warrants

 

 

 

(1,715,347

)

 

(1,715,347

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclassification of warrants

 

 

 

1,579,715

 

 

1,579,715

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissions, legal and bank fees associated with issuance on May 9, 2005

 

 

 

(428,863

)

 

(428,863

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Options and warrants exercised during the year ended June 30, 2005 at exercise prices ranging from $1.50 to $3.25

 

84,487

 

844

 

60,281

 

 

61,125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair market value of options and warrants vested during the year ended June 30, 2005

 

 

 

974,235

 

 

974,235

 

 

(continued)

 

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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SENESCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

FROM INCEPTION ON JULY 1, 1998 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2008

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Capital in
Excess of

 

Deficit Accumulated During the Development

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Par Value

 

Stage

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(restated)

 

(restated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair market value of options and warrants granted and vested during the year ended June 30, 2006

 

 

 

$

677,000

 

 

$

677,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrants exercised during the year ended June 30, 2006 at an exercise price of $0.01

 

10,000

 

$

100

 

 

 

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock and warrants for cash on October 11, 2006 at $1.135 per unit

 

1,986,306

 

19,863

 

2,229,628

 

 

2,249,491

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissions, legal and bank fees associated with issuance on October 11, 2006

 

 

 

(230,483

)

 

(230,483

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair market value of options and warrants vested during the year ended June 30, 2007

 

 

 

970,162

 

 

970,162

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrants exercised during the year ended June 30, 2007 at an exercise price of $0.01

 

10,000

 

100

 

 

 

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair market value of options and warrants vested during the nine months ended March 31, 2008

 

 

 

986,517

 

 

986,517

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allocation of proceeds from issuance of convertible notes and warrants from September 21, 2007 through December 20, 2007

 

 

 

6,550,000

 

 

6,550,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock in lieu of cash payment for interest during the nine months ended March 31, 2008

 

254,620

 

2,546

 

252,763

 

 

255,309

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

$

(28,535,641

)

(28,535,641

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at March 31, 2008

 

17,728,314

 

$

177,283

 

$

35,925,622

 

$

(28,535,641

)

$

7,567,264

 

 

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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SENESCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)

 

 

 

For the Nine Months Ended
March 31,

 

From Inception on
July 1, 1998 through
March 31,

 

 

 

2008

 

2007

 

2008

 

 

 

(restated)

 

 

 

(restated)

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(2,914,101

)

$

(2,537,419

)

$

(28,535,641

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noncash capital contribution

 

 

 

85,179

 

Noncash conversion of accrued expenses into equity

 

 

 

131,250

 

Noncash income related to change in fair value of warrant liablility

 

 

 

(321,259

)

Issuance of common stock and warrants for interest

 

255,309

 

 

264,625

 

Issuance of stock options and warrants for services

 

708,537

 

908,000

 

9,507,312

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

67,179

 

117,094

 

431,020

 

Amortization of convertible note discount and deferred financing costs

 

120,271

 

 

120,271

 

(Increase) decrease in operating assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepaid expense and other current assets

 

46,831

 

36,585

 

(57,695

)

Security deposit

 

 

 

(7,187

)

Increase (decrease) in operating liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

59,267

 

9,846

 

168,525

 

Accrued expenses

 

132,260

 

(92,870

)

509,619

 

Deferred revenue

 

(16,667

)

(18,750

)

 

Other liability

 

(4,601

)

(3,917

)

24,595

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(1,545,715

)

(1,581,431

)

(17,679,386

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patent costs

 

(551,752

)

(390,381

)

(3,297,459

)

Purchase of investments, net

 

(250,000

)

(100,000

)

(500,000

)

Purchase of property and equipment

 

(2,783

)

(1,482

)

(172,890

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(804,535

)

(291,863

)

(3,970,349

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from grant

 

 

 

99,728

 

Proceeds from issuance of bridge notes

 

 

 

525,000

 

Proceeds from issuance and exercises of common stock and warrants

 

 

2,019,108

 

19,082,818

 

Proceeds from issuance of convertible note and warrants, net of $450,000 paid to holder

 

6,550,000

 

 

6,550,000

 

Deferred financing costs

 

(558,578

)

 

(558,578

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

5,991,422

 

2,019,108

 

25,698,968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

3,641,172

 

145,814

 

4,049,233

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

408,061

 

318,473

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

4,049,233

 

$

464,287

 

$

4,049,233

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid during the period for interest

 

$

 

$

 

$

22,317

 

Supplemental schedule of noncash financing activity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conversion of bridge notes into stock

 

$

 

$

 

$

534,316

 

Allocation of convertible debt proceeds to warrants and beneficial conversion feature

 

$

6,550,000

 

$

 

$

6,550,000

 

Warrants issued for financing costs

 

$

277,979

 

$

 

$

277,979

 

 

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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SENESCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

 

Note 1 – Restatement

 

During the year ended June 30, 2008, the Company issued convertible notes and warrants.  The proceeds of the convertible notes were allocated to the warrants and the beneficial conversion feature of the notes and the discount was being amortized over the term of the notes.  According to EITF 98-5, paragraph 9, for convertible debt securities, any recorded discount resulting from the allocation of proceeds to the beneficial conversion feature should be recognized as interest expense using the effective yield method.  The Company was providing for the amortization of the convertible debt discount on a straight-line method over the term of the convertible debt securities.  The Company has reviewed its calculations of amortization of debt discount, a non-cash expense, under both the straight-line and effective yield methods and has determined that there is a material difference between the two calculations because of the change from the straight-line method to the effective yield method.  The condensed consolidated financial statements have been recasted for all periods presented.  The effect of the change is as follows:

 

 

 

As Originally

 

 

 

As

 

 

 

Reported

 

Change

 

Restated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statements of Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of debt discount and financing costs

 

(628,626

)

561,950

 

(66,676

)

Net loss

 

(2,044,167

)

561,950

 

(1,482,217

)

Loss per share

 

(.12

)

.04

 

(.08

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine months ended March 31, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of debt discount and financing costs

 

(927,054

)

806,783

 

(120,271

)

Net loss

 

(3,720,884

)

806,783

 

(2,914,101

)

Loss per share

 

(.21

)

.04

 

(.17

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From inception on July 1, 1998 through March 31, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of debt discount and financing costs

 

(927,054

)

806,783

 

(120,271

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

(29,342,424

)

806,783

 

(28,535,641

)

 

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Balance Sheet as of March 31, 2008

 

Convertible notes

 

819,525

 

(806,783

)

12,742

 

Total liabilities

 

1,621,992

 

(806,783

)

815,209

 

Deficit accumulated during the development stage

 

(29,342,424

)

806,783

 

(28,535,641

)

Stockholders equity

 

6,760,481

 

806,783

 

7,567,264

 

 

Note 2 – Basis of Presentation:  

 

The financial statements included herein have been prepared by Senesco Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”), without audit, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations.  These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007.

 

In the opinion of the Company’s management, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contain all adjustments, consisting solely of those which are of a normal recurring nature, necessary to present fairly its financial position as of March 31, 2008, the results of its operations for the three-month and nine-month periods ended March 31, 2008 and 2007, cash flows for the nine-month periods ended March 31, 2008 and 2007, and the results of its operations and cash flows for the period from inception on July 1, 1998 through March 31, 2008.

 

Interim results are not necessarily indicative of results for the full fiscal year.

 

Note 3 – Liquidity:  

 

       The operations of the Company to date have required significant cash expenditures.  As shown in the accompanying financial statements, the Company has a history of losses with a deficit accumulated during the development stage from inception through March 31, 2008 of $28,535,641.  The future capital requirements of the Company will depend on the results of its research and development activities, preclinical studies and competitive and technological advances.  

 

As of March 31, 2008, the Company had cash and investments in the amount of $4,549,233, which the Company estimates will cover its expenses for approximately the next twelve months.

 

In connection with agreements entered into on August 29, 2007, the Company will issue convertible notes and warrants and will receive $1,500,000 on the date the Company enters into a supply agreement with a third party manufacturer for sufficient quantity and quality of nano-particle for encapsulation of Factor 5A gene to be used in toxicology and proof of concept human

 

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studies under a United States Food and Drug Administration, (the “FDA”), accepted Investigational New Drug application, (an “IND Application), and $1,500,000 on the date the Company enters into a supply agreement with a third party manufacturer to provide sufficient quantity and quality of Factor 5A DNA to carry out toxicology and proof of concept human studies under a FDA accepted IND Application (see Note 8).   If the Company receives the additional gross proceeds from the issuance of $3,000,000 of convertible notes and warrants, then the Company estimates that it will have enough cash and investments to cover its expenses for approximately the next 18 months.

 

The American Stock Exchange (the “AMEX”) requires the Company to meet minimum financial requirements in order to maintain its listing.  Specifically, the Company is required to maintain a minimum net worth of $6,000,000 under the continued listing requirements of the AMEX. The Company had previously received a notice of noncompliance from the AMEX.  The Company submitted a plan to the AMEX discussing how it intends to regain compliance with the continued listing requirements.  The American Stock Exchange had accepted the Company’s plan and had given the Company until March 1, 2008 to effectuate the plan and regain compliance with the continued listing requirements.  On March 12, 2008, the American Stock Exchange notified the Company that it has regained compliance with the continued listing requirements. As of March 31, 2008, the Company believes that it continues to be in compliance with the American Stock Exchange’s continued listing requirements.

 

Note 4 – Intangible Assets:  

 

The Company conducts research and development activities, the cost of which is expensed as incurred, in order to generate patents that can be licensed to third parties in exchange for license fees and royalties.  Because the patents are the basis of the Company’s future revenue, certain patent costs are capitalized.   The capitalized patent costs represent the outside legal fees incurred by the Company to submit and undertake all necessary efforts to have such patent applications issued as patents.

 

The length of time that it takes for an initial patent application to be approved is generally between four to six years, however, due to the unique nature of each patent application, the actual length of time may vary.  If a patent application is denied, the associated cost of that application would be written off.  However, the Company has not had any patent applications denied as of the date of this Report on Form 10-Q.  Additionally, should a patent application become impaired during the application process, the Company would write down or write off the associated cost of that patent application.

 

Issued patents and agricultural patents pending are being amortized over a period of 17 years, the expected economic life of the patent.

 

The Company assesses the impairment in value of intangible assets whenever events or circumstances indicate that their carrying value may not be recoverable.  Factors the Company considers important which could trigger an impairment review include the following:

 

·                  significant negative industry trends;

·                  significant underutilization of the assets;

·                  significant changes in how the Company uses the assets or its plans for their use; and

·                  changes in technology and the emergence of competing technology.

 

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If the Company’s review determines that the future discounted cash flows related to these assets will not be sufficient to recover their carrying value, the Company will reduce the carrying values of these assets down to its estimate of fair value and continue amortizing them over their remaining useful lives.  To date, the Company has not recorded any impairment of intangible assets.

 

Note 5 – Loss Per Share:  

 

Net loss per common share is computed by dividing the net loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period.  As of March 31, 2008, shares to be issued upon the exercise of options and warrants aggregating 19,955,861 at an average exercise price of $1.47, and as of March 31, 2007, shares to be issued upon the exercise of options and warrants aggregating 9,007,877 at an average price of $2.47 are not included in the computation of diluted loss per share as the effect is anti-dilutive.  Additionally, at March 31, 2008, 7,777,777 shares to be issued upon the conversion of convertible notes at a fixed conversion rate of $0.90 are not included in the computation of diluted loss per share as the effect is anti-dilutive.

 

Note 6 Share-Based Transactions:  

 

The terms and vesting schedules for share-based awards vary by type of grant and the employment status of the grantee.  Generally, the awards vest based upon time-based conditions.

 

The fair value of each stock option and warrant granted has been determined using the Black-Scholes model.  The material factors incorporated in the Black-Scholes model in estimating the value of the options and warrants include the following:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2008

 

2007

 

2008

 

2007

 

Estimated life in years

 

4-6

 

6-10

 

4-6

 

6-10

 

Risk-free interest rate (1)

 

1.9%-4.1%

 

4.2%-4.7%

 

1.9%-4.1%

 

4.2%-4.7%

 

Volatility

 

100%

 

70%-148%

 

100%

 

70%-148%

 

Dividend paid

 

None

 

None

 

None

 

None

 

 


(1) Represents the interest rate on a U.S. Treasury security with a maturity date corresponding to that of the option term.

 

The economic values of the options will depend on the future price of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 ( the “Common Stock”), which cannot be forecast with reasonable accuracy.

 

A summary of changes in the stock option plan for the nine month period ended March 31, 2008 is as follows:

 

 

 

Number of

 

Weighted-Average

 

 

 

Options.

 

Exercise Price.

 

Outstanding at July 1, 2007

 

2,646,000

 

$

2.33

 

Granted

 

1,069,600

 

$

0.99

 

Exercised

 

 

 

Canceled

 

 

 

Outstanding at March 31, 2008

 

3,715,600

 

$

1.95

 

Exercisable at March 31, 2008

 

2,778,336

 

$

2.25

 

 

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A summary of changes to the non-vested stock options for the nine month period ended March 31, 2008 is as follows:

 

 

 

Weighted-Average

 

 

 

Number of

 

Grant-Date

 

 

 

Options.

 

Fair Value.

 

Non-vested stock options at July 1, 2007

 

249,666

 

$

1.07

 

Granted

 

1,069,600

 

$

0.76

 

Vested

 

(382,002

)

$

(0.82

)

Forfeited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-vested stock options at March 31, 2008

 

937,264

 

$

0.77

 

 

As of March 31, 2008, the aggregate intrinsic value of stock options outstanding was $372,084, with a weighted-average remaining term of 6.2 years.  The aggregate intrinsic value of stock options exercisable at that same date was $107,967, with a weighted-average remaining term of 5.1 years.  As of March 31, 2008, the Company has 1,856,700 shares available for future stock option grants.

 

As of March 31, 2008, total compensation expense not yet recognized related to stock option grants and restricted stock units amounted to approximately $357,000, which will be recognized over the next 21 months and an additional $640,000 which may be recognized  as achievement of certain target goals under the Company’s Long-Term Incentive Program become probable over the next 33 months.

 

Short-Term Incentive Program

 

On December 13, 2007, upon recommendation of the Company’s Compensation Committee, the Board adopted a Short-Term Equity Incentive Program for the members of the executive management team.  The Programs are intended to ensure the achievement of certain goals of the Company, continuity of the Company’s executive management, and to align the interests of the executive management with those of the shareholders.

 

Pursuant to and as defined in the Short-Term Equity Incentive Program, each executive would be awarded shares of the Company’s Common Stock, or options to acquire shares of the Company’s Common Stock, if the Company achieves certain target goals relating to research, financing, licensing, investor relations and other administrative items during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008.

 

The number of eligible shares and options to be awarded to the executive is based upon the following weightings:

 

1.               45% of eligible shares and options for contributions relating to the Company’s Multiple Myeloma project;

2.               25% of eligible shares and options for contributions relating to the Company’s current financing;

3.               15% of eligible shares and options for contributions relating to the Company’s licensing and licensing support activities;

4.               5% of eligible shares and option for contributions relating to the Company’s audits and Securities and Exchange filings;

 

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5.     4% of the eligible shares and options for contributions relating to the administration of the Company’s intellectual property;

6.     3% of the eligible shares and options for contributions relating to the Company’s investor relations program;

7.     1% of the eligible shares and options for contributions relating to the administration of the Company’s website;

8.     1% of the eligible shares and options for contributions relating to the administration and monitoring of the requirements of the American Stock Exchange; and

9.     1% of the eligible shares and options for contributions relating to planning for future financing requirements.

 

If the target goals are achieved by the Company, the executive officers would be awarded the following number of shares and options for the Fiscal year ended June 30, 2008:

 

 

 

Number of Shares

 

Number of Options (1)

 

Bruce C. Galton

 

50,225

 

 

John E. Thompson, Ph.D.

 

 

52,676

 

Joel Brooks

 

37,275

 

 

Richard Dondero

 

 

71,924

 

Sascha P. Fedyszyn

 

25,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

112,700

 

124,600

 

 


(1)            Such options are exercisable at a strike price of $0.99, which represents the closing price of the common stock on December 12, 2007.

 

As of March 31, 2008, the Company has determined that the achievement of the target goals is probable.  The total amount of  compensation expense in connection with the short-term incentive program in the amount of $206,269 is being recorded ratably over the six and one-half month period from December 13, 2007 through June 30, 2008.  Such compensation expense was determined under a black-scholes model on the date of adoption of the Short-Term Equity Incentive Program.  For the nine month period ended March 31, 2008, the Company recorded $111,068 of such expense.

 

Long-Term Incentive Program

 

On December 13, 2007, upon recommendation of the Company’s Compensation Committee, the Board adopted a Long-Term Equity Incentive Program for the members of the executive management team.  The Programs are intended to ensure the achievement of certain goals of the Company, continuity of the Company’s executive management, and to align the interests of the executive management with those of the shareholders.

 

Pursuant to and as defined in the Long-Term Equity Incentive Program, each executive would be awarded shares of the Company’s Common Stock and options to acquire shares of the Company’s Common Stock if the Company achieves certain target goals relating to its Multiple Myeloma research project over the next three fiscal years.

 

The number of eligible shares and options to be awarded to the executive is based upon the following weightings:

 

1.                 20% of the eligible shares upon the execution of a research agreement to conduct a phase I/II clinical trial at a research facility;

 

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2.                 20% of the eligible shares upon the filing and acceptance by the FDA of an investigational new drug application; and

3.                 60% of the eligible shares upon the successful completion of a FDA approved phase I/II clinical trial.

 

If the target goals are achieved by the Company, the executive officers would be awarded the following number of shares and options:

 

 

 

Goal 1

 

Goal 2

 

Goal 3

 

Number of Shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce C. Galton

 

25,000

 

25,000

 

75,000

 

Joel Brooks

 

10,000

 

10,000

 

30,000

 

Sascha P. Fedyszyn

 

10,000

 

10,000

 

30,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of shares

 

45,000

 

45,000

 

135,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Options (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John E. Thompson, Ph.D.

 

50,000

 

50,000

 

150,000

 

Richard Dondero

 

60,000

 

60,000

 

180,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of options

 

110,000

 

110,000

 

330,000

 

 


(1)            Such options are exercisable at a strike price of $0.99, which represents the closing price of the common stock on December 12, 2007.

 

As of March 31, 2008, the Company is not able to determine if the achievement of the target goals under the Long-Term Equity Incentive Program are probable and, therefore, has not yet begun to recognize any of the $640,000 compensation expense that was computed on the date of adoption of the program.  The Company will begin recognizing such compensation expense ratably over the remaining term of the plan at such time that the Company is able to determine that the achievement of the target goals are probable.

 

Note 7Revenue Recognition:  

 

The Company receives certain nonrefundable upfront fees in exchange for the transfer of its technology to licensees.  Upon delivery of the technology, the Company has no further obligations to the licensee with respect to the basic technology transferred and, accordingly, recognizes revenue at that time.  The Company may, however, receive additional payments from its licensees in the event such licensees achieve certain development or commercialization milestones in their particular field of use.  Other nonrefundable upfront fees and milestone payments, where the milestone payments are a function of time as opposed to achievement of specific achievement-based milestones, are deferred and amortized ratably over the estimated research period of the license.

 

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Note 8 –Convertible Note and Stockholders Equity:  

 

On August 1, 2007 and August 29, 2007, the Company entered into binding Securities Purchase Agreements with YA Global Investments L.P. (“YA Global”) and Stanford Venture Capital Holdings, Inc. (“Stanford”), respectively, to sell to each of YA Global and Stanford up to $5,000,000 of secured convertible notes and accompanying warrants for an aggregate gross proceeds of $10,000,000.  The convertible notes convert into the Company’s common stock at a fixed price of $0.90 per share subject to certain adjustments (the “Fixed Conversion Price”), for a period of two years immediately following the signing date, provided that the Company has achieved the following milestones by January 31, 2008: (i) successful completion of animal studies, other than toxicology studies, necessary for the advancement of Factor 5A1 in human clinical trials, (ii) the engagement of a contract research organization for human clinical studies of Factor 5A1, and (iii) the signing of at least one (1) corporate partnership or license agreement after August 1, 2007 with an agricultural company utilizing the Company’s proprietary platform. As of January 31, 2008, the Company has completed all of the three required milestones.  After the second anniversary of the signing date, the convertible notes may convert into shares of the Company’s common stock at the lower of the fixed conversion price or 80% of the lowest daily volume-weighted average price (the “VWAP”), of the common stock during the five trading days prior to the conversion date. The maturity date of each of the convertible notes for YA Global and Stanford is December 30, 2010 and December 31, 2010, respectively.  Currently, at the fixed conversion price, the number of shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the $7,000,000 of convertible notes outstanding and shares of common stock to be issued upon exercise of the warrants outstanding at March 31, 2008 represents, in the aggregate, 18,327,777 shares, plus an estimated additional 1,400,000 shares for the payment of interest in stock under the convertible notes.

 

The convertible notes accrue interest on their outstanding principal balances at an annual rate of 8%.  The Company has the option to pay interest in cash or, upon certain conditions, common stock.  If the Company pays interest in common stock, the stock will be valued at a 10% discount to the average daily VWAP for the five day trading period prior to the interest payment date (the “Interest Shares”)

 

At the Company’s option, it can redeem a portion of, or all of, the principal owed under the convertible notes by providing the investors with at least 30 business days’ written notice, provided that, at the time of receipt of the notice, either: (A)(i) the VWAP of the common stock exceeds 130% of the Fixed Conversion Price for at least 20 of 30 prior trading days and (ii) there is an effective registration statement for the resale of the common stock that will be issued under the redemption or (B) it redeems a portion, or all, of the principal owed at a 20% premium above the principal then outstanding and any accrued interest thereupon.  If the Company redeems all or any of the principal outstanding under the convertible notes, it will pay an amount equal to the principal being redeemed plus accrued interest.

 

If there is an effective registration statement for the resale of the shares underlying the convertible notes or if such shares become 144(k) eligible, the Company will have the option to force the investors to convert 50% and 100% of its then-outstanding convertible notes if its common stock price exceeds 150% and 175% of the Fixed Conversion Price, respectively, for any 20 out of 30 trading days; provided that such forced conversion meets certain conditions (the

 

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“Call Option”).  If the Company exercises its Call Option prior to the third anniversary of the signing date, it will issue additional warrants to the investor equal to 50% of the number of shares underlying the convertible note subject to the forced conversion.  These warrants will be exercisable at the fixed conversion price and will have the same maturity as the other warrants issued under the YA Global financing.

 

The Company’s obligations under the convertible notes are secured by all of its and its subsidiary’s assets and intellectual property, as evidenced by certain Security Agreements and certain Patent Security Agreements by and between the Company and each of YA Global and Stanford.  Pursuant to a subordination agreement, YA Global is the senior secured creditor.

 

The agreements with YA Global and Stanford provides for the issuance of warrants to purchase an aggregate of 5,550,000 and 8,333,333, respectively, of the Company’s Common Stock, exercisable six months and one day from the date of issuance until their expiration on the date that is five years from the date of issuance.  The warrants will be issued in two series. Generally, the Series A warrants may be issued prior to stockholder approval, while the Series B warrants are only issued after stockholder approval, which has been received.  The exercise price of the Series A warrants is $1.01 per share, and the exercise price of the Series B warrants is $0.90 per share, subject to certain adjustments.  The warrants provide a right of cashless exercise if, at the time of exercise, there is no effective registration statement registering the resale of the shares underlying the warrants.

 

The conversion rate of each convertible note and the exercise price of the Series B warrants are subject to adjustment for certain events, including dividends, stock splits, combinations and the sale of the Company’s Common Stock or securities convertible into or exercisable for the Company’s Common Stock at a price less than the then applicable conversion or exercise price.

 

The investors have a right of first refusal on any future funding that involves the issuance of the Company’s capital stock for so long as a portion of the convertible notes is outstanding.

 

Pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement, the Company filed an initial registration statement on October 12, 2007 to register 3,333,333 shares of common stock, underlying the convertible notes, issuable to YA Global, and such registration statement became effective on November 1, 2007.  The Company is required to register an additional 891,667 shares of common stock issuable to YA Global. However, YA Global has amended its Registration Rights Agreement deferring its right to have such additional shares registered.  If the shares issuable to YA Global remain outstanding after all shares under the registration statements have been sold, the Company may be required to file additional registration statements for those shares.  These registration rights will cease once the shares issuable to YA Global on January 22, 2008 are eligible for sale by the investor without restriction under Rule 144(k).  Upon certain events, the Company has agreed to pay as partial liquidated damages an amount equal to 1.0% of the aggregate purchase price paid by the investors for any convertible debentures then held by the investors, but these payments may not exceed 12% of the aggregate purchase price paid by the investors.  The maximum liquidated damages payable under the Registration Rights Agreement is $600,000.  The Company has not recorded an estimated registration rights liability as the Company anticipates that it will fulfill its obligations under the Registration Rights Agreement.

 

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The total gross proceeds from the issuance of the convertible notes and warrants will be $10,000,000 before payment of 3.25% of the purchase price in commissions to Wainwright & Co., Inc. (the “Placement Agent”).  The Company will issue to the Placement Agent warrants to purchase 7% of the purchase price, or 777,777 shares, of the Company’s Common Stock with similar terms to the warrants that will be issued to the investors.  The Company paid YA Global and Stanford a non-refundable structuring/due diligence fee of $30,000 each.  The Company has also agreed to pay YA Global and Stanford a commitment fee of 5% and 7%, respectively, of its purchase price, which is paid proportionately at each closing.

 

Specifics of YA Global Financing

 

Pursuant to the YA Global Securities Purchase Agreement, the Company has issued three convertible notes in the aggregate amount of $5,000,000 and two Series A warrants in the amount of 1,387,500 shares each on September 21, 2007 and October 16, 2007 and a Series B warrant in the amount of 2,775,000 shares on December 20, 2007.

 

The gross proceeds, less $280,000 paid to YA Global, of $4,720,000 from the issuance of convertible notes and warrants have been allocated between the convertible notes and warrants based upon their fair values using the Black-Scholes model.  Additional amounts were allocated to the beneficial conversion feature based upon the effective conversion price compared to the fair value of the common stock on the date of issuance of the convertible notes and warrants. The material factors incorporated in the Black-Scholes model in estimating the value of the warrants include the following:

 

Estimated life in years

 

5

 

Risk-free interest rate

 

3.5% - 4.4

%

Volatility

 

100

%

Dividend paid

 

None

 

 

As of March 31, 2008, net proceeds of $4,720,000 were allocated to the warrants and beneficial conversion feature and recorded as equity.

 

The convertible notes and warrants issued to YA Global are subject to a maximum cap of 30,500,000 on the number of shares of common stock that can be issued upon the conversion of the convertible notes and the exercise of the warrants.

 

Specifics of Stanford Financing

 

On December 20, 2007, the Company issued a convertible note in the amount of $2,000,000 and Series A warrants in the amount of 2,500,000 shares and Series B warrants in the amount of 2,500,000 shares.

 

The gross proceeds, less $170,000 paid to Stanford, of $1,830,000 from the issuance of the convertible note and warrants have been allocated between the convertible note and warrants based upon their fair values using the Black-Scholes model.  Additional amounts were allocated to the beneficial conversion feature based upon the effective conversion price compared to the fair value of the common stock on the date of issuance of the convertible notes and warrants. The

 

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material factors incorporated in the Black-Scholes model in estimating the value of the warrants include the following:

 

Estimated life in years

 

5

 

Risk-free interest rate

 

3.5

%

Volatility

 

100

%

Dividend paid

 

None

 

 

As of March 31, 2008, net proceeds of $1,830,000 were allocated to the warrants and beneficial conversion feature and recorded as equity.

 

Pursuant to the Stanford Securities Purchase Agreement, the Company will issue and sell to Stanford:

 

1.                     a convertible note and warrants in the amount of $1,500,000 on the date the Company enters into a supply agreement with a third party manufacturer for sufficient quantity and quality of nano-particle for encapsulation of Factor 5A gene to be used in toxicology and proof of concept human studies under an FDA accepted IND Application;  and

 

2.                     a convertible note and warrants in the amount of $1,500,000 on the date the Company enters into a supply agreement with a third party manufacturer to provide sufficient quantity and quality of Factor 5A DNA to carry out toxicology and proof of concept human studies under a FDA accepted IND Application.

 

The convertible notes and warrants issuable to Stanford will be subject to a maximum cap of 31,888,888 on the number of shares of common stock that can be issued upon the conversion of the convertible notes and the exercise of the warrants.

 

As of March 31, 2008, the outstanding balance of the Convertible Notes were $12,742, which is comprised of notes with an aggregate face amount of $7,000,000 less unamortized debt discount of $6,987,258.  On April 29, 2008, YA Global converted $500,000 of the Convertible Notes into 555,556 shares of the Company’s common stock.  

 

Debt discount associated with the Convertible Notes is amortized to interest expense, using the effective yield method, over the remaining life of the Convertible Notes.  Upon conversion of the Convertible Notes into Common Stock, any unamortized debt discount relating to the portion converted will be charged to equity.  Total charges to interest for amortization of debt discount were $15 and $12,742 for the three month and nine month periods ended March 31, 2008.  

 

The costs associated with the issuances in the amount of $836,558 have been recorded as deferred financing costs and are being amortized ratably over the term of the convertible notes.  The balance of deferred financing costs as of March 31, 2008 amounted to $729,029.

 

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Note 9 – Income Taxes:  

 

No provision for income taxes has been made in the three months and nine month periods ended March 31, 2008 and 2007 given the Company’s losses in 2008 and 2007 and available net operating loss carryforwards.  A benefit has not been recorded as the realization of the net operating losses is not assured and the timing in which the Company can utilize its net operating loss carryforwards in any year or in total may be limited by provisions of the Internal Revenue Code regarding changes in ownership of corporations.

 

In July 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued FASB Interpretation No. 48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes – an interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109” (“FIN 48”).  FIN 48 clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an entity’s financial statements in accordance with FASB Statement No. 109, “Accounting for Income Taxes”.  FIN 48 prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for financial statement disclosure of tax positions taken or expected to be taken on a tax return.  Additionally, FIN 48 provides guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure and transition.  The Company adopted FIN 48 effective July 1, 2007 and there was no material effect on our results of operations or financial position.

 

Note 10 – Effects of New Accounting Pronouncements Applicable to the Company  

 

EITF Issue No. 07-3 – Accounting for Nonrefundable Advance Payments for Goods or Services Received for Use in Future Research and Development Activities.

 

This pronouncement states that nonrefundable advance payments for future research and development activities should be deferred and capitalized.  This pronouncement is effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2007, and interim periods within those fiscal years.  Early application is not permitted.  The Company does not believe that this pronouncement will have any material effect on its financial statements.

 

Note 11 – Financial Advisory Agreement:  

 

On February 14, 2008, the Company amended its non-exclusive financial advisory agreement with Stanford Group Company, which was originally entered into on October 11, 2006.  The amendment extended the term of the agreement through June 30, 2012 and expanded the services to be provided to the Company.  As compensation for the term extension and expansion of services, previously issued warrants were amended.  The exercise prices of the 1,500,000 shares of Common Stock underlying the warrants, 750,000 of which had an exercise price of $2.00 and 750,000 of which had an exercise price of $1.50, were reduced to $1.01.  Additionally, the expiration dates of December 2009 and January 2010 were each extended through June 30, 2012.  A compensation charge in the amount of $384,500 was recorded during the three month period ended March 31, 2008 in connection with extension and repricing of the warrants.  The agreement may be terminated by either party upon sixty days written notice.

 

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Item 2.                                                           Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements and the related notes thereto included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.  The discussion and analysis may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations and entail various risks and uncertainties.  Our actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including those set forth under “Factors That May Affect Our Business, Future Operating Results and Financial Condition” and elsewhere in this report.

 

Overview

 

Our Business

 

We are a development stage biotechnology company whose primary business is to develop and license our patented and patent-pending genes, primarily eucartyotic translation initiation Factor 5A, or Factor 5A, and deoxyhypusine synthase, or DHS, and related technologies for inhibition, i.g. siRNA, in human health applications, to:

 

·                  develop novel approaches to treat inflammatory and/or apoptotic related diseases in humans;  and

 

·                  develop novel approaches to treat cancer, a group of diseases in which apoptosis does not occur normally;

 

In agricultural applications we are developing and licensing Factor 5A, DHS and Lipase to enhance the quality and productivity of fruits, flowers, vegetables and agronomic crops through the control of cell death, referred to as senescence, and growth in plants.

 

Human Health Applications

 

We believe that our gene technology could have broad applicability in the human health field, by either inhibiting or accelerating apoptosis.  Inhibiting apoptosis may be useful in preventing or treating a wide range of inflammatory and ischemic diseases attributed to premature apoptosis.  Accelerating apoptosis may be useful in treating certain forms of cancer because the body’s immune system is not able to force cancerous cells to undergo apoptosis via normal mechanisms.

 

We have commenced preclinical in-vivo and in-vitro research to determine the ability of Factor 5A to regulate key execution genes, pro-inflammatory cytokines, receptors, and transcription factors, which are implicated in numerous apoptotic diseases.

 

Certain preclinical human health results to date include:

 

·                  demonstrated significant tumor regression and diminished rate of tumor growth of multiple myeloma tumors in SCID mice treated with Factor 5A technology encapsulated in nanoparticles.

·                  increasing the median survival by approximately 250% in a tumor model of mice injected with melanoma cancer cells;

 

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·                  inducing apoptosis in both human cancer cell lines derived from tumors and in lung tumors in mice;

·                  inducing apoptosis of cancer cells in a human multiple myeloma cell line;

·                  measuring VEGF reduction in mouse lung tumors as a result of treatment with our genes;

·                  reducing the amounts of p24 and IL-8 by approximately 50 percent in a HIV-1 infected human cell line;

·                  increased the survival, while maintaining functionality, of mouse pancreatic islet cells isolated for transplantation, using intraperitaneal administration of eIF-5A siRNA.  Initial animal studies have shown that siRNA to Factor 5A administered prior to harvesting beta islet cells from a mouse has a significant impact not only on the survival of the beta islet cells, but also on the retention of the cells functionality when compared to the untreated beta islet cells.  Additional studies have shown that the treated beta islet cells survive a pro-inflammatory cytokine challenge, while maintaining their functionality with respect to insulin production.  These further studies also revealed eIF-5A’s modulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), an important indicator of inflammation;

·                  demonstrating that the efficacy of our technology is comparable to that of existing approved anti-inflammatory prescription drugs in reducing certain inflammatory cytokines in mice; and

·                  increasing the survival rate of mice in a lethal challenge sepsis model.  Additionally, a broad spectrum of systemic pro-inflammatory cytokines were down-regulated, while not effecting the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10.

 

Inhibiting Apoptosis

 

We believe that down-regulation of our proprietary Factor 5A gene may have potential application as a means for controlling the effect of a broad range of diseases that are attributable to premature apoptosis, ischemia, or inflammation. Apoptotic diseases include glaucoma, heart disease, and certain inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease, sepsis and diabetic retinopathy, among many others.  We are engaged in preclinical research on certain inflammatory diseases. Using small inhibitory RNA’s, or siRNA’s, against Factor 5A to inhibit its expression, we have reduced pro-inflammatory cytokine formation and formation of receptors for liposolysaccharide, or LPS, interferon-gamma and TNF-alpha.  We have also determined that by inhibiting Factor 5A iNOS, MAPK, NFkB and JAK1 are downregulated, which decreases the inflammatory cytokines formed through these pathways. Additionally, we have shown in a mouse study that our siRNA is comparable to a steroid and to a prescription anti-TNF drug in its ability to reduce cytokine response to LPS.  In-vivo mouse studies have shown that the siRNA against Factor 5A (i) protects thymocyte cells from apoptosis and decreases formation of myeloperoxidase, or MPO, TNF-a, MIP-1alpha, and IL-1 in the lungs of mice challenged with LPS; and (ii) increases the survival rate in which sepsis was induced by a lethal injection of LPS and reduced blood serum levels of inflammatory proteins, such as IL-1, IL-2, IL-6, IL-12, TNF-a, IFNg and MIP-1alpha, while not effecting IL-10, an anti-inflammatory cytokine.  The siRNA’s against Factor 5A are currently being tested in several preclinical in-vivo inflammatory disease models. Other experiments utilizing siRNA to Factor 5A include inhibition of cell death, or

 

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apoptosis, during the processing of mouse pancreatic beta islet cells for transplantation; the inhibition of early inflammatory changes associated with type-2 diabetes in an in-vivo rat model; and the inhibition of viral replication in a human cell line infected with HIV-1.

 

Proteins required for cell death include p53, interleukins, TNF-a and other cytokines, and caspases.  Expression of these cell death proteins is required for the execution of apoptosis.  We have found that downregulating Factor 5A by treatment with siRNA, inhibits the expression of p53, a major cell death transcription factor that in turn controls the formation of a suite of other cell death proteins.  In addition, down-regulation of Factor 5A up-regulates Bcl-2, a major suppressor of apoptosis.

 

Accelerating Apoptosis

 

In pre-clinical studies, we have also established that up-regulation of Factor 5A isoform induces cell death in cancer cells through both the p53 (intrinsic) and cell death receptor (extrinsic) apoptotic pathways. Tumors arise when cells that have been targeted by the immune system to undergo apoptosis are unable to do so because of an inability to activate the apoptotic pathways. Just as the Factor 5A gene appears to facilitate expression of the entire suite of genes required for programmed cell death in plants, the Factor 5A gene appears to regulate expression of a suite of genes required for programmed cell death in human cells. Because the Factor 5A gene appears to function at the initiation point of the apoptotic pathways, both intrinsic and extrinsic, we believe that our gene technology has potential application as a means of combating a broad range of cancers.  Through in-vitro studies, we have found that up-regulating Factor 5A results in: (i) the up-regulation of p53; (ii)  increases inflammatory cytokine production; (iii) increases cell death receptor formation; and (iv) increases caspase activity.  These features, coupled with a simultaneous down-regulation Bcl-2, result in apoptosis of cancer cells.  In addition, in-vitro studies have shown that up-regulation of Factor 5A also down-regulates VEGF, a growth factor which allows tumors to develop additional vascularization needed for growth beyond a small mass of cells.

 

Human Health Research Program

 

Our human health research program, which has consisted of pre-clinical in-vitro and in-vivo experiments designed to assess the role and method of action of the Factor 5A genes in human diseases, is performed by approximately 17 third party researchers at our direction, at the University of Waterloo, Mayo Clinic, the University of Colorado, and the University of Virginia.

 

Our preclinical research has yielded data that we have presented to various biopharmaceutical companies that may be prospective licensees for the development and marketing of potential applications for our technology.

 

Our planned future pre-clinical research and development initiatives for human health include:

 

·                  Multiple Myeloma. Advance our technology for the potential treatment of multiple myeloma with the goal of initiating a clinical trial.  In connection with the potential clinical trial, we have engaged a clinical research organization, or CRO, to assist us

 

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through the  process.  Together with the CRO, we will also be finalizing our evaluation of potential delivery systems for our technology in the animal model, contracting for the supply of pharmaceutical grade materials to be used in toxicology and human studies, and ultimately filing an investigational new drug application, or IND application, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, for their review and consideration in order to initiate a clinical trial.  We estimate that it will take less than twentyfour months to complete these objectives.

 

·                  HIV-1.  We will continue in-vitro studies utilizing different siRNA delivery systems in order to increase the transfection efficiency of the siRNA to Factor 5A to determine further decreases in HIV replication and may seek animal models to test delivery systems.  A nanoparticle has been identified for the delivery of Factor 5A.

 

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·                  Lung Inflammation.  Optimization of the delivery and dose of the siRNA against Factor 5A to the lungs may be the direction of future lung inflammation experiments.  Mouse model systems may be used to illustrate the siRNA to Factor 5A’s ability to reduce morbidity and mortality in lung inflammation, caused by the up-regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines induced by flu.

 

·                  Diabetic Retinopathy.  We have received encouraging results from our initial studies, which have shown a decrease in key proteins related to retinopathy, such as TNF, VEGF, and iNOS.

 

·                  Other.  We may look at other disease states in order to determine the role of Factor 5A.

 

In order to pursue the above research initiatives, as well as other research initiatives that may arise, we have recently completed private placements of $10 million of convertible notes and common stock warrants.  We have already issued and received the net proceeds from $7 million of the convertible notes and common stock warrants.  The remaining $3 million from the private placements will be received upon the occurrence of the following development milestones:

 

·                  $1.5 million on the date that we enter into a supply agreement with a third party manufacturer for sufficient quantity and quality of nano-particle for encapsulation of Factor 5A gene to be used in toxicology and proof of concept human studies; and

 

·                  $1.5 million on the date that we enter into a supply agreement with a third party manufacturer to provide sufficient quantity and quality of Factor 5A DNA to carry out toxicology and proof of concept human studies under an FDA accepted IND application.

 

However, it may be necessary for us to raise a significant amount of additional working capital in the future to continue to pursue some of the above and new initiatives.  If we are unable to raise the necessary funds or meet the corporate and scientific milestones provided for in the private placements, we may be required to significantly curtail the future development of some of our research initiative and we will be unable to pursue other possible research initiatives.

 

We may further expand our research and development program beyond the initiatives listed above to include other research centers.

 

Agricultural Applications

 

Our agricultural research focuses on the discovery and development of certain gene technologies, which are designed to confer positive traits on fruits, flowers, vegetables, forestry species and agronomic crops.  To date, we have isolated and characterized the senescence-induced lipase gene, DHS, and Factor 5A in certain species of plants.  Our goal is to modulate the expression of these genes in order to achieve such traits as extended shelf life, increased biomass, increased yield and increased resistance to environmental stress and disease, thereby demonstrating proof of concept in each category of crop.

 

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Certain agricultural results to date include:

 

·                  longer shelf life of perishable produce;

·                  increased biomass and seed yield;

·                  greater tolerance to environmental stresses, such as drought and soil salinity;

·                  greater tolerance to certain fungal and bacterial pathogens;

·                  more efficient plant utilization of fertilizer; and

·                  advancement to field trials in banana, lettuce, and trees.

 

We have licensed this technology to various strategic partners and have entered into a joint venture. We may continue to license this technology, as the opportunities present themselves, to additional strategic partners and/or enter into additional joint ventures.  Together with our commercial partners, we are currently working with lettuce, turfgrass, canola, corn, soybean, cotton, banana, alfalfa, rice and certain species of trees and bedding plants, and we have obtained proof of concept for enhanced post harvest shelf life, seed yield, biomass, and resistance to disease in several of these plant species.

 

We have ongoing field trials of certain trees and bananas with our respective partners.  The initial field trials conducted with ArborGen over a three year period in certain species of trees have concluded and the trees have been harvested for wood quality assessment.  Preliminary data from our joint field trials show significantly enhanced growth rates in some of the trees relative to controls.  Through these studies and further research and development, we have selected promising genetic lines which are now being prepared fro the field.

 

The first and second round of banana field trials have shown that our technology extends the shelf life of banana fruit by 100%.  In addition to the post harvest shelf life benefits, an additional field trial generated encouraging disease tolerance data, specific to Black Sigatoka (Black Leaf Streak Disease), for banana plants. Additional field trials for banana plants are ongoing for Black Sigatoka.

 

Commercialization by our partners may require a combination of traits in a crop, such as both post harvest shelf life and disease resistance, or other traits.  Our near-term research and development initiatives include modulating the expression of DHS and Factor 5A genes in these plants and propagation and then propagation and phenotype testing of such plants.

 

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Our ongoing research and development initiatives for agriculture include assisting our license and joint venture partners to:

 

·                  further develop and implement the DHS and Factor 5A gene technology in lettuce, melon, banana, canola, cotton, turfgrass, bedding plants, rice, alfalfa, corn, soybean and trees; and

 

·                  test the resultant crops for new beneficial traits such as increased yield, increased tolerance to environmental stress, disease resistance and more efficient use of fertilizer.

 

Commercialization Strategy

 

In order to address the complexities associated with marketing and distribution in the worldwide market, we have adopted a multi-faceted commercialization strategy, in which we have entered into and plan to enter into, as the opportunities present themselves, additional licensing agreements or other strategic relationships with a variety of companies or other entities on a crop-by-crop basis.  We anticipate revenues from these relationships in the form of licensing fees and royalties from our partners, usage fees in the case of the agreement with Poet, or sharing gross profits in the case of the joint venture with Rahan Meristem.  In addition, we anticipate payments from our partners upon our achievement of certain research and development benchmarks.  This commercialization strategy allows us to generate revenue at various stages of product development, while ensuring that our technology is incorporated into a wide variety of crops.  Our optimal partners combine the technological expertise to incorporate our technology into their product line along with the ability to successfully market the enhanced final product, thereby eliminating the need for us to develop and maintain a sales force.

 

Through April 30, 2008, we have entered into nine license agreements and one joint venture with established agricultural biotechnology companies or, in the case of Poet, an established ethanol company.

 

Because the agricultural market is dominated by privately held companies or subsidiaries of foreign owned companies, market size and market share data for the crops under our license and development agreements is not readily available.  Additionally, because we have entered into confidentiality agreements with our license and development partners, we are unable to report the specific financial terms of the agreements as well as any market size and market share data that our partners may have disclosed to us regarding their companies.

 

Generally, projects with our license and joint venture partners begin by our partners transforming seed or germplasm to incorporate our technology.  Those seeds or germplasm are then grown in our partners’ greenhouse.  After successful greenhouse trials, our partners will transfer the plants to the field for field trials.  After completion of successful field trials, our partners may have to apply for and receive regulatory approval prior to initiation of any commercialization activities.

 

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Generally, the approximate time to complete each sequential development step is as follows:

 

Seed Transformation

approximately 1 to 2 years

Greenhouse

approximately 1 to 2 years

Field Trials

approximately 2 to 5 years

 

The actual amount of time spent on each development phase depends on the crop, its growth cycle and the success of the transformation achieving the desired results.  As such, the amount of time for each phase of development could vary, or the time frames may change.

 

The development of our technology with Poet is different than our other licenses in that we are modifying certain production inputs for ethanol.  That process involves modifying the inputs, testing such inputs in Poet’s production process and, if successful, implementing such inputs in Poet’s production process on a plant by plant basis.

 

The current status of each of our projects with our partners is as follows:

 

Project

 

Partner

 

Current Status

 

Banana

 

Rahan Meristem

 

 

 

 – Shelf Life

 

 

 

Field trials

 

 – Disease

 

 

 

Field trials

 

Lettuce

 

Harris Moran

 

Field trial data under evaluation

 

Melon

 

Harris Moran

 

Seed transformation

 

Trees

 

ArborGen

 

 

 

 – Growth

 

 

 

Field trials

 

Alfalfa

 

Cal / West

 

Greenhouse

 

Corn

 

Monsanto

 

Just initiated

 

Cotton

 

Bayer

 

Just initiated

 

Canola

 

Bayer

 

Seed transformation

 

Rice

 

Bayer

 

Just initiated

 

Soybean

 

Monsanto

 

Just initiated

 

Turfgrass

 

The Scotts Company

 

Greenhouse

 

Bedding Plants

 

The Scotts Company

 

Greenhouse

 

Ethanol

 

Poet

 

Modify inputs

 

 

Commercialization by our partners may require a combination of traits in a crop, such as both shelf life and disease resistance, or other traits.

 

Based upon our commercialization strategy, we anticipate that there may be a significant period of time before plants enhanced using our technology reach consumers and we begin to receive royalties.  Thus, we have not begun to actively market our technology directly to consumers, but rather, we have sought to establish ourselves within the industry through

 

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presentations at industry conferences, our website and direct communication with prospective licensees.

 

We plan to employ the same partnering strategy in both the human health and agricultural target markets.  Our preclinical research has yielded data that we have presented to various biopharmaceutical companies that may be prospective licensees for the development and marketing of potential applications of our technology.  Consistent with our commercialization strategy, we intend to attract other companies interested in strategic partnerships or licensing our technology, which may result in additional license fees, revenues from contract research and other related revenues.  Additionally, we have selected multiple myeloma as a target indication to develop and bring into clinical trials and may select additional human health indications to bring into clinical trials on our own.  Successful future operations will depend on our ability to transform our research and development activities into commercially feasible technology.

 

Patent and Patent Applications

 

To date, we have been granted seventeen patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or PTO, and nineteen patents from foreign countries, twenty-eight of which are for use of our technology in agricultural applications and eight of which relates to human health applications.

 

In addition to our thirty-six patents, we have a wide variety of patent applications, including divisional applications and continuations-in-part, in process with the PTO and internationally.  We intend to continue our strategy of enhancing these new patent applications through the addition of data as it is collected.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Overview

 

As of March 31, 2008, our cash balance and investments totaled $4,549,233, and we had working capital of $3,928,784.  As of March 31, 2008, we had a federal tax loss carryforward of approximately $19,911,000 and a state tax loss carry-forward of approximately $11,730,000 to offset future taxable income. We cannot assure you that we will be able to take advantage of any or all of such tax loss carryforwards, if at all, in future fiscal years.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

The following table lists our cash contractual obligations as of March 31, 2008:

 

 

 

Payments Due by Period

 

Contractual Obligations

 

Total

 

Less than 1 year

 

1 - 3 years

 

4 - 5 years

 

More than
5 years

 

Research and Development Agreements (1)

 

$

464,080

 

$

464,080

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

Facility, Rent and Operating
Leases (2)

 

$

250,952

 

$

78,280

 

$

159,296

 

$

13,376

 

$

 

Employment, Consulting and Scientific Advisory Board Agreements (3)

 

$

680,692

 

$

587,059

 

$

93,633

 

$

 

$

 

Total Contractual Cash Obligations

 

$

1,395,724

 

$

1,129,419

 

$

252,929

 

$

13,376

 

$

 

 


(1)          Certain of our research and development agreements disclosed herein provide that payment is to be made in Canadian dollars and, therefore, the contractual obligations are subject to fluctuations in the exchange rate.

 

(2)          The lease for our office space in New Brunswick, New Jersey is subject to certain escalations for our proportionate share of increases in the building’s operating costs.

 

(3)          Certain of our employment and consulting agreements provide for automatic renewal, which is not reflected in the table, unless terminated earlier by the parties to the respective agreements.

 

We expect our capital requirements to increase significantly over the next several years as we commence new research and development efforts.  Our future liquidity and capital funding requirements will depend on numerous factors, including, but not limited to, the levels and costs of our research and development initiatives and the cost and timing of the expansion of our business development and administrative staff.

 

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Effective September 1, 2007, we extended our research and development agreement with the University of Waterloo for an additional one-year period through August 31, 2008, in the amount of CAD $699,980 or approximately USD $700,000. Research and development expenses under this agreement for the three months ended March 31, 2008 aggregated USD $180,000.   Research and development expenses under this agreement for the three months ended March 31, 2007 aggregated USD, $137,530.  Research and development expenses under this agreement for the nine months ended March 31, 2008 aggregated USD, $548,792. Research and development expenses under this agreement for the nine months ended March 31, 2007 aggregated USD,    $433,872.   Research and development expenses under this agreement, were $4,445,096 for the cumulative period from inception through March 31, 2008.

 

Capital Resources

 

Since inception, we have generated revenues of $1,175,000 in connection with the initial fees and milestone payments received under our license and development agreements.  We have not been profitable since inception, we will continue to incur additional operating losses in the future, and we will require additional financing to continue the development and subsequent commercialization of our technology.  While we do not expect to generate significant revenues from the licensing of our technology for the next one to three years, or longer, we may enter into additional licensing or other agreements with marketing and distribution partners that may result in additional license fees, receive revenues from contract research, or other related revenue.

 

Financings

 

On August 1, 2007 and August 29, 2007, we entered into binding Securities Purchase Agreements with YA Global Investments, referred to herein as YA Global, and Stanford Venture Capital Holdings, Inc., referred to herein as Stanford, to sell to each of YA Global and Stanford up to $5,000,000 of secured convertible notes and accompanying warrants for an aggregate gross proceeds of $10,000,000.  The convertible notes convert into our common stock at a fixed price of $0.90 per share subject to certain adjustments, referred to herein as the Fixed Conversion Price, for a period of two years immediately following the signing date.  After the second anniversary of the signing date, the convertible notes may convert into shares of our common stock at the lower of the fixed conversion price or 80% of the lowest daily volume-weighted average price, referred to herein as the VWAP, of our common stock during the five trading days prior to the conversion date. The maturity date of each of the convertible notes for YA Global is December 30, 2010. The maturity date of each of the convertible notes for Stanford is December 31, 2010.  Currently, at the fixed conversion price, the number of shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the $7,000,000 of convertible notes outstanding and shares of common stock to be issued upon exercise of the warrants outstanding at March 31, 2008 represents, in the aggregate, 18,327,777 shares, plus an estimated additional 1,400,000 shares for the payment of interest in stock under the convertible notes.

 

The convertible notes accrue interest on their outstanding principal balances at an annual rate of 8%.  We have the option to pay interest in cash or, upon certain conditions, common stock.  If we pay interest in our common stock, the stock will be valued at a 10% discount to the

 

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average daily VWAP for the five day trading period prior to the interest payment date, referred to herein as the Interest Shares.

 

At our option, we can redeem a portion of, or all of, the principal owed under the convertible notes by providing the investors with at least 30 business days’ written notice, provided that, at the time of receipt of the notice, either: (A)(i) the VWAP of our common stock exceeds 130% of the Fixed Conversion Price for at least 20 of 30 prior trading days and (ii) there is an effective registration statement for the resale of our common stock that will be issued under the redemption or (B) we redeem a portion, or all, of the principal owed at a 20% premium above the principal then outstanding and any accrued interest thereupon.  If we redeem all or any of the principal outstanding under the convertible notes, we will pay an amount equal to the principal being redeemed plus accrued interest.

 

If there is an effective registration statement for the resale of the shares underlying the convertible notes or if such shares become 144(k) eligible, we will have the option to force the investors to convert 50% and 100% of our then-outstanding convertible notes if our common stock price exceeds 150% and 175% of the Fixed Conversion Price, respectively, for any 20 out of 30 trading days; provided that such forced conversion meets certain conditions, referred to herein as the Call Option.  If we exercise our Call Option prior to the third anniversary of the signing date, we will issue additional warrants to the investors equal to 50% of the number of shares underlying the convertible notes subject to the forced conversion.  These warrants will be exercisable at the fixed conversion price and will have the same maturity as the other warrants issued under the YA Global Financing.

 

Our obligations under the convertible notes are secured by all of our and our subsidiary’s assets and intellectual property, as evidenced by the Security Agreements and the Patent Security Agreements.  Pursuant to a subordination agreement, YA Global is the senior secured creditor.

 

We have issued warrants to purchase an aggregate of 5,550,000 shares of our common stock to YA Global and warrants to purchase an aggregate of 5,000,000 of our common stock to Stanford.  We  will issue to Stanford an additional 3,333,333 warrants to purchase shares of our common stock upon the subsequent closings.  Such warrants are exercisable six months and one day from the date of issuance until their expiration on the date that is five years from the date of issuance.  The warrants have been and will be issued in two series. The exercise price of the Series A warrants is $1.01 per share, and the exercise price of the Series B warrants is $0.90 per share, subject to certain adjustments.  The warrants provide a right of cashless exercise if, at the time of exercise, there is no effective registration statement registering the resale of the shares underlying the warrants.

 

The conversion rate of each convertible note and the exercise price of the Series B warrants are subject to adjustment for certain events, including dividends, stock splits, combinations and the sale of our common stock or securities convertible into or exercisable for our common stock at a price less than the then applicable conversion or exercise price.

 

The investors have a right of first refusal on any future funding that involves the issuance of our capital stock for so long as a portion of the convertible notes are outstanding.

 

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The total gross proceeds from the issuance of the convertible notes and warrants will be $10,000,000 before payment of 3.25% of the purchase price in commissions to Wainwright & Co., Inc., referred to herein as the Placement Agent.  We will issue to the Placement Agent warrants to purchase 7% of the purchase price, or 777,777 shares, of our common stock with similar terms to the warrants that have been and will be issued to the investors.  We have paid YA Global and Stanford a non-refundable structuring/due diligence fee of $30,000 each.  We have also paid YA Global a commitment fee of 5% and Stanford a commitment fee of 7%  of their respective purchase prices.  Such fee is paid proportionately at each closing.

 

Specifics of YA Global Financing

 

Pursuant to the YA Global Securities Purchase Agreement, we have issued three convertible notes in the aggregate amount of $5,000,000 and two Series A warrants in the amount of 1,387,500 shares each on September 21, 2007 and October 16, 2007 and a Series B warrant in the amount of 2,775,000 shares on December 20, 2007.  On April 29, 2008, YA Global converted $500,000 of the convertible notes into 555,556 shares of our common stock.

 

The convertible notes and warrants issued to YA Global are subject to a maximum cap of 30,500,000 on the number of shares of our common stock that can be issued upon the conversion of the convertible notes and the exercise of the warrants.

 

Specifics of Stanford Financing

 

On December 20, 2007, we issued a convertible note in the amount of $2,000,000 and Series A warrants in the amount of 2,500,000 shares and Series B warrants in the amount of 2,500,000 shares.

 

Pursuant to the Stanford Securities Purchase Agreement, we will issue and sell to Stanford:

 

1.               A convertible note and warrants in the amount of $1,500,000 on the date we enter into a supply agreement with a third party manufacturer for sufficient quantity and quality of nano-particle for encapsulation of Factor 5A gene to be used in toxicology and proof of concept human studies under an FDA accepted IND Application;

 

2.               A convertible note and warrants in the amount of $1,500,000 on the date we enter into a supply agreement with a third party manufacturer to provide sufficient quantity and quality of Factor 5A DNA to carry out toxicology and proof of concept human studies under a FDA accepted IND Application.

 

The convertible notes and warrants issuable to Stanford will be subject to a maximum cap of 31,888,888 on the number of shares of our common stock that can be issued upon the conversion of the convertible notes and the exercise of the warrants.

 

The costs associated with the issuances to YA Global and Stanford in the amount of $836,558 have been recorded as deferred financing costs and are being amortized ratably over the term of the convertible notes.

 

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We anticipate that, based upon our current cash and investments and the additional $3,000,000 proceeds from the issuance of convertible notes and warrants, we will be able to fund our operations for the next eighteen months. If we are unable to issue the additional $3,000,000 of convertible notes and warrants, we will be able to fund our operations for the next twelve months.  Over the next twelve months, we plan to fund our research and development and commercialization activities by:

 

·                  utilizing our current cash balance and investments;

·                  achieving some of the milestones set forth in our current licensing agreements;

·                  through the execution of additional licensing agreements for our technology; and

·                  through the issuance of convertible notes under the recently completed transaction with YA Global and Stanford Financial.

 

We cannot assure you that we will be able to raise money through any of the foregoing transactions, or on favorable terms, if at all.

 

Changes to Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

There have been no changes to our critical accounting policies and estimates as set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007.

 

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Results of Operations

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2008 and Three Months Ended March 31, 2007

 

The net loss for the three-month period ended March 31, 2008 was $1,482,217. The net loss for the three-month period ended March 31, 2007 was $801,317.  Such a change represents an increase in net loss of $680,900, or 85.0%.  This increase in net loss was primarily the result of an increase in expenses associated with the outstanding convertible notes that were issued during the current fiscal year, and an increase in operating expenses.

 

Revenue

 

Total revenues consisted of milestone payments on our agricultural development and license agreements.  During the three-month period ended March 31, 2008, revenue of $79,167 consisted of milestone payments and the amortized portion of previous milestone payments received in connection with certain license agreements.  During the three-month period ended March 31, 2007, revenue of $6,250 consisted of the amortized portion of previous milestone payments received in connection with certain development and license agreements.

 

We anticipate that we will continue to receive milestone payments in connection with our current agricultural license agreements.  Additionally, we anticipate that we will receive royalty payments from our license agreements if our partners commercialize their crops containing our technology.  However, it is difficult for us to determine our future revenue expectations because we are a development stage biotechnology company.  As such, the timing and outcome of our experiments, the timing of signing new partners and the timing of our partners moving through the development process into commercialization is difficult to accurately predict.

 

Operating Expenses

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,