Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2016
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
16. Commitments and Contingencies
In the normal course of business, the Company is subject to various legal matters. In the opinion of management, the resolution of such matters will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
The Company enters into various license, research collaboration and development agreements which provide for payments to the Company for government grants, fees, cost reimbursements typically with a markup, technology transfer and license fees, and royalty payments on sales.
The Company has two license agreements to maintain exclusive rights to patents. The Company is also required to pay 1% of net sales of products sold to entities other than the U.S. government. In the event of a sublicense, the Company will owe 21% of license fees and must pass through 1% of the sub-licensee’s net sales of products sold to entities other than the U.S. government. The agreements also stipulate minimum annual royalties of $50.
In connection with acquisition of Equipois, the Company assumed the rights and obligations of Equipois under a license agreement with Garrett Brown, the developer of certain intellectual property related to mechanical balance and support arm technologies, which grants us an exclusive license with respect to the technology and patent rights for certain fields of use. Pursuant to the terms of the license agreement, the Company will be required to pay Mr. Brown a single-digit royalty on net receipts, subject to a $50 annual minimum royalty requirement.
The following table summarizes our outstanding contractual obligations, including interest payments, as of December 31, 2016 and the effect those obligations are expected to have on our liquidity and cash flows in future periods:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Clearance
On April 4, 2016, the Company received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to market its Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton for use in the treatment of individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke, individuals with spinal cord injuries at levels T4 to L5, and individuals with spinal cord injuries at levels of T3 to C7 (ASIA D), in accordance with the device’s labeling. On July 19, 2016, the Company received clearance from the FDA to expand/clarify the indications and labeling to expressly include individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke who have upper extremity function of at least 4/5 in only one arm. The Company’s prior cleared indications for use statement required that individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke have upper extremity function of at least 4/5 in both arms.
The Company believes that prior to April 4, 2016, the Company’s Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton had been appropriately marketed in the United States as a Class I 510(k) exempt Powered Exercise Equipment device since February 2012. On June 26, 2014, the FDA announced the creation of a new product classification for Powered Exoskeleton devices. On October 21, 2014, the FDA published the summary for the new Powered Exoskeleton classification and designated it as being Class II, which requires the clearance of a 510(k) notice. On October 21, 2014, concurrent with the FDA’s publication of the reclassification of Powered Exoskeleton devices, the FDA issued the Company an “Untitled Letter” which informed the Company in writing of the agency’s belief that this new product classification applied to the Ekso GT device. On December 24, 2014, the Company filed a 510(k) notice for the Ekso robotic exoskeleton which was accepted by the FDA for substantive review on July 29, 2015. As discussed above, the Company received FDA clearance to market the Ekso GT in accordance with the device’s labeling on April 4, 2016.
From September 2, 2015 to September 11, 2015, the Division of Bioresearch Monitoring Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the FDA conducted an inspection of the Company’s facility in Richmond, California. At the conclusion of the inspection, the FDA issued a Form FDA 483 with four observations. These observations were inspectional and did not represent a final FDA determination of non-compliance. The observations pertained to informed consent requirements, reporting of adverse results and records maintenance. On October 2, 2015, the Company responded to the FDA describing the corrective and preventive actions that the Company had implemented and continued to implement to address the FDA’s concerns. On March 30, 2016, the FDA accepted the Company’s corrective actions for the Form 483 observations that were generated during the FDA’s inspection.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef