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SERES THERAPEUTICS, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/06/2019
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The adoption of ASC 606 resulted in a $25,280 increase in net loss, due to a corresponding decrease in revenue and an increase of $25,280 in the change in deferred revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018.  The adoption of ASC 606 did not change net cash used in operating activities.

NHS Collaboration Agreement


Summary of Agreement

In January 2016, the Company entered into the License Agreement for the development and commercialization of certain product candidates in development for the treatment and management of CDI and IBD, including UC and Crohn’s disease. The License Agreement supports the development of the Company’s portfolio of products for CDI and IBD in markets outside of the United States and Canada (the “Licensed Territory”). The Company has retained full commercial rights to its entire portfolio of product candidates with respect to the United States and Canada.

Under the License Agreement, the Company granted to NHS an exclusive, royalty-bearing license to develop and commercialize, in the Licensed Territory, certain products based on its microbiome technology that are being developed for the treatment of CDI and IBD, including SER-109, SER-262, SER-287 and SER-301 (collectively, the “NHS Collaboration Products”). The License Agreement sets forth the Company’s and NHS’ respective obligations for development, commercialization, regulatory and manufacturing and supply activities for the NHS Collaboration Products with respect to the licensed fields and the Licensed Territory.

Under the License Agreement, NHS agreed to pay the Company an upfront cash payment of $120,000, which the Company received in February 2016. The Company is eligible to receive up to $285,000 in development milestone payments, $375,000 in regulatory payments and up to an aggregate of $1,125,000 for the achievement of certain commercial milestones related to the sales of NHS Collaboration Products. NHS also agreed to pay the Company tiered royalties, at percentages ranging from the high single digits to high teens, of net sales of NHS Collaboration Products in the Licensed Territory.

Under the License Agreement, the Company is entitled to receive a $20,000 milestone payment from NHS following initiation of a SER-287 Phase 2 study and a $20,000 milestone payment from NHS following the initiation of a SER-287 Phase 3 study. In November 2018, the Company entered into a letter agreement with NHS which modified the License Agreement to address the current clinical plans for SER-287. Through the letter agreement, the Company and NHS agreed that following initiation of the SER-287 Phase 2b study, the Company will receive $40,000 in milestone payments from NHS which represents the milestone due to the Company for the initiation of the SER-287 Phase 2 and Phase 3 studies. The SER-287 Phase 2b study was initiated and the $40,000 of milestone payments were received in December 2018. The letter agreement also provides scenarios under which NHS’ reimbursement to the Company for certain Phase 3 development costs would be reduced or delayed depending on the outcomes of the SER-287 Phase 2b study.


Accounting Analysis


The Company assessed the License Agreement in accordance with ASC 606 and concluded that NHS is a customer. The Company identified the following promises under the contract: (i) a license to develop and commercialize the NHS Collaboration Products in the Licensed Territory, (ii) obligation to perform research and development services, (iii) participation on a joint steering committee, and (iv) manufacturing services to provide clinical supply to complete future clinical trials. In addition, the Company identified a contingent obligation to perform manufacturing services to provide commercial supply if commercialization occurs, which is contingent upon regulatory approval. This contingent obligation is not a performance obligation at inception and has been excluded from the initial allocation as it represents a separate buying decision at market rates, rather than a material right in the contract. The Company assessed the promised goods and services to determine if they are distinct. Based on this assessment, the Company determined that NHS cannot benefit from the promised goods and services separately from the others as they are highly interrelated and therefore not distinct. Accordingly, the promised goods and services represent one combined performance obligation and the entire transaction price will be allocated to that single combined performance obligation.

At contract inception, the Company determined that the $120,000 non-refundable upfront amount constituted the entirety of the consideration to be included in the transaction price as the development, regulatory, and commercial milestones were fully


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