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Note 6 - Commitments and Contingencies

Note 6 - Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies



On September 1, 2017, the Company entered into a three-year lease agreement for its office in Washington, D.C. In addition to minimum rent, certain leases require payment of real estate taxes, insurance, common area maintenance charges and other executory costs. The Company recognizes rent expense under such arrangements on a straight-line basis over the effective term of each lease. This lease was terminated as of June 30, 2018.


Rent expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 was $52,000 and $9,000, respectively.


Employment Agreements


On February 14, 2018, the Company entered into the First Amendment to the Employment Agreement with Dr. Clarence-Smith, amending the Employment Agreement, dated September 1, 2017, between the Company and Dr. Clarence-Smith. Under the First Amendment, Dr. Clarence-Smith’s title was revised to reflect her new position and included an annual salary of $500,000, paid in equal monthly installments. All other terms of her original Employment Agreement remain unchanged. In October 2018, Dr. Clarence-Smith resigned from her position with the Company. In connection with this resignation, the Company entered into a separation agreement which superseded the Employment Agreement.


On February 14, 2018, the Company entered into a Consultant Agreement with Mr. Cataldo. The term of the Consultant Agreement lasts until August 31, 2020 and is terminable at will and is subject to automatic extension for successive one-year periods. Mr. Cataldo will be paid $41,667 per month during the term of the Consultant Agreement and will be entitled to participate in the Company’s bonus plans. Refer to footnote 8 – Subsequent Events.


If any of our executive officers’ employment with us is terminated involuntarily, or any executive resigns with good reason as a result of a change in control, the executive will receive (i) all compensation and benefits earned through the date of termination of employment; (ii) a lump-sum payment equal to the greater of (a) the bonus paid or payable to the executive for the year immediately prior to the year in which the change in control occurred and (b) the target bonus under the performance bonus plan in effect immediately prior to the year in which the change in control occurs; (iii) a lump-sum payment equivalent to the remaining base salary (as it was in effect immediately prior to the change in control) due to the executive from the date of involuntary termination to the end of the term of the employment agreement or one half of the executive’s base salary then in effect, whichever is the greater; and (iv) reimbursement for the cost of medical, life, disability insurance coverage at a level equivalent to that provided by us for a period expiring upon the earlier of (a) one year or (b) the time the executive begins alternative employment where said insurance coverage is available and offered to the executive.