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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2015
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies
Commitments and Contingencies
Leases
During the period covered by this quarterly report on Form 10-Q, the Company leased its facilities and certain office equipment under long-term non-cancelable operating leases.
Rent expense was approximately $219 and $437 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015, respectively, and $236 and $467 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, respectively. Future minimum lease payments for all operating leases as of June 30, 2015 are as follows:
 
 
2015
$
550

2016
1,122

2017
1,140

2018
1,161

2019
291

Thereafter

Total
$
4,264


As a condition to the execution of the Asset Purchase Agreement (the "Agreement"), Accuratus is assuming the Company’s post-closing obligation under its facility lease in Durham, North Carolina and the Company is being released from any post-closing liability under the facility operating lease (see Note 14), including the future minimum lease payments included within the table immediately above. The Company and its retained employees will continue to operate from the Durham facility immediately after the closing for a period of up to six months pursuant to a facility license agreement between the Company and Accuratus dated July 17, 2015. At the same time, the Company is in the process of relocating its corporate headquarters and operating activities to Jersey City, New Jersey, where in July 2015 it subleased a premises located at 101 Hudson Street, Jersey City, New Jersey. The material terms of the Jersey City, New Jersey sublease are described in Note 15.
License Arrangement with Potential Future Expenditures
As of June 30, 2015, the Company had a license arrangement with Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., or Merck, that involves potential future expenditures. Under the license arrangement, the Company exclusively licensed from Merck its rights to SCY-078 in the field of human health. SCY-078 is the Company's lead product candidate. Pursuant to the terms of the license agreement, Merck is eligible to receive milestone payments from the Company that could total $19,000 upon occurrence of specific events, including initiation of a phase 3 clinical study, new drug application, and marketing approvals in each of the U.S., major European markets and Japan. In addition, Merck is eligible to receive tiered royalties from the Company based on a percentage of worldwide net sales of SCY-078. The aggregate royalties are mid- to high-single digits.
In December 2014, the Company and Merck entered into an amendment to the license agreement that deferred the remittance of a milestone payment due to Merck, such that no amount would be due upon initiation of the first phase 2 clinical trial of a product containing the SCY-078 compound (the "Deferred Milestone"). The amendment also increased, in an amount equal to the Deferred Milestone, the milestone payment that would be due upon initiation of the first Phase 3 clinical trial of a product containing the SCY-078 compound. Except as described above, all other terms and provisions of the license agreement remain in full force and effect.
The Company has two additional licensing agreements for other compounds that could require it to make payments of up to $2,300 upon achievement of certain milestones by the Company.
Clinical Development Arrangement
The Company has entered into, and expects to continue to enter into, contracts in the normal course of business with various third parties who support its clinical trials, preclinical research studies, and other services related to its development activities. The Company's most significant agreement, entered into in June 2014, is with a third-party clinical research organization to conduct a Phase 2 clinical trial for SCY-078. The scope of the services under the agreement can be modified at any time, and the agreement can be terminated by either party 30 days after receipt of written notice.
Other Arrangements
The Company entered into an agreement with a third party firm to assist the Company in exploring the divestiture of its Services Business (see Note 14). Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, in the event that the Company was able to complete a divestiture of its contract research and development services business to a third-party, the Company was obligated to pay a success fee to the third party firm for the greater of $500 or 4% of the transaction consideration. As described in Note 15, the Company completed the sale of the Company’s Services Business pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement, dated July 17, 2015. The Company paid and expensed an initial retainer of $50 prior to the closing of the Service Business sale transaction. In July 2015, the Company paid the $450 remaining success fee to the third-party firm in connection with the closing of the sale transaction.
Compensatory Arrangements with Employees and Officers
The Company has entered into certain compensatory arrangements and commitments with employees and officers, the material terms of which are described in Note 13 and Note 15.