Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2024
Equity Method Investments and Joint Ventures [Abstract]  


During the period December 2018 through August 2022, the Company made aggregate investments of $7,000,000 in ILiAD Biotechnologies, LLC (“ILiAD”), a privately held clinical stage biotechnology company dedicated to the prevention and treatment of human disease caused by Bordetella pertussis. ILiAD is focused on validating its proprietary intranasal vaccine, BPZE1, for the prevention of pertussis (whooping cough). At March 31, 2024, the Company owned approximately 6.7% of the outstanding units of ILiAD on a non-fully diluted basis and 5.4% of the outstanding units on a fully diluted basis (after giving effect to the exercise all outstanding options and warrants). In connection with its initial investment, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer obtained a seat on ILiAD’s Board of Managers and receives the same compensation for service on the Board of Managers as other non-management Board members.

For the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023, the Company recorded an allocated net loss from its equity method investment in ILiAD of $628,000 and $674,000, respectively.

The difference between the Company’s share of equity in ILiAD’s net assets and the purchase price of the investment is due to an excess amount paid over the book value of the investment of $6,054,000, which is accounted for as equity method goodwill.

The following table provides certain summarized financial information for ILiAD (the equity method investee) for the periods presented and has been compiled from ILiAD’s unaudited financial statements, reported on one quarter lag.

    Three Months Ended  
    December 31,  




Loss from continuing operations   $ (10,091,000 )   $ (3,466,000 )
Comprehensive loss   $ (9,470,000 )   $ (9,911,000 )