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Restated and Amended Exclusive License Agreement, effective as of March 13, 2017, between Dartmouth College and ChromaDex, Inc
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CHROMADEX, INC. - DARTMOUTH RESTATED AND AMENDED EXCLUSIVE LICENSE AGREEMENT
This Agreement, effective the 13th day of March 2017 between
TRUSTEES OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, a non-profit educational and research institution existing under the laws of the State of New Hampshire, and being located at Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, hereinafter called Dartmouth,
CHROMADEX, INC., a corporation of the State of California, with a principal place of business at 10005 Muirlands Blvd., Suite G, Irvine, California 92618; hereinafter called Company.
WHEREAS, Dartmouth and Company entered into an exclusive license agreement, effective July 13, 2012, under which Dartmouth granted Company certain rights and licenses relating to [***] (the "2012 Agreement"); and
WHEREAS, Dartmouth and Company wish to amend and restate the terms of the 2012 Agreement under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, and to replace the 2012 Agreement with this restated and amended Agreement (this "Agreement");
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the faithful performance of the covenants herein contained, IT IS AGREED:
ARTICLE I. Definitions
Section 1.01 Dartmouth Patent Rights. "Dartmouth Patent Rights" shall mean United States Patent No. [***] issued [***], United States Patent No. [***], issued [***], and United States Patent No. [***], issued [***] and any United States or Foreign Patents issuing therefrom, and any continuations, continuations-in-part, divisions, reissues, reexaminations or extensions thereof. Dartmouth shall be the assignee and owner of all such Patents and Patent Applications.
Section 1.02 Licensed Products. "Licensed Products" shall mean any products or processes covered by or made, in whole or in part in a given territory, by the use of Dartmouth Patent Rights.
Section 1.03 Field. The “Field” of this Agreement shall mean the following fields:
Field 1: dietary supplements, sports performance enhancing products, foods with health claims, such as energy bar, skin care/cosmetic products;
Field 2: food or drink products requiring FDA approval;
Field 3: consumer foods, such as margarine, yogurt, and cereal;
Field 4: research
Section 1.04 Territory. The "Territory" shall mean the world.
Section 1.05 Affiliate. "Affiliate" shall mean any entity that is bound in writing to the terms set forth in this Agreement and is listed on Schedule 1, as may be amended from time to time, and that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with Company, where "control" means (i) beneficial ownership of at least fifty percent (50%) of the voting securities of a corporation or other business organization with voting securities or (ii) a fifty percent (50%) or greater interest in the net assets or profits of a partnership or other business organization without voting securities. An entity is an Affiliate only during such time as it meets the criteria of this definition.
Section 1.06 Agreement. "Agreement" shall mean this License Agreement
Section 1.07 Net Sales. "Net Sales" shall mean the gross billing price Company or its Affiliates charge to their customers for Licensed Products, less sales, use, occupation and excise taxes, and transportation, discounts, returns and allowances in lieu of returns.
Section 1.08 Effective Date. "Effective Date" shall mean the date first written above and shall be the Effective Date of this Agreement.
Section 1.09 License Year. The "First License Year" shall mean the period commencing on the Effective Date and ending December 31, 2012. The second and all subsequent "License Years" shall commence on January 1 and end on December 31 of each year.
Section 1.10 Calendar Quarter. “Calendar Quarter”' shall mean the periods ending on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 of each year.
ARTICLE II. Grant
Section 2.01 License Grant. Dartmouth hereby grants to Company and its Affiliates an exclusive, royalty-bearing license under Dartmouth Patent Rights to make, have made, use, and/or sell Licensed Products in the Field in the Territory subject to any rights which may be required to be granted to the Government of the United States of America pursuant to 35 U.S.C. §§200-211. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Dartmouth expressly reserves a non-transferable royalty-free right to use the Dartmouth Patent Rights in the Field by its faculty, staff and researchers, for educational and research purposes only. Company agrees during the period of exclusivity of this license in the United States that any Licensed Product produced for sale in the United States will be manufactured substantially in the United States to the extent it is commercially reasonable.
Section 2.02 Sublicenses. Company and its Affiliates shall have the right to grant sublicenses to third parties under Dartmouth Patent Rights to make, have made, use and sell the Licensed Products with the consent of Dartmouth, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, except that such sublicenses shall be in writing and expressly subject to the terms of this Agreement. Such consent is given to Opko Health, Inc. as of the Effective Date of the 2012 Agreement. Company and its Affiliates agree to be responsible for the performance hereunder by its sublicensees. Dartmouth shall have the right to review such sublicenses to assure conformity with this Section. Upon termination of this Agreement, any such sublicenses will revert directly to Dartmouth.
Section 2.03 Patents. Upon execution of the Agreement, Company shall reimburse Dartmouth for expenses Dartmouth has incurred for the preparation, filing, prosecution and maintenance of Dartmouth Patent Rights as of the Effective Date and in accordance with the amounts below:
a) US Patent No. [***] - $[***]
b) US Patent Application Serial No. [***] - Company will reimburse for future expenses.
c) US Patent No. [***] - $[***]
d)US Patent Application Serial No. [***] - Company will reimburse for future expenses.
e)Australian Patent Application Serial No. [***] - Company will pay
$[***] Annuity due by August 1 and future expenses
f)Canadian Patent Application Serial No. [***] - Company will pay $[***] Annuity due by August 1 and future expenses
Dartmouth shall control all future preparation, filing, prosecution and maintenance of Dartmouth Patent Rights. Dartmouth shall invoice and Company shall reimburse Dartmouth for all future expenses in connection with these activities. Late payments shall be subject to an interest charge of [***] percent ([***]%) per month. If Company chooses to discontinue prosecution or maintenance of any United States Patent or Patent Application, which is a subject of Dartmouth Patent Rights, it will so inform Dartmouth within a reasonable time before implementation of such decision. Dartmouth then shall have the right to prosecute or maintain such Patent or Patent Application on its own and at its own expense, in which case the license to Company under such Patent or Patent Application will terminate. Company shall notify Dartmouth by at least three (3) months before a National Phase deadline whether it will support the filing of patent applications in particular foreign territories. If Company decides not to support the filing or maintaining foreign applications, Dartmouth reserves the right to file or maintain such applications on its own, in which case the license to Company in the particular territory will terminate.
Confidentiality and Representations
Section 3.01 Mutual Confidentiality. Company and its Affiliates and Dartmouth realize that some information received by Company or its Affiliates from Dartmouth, or received by Dartmouth from the Company or its Affiliates pursuant to this Agreement shall be confidential (the entity receiving such confidential information referred to hereunder as "Recipient", and the disclosing entity referred to as "Discloser".) It is therefore agreed that any information received by Recipient from the other, and clearly designated in writing as "CONFIDENTIAL" at the time of transfer, shall not be disclosed by a Recipient to any third party and shall not be used by a Recipient for purposes other than those contemplated by this Agreement for a period of [***] ([***]) years from the termination of the Agreement, unless or until --
(a)said information shall become known to third parties not under any obligation of confidentiality to the Discloser, or shall become publicly known through no fault of the Recipient, or
(b)said information was already in the Recipient's possession prior to the disclosure of said information to the Recipient, except in cases when the information has been covered by a preexisting Confidentiality Agreement, or
(c)said information shall be subsequently disclosed to the Recipient by a third party not under any obligation of confidentiality to the Discloser, or
(d)said information is approved for disclosure by prior written consent of the Discloser, or
(e)said information is required to be disclosed by court order or governmental law or regulation, provided that the Recipient gives the Discloser prompt notice of any such requirement and cooperates with the Discloser in attempting to limit such disclosure.
Section 3.02 Corporate Action. Dartmouth and Company each represent and warrant to the other party that they have full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and carry out the transactions contemplated hereby, and that all necessary corporate action had been duly taken in this regard.
ARTICLE IV. Due Diligence
Section 4.01 Milestones. Company has represented to Dartmouth, to induce Dartmouth to issue this license, that it will commit itself to a diligent program of exploiting the Licensed Products so that public utilization will result therefrom. As evidence thereof, Company shall adhere to the following milestones timeline from the Effective Date and associated payments:
It is acknowledged that if the above milestones are not accomplished by the dates specified in this Section 4.01, the licenses shall terminate unless payments in the above amounts are made to Dartmouth within [***] ([***]) days of the specified dates in accordance with Section 9.02.
ARTICLE V. Payments, Records and Reports
Section 5.01 Payments. For the rights and privileges granted under this license,
Company shall pay to Dartmouth
(a)an earned royalty of [***]% based on the value of Net Sales of the Licensed Products. If Licensed Product is combined with another product and/or ingredient and sold by Company in such a combination ("Combination Product"), then Net Sales of the Licensed Product for the earned royalty calculation shall be Net Sales of the Combination Product multiplied by A divided by B (A/B), where A is the sale price of the Licensed Product when sold separately and B is the sale price of the Combination Product; and
(b)a non-refundable, non-creditable, one-time license access fee of $[***] due upon execution of this Agreement; and
(c)annual license maintenance fee of $[***] due upon each anniversary of the 2012 Agreement (July 13, 2012) and creditable towards preceding annum's royalty payments per Section 5.01(a); and
(d)[***] percent ([***]%) of any consideration received from an infringement settlement less litigation expenditures, as described in Section 8.01, and from each sublicense on the sale of Licensed Products (e.g., license issue fees, license maintenance fees. lump sum payments in lieu of royalty payments, stocks, and earned royalty, etc.) received from each sublicensee of Company or its Affiliates for the grant of a sublicense.
Section 5.02 Reports. Company shall render to Dartmouth:
(a)within [***] ([***]) days after the end of each Calendar Quarter a written account of all quantities of Licensed Products subject to royalty hereunder sold by Company, any Affiliate, and any sublicensee during such Calendar Quarter, the calculation of royalty thereon, and sufficient data for Dartmouth to verify the calculation, including gross sales and allowable deductions to derive to Net Sales figures, and shall simultaneously pay in United States dollars to Dartmouth the royalty due with respect to such sales. Conversion of foreign currency to U.S. dollars shall be made at the conversion rate existing in the United States on the date of royalty payments by Company. Such report shall be certified as correct by an officer of Company. If no Licensed Products subject to royalty hereunder have been sold by Company, its Affiliates and its sublicensees during any such quarter, Company shall so report in writing to Dartmouth within [***] ([***]) days after the end of said quarter. If royalties for any License Year do not equal or exceed the minimum royalties established in Section 4.02, Company shall include the balance of the minimum royalty with the payment for the Calendar Quarter ending December 31. Late payments shall be subject to an interest charge of [***] percent ([***]%) per month.
(b)within [***] ([***]) days after the close of each License Year written annual reports which shall include but not limited to: reports of progress on research and development, regulatory approvals, manufacturing, sublicensing, marketing and sales during preceding twelve (12) months as well as plans for coming year. Company shall also provide any reasonable additional data Dartmouth requires to evaluate Company's performance.
(c)within [***] ([***]) days of occurrence report of the date of first sale of Licensed Products in each country.
Section 5.03 Books of Accounts. Company, its Affiliates and sublicensees shall keep full, true and accurate books of accounts and other records containing all particulars which may be necessary for the purpose of ascertaining and verifying the royalties payable to Dartmouth by Company hereunder. Upon Dartmouth's request, Company, its Affiliates and sublicensees shall permit an independent Certified Accountant selected by Dartmouth (except one to whom Company has some reasonable objection), to periodically have access during ordinary business hours to such records of Company, its Affiliates and sublicensees as may be necessary to determine, for any quarter ending not more than [***] ([***]) years prior to the date of such request, the correctness of any report and/or payment made under this Agreement. In the event that any such inspection shows an underreporting and underpayment in excess of [***] percent ([***] %) for any twelve (12) month period, then Company shall pay the cost of such examination.
ARTICLE VI. Technical Assistance and Commercial Development
Section 6.01 Technical Assistance. Throughout the term of the Agreement, Dartmouth agrees to permit Company and its designees to consult with its employees and agents regarding developments and enhancements made subsequent to the Effective Date relating to the Licensed Products, at such times and places as may be mutually agreed
upon; provided that Company agrees to make suitable arrangements with, and to compensate the Dartmouth employees and agents for such consultation.
Section 6.02 Commercial Development. During the term of this Agreement, Company agrees to use commercially reasonable efforts to effectively manufacture or have manufactured and market Licensed Products. Such efforts will include sublicensing, development of promotional literature, mailings, and journal advertisements.
Section 6.03 Name. Company shall not use and shall not permit to be used by any other person or entity, including its Affiliates and sublicensees, the name of Dartmouth nor any adaptation thereof, or the name of Dartmouth's employees, in any advertising, promotional or sales literature, or for any other purpose without prior written permission of Dartmouth, such permission not to be unreasonably withheld, except that Company, its Affiliates and sublicensees may state that it is licensed by Dartmouth under Dartmouth Patent Rights and that Company, its Affiliates and sublicensees may refer to publications by Dartmouth personnel which relate to the Dartmouth Patent Rights.
ARTICLE VII. Indemnity, Insurance, Disclaimers
Section 7.01 Indemnity. Company shall defend and indemnify and hold Dartmouth and its trustees, officers, agents and employees (the “lndemnitees”) harmless from any judgements and other liabilities based upon claims or causes of action against Dartmouth or its employees which arise out of alleged negligence in the development, manufacture or sale of Licensed Products by Company, its Affiliates, and sublicensees, or from the use by the end users of Licensed Products, except to the extent that such judgements or liabilities arise in whole or in part from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of Dartmouth or its employees, provided that Dartmouth promptly notifies Company of any such claim coming to its attention and that it cooperates with Company in the defense of such claim. If any such claims or causes of action are made, Dartmouth shall be defended by counsel to Company, subject to Dartmouth's approval, which shall not be unreasonably withheld. Dartmouth reserves the right to be represented by its own counsel at its own expense.
Section 7.02 Insurance. At such time as any product, process, service relating to, or developed pursuant to, this Agreement is being manufactured, commercially distributed or sold (other than for the purpose of obtaining regulatory approvals) by Company or by a sublicensee, Affiliate or agent of Company, Company shall at its sole cost and expense, procure and maintain comprehensive general liability insurance in amounts not less than $2,000,000 per incident and naming the lndemnitees as additional insureds. Such comprehensive general liability insurance shall provide (i) product liability coverage and (ii) broad form contractual liability coverage for Company's indemnification under this Agreement. If Company elects to self-insure all or part of the limits described above (including deductibles or retentions which are in excess of $250,000 annual aggregate) such self-insurance program must be acceptable to Dartmouth and Dartmouth Risk Manager. Such insurance will be considered primary as to any other valid and collectible insurance, but only as to acts of the named insured. The minimum amounts of insurance coverage required shall not be construed to create a limit of Company's
liability with respect to its indemnification under this Agreement.
Company shall provide Dartmouth with written evidence of such insurance upon request of Dartmouth. Company shall provide Dartmouth with written notice at least [***] ([***]) days prior to the cancellation, non-renewal or material change in such insurance; if Company does not obtain replacement insurance providing comparable coverage within such [***]
[***] day period, Dartmouth shall have the right to terminate this Agreement effective at the end of such [***] ([***]) day period without notice or any additional waiting periods.
Company shall maintain such comprehensive general liability insurance beyond the expiration or termination of this Agreement during (i) the period that any product, process, or service, relating to, or developed pursuant to, this Agreement is being manufactured, commercially distributed or sold by Company or by a sublicensee, Affiliate, or agent of Company and (ii) a reasonable period after the period referred to in (i) above which in no event shall be less than [***] ([***]) years.
Section 7.03 Disclaimer. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed
(a)a warranty or representation by Dartmouth as to the validity or scope of any
(b)a warranty or representation that any Licensed Products manufactured, used or sold will be free from infringement of patents, copyrights, or rights of third parties, except that Dartmouth represents that it has no knowledge of any existing issued patents or copyrights which might be infringed;
(c)except as provided in Section 7.01, an agreement to defend against actions or suits of any nature brought by any third parties.
DARTMOUTH MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF LICENSED PRODUCTS
ARTICLE VIII. lnfringement Matters
Section 8.01 Infringement by Third Parties. Company shall give Dartmouth prompt notice of any incident of infringement of Dartmouth Patent Rights coming to its attention. The parties shall thereupon confer together as to what steps are to be taken to stop or prevent such infringement. Company and its Affiliates shall be entitled to commence proceedings in their own names against the infringer, in which event Company shall be responsible for all legal costs incurred, without recourse to Dartmouth, however Dartmouth agrees to appear as a party in any such proceedings if requested by Company and such request is not unreasonably burdensome on Dartmouth. Company also agrees to reimburse Dartmouth for out of pocket costs spent in connection with said request. Financial recoveries from any such litigation will first be applied to reimburse Company and its Affiliates for their litigation expenditures and 30% of additional recoveries by Company and Affiliates will be paid to Dartmouth, but only to the extent that Dartmouth as a party to the litigation has not recovered those damages in the litigation. If Company chooses not to commence litigation within [***] ([***]) days from the date the parties confer regarding the infringement, Dartmouth may commence proceedings against the infringer, in which case Dartmouth shall be responsible for any legal costs incurred and will be entitled to retain any damages recovered. In any action to enforce Dartmouth Patent Rights, either party, at the request and expense of the other party shall cooperate to the fullest extent reasonably possible. Neither Company nor its Affiliates may settle any infringement action in any way detrimental to Dartmouth Patent Rights without the expressed prior written consent of Dartmouth.
ARTICLE IX. Duration and Termination
Section 9.01 Term. This Agreement shall become effective upon the date first written above, and unless sooner terminated in accordance with any of the provisions herein, shall remain in full force during the life of the last to expire patents under Dartmouth Patent Rights contemplated by this agreement in the last to expire territory. If mutually desired. the parties may negotiate for an extension of this License. Upon the termination of the Agreement Company shall have the right to sell the remainder of the Licensed Product on hand, provided the sales will be subject to the royalty payments of this Agreement.
Section 9.02 Termination - Breach. In the event that either party defaults or breaches any of the provisions of this Agreement, the other party shall have the right to terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the defaulting party, provided, however, that if the said defaulting party cures said default within thirty (30) days after said notice shall have been given, this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. The failure on the part of either of the parties hereto to exercise or enforce any right conferred upon it hereunder shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any such right nor operate to bar the exercise or enforcement thereof at any time or times thereafter.
Section 9.03 Termination at Will. Company shall have the right to terminate this Agreement by giving three (3) months advance written notice to Dartmouth to that effect and paying a termination fee of $[***]. Upon termination, a final report shall be submitted and royalty and other payments due under Article V, as well as unreimbursed patent expenses per Section 2.03 due Dartmouth become immediately payable.
Upon receipt of the termination notice, Dartmouth should be free to start negotiations with a third party for the rights granted herein.
Section 9.04 Insolvency. In the event that Company shall become insolvent, shall make an assignment for the benefit of creditors, or shall file a petition for bankruptcy, the Agreement shall terminate.
Section 9.05 Prior Obligations and Survivability. Termination of this Agreement for any reason shall not release either party from any obligation theretofore accrued. Sections 3.01, 5.01 - 5.03, 7.01 - 7.03, 9.03. 10.01 - 10.09 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
ARTICLE X. Miscellaneous
Section 10.01 Governing Law. This Agreement shall be construed, governed, interpreted and enforced according to the laws of the State of New York.
Section 10.02 Notices. Any notice or communication required or permitted to be given by either party hereunder, shall be deemed sufficiently given, if mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, and addressed to the party to whom notice is given as follows:
If to Company, to:
Frank Jaksch, CEO
ChromaDex, Inc. 10005
Muirlands Blvd Suite G Irvine, CA 92618
If to Dartmouth, to:
Nila Bhakuni, Director
Technology Transfer Office
11 Rope Ferry Road
Hanover, NH 03755
Section 10.03. Assignment. Neither party shall assign or transfer this Agreement without the express prior written consent of the other. For purposes of this Agreement, an assignment or transfer of this Agreement by Company shall be deemed to occur in connection with (a) an express assignment or transfer or (b) a general assignment for the benefit of creditors or in connection with any bankruptcy or other debtor relief law. This section will not be deemed to prohibit an assignment or transfer of this Agreement in connection to a merger or consolidation to which Company is a party (regardless of whether Company is the surviving corporation) or to any other transaction pursuant to which a change would occur in the "ultimate parent entity" of Company, applying the rules in effect from time to time under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended.
Section 10.04 Entire Agreement. This Agreement represents the entire Agreement between the parties as of the effective date hereof, and may only be subsequently altered or modified by an instrument in writing. This Agreement cancels and supersedes any and all prior oral or written agreements between the parties which relate to the subject matter of this Agreement, including the 2012 Agreement.
Section 10.05 Mediation and Arbitration. Both parties agree that they shall attempt to resolve any dispute arising from this Agreement through mediation. Both parties agree that at least one employee, capable of negotiating an agreement on behalf of his employer, shall, within three weeks of receipt of written notification of a dispute, meet with at least one employee of the other party who is also capable of negotiating an agreement on behalf of his employer. If no agreement can be reached, both parties agree to meet again within a four-week period after the initial meeting to negotiate in good faith to resolve the dispute. If no agreement can be reached after this second meeting, both parties agree to submit the dispute to binding arbitration under the Rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator.
Section 10.06 Waiver. A failure by one of the parties to this Agreement to assert its rights for or upon any breach or default of this Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver of such rights nor shall any such waiver be implied from acceptance of any payment. No such failure or waiver in writing by any one of the parties hereto with respect to any rights, shall extend to or affect any subsequent breach or impair any right consequent thereon.
Section 10.07 Severability. The parties agree that it is the intention of neither party to violate any public policy, statutory or common laws, and governmental or supranational regulations; that if any sentence, paragraph, clause or combination of the same is in violation of any applicable law or regulation, or is unenforceable or void for any reason whatsoever, such sentence, paragraph, clause or combinations of the same shall be inoperative and the remainder of the Agreement shall remain binding upon the parties.
Section 10.08 Marking. Upon Dartmouth's direction and consultation, Company agrees to mark, and ensure that Affiliates and sub-licensees shall mark the Licensed Products with all applicable trademarks, and patent numbers.
Section 10.09 Headings. The headings of the paragraphs of this Agreement are inserted for convenience only and shall not constitute a part hereof.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement, in
duplicate originals, by their respective officers hereunto duly authorize, the day and year herein written.
By: /s/ Mark Friedman
Name: Mark Friedman
Title: General Counsel
TRUSTEES OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
By: /s/ Sandhya L. Iyer
Date: September 10, 2019
Name: Sandhya L. Iyer
Title: General Counsel
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