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Joint Venture Agreement

Joint Venture Agreement
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2016
Equity Method Investments and Joint Ventures [Abstract]  
Joint Venture Agreement
Joint Venture Agreement

In November 2011, we entered into an affiliation agreement with the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (“Mayo”), subsequently amended. Under the agreement, we formed a joint venture with Mayo in May 2013 to focus on developing oncology diagnostic services and tests utilizing next generation sequencing. The joint venture is a limited liability company, with each party initially holding fifty percent of the issued and outstanding membership interests of the new entity (the “JV”). In exchange for our membership interest in the JV, we made an initial capital contribution of $1.0 million in October 2013. In addition, we issued 10,000 shares of our common stock to Mayo pursuant to our affiliation agreement and recorded an expense of approximately $175,000. We also recorded additional expense of approximately $231,000 during the fourth quarter of 2013 related to shares issued to Mayo in November 2011 as the JV achieved certain performance milestones. In the third quarter of 2014, we made an additional $1.0 million capital contribution.

The agreement also requires aggregate total capital contributions by us of up to an additional $4.0 million. We currently anticipate that we will make capital contributions of $1.0 million later in 2016. The timing of the remaining installments is subject to the JV's achievement of certain operational milestones agreed upon by the board of governors of the JV. In exchange for its membership interest, Mayo’s capital contribution takes the form of cash, staff, services, hardware and software resources, laboratory space and instrumentation, the fair market value of which will be approximately equal to
$6.0 million. Mayo’s continued contribution will also be conditioned upon the JV’s achievement of certain milestones.

Our share of the JV’s net loss was approximately $12,000 and $207,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and is included in research and development expense on the Consolidated Statement of Operations. We have a net receivable due from the JV of approximately $10,000 at March 31, 2016, which is included in other current assets in the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

The joint venture is considered a variable interest entity under ASC 810-10, but we are not the primary beneficiary as we do not have the power to direct the activities of the JV that most significantly impact its performance. Our evaluation of ability to impact performance is based on our equal board membership and voting rights and day-to-day management functions which are performed by the Mayo personnel.