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Commitments and contingencies

Commitments and contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and contingencies
Note 9.  Commitments and contingencies:

The Company's subsidiary, BDI, has a lease commitment on its office and laboratory space that expires March 31, 2018 and requires future non-cancellable lease payments of approximately $233,000 for the remainder of 2017 and $78,000 in 2018.  The agreement requires monthly base rent of approximately $15,700 and common area maintenance costs are currently approximately $10,200 per month. Rent expense for the three months ended March 31, 2017 totaled approximately $87,000 which included short term facility rental expenses plus $80,000 in expense for the subsidiary's office and laboratory space. The Company had no rent expense for the three months ended 2016. Subsequent to March 31, 2017, an agreement with the subsidiary's landlord was reached to terminate the lease with a prepayment of rent through July 31, 2017 and surrender of the $37,000 lease deposit.
As of March 31, 2017, the Company has employment agreements with three officers providing aggregate annual minimum commitments totaling approximately $900,000.  The agreements contain customary confidentiality and benefit provisions.

In the ordinary course of business and in the general industry in which the Company is engaged, it is not atypical to periodically receive a third party communication which may be in the form of a notice, threat, or "cease and desist" letter concerning certain activities.  For example, this can occur in the context of the Company's pursuit of intellectual property rights.  This can also occur in the context of operations such as the using, making, having made, selling, and offering to sell products and services, and in other contexts.  The Company makes rational assessments of each situation on a case-by-case basis as such may arise.  The Company periodically evaluates its options for trademark positions and considers a full spectrum of alternatives for trademark protection and product branding.

We are currently not a party to any legal proceedings, the adverse outcome of which would, in our management's opinion, have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.